A few days ago I came back from one of the best World Cups I have ever attended. Innsbruck was truly a magical place, between the beautiful mountains, supportive crowd, and great weather, the competition was memorable.
Instead of flying straight to Innsbruck I spent the first few days of my trip in Munich. I fell in love with Munich after my first visit for the World Cup last August so I was really excited to be in the city again. I was able to train at Boulderwelt, which is one of my favorite gyms, and get used to yet another time zone!
After taking a 1.5 hour train ride I was in Innsbruck where it was cold and rainy! Luckily the next day the cold and rain cleared up for qualifiers and I was able to see the amazing mountain scenery. It's crazy how clouds clearing up can really change the surrounding views.
In qualifiers I sent 3 of the 5 boulders but unfortunately had too many attempts to advance to semi-finals. I flashed the first boulder and topped the second and fifth boulders with seconds to go on the clock! It's always exciting to finish a boulder right when time is about to run out, it gets your adrenaline going! Unfortunately I missed an integrated dyno on problem three and that was definitely what held me back. Looking back at it I felt silly for mis-reading the dyno, but now I know I will never miss a dyno like that again!
The morning of semi-finals I did some training at Tivoli with other athletes who also did not advance to the semi-final round. Then I watched a great semi-finals and then an exciting finals round. During finals I was able to help Charlie Boscoe with the commentary, which was so much fun for me! It was cool to be behind the scenes and try my hand at commentating.
Overall I had a great time during my trip to Innsbruck. It seemed so quick compared to the past trip I did to Switzerland, Japan, Korea, and China! Traveling is getting easier every time I leave and now a 10 hour flight seems short to me!
My next World Cup is in Vail at the GoPro Mountain Games on June 10-11. I am looking forward to competing in the US and training hard until the next competition!
On to the next adventure...