What a weekend it has been! I just got home from Toronto, I get to grab a few days in AZ before I head off to Vail for the next stop on the circuit. I am way tired from some crazy flight delays today, so let's get to talking about the weekend!
As always, Toronto was great. The competition was in a new venue this year, an ice rink in Markham versus a climbing gym in Hamilton (2013/2014). It's always cool to compete in a new venue, especially on a new wall. The new wall was fun and had a lot of texture, I think everyone walked away with a few scrapes.
This was my first time competing in a split qualifier, meaning that the field may not be on all of the same qualifying boulders. Luckily, 3 out of the 5 boulders were identical, so we were mostly on the same boulders.
I ended up finishing 13th in my group and 25th overall when they combine the groups. Unfortunately this means I did not advance to semi-finals. My score was 1T2 3B4 (1 top 2 attempts, 3 bonus 4 attempts). Of course I wish I had made semi-finals, but I did feel like I climbed well and have already begun to learn so much. Even when I was competing it was encouraging to figure out how to do a move by making a subtle change to my hands, feet, hips, etc.
The next morning I watched semi-finals where other US team members were competing. It was fun to get to watch them climb and cheer them on. It was also exciting to see Alex Puccio and Nathaniel Coleman make finals.
After watching semi-finals I headed to The Hub to get in a climbing session with my friend Leah Crane, and nearly every other climber who wasn't competing in finals! It was crazy to see so many World Cup competitors climbing together, sessioning hard problems, trying crazy dynos, and just having fun! Competing is always a blast, but it's impromptu gatherings like the one at The Hub that are truly memorable.
Post session, everyone headed back to watch finals. Once again it was awesome to see Alex and Nathaniel in finals. Alex ended up placing 4th and Nathaniel placed 2nd. It was a great competition for everyone on the team, but it was incredibly exciting to see Nathaniel place 2nd. The crowd could literally feel his excitement, it was awesome.
So now I am back home for a few days, then off to Vail for the weekend. The whirlwind travel is just beginning and I am excited to enjoy a quick trip home to get back into my routine and relax.
On to the next adventure...in Vail ;)