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As some of you may already know, I am no longer part of the Dutch Climbing Team. But since I’m still getting the random question every now and then asking me what happened, I thought I’d take some time now to tell you all the story behind it.
Last month, I had a conversation with coach Wally about my performance with the team for 2012. I always feel in good form during training, but it doesn’t seem to reflect with my results on the actual competition. I really wanted to give it my all during the National Championships, but with me just recovering from my knee injury, there really isn’t much that I can do. Then there was the recently announced budget cuts by the NOC*NSF. Sportsclimbing will receive less financial aid starting this year. This means a leaner Dutch climbing team with a focus on developing young talent.
I myself have thought about giving up my position on the team a number of times last year. I feel like I’ve reached a certain point where I need to choose a new direction for my life. So when the coach told me I was being cut from the program, it didn’t took me much to accept his decision. It has been a great 3 years being part of the Dutch Climbing Team. I got to train with some of the best talents our sport has produced and I was able to meet other great athletes from all parts of the globe. I’ll also never forget the friendships I was able to make within the team and that special feeling of working together towards a same goal. So I say a deep and heartful thank you to everyone for allowing me to be a part of this. And I wish the future members good luck and hope they will have the same awesome experience that I had.
Of course I won’t stop climbing. I may be ready to take on new challenges with my life but I won’t be turning my back on climbing just like that. Its a sport I truly love and enjoy. You may even see me in a few more competitions. We will see. But its over and out for now.
Yesss here I’m back again. I just returned from a dinner at Mechelen (BEL) with Nikki, Tabitha, Elko and Wouter. We are sleeping here in a hotel at Mechelen. I ran into Jain Kim (room next to me) and also some Austrians are sleeping in the same hotel. It will be a cozy breakfast tomorrow!
We are here because we’ll compete tomorrow (Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September) in a worldcup at Puurs. It is the 4th lead worldcup this year.
Tomorrow I’ll compete and start as climber number 15 in my first route and 35th in my second qualification route.
With a total of 39 competitors it is a whole different field compared to last week in France. There will be a lot of strong climbers, so I hope the routes will be really cool.
According the program the routes will start from 11.00 AM till 17.00 hours. I suppose I’ll climb around noon 12.00 o’clock in my first route!
I’m heading off to bed. Goodnight from Belgium and see you tomorrow!
This week I’m going to join the Worldcup in Briançon. It’s the second lead worldcup of the season!
Thursday I’ll fly with KLM airlines to Turin Airport and drive off to Briançon. Elko and Nikki will keep me company and are also on the startlist. Ulf will tag along and support us by carrying our bags and keep an eye on the organization.
When we’ll arrive at the venue, we have to check in our team at the technical meeting. We’ll receive a start number and information about the program.
I hope the weather will be better than here. I looked into the forecast and pasted it into my webpage. This looks okay so far, I just hope it will stay dry when we have to climb the qualifications, semis and finals!
Besides the good weather, I will also share the official Worldcup poster. Click on the poster to check out the provisional program.
And to complete this post, I added 2 videos. The wall looks impressive, right? I can’t wait to climb on it! I’ll try to keep you up to date these days. Enjoy the videos!
As you’ve noticed I haven’t been blogging much lately. There is a reason for that, which I will explain below.
I decided to set priorities in my life. Climbing is important for me. It’s fun, keeps my life adventurous, training equals discipline, competitions are challenging and it’s a lifestyle. However, if I’m being realistic then I have to mention that I can’t make a living out of this. Therefore I have a job, which keeps my life in balance.
Since November 1st, I have a new job at Sogeti being an Infrastructure Engineer. I have fun colleagues, interesting lectures and I’m loving it! However I choose to put a lot of time and energy in my job. It changes my life for now. And that also means changes in climbing.
In a few words, I can share you that I have cancelled all my competitions for november and december. It was very difficult for me to make this choice as I love my competitions. I was invited to participate in the National Championship Lead come Saturday at Tilburg, but unfortunately I can’t participate because I’ll be on my way to the United States. For your info, I’ll stay 3 weeks at Ohio university in Athens.
