The competition started the next day and I was really excited. My ISO time wasn’t until late in the day so I could wake up late and just relax for most of the day. When I went into ISO the first thing that I noticed were all of the system boards. These were great because my coach and I could make up problems to work on moves that I thought might be on my routes. There were four problems the first day. The first was a slab that wasn’t super hard but I had to be patient on it. The second was a roof where you had to turn upside down. This would make it so that your feet were higher than your head. It was really hard if you didn’t turn upside down but if you did it was pretty doable. The third route was really hard and very few people got past the first few moves. Finally the fourth route was a slab with some balance moves but wasn’t super hard. Overall that day I got 3rd and was really happy. One day isn’t everything, I still had to compete well for the next two days.
ABS Nationals 2014 - A Growing Experience - Matt Grossman
On the second day I was really psyched because I placed well and the routes were great the first day. I warmed up and was ready to climb. The first route started in the steep and was really fun. It required you to stem between the wall and a volume. Then you had to jump to a pocket. I rushed the move and barely got it but didn’t have enough energy to send. On the second one it had a few crimpy moves at the beginning and then a big dyno. I was one of 3 I think to get it. It was really cool having the crowd behind me and cheering me on when I stuck the dyno. I did the campus move to the jug and rested but I had little time left. I got to the hold before the finish but didn’t have enough time or energy to finish it. The final route of the day was a slab and had a triangle of crimps that went up and then down to a volume to stand on. I got one foot on the volume but could not finish. I got 9th that day but if I finished the third problem I would have been in 2nd because I did well on the second problem. That goes to show that one move can make a huge difference.
Overall I had a great time at ABS Nationals 2014. The routes were amazing and the setting was the best it has ever been. Above all I grew as a person and got better at accepting defeat. I am looking forward to the up coming ropes & speed climbing season and will be back stronger then ever at ABS next year. I'm too young to compete in the SCS Open Nationals, but will be there operating a live stream camera for the louder than 11 crew. Make sure to watch it live on April 4th & 5th - lt11.com
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