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Sia - Chandelier


i’m a bit late on the bandwagon maybe but this girl is amazing. never really got into the song till i saw this.

(Source: youtube.com)

— 1 week ago with 1 note
good times

good times

— 1 week ago
encouraging

the Iranian routesetter came up to me today and told me after watching me in qualifiers he thought i was strong but i rush sometimes, need to learn to slow down!!

i think i’ll go to surabaya and train with the team, alongside the 2014 asian champion A’an for a month maybe before TNFC 2015.

— 2 weeks ago

i am in slight disbelief, finishing all five qualifying problems (flashed 3). i was in a completely different mental state today, i want to remember this.

— 2 weeks ago

so OBC didn’t go as well as i hoped - i say ‘hoped’ for a reason but more on that later - i lucked out and got 7th place and for the first time a local competition takes 6 finalists. i’m slightly bummed but i wasn’t really expecting much, and this is where the hope fell short. Physically I had been off my regular training regime, in which regularity - something really important - was afforded by sacrificing work opportunities and as a freelancer that just means scrapping through for about two months. 

coming off my win at Boulderactive I felt pretty weary, and I really did question for awhile whether I wanted to do anymore competitions this year. The biggest difference between BA2014 and OBC2014 was the physical preparation I had for the former - I was at the end of my training cycle, which had PF2014 smack in the middle, so my body peaked at the right moment as planned. Prior to OBC, for about a month, I couldn’t get into a cycle again because of work. financially the scale was already tipped the wrong way by the time BA was over and I had to get back in the grind of the working world. I love working in the theatre, but right now i’m reconsidering my options.

moving on, the next thing that’s really on my mind and motivation board is The North Face Cup 2015. I’m really looking forward to meeting the climbers there and going outdoors to climb too, but I definitely want to do well in the competition. Right now, I believe that I’m up for the challenge and I know the amount of work I’d have to put in from now till then. I need four extra hours a day, that’s roughly how much time I spend training. I don’t know what’s gonna happen yet but I’ll figure it out soon…

— 1 month ago
mid 2014 and beyond…

2014 has been a pretty good year of competing for me. Though initially I never thought I’d return to the competition scene as a player, the motivation that came around was too high to ignore. I made many sacrifices this year - giving up projects and money (working freelance gives me that luxury/dilemma,) traveling a whole lot less (i barely remember any trips i made this year) and leaving a relationship to focus, zone in and continue building on the motivation.

It hasn’t been easy. Working around odd work timings - full days, late evenings, split calls - meant squeezing in some form of training into the pockets of time. Most of them were in the morning, starting as early as the setters at Onsight Climbing Gym, where I mainly train. 9am in the gym - after ending work at 11pm the night before - out by noon or 1pm. The better days would see me at the gym till 4 or 5pm. Off days = Double sessions. I had a lot of catching up to do after a year of not competing. In the beginning it wasn’t so tough since motivation was through the roof but as the weeks went, learning to maintain a steady fire became a part of the sessions.

I train alone mostly. Partly because of the odd timings (nobody wants to train so early in the morning/afternoon, especially with the weather we’ve been having here.) I’ve grown to enjoy it though. I find it a lot easier to focus on my training with nobody else around, nothing else but my music. I think it’s helped strengthen me mentally too. All the getting out of bed early to burn skin on the campus rungs, sets on the trx bands, circuit trainings. I feel tired just recapping the sessions I had.

That said, I am looking forward to more. My trainings aren’t perfect science, though after about six weeks I normally sit down and review the results. It’s been good so far. And I already have more things lined up, the biggest being The North Face Cup 2015 in Japan. Getting invited was always a dream for me. At the same time, I know that there’s more beyond that too. 

Prior to the start of the year, I used to (from time to time) approach climbing with the mentality of “i’ve already been in it for so long, I can’t give up now” and hope that someday I’ll achieve something noteworthy. It took me a long time to realise that I never actually had the motivation to win. All I wanted was to make Finals in the Open Category. For many years. I’ve done that quite a few times now. It wasn’t until Pumpfest Finals that something changed. I consciously said to myself that I’d make podium. And at Boulderactive, I came out of isolation for observation wanting to win. I was always too afraid to want something that had a high chance of disappointment. But now, like Shauna Coxsey said, “I am no longer competing for the unknown. I have a gold medal, it’s real, it’s possible.”

I have a long way to go still, but my focus is clearer and motivation higher than ever. On to the next one. 

— 3 months ago with 4 notes
"This season taught me a lot. Most importantly I learnt that I can win. I have thought that I can in the past but now I know. I am no longer competing for the unknown. I have a gold medal, it’s real, it’s possible."
— 3 months ago with 1 note
favorite single climbing move

favorite single climbing move

— 3 months ago
#bouldering  #boulder  #climbing 

Boulderactive 2014, Singapore

This turned out to be the best performance of my life thus far, winning the Open Men Category.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#boulder  #competition  #bouldering  #climbing  #singapore 
Akiyo Noguchi 

This lady here is my biggest inspiration, and has been for awhile now. I’ve followed her in the World Cup Circuits for a few years and she’s always had to play second fiddle to the amazing Anna Stohr, but she kept on pushing and pushing. I was so happy when she got back to back Gold medals. Why pick a girl? To me, she is such a complete climber. Her amazing flexibility and technique makes her look so graceful on any problem and it’s such a joy to watch. this photo captured her focusing and fighting hard to clinch the top in Vail.

Akiyo Noguchi

This lady here is my biggest inspiration, and has been for awhile now. I’ve followed her in the World Cup Circuits for a few years and she’s always had to play second fiddle to the amazing Anna Stohr, but she kept on pushing and pushing. I was so happy when she got back to back Gold medals. Why pick a girl? To me, she is such a complete climber. Her amazing flexibility and technique makes her look so graceful on any problem and it’s such a joy to watch. this photo captured her focusing and fighting hard to clinch the top in Vail.

— 4 months ago with 51 notes
#bouldering  #climbing  #akiyo noguchi