28 juli 2012

Worldcup Briancon

Foto: Nonstop Climbing

Last weekend I competed in the Worldcup in Briancon. After Chamonix, this was mainly a mental challenge. I had one week to get mentally prepared. Just before the competition I was pretty confinced that I did the right things during the couple of days I was at home. I didn't know if I was able to climb perfectly right away, but I felt really excited and didn't care too much about the results. This made me feel really relaxed. The feeling remained during the qualification. I really enjoyed the amazing routes and was able to fight until I was too pumped to hold any other hold. It was enough to make semi-finals.

The semi-finals were great. I could keep my head cool, took some rests at the right places and I managed to make the crux move where many people fell. I would have placed 14th if I shouldn't have made a mistake in the beginning of the route. When my foot slipped. my hand got stuck in the rope. In a reflex I grabbed the rope for a second. It didn't influence my climbing, but the judge decided that I had help of the rope and placed my back to the 26th position. I was really disappointed to end last in semi-finals after climbing so amazing for myself, but the decision was made and I couldn't change it anymore. At least it gave me some confirmation that I am strong enough to compete with top 20 climbers and that I can really push my limits in an international competition. Right now it's time to relax and climb some outdoors in Ceuse, before going to Imst for the next Worldcup. I can't wait. A summer full off climbing, nice!!!

1 opmerking:

  1. Dag Nikki,

    Wat een mooie reflectie op je klimmen tijdens de halve finale. Als je wilt: we hebben nog veel meer foto's van jou gemaakt. Je kunt ze vinden op ons blog (nonstopclimbing.nl), maar ik wil eventueel ook wel een apart linkje voor je maken in Picasa. Laat maar weten,

    Groeten van Esther