Two years ago, when I moved to Georgia, climbing and I had a bit of a falling out. I never actually stopped climbing all together, but I would only go to the gym once or twice a week, and when I was there, well.. there were other places that I'd rather be. This year, I made a point to not try hard in the gym. I would go with my friends and hang out, goof off, and every once and a while, I would try a boulder problem. I made climbing something it had never been to me- a hobby. And for the first time in a long time, I loved it.
Vail World Cup - Francesca Metcalf
Once school was done for the year, I was refreshed enough to start taking climbing seriously again- and just in time, because I was going to Vail to compete in the Go Pro world cup in four weeks, and one of those weeks I was in England, not climbing. About five days before I left for Vail, I flew back home to Boston and trained one-on-one with a coach for a few days. The hours I spent in the gym seemed to fly by, and I was reminded how thrilling it can be to be pushed to your max. Even though it wasn't much training, I went to Vail feeling strong and confident in my climbing- maybe not because I thought I was actually as strong as I could be, but because I finally re-found my passion for the sport that my life had revolved around for my entire life.
Competing in Vail was just as enjoyable. I finished the first climb in three attempts, with about three seconds left on the clock. I got the bonuses on all of the other climbs- which was my goal for the comp- so I was very happy with my climbing. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that American and IFSC scoring differed in the order of importance. IFSC takes falls to tops before bonuses, which meant that even though I got more bonus holds than a lot of people, I ended up in 23rd since it took me so many attempts to finish the first problem. If I had flashed the first problem, I would have gotten 14th place, and a spot in semifinals, but sadly, I didn't.
Since I was done climbing for the weekend, my mom and I decided to go back to Boulder and try out some hiking that my mom had heard good things about. I had never done any hiking for the sake of hiking before, and I have climber legs (you know what I'm talking about), so I was a bit skeptical, but it actually wasn't bad. There were some really great views, and my Five Ten hiking shoes were fabulous! I'm going to Peru next week and hiking Machu Picchu, so hopefully that was good practice!