ISO for qualifiers is always like a big reunion, seeing people for the first time since the last big comp, or even since last year's ABS Nationals. This year definitely was no exception- it seemed like practically everyone came out for the comp, and the running order was the most stacked I had ever seen.
I took a 4 day trip to our neighboring island (Gran Canaria) and could do 6 routes in the 8a/8b range. I’m very happy and motivated with the result as I did two 8a’s on sight. Can’t wait for my next holiday.
I am exactly one month before the start of the world cup series in speed climbing. I’m finishing phase of the toughest workouts, already thinking about the first starts. The winter time I worked very well, rebuilding muscle mass in the injured leg, so that I could return to normal training.
My life has been pretty chaotic these last couple months! I really can’t believe how much time as flown by. I’ve been incredibly busy and consumed with activities; it’s going to be hard to adequately sum it all up! Since I’ve last blogged I’ve been to quite a few comps and have been engaged in a number of adventures. IT HAS BEEN A WIRHLWIND!!!! But now that I’m on spring break, I have time to catch my breath, relax and reflect. It’s so wonderful to finely have some free time!
This past spring break I got to go back to Hueco Tanks for only four climbing days, which made me a bit nervous. So far this semester has been crazy busy, I became the Texas A&M climbing coach, my leadership organization is really active, and tests pretty much isolate me from everything for about a week and a half every four weeks. Basically this means that my climbing has been the thing to suffer. Since January, I had climbed maybe 6 times before leaving for El Paso, so roughly twice a month…..
Growing up to pass time at the hockey rink while Charlie played, I could be found up in the rafters. I would climb the scaffolding, and when my parents went to look for me, they just had to look up. Well, Red Bull and I chose to take this scaffolding idea to a bigger arena: Quite literally. Red Bull owns The New York Red Bulls and the old Giant’s Stadium in Harrison, NJ, just outside of NYC. With the help and support of both Red Bull and Petzl, we had an incredibly savvy crew at the arena...