I’m excited to share the news that I scored 2nd place at USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals. This yields me a spot on team USA for the IFSC world championship September 10th-15th in Innsbruck, Austria!
I received 16100 points out of 18000. I’m super excited that I kept up with strength and skill despite nearly 6 months off and two major surgeries. (At 2017 Nationals I scored 15,800, also receiving 2nd.)
I would like to thank everyone for helping make this experience possible!
‘Thank you family and friends for rides to Upper Limits and help with travel costs. Thank you to all my PT, OT, and other wonderfully patient therapists. Thank you to the brand sponsors who support adaptive climbing and Jasmine Climbs: Adidas TERREX,Evolv , and CW-X Conditioning Wear. Thank you Adaptive Climbing Group for your moral, logistical and financial support with a special shoutout to Kareemah Batts for organizing the programming and keeping track of over a dozen athletes.
Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer with ACG Kristina, Amy, and especially Molly who I’m sure would have rather been climbing if not for a recent injury. Shoutout to other ACG teamates; Adam Payne for cheering everyone on amidst coughing attacks, Nicole for making it to Boston despite being hospitalized several times this month, and Ian for climbing despite a rough year of cancer treatment. Also, congratulations to my favorite beta buddy @climber_amy who is now climbing in another category and received first place!
The two most vital components of this climbing season have been floating to keep my joints in alignment and proper nutrition.
Thank you FLOAT STL for always being supportive and accessible and Orgain for feeding me despite extreme dietary restrictions.
If you’re following my climbing journey, you’ve probably noticed by now I always wear the same pants… Although they are stylish, they are much more than a fashion statement! They are designed to support the muscles and joints with an innovative compression system.
“The Patented CW-X EXO-WEB™ technology mimics kinesiology-taping techniques that trainers apply to injured muscles. When this technology is applied to muscles and joints it creates an exoskeletal support system that improves biomechanics during motion.”
After writing a CW-X review for my blog at embracethebrace.com, I reached out to the company to tell them my story. It turns out they are interested in supporting my climbing journey and I’m excited to announce I’m officially a CW-X athlete! A giant thank you shoutout to CW-X Conditioning Wear for the amazing assortment of new pants! The new compression will definitely help me take my climbing to the next level as I’m training for the upcoming Adaptive Nationals June 24th.
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