rydra_wong: Angelica Lind stretches for a hold during a bouldering competition (climbing -- reach)
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As promised, the write-up.

Okay, context. Two things you should know:

*The Arch is a small bouldering wall, which is noted for creative route-setting and a chilled-out and friendly atmosphere.

*I hate sporting events and competitions. I have never taken part in one except under duress, by which I mean school.

And I didn't plan on doing this one -- I don't like pressure, and I like being able to spend ages working quietly on a bouldering problem. And given my Asperger's and sensory issues, crowds and noise are not my friends.

But I was talked into it at the last minute by one of the Arch staff, who knows my issues and nevertheless thought it'd be manageable and I might enjoy it. He promised me that there'd be lots of easy problems, and that I didn't even have to turn in my scoresheet if I didn't want to.

I decided that I'd count it as an achievement if I participated at all, and that if I joined in, did one problem, and didn't run out of the door screaming, I'd declare a victory.

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rydra_wong: stick figure on an indoor climbing wall -- base image taken from the webcomic xkcd (climbing -- xkcd)
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I woke up today and I was stiffer than I've ever been since my first climbing session.

I did my full set of stretches after I finished climbing in the comp yesterday, and dumped myself in a hot bath when I got home, so I don't know what happened there.

Apparently adrenaline makes me pull harder.

It's the good kind of stiffness/soreness, no strains or damage, but WOW.
rydra_wong: Angelica Lind stretches for a hold during a bouldering competition (climbing -- reach)
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I went to my first ever bouldering comp! I competed! I did not make my tweaky finger any worse! I did way, way better than I expected! I had ridiculous amounts of fun! I cheered wildly for everyone in the finals! It was fucking fantastic!

More detailed write-up to occur once I've decompressed and calmed down a bit.

(I stayed in a place full of people interacting for over seven hours, holy crap. For me, that may actually be the most remarkable achievement of the whole event.)
rydra_wong: stick figure on an indoor climbing wall -- base image taken from the webcomic xkcd (climbing -- xkcd)
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I just registered for my first bouldering competition.

Okay, it's really not a big deal; it's a friendly comp-and-barbecue at the wall where I usually climb, and I have been promised that there will be easy problems, so my cunning plan is to turn up, bumble around on some V0s and V1s, avoid tweaking my tweaky finger any further, and then eat food and watch the hardcore people in the finals.

Still. For me it's a big deal to voluntarily go somewhere where there will be lots of people and noise. So participating at all will be an achievement.

OMG.

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