This past weekend was the annual ABS Championship in Alexandria, VA. The past couple of weeks were spent training for this past weekend. I made sure that after my trip to Vegas I would have the ample time needed to prepare myself for the competition. I trained and trained and got really psyched! The first day of the competition went very well. I climbed great and managed to flash every one of my six qualifiers climbs. This put me in first place for finals. Finals, though unfortunately, was not as successful as qualifiers had been. The gym that the competition was held at was packed and very hot. Being the last climber out, I had to deal with some miserably greasy conditions after my finals climbs had been attempted repeatedly for the past hour. I was psyched but that psyche did not get me too far since I found myself slipping off of all the holds that I put my hands on. I vote that next year they have a break period after a portion of the climbers have gone out to brush the holds and give everyone an equal chance at each of the climbs. Besides all of that I ended up in 8th place which fortunately will be good enough to allow me to compete at the Vail World Cup this upcoming Summer.
The next few weeks I am going to continue to train hard for the next big competition which is in April at Earth Treks
in Maryland. I am bummed about my finish at this comp but I know that I am climbing very well right now and with the extra month and a half I will have to train for this competition, I know I will be climbing better than ever. I feel that whenever I compete at a comp and in my mind climb poorly for the day it forces me to climb and train harder than ever.
I am also really looking forward to the outdoor season ahead. With Daniel's new climb in Boulder Canyon and a return trip to Las Vegas, I am psyched for the climbing ahead. I have given two good days of effort to the climb now dubbed, “The Game
” and am really looking forward to getting back onto it again soon! I have been figuring out a sequence that works for me and I feel with a bunch more work the climb could be doable.
In Vegas, I am really looking forward to getting back onto the sit start to the “Meadowlark Lemon.” This climb when completed is going to be phenomenal! I am psyched to have worked the line a bit and think that the finish is defeinately in sight. I really am also getting psyched for a return trip to Joe's and another attempt at the low start to “The Skeleton Key.” This line I think will be V14 and most likely the hardest line at Joe's when it finally goes!
Photos courtesy of Paul Robinson