My World Cup season starterThe first World Cup competition of the year didn’t go exactly as planned. It feels now like I’ve tripped out of the starting gate and I’m trying to figure out how to go back in time. In reality I cannot and I’m already looking forward to the next competition which is in Innsbruck this weekend. This quote is quite appropriate in my situation. “Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” -Thomas Wayne This first Bouldering World Cup for me was in Grindelwald and a combination of a fear elements left me in 21st place, one out of semi finals. The thing that bugged me the most about my performance was that I didn’t feel challenged in the round. I flashed 3 of the qualifiers, took 3 tries on the slab and couldn’t solve the 4th. In total I had 4 tops in 6 tries. It’s my fault for not being able to do the 4th problem when I should’ve been able to. The first competition for me is always a bit awkward. I’ve been training hard since January but I don’t know how it’ll shape up against the other climbers. I still went out confident and just wanted to climb well. I climbed pretty well but that 4th boulder was my kryptonite that day. On top of that there were a few climbers that managed to do all 5 and just pushed me out. They had a better round than me and I know that on a good day I do all 5 boulders flash. I hope my next post after Innsbruck will be longer and filled with a more positive vibe. My 21st place is also a good reminder to myself that even I can fail. I will try to learn from my mistakes so they don’t happen again. I also remind myself that when I do more than 20 competitions in a season, they aren’t all going to turn out perfect. It’s unfortunate that it happened on the first big one of the season but I still won Canadian Nationals. I leave for Innsbruck this Thursday and get another weekend of World Cup Bouldering. I’ve had lots of fun the last two years here in Innsbruck and it’s great to see all my friends who live there as well. After that I’ll be heading to Sheffield for a Mammut video shooting of the first 8c+ (5.14c) route.
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