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Snowy February in France

[singlepic id=305 w=320 h=240 float=right] A few days ago, I look out my window and wake up to this… It’s now the coldest time of year in France with temperatures dropping to -12 in Paris, and according to the weather forcast, it “feels” like -20. I wonder how Marshal is doing in Fontainebleau at the moment… I’ve been continuing my training after getting home from Font. It’s been pretty good besides the temperatures dropping below freezing. I’ve been working on power mostly, in preparation for ABS Nationals and I’m feeling good. I find that whenever I’m gearing up towards these competitions, it almost feels like a giant mind game. I know that I want to get stronger, I think about ABS every other day, and I’m trying to train enough so that I get stronger but not too much where I just get tired. Since I got back from Font, I’ve trained about 6 times and on only 1 day did I feel pretty bad. [singlepic id=304 w=500 h=240 float=center]   I have just over 2 weeks left before ABS and I’m going to continue what I’m doing. There’s a training camp that I’m going to be attending with Mathilde in two weeks which will mark the last “training” day before ABS. People often ask me what I expect to place in ABS and honestly, I’m always aiming to podium. Last year was a crazy year with Daniel Woods (the strongest at the competition) missing finals mostly due to the format of rules… I did end up winning, but it was close, and exciting. I’m almost just as excited to head to my first ever Hueco Rock Rodeo after the ABS weekend. I haven’t been to Hueco for at least 3 years, and my last trip there was pretty disappointing. I thought I was stronger than I actually was and mostly got shut down. This year, I’m going to try and stay optimistic. I have a few lines that I want to try, but I really just want to have fun, try new stuff and get some good video playing with my new camera! [singlepic id=306 w=320 h=240 float=left]   I’m also going to have the chance to climb with my “coach” Mike Doyle. He’s going to take the time out of his busy work schedule and try to meet me in Hueco Tanks. That should also make the trip that much sweeter. During my trip to ABS and Hueco, I’ll be actively blogging for the Sportiva LIVE website and updating photos of my trip. I’m not sure what’ll happen about the format of the posts and photos but if you have suggestions on how they should be released, just post them as a comment to let me know!

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      Sean McColl

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      I realize that this may be inconvenient, but it’s just one click to read the article. The problem is that if one can read the whole things through RSS, I won’t be able to track how many actually visit my site. If the article seems interesting in the snippit, it should be worth one click I think.

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    Unai

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    Dear Sean, in march 17-18 we are organizing a bouldering comp. Paul rob, Daniel, Nacho Sánchez will come, as well internacional route setters. We have ben open for 10 days but we aré keen to do it just before the world cup season starts.
    If you want to come we are in Madrid, we have nothing to offer you apart of the wall and the comp itself. Thank you. Unai
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      Sean McColl

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      I’ll be in Hueco Tanks until just before that so it would be very hard to make it out. I don’t get back to Toulouse until the day before the competition anyways. It sounds like a good competition with some great names as well!

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      Gelu

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      The Climb!
      By far the best gym in Spain!
      P.Rob, Mr.Woods, Nacho… that competition looks promising, I’ll be there to level things down 😛

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    Wes

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