Right now so many things are on my mind, I am checking my favourite climbing news sites and reading blogs, everyone is posting news as the competiton season is peaking and the temps outside are perfect for hard sends, meanwhile I am rushed by other stuff but still I'd like to write it all down! I hope this post will cover it all up, I am open and keen for some feedback in any case! I feel flattered when people come to me and tell me they've read the blog, well what can I say... I'll try my best to keep it real!
As I said the climbing world right now feels feverish (Daniel Woods flashes 8B+/C... mutant dude!), the World Cup season has just ended in Barcelona (huge congratulations to Poden's own Mina Markovič for winning lead and overall! I am psyched just to be a part of the team training in the gym!) and so did the European Youth Series where I took part!
The last stage was on in Kranj and as I mentioned in earlier posts I was really motivated to do well! Before, I had only done well in the first comp of the year in Edinburgh where I was second, but after it was quite disappointing (for me and also - I didn't want to let down my coach who has been doing all the hard work with us!).
On Saturday we did the two qualification routes. I screwed up slightly in the first one and was standing at 15th place in provisional results! I was getting angry about it as I'd known I could do better, I felt myself in much better shape than in Pau!
The second route was better! And it was a real pleasure to climb it! I got really psyched up and climbed really well, fluid and confident... I did some Sharma-ish roaring at one of the cruxes and I could feel the stress and the anger leaving my head! I placed third in the second route, coming into finals at a solid 6th place!
I was hoping for another no-gravity moment in final, like the second qualifier route, but sadly I seemed to be getting pumped rather quickly! I figure I might have warmed up too little! I climbed like shit, really stiff and slow, but I managed to keep the focus and did a huuuge fight in the last few moves! I placed 5th in the end, with my friend Gregor Vezonik coming at fourth place! You won the battle this time :) but the war never ends!
We were slightly disappointed for not getting a podium in our group (Domen was absent doing the WC in Barcelona), but the team got some good results anyway! Urban Primožič won in Junior (SFS!!) - what we were expecting :P Tim Unuk was really good with a second place in male youth B and Jera Lenardič came third in Female youth A.
Now there is one thing that needs to be said.... A HUGE SHOUTOUT to Slovenia Youth Climbing team for being one of the best teams out there, so many strong climbers with so many different styles, we had a really successful year, thanks to the coaches for having the vision and believing in us, being patient and cooperative and all... THE BEST!
And may I add, personally, a big loving hug and thanks to all the friends on other teams that I have met through this year, be it in competiton or at the crags - it's what keeps me psyched to go training!
So the EYS season is done, I placed 6th in overall ranking which I found really surprising since I didn't attend one comp and sucked in two others... cool thing! Still hoping to get even better one day!
Next weekend it's time for the real end of the climbing season (luckily only for a couple of weeks), we will be finishing with an exhausting lead&bouldering national cup finale in... guess where... Kranj, of course! People are complaining about getting tired and worn out from the intensive comp season (hmm... imagine what Mina's year must have been like??? :O), so I suppose we could all use a couple of weeks of rest!
And last but not least, we have indeed arranged a trip to Spain around New Year's time... this time a few days longer, an expanded crew and what not... SO PSYCHEDDD :D:D:D:D!!!! Stay tuned for this! A salute and a good luck to all the climbers out there! SEEYAA