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Disappointment at ABS13

I’ve just gotten the bus back from the competitions here at ABS 13, and I’m still a bit shocked by the results. I missed finals by one place and now finish in 7th. The disappointing part is that it came to one attempt. I’ve had a good hour to let the results sink in, and I’m just disappointed with the results, not my climbing. I thought I climbed pretty well, excluding the little slips here and there. I topped all 4 problems in semis, and some of them were battles. On problem 2 and 3, I finished the problem with under 20 seconds left. I guess my mind is really just going over the first, second and fourth boulder. The first boulder, I literally pulled on, did the first move and as I was pulling up my left heel, I just kind of fell backwards. I stepped on a minute later and fired the problem second go. The second is getting more painful as I flashed the problem to the last move, and on the last move, I had my fingers wrapped around the final hold, but they didn’t engage properly and I found myself falling. I rested until the minute warning, and sent it also second go. The fourth one is the most painful to think about because it went like this; I spent 30-40 seconds previewing the problem even though it was pretty straight forward. I was still a bit tired from number 3, and I knew that the climber before me had flashed it. The first move was a sort of jump to a sloper. I pulled on, and jumped slightly too high, my butt came out, and I fell backwards. I literally rested 2 seconds, gave a little grunt and fired it second go as well. If either one of those three things hadn’t of happened, this post wouldn’t be here, and I’d be heading to iso. Sadly, this was not the case, and I’m now the stranger in 7th looking in. It feels good to write, even though this is the 3rd or 4th revision. I started by being mad at myself, then realizing that it’s all part of the game. There are going to be competitions where I climb pretty well, and don’t make the next round. I have to keep my head up and look to the future. In order to succeed, you must first fail, and that drive is what I think about while I train. I can only imagine that this is kind of how Daniel felt after missing finals last year at the same competition. There was never any doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t watch finals, I just wished I was a part of it. The finals this year is stacked and it should be a good show. The finalists this year are: Full results can be found at ABS Nationals website or clicking HERE. I have the utmost respect for these climbers and I wish them good luck in finals. Although I won’t be competing with them, I’ll be front and centre in the crowd to cheer them on! CRUSH!

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    Gelu

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    I admire the way you face situations like this one. You always sound sincere and I respect you for that.

    Missing finals by one attempt has to suck.

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    Nehbur

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    You’re among the best of the world, you had major successes last year, you can’t always be the very best every competition. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Lots of WC’s coming up for you in bouldering and lead. Very, very few people on this planet excel at both. What doesn’t “kill” you makes you stronger 😉 Good luck!

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    […] Sean McColl: It feels good to write, even though this is the 3rd or 4th revision. I started by being mad at myself, then realizing that it’s all part of the game. There are going to be competitions where I climb pretty well, and don’t make the next round. I have to keep my head up and look to the future. In order to succeed, you must first fail, and that drive is what I think about while I train. […]

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    John

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