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Eyes on the prize

When I started my new training schedule in November with a new coach, Davi June seemed really far. But here we go, it’s June! During these months I tried to focus on my one and only goal, Rocklands and train for it as hard as I can. I have to tell you it wasn’t as easy as it seems.

In the beginning I was really excited and happy that I have a good plan. I started to see how fast my finger strength and my general performance improved.

Even there was a month when I had to do a lot of physical and mental exercises (like visualization) but not really climbing. That was a really hard month mentally. In February I started to feel that my body is very tired. I got some tendon injury in my palm, it hurt a bit but I continued climbing and training with a big awareness. I changed my grip position and I couldn’t feel the pain in my palm. But cause of this unusual grip position I got climber’s elbow (~golfer’s elbow). I taped it and it was good. I continued training and climbing but really carefully. If I felt the move is not good I didn’t force it.

This time my motivation was down. I was worried that I can get even more injured. I was sad and disappointed. Maybe I am not able to train hard… I felt I really need something to move on and see the light in the end of the tunnel.

In March my brothers, Zoli, Tibi and I went to an outdoor adventure, to boulder a week in Chironico and Cresciano. I had no real expectations since I had injuries. I was surprised but really happy to see that my fingers are much stronger. I had a great time there with a good company. Even on the last day I could send Komilator (7C+), which one I couldn’t do last year. It gave me back the hope that I am in a good direction.

In April I made a quick decision to take part in the first stage of the Bouldering World Cup Cirquit in Meiringen. You know, these big events always has a very special feeling. Surprisingly, this time I felt much more belonging there, competing with the strongest and best athletes in the world. It was a great experience to finally not feeling like a stranger. In the past I had problems with my confidence but in Meiringen I had real fun during the hard qualification. I was still unexperienced but brave enough to make the first step out of my comfort zone on a big event. Probably the friendly athmosphere in Meiringen helped me a lot. I felt that it was a big achevement. Progress! 😊

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In the end of the month I had a trip to Siurana, Spain. Yes I climbed with rope for the first time of the year… There was a photoshoot with 3rd Rock for the next spring/summer’s collection. I’ve never met the 3rd Rock team before but I had a strong feeling that they must be really good people. They were really over of my imagination. We had a great time together.  Despite I am a boulderer I still had fun on long routes. One day we went to Margalef, it was amazing with all the pockets. Even I got injured there on my big toe (thanks Jerome for handling the situation 😊), I loved that place and really thinking to go back to Margalef once again. I just can’t wait the next trip with you, guys!

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After this I spent 5 days in Barcelona, mostly with Cristina and Gerard. Also Tibi came for the weekend. The city is beautiful and amazing with all the narrow streets, small shops, tapas bars and probably the best ice cream in my life. However, it seems like a holiday I trained hard with Gerard and other strong local guys. Gerard’s training was totally different and new for me. His strategy was to keep saying there is just uno más exercise, but that exercise took 1 more hour. I was so exhausted that I barely could eat with forks and knives but I was happy. One day we visited the Sharma Climbing gym all together, even Jessica, Guy and the cutest baby, Oren came. All in all, Barcelona was stunning. Huge thanks to Cristina, Gerard and the 3 cats who made it more special!

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When I was back I felt great, full of motivation. I continued the hard trainings and everything went well. I felt in a good shape and good mind.

In the end of May I planned to go to Café Kraft and focus on more training. Unfortunately before the trip I got ill. However I wanted to go to Nürnberg. So after a challanging night train journey with refugies and a massive almost 2 hours delay, I arrived to Café Kraft. I spent there a week and got back in shape quite fast. The 45er Magnum set by Alex Megos was great! If you want to get strong it is perfect for body tension and also for finger strenght. And you can always find there some company, new young titans or even Patrick, one of the Gimme Kraft coaches. Different people, but the goal is the same… To get more KRAFT. And these guys are psyched which is quite sticky. Last evening the staff of Café Kraft had a Bbq, they also invited me. It was a great last evening for me! Thank you Café Kraft, Hannes, Pino, Reto and everybody there for making it possible! And special thanks to Kai and Marc for everything! See all of you next time.

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So this is how my journey was till June. Now I am sitting at home, packing and trying to not forget anything home. It is so unreal that we are going to Rocklands today. I am really excited. I think I did almost everything I could, even some diet. I feel ready and definitely stronger than last year. Rocklands here we come! 😊