torek, 18. november 2014

WC in Kranj - perfect end of season!

I won't lose too much words. 
Foto: Luka Fonda
My biggest wish came true - I enjoyed climbing of every single route on this comp. Did my best at last comp and in front of my home crowd. It is almost undescribable feeling and just a perfect end of another good year.
foto: worldcupkranj

It was perfect, it was great! :)

Thanks everyone for support ...

CAC event

After national comp in Škofja Loka and before wc in Kranj there was an amazing event. It was organized by Slovenia climbing team with cooperation with CAC, organization, which donate and put his work into researches for cancer healing. The main person in this story is definitely it's founder, John Elison, an amazing and unbeliviable inspiring person. I was glad, to met him again.

Event was placed at national team gym and opened for all climbers. There were set around 35 boulders of differenr kinds, suitable for kids (started climbing earlier in afternoon) and older climbers (afternoon). It was followed with speach of John Elison and special show climbing of longer hard pre-set 'final' boulder of an invited climbers (5girls, 5 man).
Event was really nice visited and also the note, that special event t-shirts were tottaly sold out before finish of an event, talk for itself.
All day of climbing, music, talking and sharing positive energy made big impresion to me. Feelings and thoughts, collected trought this day will stay in my head for a while.

I was really happy, that I had an oportunity to be part of this event and support CAC!!!

National comp in Škofja Loka

Already for couple of years, weekend before Kranj is 'reserved' for national cup at Škofja Loka. Event is always great too! Similar hight wall, covered with lot of volumens is also good preparation for last lead world cup next week.
I was happy, that in both, qualifiction and final, I climbed well and reached the top. Well, or I just thought so :).
Hmmmm ... observation? ...

sobota, 01. november 2014

Inzai

Last stage of 3 world cups in Asia was placed in nice town near Tokyo, Inzai. As on many stages here on east, I had also very nice memories on this one from 2 years ago. Also good atmosphere and feelings from previous two events gave me flow and some self confidence for this one... But, it was also a bit of 'tricky'. I admit, I have started to expect a bit more ... Even, that I wanted just to climb and enjoy how good I felt during climbing competition routes, I didn't manage it into final.
This time I finished both qualifications routes and easily come the highest in semifinal. I also enjoyed routes very much. But, during the most important route, in final, I did many mistakes and at the most important moment, at the end, felt from the top. I missed the 3rd gold in a row. Bitter feeling and a bit of regred because I know, I have climbed very well and showed strong performance during all comp. But still, comps are comps, it's a game and that's why it is always so interesting. Congratulations to JaIn Kim for perfectly finished route and gold medal ;)
I was also very happy about our team success, Maja Vidmar again joined on podium with really nice climbing and Domen Škofic showed onced again how strong he is.
All foto by: Roman Krajnik
Looking back, Asia trip was one of my best! It definitely wouldn't be like this without 'the best coach ever' - Roman Krajnik, company of Spanish team, Italian and others. Thanks to Slovenia climbing team and other supporters made this trip possible for us!

ponedeljek, 20. oktober 2014

Wujiang

After a really pleasant stay at Seoul, we arrived at Wujiang. I had already good memories of this location, where I won the master event in 2012 and WC stage in 2013. But honestly, I didn't feel  any expectations or pressure to repeat this. I really just wanted to climb and enjoy as I do in the moment.
Qualifications went quite well. I fell (again) from the top on the first route and finished the second. In the semifinal I finished 2nd, by reaching the upper part still fresh, but missed a good part of big hold. Maja Vidmar definitely showed in this route, what it means to climb well and went with the lead going into the finals.

After observation of final, I was quite worried about the route. This is not  really common to me. Usually I feel excitement and just want to climb. Well, I tried to be relaxed, because last week I had a bit similar expectations, but it turned, that I was wrong. 
Foto: Roman Krajnik
Well, this time, I wasn't wrong. From start, I had to try hard and fight on almost every move. The beginning was technical, slabby and cruxy, but (for me) it also offered a solid rest point(s) where I could  took a deep breath, recover properly and continue into next hard section(s).  

I regret that more than above 1/3 of route was still left untouched and I couldn't enjoy it. But even so, I was satisfied with my climbing and happy about the 2nd gold in a row.
The next comp is coming up next weekend in Inzai, Japan. Honestly,  all I want is to keep those good feelings in me and rnjoy climbing, no matter of what happens there. For another couple of days, we are staying in China, train, rest, relax, explore and have good time with my team and the other teams.

Seoul

Between comps in Mokpo and Wujiang with our and some other teams we staid together in Seul.
Foto: Domen Škofic
This place made big impression to me and I really liked it. Big city, coverd by many people, rush and shining lights at the evening. Unique one.
I was also very happy and plesed, that we could climb at The Ja's. Thanks! ;) It was perfect and those days will stay in my memmories for a while.
Other fotos: Roman Krajnik

torek, 14. oktober 2014

Lucky Korea

The first step of our journey is now behind us. I just loved it from the moment I arrived to Korea, took a long bus from Inchon to Mokpo, settled down at International football training center and went on to the comp the next day. Everything felt so good and nostalgic, filling me with good memories from the previous year(s). 
I couldn't wait for qualifications to start. I did the first route and fell in second, going to the top. But, even though I didn't top out both routes, I was happy about  how good I felt on the wall.
Next day, in semifinal, I climbed the highest, but ran out of the time. That was a mistake,that almost never happens to me. But, it was good go for the final.

Routes this time were very interesting, quite a bit different than usual. Wall was coverd nicely with many volumens and trought the route you  had to 'work' something  all the time, swing  your feet from left to right, cross, match, help, bump one more, ... Definitely very good work by routesetters and fun stuff to climb! :)
The final route looked pretty hard, but nice. It turned out that the beginning was truly a bit tricky and harder, but the higher you were, more fluid it become. I climbed well all the way up to the top, but (again!) fell from the last hold. I touched the ground with really mixed feelings, satisfied with my climbing, but pretty angry and regretting that I couldn't finish this nice line. Well, I sat on the 'leader chair' and waited till the end of the comp... After a mistake made by JaIn Kim, I took the gold.
What is even more important to me is that I had enjoyed every single route and moment on this comp. And this is the feeling that I want to keep for the next events.

Also big congratulations go to young teammate Domen Škofic, who got his first silver medal and is already second this year!
All foto: Roman Krajnik
In next days, we will stay with other teams in Seoul and I am sure we will have a good time training, sightseeing and spending time together till our next stop in Wujiang (China).