My First World Cup of the Season in Moscow

I am really happy about being nominated for the World Cup in Moscow. I have never been to Moscow nor Russia so this was also a great opportunity to explore a new city and culture. Together with the German Bouldering Team, we visited the new Bouldering gym in Moscow, which is really cool. The next day we also went for some sightseeing in Moscow and did some yoga afterwards. Picture by Afra Hönig of me and Simon posing in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral When I woke up in the morning of th...
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Studio Bloc Masters 2018

Next preparation comp in line was the Studio Bloc Masters in Pfungstadt. The format here was a little different from the CWIF: There are 80 boulders in four difficulties, and the 20 hardest climbs count. You have 6 hours of time and the number of attempts is not limited. However, a flash grants 10% extra points. The 20 CLimbers with most points advance to Semifinals in a Worlcup format and the 6 Best from Semis advance to finals in Worldcup format too. For me, this kind of format is more a n...
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The Climbing Works International Fesitval

Picture by Eddie Fowke from The Circuit Climbing The CWIF was the first preparation competition on a Worldcup level for me. I have never been to the CWIF, but have heard tons of good things about it, and so I was really excited being there. It was great being traveling and being there with almost the entire German Bouldering Team. So the format is the following: You have 3 hours to climb 30 Boulders; every boulder counts and you only have 3 attempts per boulder. Flashing a boulder grants...
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E4 Legends

Just a couple of days ago, I was taking part in the E4 Legends, a show competition where world-class routsetters set some awesome boulders with new hold collections from brands like Squadra or Cheeta. All I can say is that this was one of the best Competitions ever :D The boulders were perfect, the atmosphere was awesome and we all had a lot of fun there. I'm already looking forward to next year. Here's a video of the only Top on M4 ;)
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Lead Nationals

In the final stage of the season, I wanted to focus more on Lead climbing, to prepare for the National Championship in Hilden. Unfortunately, I did not really go Lead climbing too much, but I tried to build some endurance through 40+ moves boulders and 4x4 boulders. After about three weeks, just ahead of Nationals, I really felt like I had a good base of endurance. But it quickly showed that I wasn't able to climb as smooth as I wanted. I didn't really find the right rhythm and also did ...
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Adidas Rockstars

  It was a new challenge, preparing for three disciplines simultaneously, especially when not having trained two of them for a long time. Even more, I also got sick the week after the Munich World cup and thus could not train :/ So after that, I barely did any bouldering sessions and almost exclusively trained lead and speed for the upcoming World Cup in Edinburgh, which in fact is my first Lead or Speed World Cup EVER! I did not really mind about my lack of boulder preparation...
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Bouldering World Cup in Munich

My last international competition was the Youth World Championship in China which had been over 9 months ago. After that, I was struggeling with illness and injuries for over half a year before I could finally start training again. Such a long time without comps really got me psyched for the World Cup. Nevertheless, standing up at 4:30 AM to be in time for isolation was really hard, and I definitely did not get enough sleep... Even worse, I was one of the last competitors, so I had to spe...
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