The last two weeks have been pretty insane. I've always thought that I do more schoolwork in the last two weeks of the semester than I do all year, and this year it felt no different. Studying for finals, writing papers, starting (and finishing) projects the night before they're due, it all gets pretty exhausting. Somehow though I've made it through, but not before coming down with an evil little cold. Luckily I've got a couple weeks to kick back, relax, and recover through Mom's delicious Christmas cookies.
Let's rewind a bit to a couple days. I found myself driving up Flagstaff Mountain after school on a cold, grey December day. My goal for the afternoon was to tick off AKR, an old Jim Karn boulder put up in the 80's. AKR is an easier variation of Jim Holloway's notoriously difficult V12 Trice. It starts the same as Trice, but goes left hand to the bad three finger pod crimp, then punches right hand to a decent hold with a hard twisting swing. It then climbs a couple of easier moves up a sloping arete, clocking in at about V11. I warmed up and quickly jumped on AKR. It took me a couple goes to find the right body positions and to figure out how to take the first hold right, but eventually I pulled on and went to the top! With my mission a success, I packed up and headed down to The Spot for a quick training session. Everyone always seems to hate on Flagstaff, yet over the years I've grown to love it. The rock may not be the best and the problems definitely aren't world class, but it's where I first discovered outdoor bouldering almost 6 years ago, and for that it holds a special place in my heart.
Rewind even more to December 8th. Once again ABS Youth Regionals had rolled around, and for the second year in a row it was held at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in Fort Collins, CO. The format this year was a bit different than usual. Due to the extremely large number of competitors (almost 200?!), there was only one round, onsight format with 6 problems and 5 minutes per problem. I didn't climb until around 6 PM, so I had a lazy morning and then made the hour drive to Fort Collins with the parents. I arrived at the gym, jumped into Iso, and the rest, as they say, is history. After all was said and done, I had a near perfect comp, flashing problems 1 through 5 and topping problem 6 second go. This performance was enough to land me in first place! Now I just have to get rid of this cold so I can start training for Divisionals next month down in sunny Tucson, Arizona!
Happy holidays to all, and may you have a send filled 2013!