After checking into isolation at the neighboring City Rock at around 2pm, my nerves started to subside. I didn't climb until 4:30 so I had a few hours to warm up and mentally prepare for the event. I climbed around on the systems board and relaxed with my music blaring in my ears trying to strike the right balance between warming up enough and tiring myself prematurely.
As the hours wore on, I began to get antsy, finally feeling mentally ready and not wanting to wait any longer. A few minutes before my climb time, I was walked around the building and behind the competition wall, where I waited before moving into the front.
Turning around, I was faced with a powerful slab (perhaps V7/8) with four minutes to climb it. After a few attempts I was able to make it about halfway, before deciding to save my energy for the harder climbs ahead.
|Men's Qualifier 3|
|Men's Qualifier 5|
Unfortunately, I was unable to make it into semi-finals, but I had an amazing time hanging out with my friends and watching semis and finals. I think this was an great experience and I am eager to repeat it! This competition certainly ignited a new desire to train harder and do better next year in Madison, WI!!!!
Thanks for all of the photos Michelle!