This past weekend was my 18th birthday! Somehow or other, it ended up coinciding with ABS Open Nationals, which were held in Colorado Springs on February 24th-25th. This year, I put a little more pressure on myself to do well, considering my abysmal performance last year (see post) which involved a 30th place finish and a badly sprained ankle. My goal this year was to make it to semifinals, which also happened to be on my birthday (February 25th). I knew the competition would be tough, and that I would have to work on my weaknesses in order to progress to the next round.
ABS13 Open Nationals - Josh Levin
In the past, I have had a lot of trouble with overhanging crimp-style problems. Whenever I encountered any of these in competition, I always felt like my training had been insufficient to prepare me for that unique style of problem, which always seemed to pop up a lot, especially in big adult competitions. To compensate for that this year, I started training on specifically on overhanging, crimpy, big-move type problems and doing a lot of circuit training and campus-board workouts as well.
In the end, I placed 16th, the best I have ever done! More coming soon...