School ended July 7 which marked the beginning of pre-nationals training. First stop…..ATL with Coach Emily and Urban Core Climbing team. It’s nothing like getting your butt kicked in training with Emily to put things in perspective. I had to step up my conditioning, healthy eating, and training to hang with her program. The picture below says it all. She snapped the picture during the 15 minute drive from the gym to her house, after training. I trained with Emily for the week, and then flew up to Boston for a week to work with Coach Shane.
The first 3 days in Boston, I got to live the life of a routesetter. I helped to forerun for the Divisional championship at Central Rock Gym-Watertown. 14-18 hour workdays! I can verify that climbing a 5.13 is definitely harder at 3am in the morning! After the comp ended, we flipped to training mode. It was fun to mix work, hard training, and hanging out with my friends in the area. I got to meet Charlotte Durif while training at CRG. That was really cool!
After training hard in Boston, I returned to Coach Emily in ATL for my last week of tough training before Nationals. After 3 weeks of hard work (and fun training with friends) I think I'm ready to compete at the SCS Youth National championship this Thursday. Wish me luck!!!!