Once I arrived in Seattle I was overwhelmed by how beautiful Seattle was, even though I was drenched by the rain. Soon enough I came back to reality, there is a comp tomorrow morning but not just any comp.. Division 1 Championship for ABS season. This was the first time that there is a Divisions for ABS season (usually it is regionals then to nationals).
I walked into ISO and put on my Anasazis and began to worm up and drink lots of water! I was expecting that the routes will be very challenging. Therefore I was trying to not think negative thought but at the same time I was telling myself that its ok if I don't make it to the finish hold. The mind set of isolation comps is the hardest for me.
"Riley Joyce is on deck!". That was when the reality struck me. My heart was beating so hard I could not concentrate on my breathing or mental perspective for this comp.
Soon enough I realized that I was on my first route. With a heel hook and trying to lock of on a sloper. All I could think about was everyone cheering me on. I was not expecting this many people to come see me climb.
This comp came down to as close as who touched the hold vs. who was stable on the hold before they fell.