Just got back from Atlanta. Again. This time, I was there for the US National Team Training camp set up by Claudiu Videscelu, the US Team coach. The camp was six days long at Stone Summit, and everyone there was climbing at a level that pushed everyone to try harder on every single climb.
National Team Training Camp - Josh Levin
I trained for both difficulty and speed climbing, since I am competing in both events at the Youth World Championships in two weeks in Scotland. Overall, the training wasn't as bad as a normal day of practice, but after climbing for 3 hours in the morning and another 5 or so in the afternoon, my skin started to become more like shredded food. The speed climbing training was the hardest by far, and by the end of camp, there were blood trails on every single hold.
However, the camp got me stronger than I've ever felt before worlds. My routes endurance is way up, and I had a blast hanging out with everyone there at camp. I was especially psyched to climb with Ashima Shirashi, the little 9 year old girl that you probably saw sending Power of Silence (v10) in Hueco on DPM. This girl crushed all my projects in the lead cave and boulder area, and she's ready for more. Get ready for the future, everybody.
Anyways, fun camp, getting stronger for worlds every day. Live footage of the competition will be online during September 8-12th. Check it out at http://www.wyc-2010.com/ and get psyched to see some of the best youth climbers in the world compete on the biggest stage there is! USA!!