Out of Office: Off to Nationals!

Julian in Joshua Tree National Park

Last month I exercised my parental bragging privileges and wrote about how my 14-year old son, Julian, qualified to go to the American Bouldering Series National Championships, an indoor rock climbing competition.


Well, we’re leaving this morning for Colorado Springs, where Julian will climb in qualifiers Friday night, competing against 34 other boys in his 13-14 year old age group. The top 16 that evening will move on to semi-finals on Saturday, and the top 8 will climb in finals on Sunday.

On Friday night, Julian will climb 4 routes. Prior to climbing, he’ll be in isolation, unable to see the routes until it’s his turn. Then, he’ll be guided out to a chair in front of the first route, with his back to the wall, facing an auditorium full of spectators, and when the buzzer goes off he’ll turn around and see the route for the first time.

He’ll have 4 minutes and can make as many attempts to complete the route as he can manage, getting more points the farther he can get, and extra points if he can complete a route on the first attempt.

Then, he’ll be guided to sit with his back to the next route, rest 4 minutes, buzzer goes off, repeat, rinse, repeat, etc.

Yikes! I’m nervous for him just typing that!

I’m incredibly proud of Julian for even qualifying for Nationals, and if all he gets to do is climb Friday night I will think of it as an amazing achievement. He’s been training his butt off for the past two weeks, and I’m so deeply impressed by his dedication and determination.

Meanwhile, things could be rather quiet here at Fish & Bicycles between now and next Tuesday. I’ll try to post news about Julian from Colorado, and I might have a few posts written ahead of time that I’ll schedule to be published here while I’m gone.

But, if that just can’t quite tide you over, feel free to browse around the vast Fish & Bicycles archives in any of the following ways:

  • Tags: In the sidebar, under Stuff About…, you can click on any of the Tags and see all the posts I’ve done that have at least something to do with those topics.
  • Recurring Series: At the top of the page, hover over the Recurring Series drop-down menu and select from options like Celebrating Eco-Progress, which applauds businesses adopting sustainable practices; Eyecatchers, a collection of photos, graphics, and videos that have, well, caught my eye; Video Fridays, my favorite video of the week pick; and more.
  • Monthly Archives: Towards the bottom of the sidebar, select a specific month to see everything I posted in that time period.

Go Julian!!!

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