Hi again everyone, what an epic 2 weeks it has been!
Following the Toronto World Cup I was able to enjoy a few days in Toronto. After enjoying some downtime and getting a few days of training in at Joe RockHead's, I hopped on yet another plan and made my way to Vail for my second World Cup of the season.
I love the Vail World Cup because it is also part of the GoPro Mountain Games. The GoPro Mountain Games encompass many other events, such as kayaking, mountain biking, SUP, trail running, etc. Vail is a beautiful town and it is always fun to meet athletes from other sports and watch their events.
During the weekend I was lucky enough to be interviewed by NBC Sports for an upcoming segment profiling me and 2 other athletes. My trip began on Wednesday with an interview from NBC and a short climbing sessions at the Vail Vitality Center. It was great to get loose after all of the travel. That night I also had an interview with Eddie Fowke from The Circuit World Cup Performance and Climbing Magazine.
On Thursday I shot a tips and tricks video with GoPro. A tips and tricks video helps people find out what mounts and modes are most useful to use for a specific activity, in my case, climbing! After shooting the video I was able to relax for a few hours and attend the US team meeting later that night. The team meeting is always a great way to become briefed on any changes in the IFSC and to interact with my other teammates.
Women qualified on Friday afternoon, so I was able to watch the men in the morning. Watching the men got me so psyched to climb in the afternoon, I could hardly wait!
My qualifying problems were tricky. The first problem involved running across a series of volumes, which was very unique and cool to see! I sent the third and fourth problem, which unfortunately was not enough to secure a place in semi-finals. My favorite problem of the competition was the third problem, it was a super cool problem, very powerful/technical. The third problem reminded me a lot of what I climb on in Arizona at my home gym, it is my favorite style of climbing.
After qualifiers I shot a course preview with GoPro, which can be viewed below. It was fun to get on problem 4 again and to shoot it from so many different angles.
Saturday was another relaxing day where I was able to watch both the semi-finals and finals round of the competition. Even though I did not make semi-finals or finals, it was fun to watch both rounds and to see the different styles of setting. Both World Cups this season have given me great ideas on how to train for the upcoming season and what I need to improve upon.
Overall, Vail was another incredible weekend! Now I am home for a few weeks and looking forward to some lounging in the sun and training on my home turf.
On to the next adventure...