And so the season begins ...
This year Switzerland was kind to us, giving us sunshine everyday. I felt good about the upcoming competition; ready to get back on the wall and perform. It can be confusing; maybe annoying is a better word. You know that feeling? When you feel good, ready to go? Unfortunately that is not how I performed.
I made one mistake too many, costing me my place in the semi finals. Being frank, this year I wanted to make every semi-final as a minimum. This did not go to plan. Honestly, it highly frustrates me to look at Meiringen and feel like I took a step backward. However, my motto for any event in life that brings disappointment is: "As long as you learn from the experience and act upon the lesson, it is not a wasted opportunity."
I loved the blocs in qualifiers. Even though all the holds used were PU! Every time someone touches a hold, the conditions change. Factor in the hot stage-lighting, pointing directly onto the grips for multiple hours, the effects are drastic. Despite this, the moves were very fun and even though I didn't top as many boulders as I would have liked, I still had a smile on my face at the end of the competition.
Since my competition had ended after the qualifying round I turned my attention to Shauna for the rest of the event. After her unfortunate end to last season, watching her take the gold medal here in Meiringen was overwhelming to say the least. I have seen first hand what Shauna has had to deal with; months of hard work to come back stronger. A consistent display of tenacity and determination to recover and excel; Shauna earned this gold medal and climbed a level above the other competitors in doing so. Maybe good things can come out of bad situations after all ... 🤔