The competition was the Québec championship bouldering. This competition was not too good for me. I got good things and bad things from it. The bad thing was that I did not do finals. The good thing was that I tested a new competitive strategy and it did not work.
Competition, Amusement Action Directe, Quebec - Hans Christian Montenegro
The competitors were selected and qualified in the boulder competition on December 15 (Horizon Roc gym). As a result, there were 13 climbers in open category for this event. The competition had five problems for qualification and four problems for finals. The warming up zone was very bad. I tried to do my best in order to get ready for the first problems but the warming wall only had big holds and, no place for chin-up exercises. Then, I could not warm up properly. When I saw the first problem, I thought that it was easy. I did my first try and I fell two holds before the top. I was feeling good and strong, then I decided to change my general strategy (conservation energy and have good rests) and I decided to do all the possible tries in five minutes (for testing my endurance). Well, the result was a very tired climber and I did not do the first problem. I tried all the other problems but I was complete pumped and I could not close my hands. At the third, I managed to do one flash top. In addition, I realized when you are tired you make easily mistakes. For example, at the last problem, I did not see a key foot and I lost my first try. Then I took more time for reading the problem and I saw the key foot. I did my second try and I got the zone hold. If I had gotten the zone in my first try, I would have done finals.
I got 6th place at the end of the qualification round. Only five went to finals.
I learned two things:
1. Never change your general strategy during the competition.
2. Keep your energy high because you need it for mental focus (not only for physical strength).