Hi again everyone!
I am happy to bring you Part 2 of my China blog, Haiyang! Hope you enjoy :)
Oddly enough, my Haiyang blog begins in Chongqing. The Monday/Tuesday after the Chongqing World Cup I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to train on the Chongqing World Cup wall, which was awesome. The finals problems were still up, so I had an awesome time attempting both the women's and men's problems. Experience is invaluable, so being able to attempt the finals problems was fun and very beneficial!
Chongqing still remained hot and humid after the World Cup, but by this time I was beginning to get used to the temperatures. My skin was caught off guard at first, but it was nice to feel more adapted at this point!
On Wednesday we flew to Qingdao, and then made the 1.5 hour drive to Haiyang. It was nice to be out of a large city and near the sea, but Haiyang was pretty desolate. It was almost like being in The Walking Dead, aside from the hotel which was filled with climbers, all of the other buildings were empty!
With not much to do in Haiyang, we (me, Josh, Nathaniel, Eddie, and a translator) took a five-person bike for a ride on Thursday morning in the pouring rain. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip, it was a hoot to try and ride the one speed bike. The brakes even jammed up when we would actually start picking up speed! Regardless, it was a good pre comp warm up ;) Later that night we ended up playing volleyball on the beach with Shauna Coxsey and Leah Crane. It was windy, rainy, and a lot of fun! We even met some other Americans who were living in Haiyang for work.
Finally it was Friday and we were all excited to compete again. I went to the opening ceremony in the morning while Josh and Nathaniel were in isolation. I love seeing the Chinese dragon and some traditional dancing, it was a really cool experience! Josh ended up in 43rd and Nathaniel advanced to semi-finals.
I climbed in the afternoon again and ended up placing 6th with 2T2A, 5B7A. It was so cool for me to qualify for semi-finals in 6th place. It might not have gotten me a ticket to finals, but it was my ticket to the next round and really helped show me that making semis and finals at a World Cup is totally possibly.
In semi-finals I unfortunately did not top any of the problems and ended up with 0T,4B12. This put me in 17th place and out of finals. Despite not making the next round I was very pleased with my performance, especially placing 6th in qualifiers. Nathaniel climbed well in semis too and landed in 11th place.
It was fun as always to watch finals, especially since the temperatures had cooled down a bit. Seeing Petra win for the first time was awesome, I was so excited for her! Of course in the men's field Jongwon Chon climbed crazy well and took the title!
After finals everyone went back to the hotel where we enjoyed our last dinner together and said our good-bye's until the next World Cup in Munich, which will take place on August 14-15!
I hope you enjoyed Part 2 of my China blog :)
On to the next adventure...