What a whirlwind week it was in Munich. This was definitely one of my quickest international trips, I arrived in Munich on Tuesday and flew home on Sunday!
On Tuesday night Boulderwelt Ost hosted a semi-final simulation for the World Cup starters and it was a great event. The boulders were set well, a strong group of competitors competed, and of course it was fun! Another nice aspect of having a semi-finals simulation is that it helped further prepare the athletes for the World Cup. Not all of the athletes have the opportunity to climb on World Cup style boulders during training. Being able to do something like this simulation at Boulderwelt Ost was very helpful!
After a great round on Tuesday night I headed back into Boulderwelt Ost on Wednesday to try some of the boulders that I had not completed during the simulation. I had a great time working the boulders with other World Cup climbers and of course, hanging out with my friends!
I hoped to do some sightseeing on Thursday, but I ended up sleeping in a bit later than planned due to jet lag. After I woke up we headed over to the Olympia Park and spent some time in BMW Welt before going to registration for the competition. The Olympia Park is beautiful and it is a wonderful place to spend a day, let alone attend a climbing competition.
Since the Munich World Cup was combined with the European Championships, the event had a record number of competitors. Unfortunately for the men this meant that they had an isolation time beginning at 5:30 AM! Luckily the women climbed in the afternoon so I did not have to be in isolation until 4:30 PM, which worked perfectly with my jet-lagged sleep schedule!
Qualifiers were a great mix of powerful and technical boulders. I have broken down a summary of each boulder below and have included a video with my top or high point on each boulder.
Qualifier 1 (Top): A technical slab with a jump across move to a volume at the beginning. The hardest part of this boulder was the finishing move, the last hold was not great and required a lot of body tension to hold. The jump across move at the beginning was not easy, but it was not hard either, it just required commitment and accuracy.
Qualifier 2 (Bonus): This boulder was powerful! On the overhanging wall, it was difficult to complete the ending movements, I definitely reached a certain point where I just felt totally stuck!
Qualifier 3 (Top): Probably my favorite boulder, this yellow problem required a small amount of coordination and a dicey finishing move! The key to completing this boulder was to grab the right side of the finishing hold and slowly matching the top.
Qualifier 4 (Top): This boulder was simple, you get set up into a corner and jump to two positive crimps on a volume. From there it was only two moves until the finishing hold which was a jug.
Qualifier 5 (Bonus): Another overhanging boulder, this one required some power and finagling to complete. Although I did not send the boulder, the general way climbers sent the boulder was to mantle with their left arm and grab the highest crimp with their right arm and then jump to the top.
I ended up placing 7th in Group A with 3T8, 5B6. Since the top 10 climbers from each group make it to semi-finals I was lucky to be heading into the next round!
Semi-finals had an earlier start time than qualifiers, so I was on the train bright and early to head to the venue. Another break down of the boulders and video is below.
Semi-Final 1 (Top): Another delicate slab, there were actually more positive holds on this boulder than expected. The key to sending was trusting your feet and moving slowly throughout every movement.
Semi-Final 2: A tricky start with multiple volumes, the problem ended with a small mantle and then a jump to the finishing hold.
Semi-Final 3: Definitely a crowd pleaser this boulder involved an integrated dyno between three large pinches. This boulder also pointed out how I need to work on my integrated dynos!
Semi-Final 4 (Bonus): The last slab of the semi-finals, the first move involved an integrated toe hook (which actually proved to not be necessary). Past that section was a press into two under clings and a very delicate finish.
My performance put me in 17th place with 1T1, 2B8.
Overall I am incredibly pleased with the Munich World Cup. It is an amazing feeling to make semi-finals at the biggest event of the season (100+ female competitors). Of course mistakes were made, but I look forward to learning from them and progressing my training even more. This was a great way to end my 2017 World Cup season and I look forward to even more progress in 2018!
As for what is next on the books…I have a quick vacation coming up and then I am going into full training mode for the National Cup Series. I cannot wait for these upcoming competitions and I look forward to seeing what comes next!
On to the next adventure…