I don’t know what the future will bring, but next year I’ll try to get back into my old lifestyle. Combining career and competitions is hard. I will need time to think things over and reset priorities if possible. So for now I’ll have a climbing break. No fixed team trainings and no competitions for this year but I’ll be back! I hope you’ll understand.
This morning I set my alarm at 6 o’clock but I couldn’t get up on time. I suppose to leave at 6.30h, so I would’ve some spare time for my trip to Schiphol airport, but unfortunately I slept late. I left at 7 o’clock and arrived one hour later at Schiphol.
Fortunately I didn’t have any delay. At the airport I ran into team member Nikki, she was there on time. Team member Elko arrived soon and we’re complete. Checking in went well. This dude at the metal detector checked up on me. I had to open up my bags, but there was nothing dangerous inside my bag. He was just checking out my gadgets, I think he’s jealous at my camera!
The flight to Zurich was nice. I received swiss chocolate during the flight.
It was so delicious, I craved for more. I managed to score some more chocolates with my pure awesomeness at the end of the flight.
We could spend 1 hour at the airport. While Nikki and Elko were busy with their notebooks, I explored the airport. It was quite fun because I could try some fine chocolate sweets. I enjoyed it a lot.
So if you ever have time left at Zurich airport, I suggest you to walk around and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
At Zurich, Mathilde and her mom from Sweden joined us. They booked the same flight to Lyon.
When we arrived at Lyon, it was up to fix a rental car.
I booked a small car before, however it was meant for 3 persons. We were with the 5 of us and luckily they had a bigger car available on their parking lot.
We fit well in the car, including our luggage. It took us 2 hours to get to Valence. We managed to get on time at the climbing gym for the registration without navigation.
First we parked our car in the same street of the hotel and checked in. It’s a ** hotel and it’s about 15 minutes by foot to the climbing gym.
To be honest, I’ve seen better hotels in my life. Anyway, I’ll just stay here for a few days!
Next we went downtown to grab a bite. It was already 6.30 P.M. Most of the restaurants open from 7 P.M. We had to hurry because we wanted to be on time for the technical meeting from 7.30 P.M. We ended up in an average restaurant where we got served pretty fast. I ordered entrecote nature avec pomme et salad. Too bad I didn’t have ketchup with my fries. The meat was nice though.
I was too hungry so it was okay I suppose. Nikki picked lasagna and Elko had pizza.
We were on time at the technical meeting. There’s nothing special according the officials.
Nikki will start 7th in her first route and 23rd in her second route. Elko will start 6th in his first route and 28th in his second route. I’ll start 38th in my first route and 16th in my second route.
The programme remains the same. After this meeting we had some desserts to end our long journey. We visited this restaurant near our hotel.
It was super delicious. We’ll definitely return to his restaurant for a meal. After our dessert we went back to our hotel.
That’s it for now. I’m tired and I’m going to sleep because I have to wake up early. Goodnight to everyone and greetings from Valence, France!
I haven’t been here before though, but I looked into this competition on the web. It’s always nice to know what you’re up against when you’re in another country.
Firstly, as we speak there are
75 77 competitors who signed up for this competition, among them are Nikki van Bergen, Elko Schellingerhout and me. We’ll leave Thursday morning by airplane from Amsterdam towards Lyon, France. Hopefully we won’t be delayed, or even worse, miss our flight.
Secondly, this is the fifth time the rock climbing Worldcup will be held in Valence. The competition will be organised by climbing club Mineral Spirit and the lead part will take place indoors. The wall is 14 meter high, has a width of 21 meters with more than 10 meter overhang! Here are some photos of the wall. In my previous post I inserted a map but below you’ll see a map with the exact location of the climbing venue.
As you can see on the map, our hotel Inter-Hotel De Paris Et Des Voyageurs is just around the corner. Thanks for booking Vera!
Thirdly, I found more information about the provisional programme. Overview:
Friday October 28th, men and women lead qualification will take place between 09.00h and 15.30h.
Saturday October 29th, semis will start at 12.30h and in the evening you can check the finals starting at 20.00h live on webcam!
Follow the Dutch climbing lead Team live or on Facebook.
To cut my post short, here is a teaser I spotted on the web. Have fun!