In this blog we pick up on part 2 of my China adventure, the Tai’an World Cup!
After Chongqing we flew to Shanghai to spend a few days there before the Tai’an World Cup. Shanghai has a great gym, PONGO, and the city of Shanghai is very fun to visit with all of the exciting sights to see!
On Tuesday and Wednesday we had training sessions at PONGO. Getting to train with athletes from other teams is definitely one of my favorite parts of going to the competitions. We always have so much fun climbing together at the gyms. The competitions are fun, but of course they are taken more seriously than our fun training sessions :)
On Thursday we took a train ride from Shanghai to Chongqing, it was only 4 hours long on a bullet train. I got to see a lot of the green Chinese countryside during the train ride. I also caught up on a few episodes of My Favorite Murder (this is my favorite podcast to listen to when I travel).
I spent the better part of Friday morning doing a workout outdoors, which was fun for me. After my morning workout we walked around town a little bit and ended up visiting the Daimiao Temple. The temple was beautiful and expansive, it seemed like it went on forever! Other members of the team attended registration and the technical meeting, so I spent the rest of the night relaxing.
The women climbed in the afternoon again on Saturday. We were split into two separate groups (A &B) due to the volume of competitors. Below is a video of my highpoint on all of the boulders and then a short breakdown of how the boulders felt to me. My final score was 3T5Z, 6 7. An easier reading of the score is: 3 Tops, 5 Zones, 6 Attempts to Top, 7 Attempts to Zone.
Boulder 1: With a high foot at the beginning and some delicate moves near the end I flashed this boulder, making it a great start to the round.
Boulder 2: Funky and finicky is the best way to describe this boulder. None of the hands or feet were particularly bad…but something about their positioning made the movements not feel totally comfortable. Luckily I also flashed this boulder.
Boulder 3: This boulder was strange because it did not feel particularly difficult until the move below the lip where your feet cut. I fell at this move a few times before deciding to rest and save my energy for the next boulder.
Boulder 4: This boulder felt especially tricky for me. I had some issues moving around the start volume, but once I was closer to the top the holds got better and I was able to send the boulder.
Boulder 5: I felt confident going into this slab boulder, but couldn’t quite stick the second to last hold. After I finished the round I realized that the issue was that I had been going with the wrong hand to the hold…oops!
My climbing put me in 12th place in my group and 23rd overall. Once again I missed out on semi-finals…but this performance felt much better than Chongqing.
Competitions are tough and there is always something new to learn. After this competition I was able to enjoy 2 lovely weeks at home before heading off to Tokyo!
On to the next adventure…