Although the trip to Russia was an amazing experience I will never forget, I am happy to be back in Amsterdam. I think I have never been in a place as depressing as Perm before. Everything is grey; the houses, the sky, the streets, even the cars lost all their colour by the dust they are covered in. The first day we decided to buy some food in a small supermarket. When we opened up our groceries everything turned out to be tasteless and many products had past the expiration date. Although this all sounds really bad, it was actually pretty much fun. we just laughed about all the weird things we saw and didn't take things too seriously.
I had to handle the competition the same way. Just before my first qualification route the organization decided to change the cleaning time. Normally I would be the last climber before the cleaning, but now they wanted to clean first. So I laughed and went off to warm up a bit more. 5 minutes later Mathieu (coach / fysiotherapist) hurried towards me and told me that they had changed their mind again. A similar situation occurred just before I had to climb in the semi-finals. Normally this would have stressed me out completely and I wouldn't have been able to climb properly anymore. This time it made me a bit more tensed. In qualifications I managed to reset during the route and I topped out both qualifications. In semifinals I kept climbing a bit tensed. I could execute the moves smoothly, but the tension on my muscles was much higher than normal. That made me feel really empty all of a sudden. I could make one more move and fell. It was enough for a 13th place.
The climbing was ok, at least much better then in Puurs last week, but I still feel much more is possible. My elbow improved a lot and didn't really hurt during climbing! I think we're back on progression ;) On the way back we had 10 hours transfer time in Moscow, so we decided to take a quick look in the city. One thing became clear, all the money that definitely wasn't spend in Perm was used here to build enormous palaces. The contradiction was bizar. We ticked the red square from the 'places you have to see once in your life' list, walked a bit around to get an impression of the city and then returned to the airport to fly back home. Many thanks to Mammut for making this trip possible and to Medicort for sending Mathieu with me.