With the time management struggles of starting college, I found it too difficult to go through with national-level youth and adult competitions. However, I’ve always loved competition and the rigorous training required to push myself to perform the best that I can, which is where the Touchstone Climbing Series comes into play. TCS2016 is a competition series that I take seriously, but at the same time it is more community-based and focused on having a good time climbing, so I can still apply my competitive personality without having the stresses of national competition. With this series, my plan is to go to all three comps of 2016 so I can come into finals fresh, and only have to worry about one thing: the single final route itself.
Slowly I have been getting back into my training routine after dealing with a minor finger injury and a very busy work/class schedule, however, with this upcoming quarter, I will have plenty of time to get into the shape that I need to be in so I can crush at finals. What a lot of competition climbers forget is that it’s important to not only train endurance, but to also practice on-sighting. This is where the Touchstone Climbing Series competitions come into play.
Your next chance to climb at a TCS competition is April 22nd at The Studio Climbing in San Jose. Come out to cheer Nick on and challenge your on-sighting skills!