Hello again everyone!
This blog is obviously way overdue…but after the Vail World Cup I was swamped with packing and preparing for my Iceland trip!
Since we are so delayed…I will jump right into it!
After being home from Tokyo for 2 full days, I flew to Denver on Thursday with my parents. My mom has traveled with me to all of the World Cup’s this year, but my dad made the journey to Vail as well!
After landing in Denver and picking up our rental car, we made a quick stop at True Food Kitchen (a favorite restaurant that we also have in Scottsdale), grabbed everything we needed at Whole Foods, and made the 2 hour drive to Vail.
Once in Vail I caught a quick nap and then made my way to the US team meeting we have every year in Vail. This year USA Climbing brought extra jerseys they had from previous years, so I was able to take home some great jerseys to train in at home!
Qualifiers began on Friday afternoon for women. This was especially nice for me because I was still holding onto some jet lag from being in Tokyo the previous week.
The boulders were set hard in qualifiers. A video and breakdown of the boulders is below.
Boulder 1: Beginning with a mantle, the boulder then turned into a semi-delicate slab. I sent this boulder on my second attempt.
Boulder 2: Volumes, volumes, volumes is the only way to describe this boulder. Despite my best efforts, it felt really difficult.
Boulder 3: The hardest move on this boulder seemed to be the huge right hand gaston to a big, incut crimp.
Boulder 4: This boulder was an integrated dyno with a tricky top section.
Boulder 5: Even though this boulder was on a slightly overhanging wall, it felt more like a slab. Luckily I was able to complete the boulder in the last minute of my climb time.
Ultimately, the boulders were set HARD this round. My score ended up being 2T6 2Z5 (2 tops in 6 attempts, 2 zones in 5 attempts), meaning I didn’t even reach the zone on 3 of the 5 boulders! Luckily my score put me in 9th place in my group, meaning I would advance to semi-finals on Saturday morning.
After qualifiers I spent the rest of the evening relaxing and getting ready for my early wake-up time for semi-finals.
Semi-finals were also set very hard. A video and breakdown of the boulders is below.
Boulder 1: A difficult first move led to some more vertical top movement. I definitely think I could have sent this boulder if I had figured out the bottom section sooner.
Boulder 2: This boulder was comprised of mainly small, dual-texture crimps. I fell going from the zone to the next volume.
Boulder 3: Another integrated dyno (like they had set the day before). I was close to sticking the dyno, but was unable to make it happen.
Boulder 4: A hard, gritty vertical boulder…I fought hard on these volumes but was unable to get much further than the first few moves.
Having no tops, my final score was 0T0 2Z7 (0 tops, 2 zones in 7 attempts). While this was an especially difficult round for me (and everyone else), I walked away in a proud 14th place.
As always, Vail was a very fun competition. It’s nice to have the opportunity to compete in the US after traveling abroad for the majority of the year!
My next World Cup is in Munich in August, then I have the World Championships in Innsbruck a few weeks later. I am excited to spend time in Iceland and then get some good weeks of training once I am home!
On to the next adventure…