Tour de Bloc at Centre d’Escalade Verticale ft. Ketchup Bottle

Tour de Bloc // Centre d’Escalade Verticale // Montreal, Quebec.

Results: 13th in Open

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Cool shiny volume – this was the finish hold for Women’s Final #1!

For the first Tour de Bloc competition of the season, I think it went well. I managed a 13th place finish and a few flashes on some hard stuff. I didn’t think my training would show but it really did; my body felt much more capable of dealing with small crimps and big moves. All that work is paying off! Yay! That alone feels pretty satisfying.

I tried a dyno at the end of the competition that just psyched me out. It was really straightforward, but the dyno was the last move so I was already high off the ground and nervous about landing awkwardly. I don’t know why I get nervous about that, I just have to go for it! Also, I’d like to try harder routes next time. I did hard routes, but I should have tried even harder stuff. I think I sell myself short on what I can do at a comp, so I tend to go towards problems I feel like I could get in a couple of tries. There’s a chance I wouldn’t have gotten anything, but it would have made a world of difference if I had. I was only 125 points away from a spot in finals so even if I had sent one harder problem it might have put me in contention! The strategy part of comps is a work in progress, and it’s coming along slowly!

Resting for our comp next weekend will be tough, but since it’s CEC sanctioned (AKA a national qualifier) rest is CRUCIAL. I’m not so good at the resting thing, so I’ve got to really pull it together this time.

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Classy

On to the ketchup bottle. As my last video suggests, I have recently worked my way into making homemade liquid chalk for myself. When I decided on pursuing the idea, I knew I needed a container to contain it that would be a suitable size with a durable cover that would prevent a liquid disaster in my pack. Low and behold, the Dollarama had a wide array of travel shampoo containers that fit the bill perfectly. I located a cute purple squeeze bottle that fit in my palm and seemed more or less trustworthy (for the Dollarama at least). I was very pleased.

Although I was aware of Seb’s choice of container prior to the comp, I couldn’t help but laugh anyway when he came out from isolation for finals carrying a full-size bottle of Heinz Ketchup. Only it wasn’t ketchup, and it wasn’t mayo, no, it was a healthy dose of liquid chalk. I suppose, when you compare it his former choices like a bottle of Finesse Shampoo and a bottle of Donair sauce, a ketchup bottle doesn’t look so out of place anymore, does it? Oh, the hilarity.

All in all, great comp! Although, right now I don’t feel so great as I nurse a sore body and skinless finger tips, but that’s the way it goes!

Climb on xx