It has been quite an exciting weekend to say the least!
I just got home from Madison, WI where I competed in the 2016 Open Bouldering Nationals. Despite the chilly temperatures I had a great time climbing, competing, and enjoying the city.
Qualifiers took place on Friday (January 29), and us ladies were lucky enough to climb in the morning. The qualifying problems were tricky, but doable, with 4 of the 5 problems being sent. I completed problems 1, 2, and 5, and was very close to completing problem 4 as well! My performance was good enough to put me in 14th place, advancing me to semi-finals.
Semi-finals took place on Saturday morning, which also happened to be my 22nd birthday! This was the second competition I have ever had on my birthday, so I was hoping for the best! Out of the 4 semi-finals problems, I completed 1 and 4. Problem 1 and 4 were both vertical/slabby climbs and I could really feel my home wall training paying off! Once I completed climbing I felt confident that I climbed well, but I had to wait out the rest of the round to see if I advanced to finals. It was certainly nerve-wracking, but I was pleased to have advanced to finals in 6th place!
Placing 6th and making finals put me in the position where I was already qualified for the US National Bouldering Team, so I was thrilled to have the option to climb my best in finals and hopefully improve my placing! Unfortunately I ended up not improving upon my 6th place, but I climbed well and had a great time! Placing 6th at Nationals was a great way to celebrate my 22nd birthday :)
Now I am back home and looking forward to relaxing for a few days and continuing to train hard for the World Cup circuit that starts in April. 2016 has been off to a great start and I am looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store.
Before I end my blog I would also like to thank my AWESOME sponsors, friends, family, and fans for their continued support, you are all amazing!
On to the next adventure...