I have been training a lot recently with and without my team at the Austin Rock Gym and have been climbing almost every day preparing for nationals. When I go climb I mostly train for endurance and a little bit of power for some bouldering strength which has helped me improve my climbing immensely.
Training and Divisoinals - Joseph Gifford
Divisional's at Summit in Dallas was a great competition. There was two climbs for qualifiers and one for finals. The first route started off as a pretty easy climb with a tricky finish, the bottom wasn't too difficult of a climb and at the top there was a small crimp and another crimp right before a terrible green slopey sucker hold. I used the slopers instead of dinoing to the top and fell. My second climb was a long route with a hard end going into a roof on a arch at the gym and then went up into a face finish. I got through the roof with a couple of heel hooks and then onto the slopey face and fell.
The finals route was really cool it started out with a huge feature going to some textured pinches and then a sweet Dino to a sloper on a vertical feature and then to some intermediate crimps and slopers. the really cool part of the climb was a huge stalactite cube that you had do a downwards jump to a good half moon hold and then went into some campus like moves into the feature, the next move went into a textured sloper match cross to a crimp and then to another sloper to a crimp with a small triangle feature beside the crimp and then a optional crimp Dino beta to the top. I fell on the last sloper trying to grab the not so textured as I thought pyramid feature instead of going to the obvious good crimp. I thought going to the pyramid would be cool but it wasn't so cool when I fell slipping off the slik plastic. I ended up in third place and had a great time at the summit competition.