Yesterday was qualifiers.
[note: for nonclimbers, i apologize for using any climbing lingo. I get so used to the language that i do not notice and forget to explain. To start off, a "problem" is a "climb." If i say something that you are confused about, just ask. =)]
There were 4 problems. 4 minutes to attempt each problem. Each hold you controlled was worth a certain amount of points. You could attempt the problem as many times as you wanted within the 4 minutes. After the 4 minutes of climbing, there was a 4 minute break before the next problem.
Before the climbing, everyone is held in a room called isolation so that we will not be able to see the climbs beforehand. Everyone warms up and gets ready in iso. Well, I was the last one in my category to go, so i was in there a while!
I went out to climb and immediately got shut down. On the first problem, there was a hidden hold that I did not see until my last attempt... and by that time, i was tired. Even when i was reaching for the hold, I couldnt get my fingers on it. It was a really long move!!! I got mid-way.
I did much better on the second one. The first part was pretty hard and I almost fell on that part everytime (but i managed to get through) and then a HUGE move to a big green hold. I stuck the green one and reached out really far to a blue crimp and fell. There was only one hold after the blue crimp. I was pretty close!
The third one was more my style, but still had a really long move near the top that I fell on both of my attempts.
The fourth one was ridiculous. A full on dyno... (a dyno is basically a HUUUGE jump to a hold... hands and feet both come completely off the wall) Needless to say, I did not get this huge move.
Overall, the problems all had extremely long moves. If you know me as a climber, you will know that I am pretty good at finding my own way through long moves, but since this was nationals, they also did not supply many footholds, so it was hard to find new beta. I honestly did my best for what they gave me. But these problems were anti-my style.
I got 16th place. 16th in the nation.
This is the first year i didnt make finals. BUT you know what? I'm almost GLAD. I'm glad for a few reasons:
1. I am always happy for humbling experiences. Perhaps my ego needed a rest. One reason why I climb is because there is always going to be rock that humbles me. Not even the best climbers in the world can do everything.
2. This really inspired and motivated me to train harder.
3. I GET TO CLIMB OUTSIDE TODAY! Since I am not going to finals (which is in an INDOOR GYM, by the way!) I get to climb OUTSIDE. I have never had the opportunity to climb outside in Boulder, CO, because I usually make finals. Climbing outside is the only reason i climb inside. I climb indoors to train to climb outside. Climbing outside is the real deal...
This experience made me re-ask myself why i climb. Do i climb to win? NO. I climb in competitions because they are FUN and i like challenging myself. This is a real challenge and I am happy that it happened this way. You cant win all the time, right!?
NOT TO MENTION, i moved up a division this year. I am the youngest in my age category. I am not trying to make excuses, but I feel like next year will be much better since I will be more used to this category.
Thank you to everyone who supported me. I really appreciate it.
I am sorry if i let you down.
I had really high expectations but I just wasn't aware of the style of climbing here. I had so much fun though, and I will have even more fun CLIMBING OUTSIDE TODAY!
ALso, i went to the Open (adult) finals yesterday and even the best of the best (who i've never seen fall) were falling all over the place on their climbs! It just goes to show that the route-setters this year were not messing around!!! They made some ridiculously hard climbs!!!
Okay, well i'm off to go climb outside.
here are some pics from qualifiers:
this is nicole, another raw vegan climber!!! super cool and 80/10/10