This past weekend was the SCS Youth Nationals Competition in Atlanta. It was a great comp and I'd like to start off by thanking all the volunteers and route setters for all their hard work. The comp went very smoothly and all the competitors had a great time! My favorite part of any competition is getting the opportunity to climb new and hard routes, which is what I always get when I go to Stone Summit! I ended up sending all my routes, for the second year in a row, and placing first!
I like to start off the week before any comp by hydrating. It takes about three days to hydrate, so starting at least three days before I compete; I try to drink a gallon of water a day. Staying hydrated helps preventing shaking on the wall. The first two days of the comp were flash format, and unfortunately I was last in the running order. After climbing both days, I would go hang out with friends or just try to relax. I'd try to leave the gym because being in it too long makes a four day competition seem even longer. The next two days were onsight format, which is what I'd prefer. On Sunday, finals day, I had to go out last from iso. I was really nervous, but I tried to distract myself by talking to the other competitors and my coach. Being nervous is good a thing; it keeps you on your toes, but it's always better to climb relaxed. After exchanging a few jokes and stories with others, I was ready to climb. My route stared off juggy, but the holds got worse as I progressed. At the top, the route got cruxy and I was a little sketched out, but still I hung on. The endurance and the power that my coaches Kim Puccio, Matt Dendy, and John Proctor have been working with me to build up came in handy. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, out of the 15 kids on my team that received and invitation to Nationals, about 10 kids made it to sport or speed finals. Overall, Team Southern Rock has had a great year.