Hi again everyone!
This weekend marked my first big competition of the year, Bouldering nationals...and it was awesome!
This year Bouldering nationals took place in Salt Lake City. I have always liked Salt Lake City and have had great memories of other competitions here, so I was excited to be back.
A record number of competitors competed this year, around 60 women and 125 men. While this meant long isolation times for men, it was great to have such an amazing turnout.
Qualifier started on Friday with 5 boulder problems. I flashed problems 1, 2, and 5. I fell on the last move of problem 3 and about halfway up on problem 4. This put me in a solid 9th place going into semi-finals. During qualifiers I also had the in-person support of The Law Office of Devin W. Quackenbush. Devin was kind enough to cheer me on during the qualification round. Having supportive sponsors is incredible and it's always fun when they get to see a competition in person.
Semi-finals had 4 boulder problems. I flashed problem 1 and sent problem 2 and problem 4 on my 3rd and 2nd attempts respectively. I climbed well, but this definitely put me in a risky position going into finals. I knew I would either be barely in or out of finals. Unfortunately I was barely out of finals this time. I placed 10th with the top 9 advancing. Usually the top 6 advance to finals, but 9 were taken this year because of defending world champions.
It was definitely disappointing to miss finals by such a narrow window, but I can tell my climbing has dramatically improved, which is always encouraging! I also had a great time watching my friends compete and crush in finals.
Overall the competition was a great experience. The city, the route setting, the venue, etc., it was all great! I feel refreshed and ready to go for this upcoming World Cup season.
So now it's back to life in Arizona and some more training of course!
On to the next adventure,