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World Cup Lessons - Erica Carlson

World Cup Lessons - Erica Carlson
World Cup Lessons - Erica Carlson
World Cup Lessons - Erica Carlson
World Cup Lessons - Erica Carlson
July 25, 2013 - 

After a rough comp, you can do one of two things. You can figure out what you did wrong and see how you can improve it. Or, you can be a grouch about it. Typically, I’m pretty good at learning from a poor comp and making sure I’m not grouchy about it. I can’t say that was the case though for the Boulder World Cup in Vail... I was a grouch trying to learn and learning is nowhere near as easy when you’re frustrated.

I think the reason I was frustrated was because the comp emphasized a style of climbing that I’m not good at but also REALLY haven’t wanted to work on. My coaches had called it out as a weaknesses, climbing friends had called it out. Heck, even I openly talked about it as a weakness. I just did not want to work on it.

My weakness is technical, slabby climbing. I shine when I can power my way through something, everyone knows it, just look at my shoulders if you need proof. ;) A good analogy for how good I am at slab climbing would be that I’m like an elephant in a china shop. WATCH OUT!!!!!

I have never wanted to work on it because after working slabby, technical problems, you don’t really feel like you’ve had a work-out. I need to change my mentality though and think that I’m not capable of climbing as hard as I can in a training session if I’m not technically sound enough.

What am I going to do to get myself there? I think a large part of my issue is my confidence in how strong my legs are. (Doesn’t everyone always say that 80% of competition is mental??) I’m working with my personal trainer to build up power and prove to myself that my legs do have a lot of power. Once I’ve done that, I’m going to start working on explosive and balance-y movements.

The gym owner where I climb has said that me is excited to start building me my own little technical problem. I’m expecting it to emphasize my weakness even more, probably frustrate me a bit (ok, maybe even a lot) but in the long run turn me into a stronger, smarter and more well-rounded climber.

I’ve already started working on this, it’s a small step but a step nonetheless... When I’ve been going climbing, I’ve been focusing on working on technical climbs. That’s right, no overhangs, no burl-fests; just me, my footwork and slow, precise movements. I haven’t felt physically like I’d worked very hard but I have crossed a few mental barriers.

Who knows... Maybe one day I’ll even be teaching others how to be more technical climbers. ;)


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