Monday, March 23

I feel ...

like somebody took a baseball bat and hit me with it repeatedly. Boulderactive 2009 has left me incredibly tired and sapped. This year I didn't climb (alas) but only helped out and it was even more tiring than last year. This will probably be my last year helping out (and my last year competing ?)

Open Men finals were exciting as usual, harder than the previous ones, with Ben conceding and changing the ending for the last route to make it more "finishable". Other than that, had a lot of time to think and ponder. Realized that I do not like to watch people slack while other people are working (resulting in a lot o glares from my part). Realized that hard working times (and coffee!) bring people together. Realized that the road of recovery towards sticking those crimps again will be long, hard, and windy. Realized that I do not like (bordering dislike) beautiful (not handsome, but beautiful) men. They have no need to make up for lack of looks and hence are vain.

An all time mental low and high at the same time. I must've looked very downcast when the open girls were climbing because at least two people passing by yours truly's blowing station said something along the lines "never mind, there still are competitions left"... If anything, being injured and watching the girls climb* has cured me forever of the competition high and has finally sunk in the fact that, if possible, I will climb for the rest of my life. An all time high for seeing San get into the Open Women finals and do a great job of it (flash one route and finish another) plus qualify above Salfarina (albeit with an injured shoulder). WOO HOO!!!! I feel we've come a long way from the intermediate finals for Boulderactive 2007. Of course, the "we" here is purely by the osmosis probably guaranteed by the oh so many training sessions together. And not to forget Regina winning third in Intermediate Women, a very long way from the whiny spoilt chicken climber that she was when she joined the NUS team. Now, less whiny, less spoilt and definitely very very brave. Again, by osmosis, I am feeling very very proud.

*this and seeing Jensen purposely ignore a bonus tile (extra points) because it was uncomfortable and he wanted to see if he could do the route regardless of rankings.

3 comments:

san said...

claud! osmosis huh? haha.. how apt. boulder 2007 seemed so long ago. was it really so long ago?? that was a huge turning point for me man.. thx for secretly training with me! heh.. u were my reason to train an extra day. thx for kicking my ass when i din want to do extra training. thx for glaring at me when i said let's do 2 sets instead of 3 today. thx for telling me i can do harder stuff. THANKS for everything! i owe you!

claudia said...

ha ha san!! I accept payment in cash, NETS, or salty foodstuffs!

jensen said...

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