It was my first time ever leading in a big comp. My category was stacked with strong competitors. I knew that I was going to have to give 100% on every route. “TIME TIME, climbers you may begin climbing now,” the timer announced. I stepped onto the wall and was instantly in the zone. But that’s not where the competition started. It started that morning when I checked into ISO to warm up for the comp. ISO is always interesting and crowded because there is never enough space, and often there are new competitors at regionals that have no idea how comps like this work.
Regionals – At Berkeley Ironworks - Matt Grossman
The comp started to get fun when I started climbing. The first route wasn't very hard. Almost everyone in our category sent it. The second route was a little harder. The top 4 people in the category sent it and the rest got pretty close to the top. The last route was really hard. The beginning was really easy, but then about ¼ of the way up the route just turned on. It instantly got hard and I was caught off guard. I down climbed thinking that I would be able to get some rest but that was not the case. I climbed back up and gave it my best shot but was too tired and not focused enough to get the move. My climb was good enough to bring home the Silver. There were a bunch of mini cruxes before the move that I fell on. My teammate Seth Rogers was able to push through the move I fell on and got two moves farther. He brought home the Gold.
I also competed in speed, which was really fun, and then volunteered to help out with the rest of the competition and cheered on my teammates and competitors. I ended up getting silver in both sport and speed. I am proud of how I did but I still need to train hard and stay focused for the Divisional comp.