As always, the months before Nationals have been pretty slow, not very eventful, and consisting almost primarily of training and ramping up for the comp. Besides a few things, it's been training, training, training, and on the days that I'm "not" training I'm cross-training. But of course, the only thing worse than losing a national title is losing and knowing I could've done more to perform better, and I never want to experience that feeling. Training this year has been largely mental, not that I'm training to up my mental game, nor that training is un-motivating, but that I...
May went by very fast! We started the month at the sea in Finale Ligure (Italy). We spent some time swimming (in the wet suits, because the sea was still rather cold) and of course climbing in nice spots 20min from the coast. All this wouldn’t be possible without my mother in law, Nathalie, who played with Tommy when we were climbing with Nico.
SCS regionals were a few weeks ago, down in Rockville, Maryland. I drove down the day before the comp, which was also my last day of classes, to stay with my friend Kerry for the night. We ended up having a 4-hour AP biology study session for most of the evening, since we were both taking the exam the next Monday, and crashed at about 11:30 since the comp was the next morning.
Another impressive line sent last weekend in the south of Spain, paradise of perfect rock. "Momento Payaso",8b+ a long, sustained and hard tufa climbing.