I just got home from the first National Cup of the 2017-2018 season, the Yank 'N Yard in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This was my first time competing in the National Cup Series. The series began in 2016, but I decided to give myself a competition rest post-World Cup season.
I had a great time at this competition. I had competed in the Yank 'N Yard many years ago before it was a National Cup, so I was looking forward to competing at it again.
Qualifiers took place on Friday with a modified redpoint format. Female and male open each had 10 boulder problems for out categories that we attempted and were scored for trying/completing. I was able to complete 8/10 boulder problems, putting me in 4th place going into finals.
Finals took place on Saturday evening with a 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off format with four boulder problems. I completed the first boulder problem and reached zone 10 on the second, third, and fourth boulder problem. Below is a quick breakdown of the problems.
Boulder 1: A delicate dihedral, this boulder wasn't too hard, but required accuracy and patience. It was a good boulder to begin the round. This boulder made you focus, but was not impossible to complete.
Boulder 2: The first few opening moves of this overhanging boulder were quite difficult, but the hardest move was definitely the jump to zone 15! I was unable to get set up for the big move, but everyone who stuck the big move had a huge one arm swing towards the crowd!
Boulder 3: This boulder was nearly all volumes. I fell at zone 10, where the key was to put your right toe on the point of a volume and jump to the next volume.
Boulder 4: The first move of this boulder was balancey, and once you were established the intended beta was to do a huge sideways dyno. I luckily managed to cheat the dyno by palming the side wall. After this you cruised through an overhang with a series of toe hooks to the finish.
I ended up placing 5th, with the other competitors listed below.
1. Alex Puccio
2. Brooke Raboutou
3. Kyra Condie
4. Meagan Martin
5. Sierra Blair-Coyle (Me!)
6. Natalia Grossman
7. Maya Madere
8. Lucy Humphreys
Overall I am very happy with my performance at the competition. There are a few things I need to clean up in finals, but for the most part I am performing well. I think my biggest accomplishment for this competition and for the Southwest Boulder Fest was the fact that I made it into finals in the middle and top of the pack of competitors. It is difficult to make finals, and it is nice to make finals in a secure position versus the last qualifying place.
My next competition is the Battle of the Bay in San Francisco on November 10-11.
On to the next adventure...