Hi again everyone!
I just returned home from one of my biggest competitions of the year, Open Bouldering Nationals. This event took place over 2 days in Salt Lake City, Utah and ultimately decided the 2018 US Bouldering Team.
Qualifiers took place on Friday morning. We climbed 5 boulder problems in a 4 minutes on, 4 minutes off onsight format. Below is my analysis of each boulder as well as a video of my send/high point.
Boulder 1: A nice slab with a tricky first move. Once you did the move across the slab to the side wall you were mostly finished with the hard part of the boulder. The remainder of the boulder wasn't too bad as long as you were careful and paid attention to your feet.
Boulder 2: All volumes, I definitely had a hard time working this problem and figuring it out. This pointed out a weakness for me for sure!
Boulder 3: A clean overhanging line with a committing first move, I made sure to take my time with the overhanging section so I didn't have to do the start move again!
Boulder 4: This boulder is definitely witnessed better in the video. It was slightly overhanging with a committing heel hook at the top!
Boulder 5: A drop down to volumes, a quick crawl across the volumes, and then a jump up the vertical wall...I thoroughly enjoyed this boulder!
My performance in qualifiers put me in 8th place and secured a spot in semi-finals the following morning.
The format of semi-finals is slightly different than qualifiers, we only have 4 boulders, but we switch to a 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off onsight format.
Boulder 1: A much more delicate slab than yesterday, I liked the overall flow of this boulder.
Boulder 2: This boulder wasn't super powerful until the finishing move. Only 2 competitors (Alex & Ashima) sent this boulder.
Boulder 3: A very powerful problem with campusing in the middle section, I did not have my best performance on this boulder. It definitely pointed out another weakness for me.
Boulder 4: A vertical climb with a difficult mantle press at the beginning. This is the one boulder I felt like I should have sent but didn't.
My climbing in this round put me in 10th place. While I climbed well, only the top 6 athletes make finals. However, 10th place should secure a spot on the US Bouldering Team for 2018, which was my ultimate goal of the event.
Overall it was a fun, exciting weekend, and showed me many areas in which I can and need to improve. For the next few months I will be training and preparing for the upcoming World Cup season. As of right now I plan to attend all of the events, so it will be a busy year ahead!
On to the next adventure...
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