Hi again everyone!
What a crazy week it has been. I have now been home for a few days from Switzerland where the first World Cup of the season took place!
It was a great weekend. Despite the livestream drama (PS, it's free indefinitely now), the first bouldering World Cup of the season was an awesome event.
I arrived in Zurich on Tuesday where I spent the afternoon getting settled in and having a great bouldering session at Minimum that night. The next day my mom and I visited Kunsthaus Zurich (art museum) and had another session at Minimum that night. The highlight of Zurich, besides the awesome climbing at Minimum, was seeing a Van Gogh in person at the museum! It was nice to do something "touristy" since we weren't so jet lagged this trip.
On Thursday we took the train to Meiringen and attended the opening ceremony for the competition. It was great to see everyone that I haven't seen for so long and catch up with old friends.
On Friday the women's qualifiers were in the afternoon. I sent 4 of the 5 problems (my score was 4T16 4B10). I really liked the problems and learned that there is one specific move (on problem 2), that I really need to work on! My favorite problem was definitely the 5th problem which had a big dyno for the first move and a last move that created many great falls! The video of my highpoint or send on each problem is below:
Even with so many attempts I was lucky to sneak into semi-finals in 10th place (for my category). My goal for this season was to make semi-finals at each World Cup...so I think it has been off to a good start so far!
In semi-finals, the boulder problems were hard! In hindsight, I believe I could have sent the first and fourth problems with some different beta. I know problem 2 and 3 would have required some work to send. Overall I was really happy with my performance. Despite not making any tops, I made no major mistakes. I ended up placing 18th with afinal score for the round of 0t 2b6. The video of my highpoint on each problem is below:
Finals was a great show as always. Despite the boulder problems being HARD, they were all eventually sent for men and women. Making finals is definitely a goal of mine, but I always love watching everyone else climb and seeing how they climb the problems.
The next day (Sunday), we began our journey home to Arizona. Despite a few delays we made it home safe and sound. It's nice to be back in the sun for a few weeks before I head off to the Nanjing World Cup!
On to the next adventure...