Archive for May, 2013

01 May 2013

The season begins

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So my first two world cups of the year have been and gone and it as always it has been an incredible experience. Our team this year is great and everyone is very motivated and desperate to succeed.

This year I am lucky to have my girlfriend Victoria traveling with me to all of the European comps and it has been a real boost. Comps are incredibly stressful and difficult environments to be in so having her there has brought a real sense of normality and support which I am thankful for.

As a team we have already had some fantastic results, Shauna is leading from the front and dominating things with what are becoming routine world class performances. Mina and Leah have both been consistent semi finalists and are pushing hard for finals (I am sure this is imminent for both of them). Diane has been climbing well and has also been a semi finalist this year. Michaela had a great qualifying round just missing out on semi’s finishing 24th securing her first world cup points.

As for us guys it has been a somewhat different affair. Ned, Dave, James and myself have all been having a fairly rough time and so far none of us have made a semi final this year. In fairness though it has been extremely close!

Millau Bloc 1In terms of my own climbing I do feel like I have had a good start to the year coming 31st in Millau and 29th in Kitzbühel beating all of last seasons result by some distance. Having said that, I am disappointed not to have made a semi final yet but I do think that I am climbing much more consistently and close to qualifying.

Coming 29th in Kitzbühel was a huge relief as I have now secured some crucial world cup points which in turn have given me a world ranking. This means that I will now be seeded for the rest of the year and my qualifying isolation times will be shorter. This means less stress, less greasy holds and hopefully more chance of qualifying. This is a great feeling and I hope to build on it at the next round in Slovenia next weekend.

I’ve said it before but I do feel really privileged to be traveling the world competing for my country, the first two events have been in amazing places and even if the climbing has not gone totally to plan I have enjoyed the views!

The CastleFinally I am also incredibly excited that I am now acting as a brand ambassador for the Castle Climbing centre. The Castle has always been a favourite training venue of mine and I look forward to becoming even more of a regular face down there. I will also be working with their junior competition squad coaching the next generation of GB boulderers. Competing on the world cup stage with limited support is difficult and I am extremely thankful for their support.

As a team we’ve also set ourselves the task of creating human place names for each competition we attend this year. As you can see so far so good but I have a feeling Log-Dragomer is going to be tricky!

 

Anyway that’s all for now back to the training; lot’s to work on. Stretching, power and onsite practice are on the agenda.