After finishing with competition in Chongqing there wasn’t long till I had the chance to show my best one more time here in China. In between both competitions there is a week. Just enough time to recover from previous competition and to do two easier sessions on the wall.
It was 5th of May and it was time for action again. Feeling quite well recovered and with my confidence high I was determined to not mistakes in qualifications this time. The only thing that was a bit worrying was my skin as it was super thin after Chongqing finals. Therefore I was sweating quite a lot which was a problem in the heat.
On the other hand that was just one more reason to not make to many tries in qualification round to save some skin for next rounds. Goals were set, focus was high and feeling on the wall was on spot. Everything was ready for me to transfer it from isolation zone to the mats. For fourth time in a row it happened. I felt in control and was able to finish the round with 5 tops in 9 attempts. That was enough for 11th place.
Delighted with my performance the previous day I was feeling confident in the next round. Even the skin didn’t feel too bad. It definitely was not the coolest day and it was only getting warmer I was glad that I was starting a bit earlier. Compared to the other day warming up felt just as good and I was ready for the second round.
The first semifinal problem required some luck, because the top move required you to hit a covered crimp. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it off, although I came really close a few times. Nevertheless I was not feeling stressed after not topping it was I knew there are 3 more problems to come.
That’s when it got real though. After the first problem, the next three consisted mostly of climbing on volumes. Not much more to say, except that I was sliding of every single volume. I don’t know if it was the heat or just my sweaty fingertips but I definitely didn’t feel to weak for the problems. I was completely disappointed by finishing the round with only one bonus and ending on 20th place.
In moments like this I don’t feel bad because of the final result but because I wasn’t able to climbing properly on problems. Furthermore it’s always hard to reflect after round like this as I don’t know if I should be sad or just happy that this year season started really good.
In the end I think it’s always good to look at things from both sides – the good and the bad. I think that moments like this are sometimes even good for me. They remind me of what a privilege is to climb in finals and that I have a lot room for improvements.
So lesson learned and lots of new motivation for training till next world cup – Munich. I will be sure to make most of it and come back stronger both mentally and physically.
Hope you enjoyed reading and you’ll see me back on the wall in just about 2 weeks time.