The 14th ABS Open National Championship have come and gone. It was a great event, as always, but as always, I left feeling slightly disappointed in my performance.
It’s been my goal, for the last 3 years, to qualify for the final round at this competition. And each time, I miss it. I thought that maybe it was because I put too much emphasis on caring about the final result, which can often kill a persons ‘mojo’ in competition. So, this year I tried hard not to put emphasis on the final result. I just wanted to compete with a smart head and brave heart. Unfortunately, that too was not enough for me to get into finals. This struggle is a difficult one for me because I truly believe that I am strong enough to hang with those who regularly make finals. I feel as though I train just as hard, if not harder, prior to the event, but when the time comes to perform as such I seem to fall short.
This year was no different. And I don’t have any excuse other than I failed to turn it on on problem #2 and 4 in semi finals. Boulder #2 started on slopey white volumes that were difficult to hold onto (for me). Frankly, I know I could have done those moves quicker in order to get higher on the problem, but I didn’t. I didn’t get pissed enough until the last 30 seconds, and by that time it was a bit too late. And then problem #4…I’m still just as clueless. It was a slab, and normally I don’t have problem with slabs, so this came to surprise me. I literally just didn’t know what to do or how to get up this boulder. I guess you could say, stumped!
But that is how competition goes…on any given day, it can be anyone’s game. While I am disappointed in my performance (because I know that I’m stronger than I performed), I am still trying to view it with the glass half full outlook. After all, placing 12th is my personal best at a bouldering national championship. Congratulations to the top 3 females and males this weekend: Alex Puccio, Andrea Szekely, Isabelle Faus; Daniel Woods, Ian Dory, and Vasya Vorotnikov. For full results and highlights (coming soon) visit www.absnationals.org.
Next competition for me is SCS Open National Championships here in Boulder, CO on April 5 & 6.
Photos coming soon 🙂