Youth Regionals for rope was last weekend and it was so much fun! A huge thanks goes out to Canyons climbing gym and all of the people involved in organizing the comp. The comp was very well organized and stayed on schedule (which is a rarity) and the routes were awesome! I’m look forward to divisionals, but now I'm focusing on training for Teva. It’s been a while sense I’ve bouldered, so I'm going to have to try to build up some power endurance again.
I was the first one out in the regionals comp, which for seem reason seems to happen often. We had four minutes per route and four routes. The first two routes were on top rope, and they were very fun (probably 5.10 and 5.11). The next two were on lead and were a little bit trickier, but still just as fun (they were probably 5.12 and 5.12+). The hardest part about them for me was not the individual moves but the time. Although the walls at Canyons are relatively short, both routes wound around the walls and across them, so I almost timed out on all my routes. The truth is that I've always been a slow climber, and I'm currently working on my climbing speed, because competitions almost always mean time limits, and it’s just something I'm going to have to get used to. After I toped all my routes, I was sent to a secondary iso were I got to wait for the rest of my group to finish. One other climbed also topped all the routes, Dana Riddle, so we got to do a super final on the male's fourth route. Unfortunately, I did not top this route; however I did end up first. Like I said before, my biggest problem was time; I got so flustered because I knew that I only had second left that I fell. I know, it’s not a good excuse, but like I said, I'm working on it. Right now, however; I’m working on training for the Teva mountain games. I feel so unprepared! It’s really hard to train for two disciplines at once. Since I've been training for regionals, I feel like I've lost all my power endurance! Now that regionals is over, I've started training bouldering again and doing tons of pull ups and push-ups. My back is so sore. Hopefully within in two weeks I'll be ready. Until them, I'm practically going to live in the gym!