I managed to get through Boulderfest yesterday with some paracetamol, though I definitely looked the silliest bouldering with gauze patches on my left thumb, right palm, both knees and right foot. And subsequently attained another scrape on my right calf while attempting a boulder problem. I competed in the Open B category, meant for people who, in the last year, did boulder problems between grades V2-V4. (There was also Open C, for V0-V1 grades, and Open A for V5+, and Youth/Junior/Master categories on Saturday).
|Boulderfest 2015 at Urban Climb, Brisbane|
The format of Boulderfest is quite interesting, with >100 problems of all grades that one could attempt within a 2.5 hours window, but only the top 10-scoring problems would count towards your score. It was pretty high-tech too, with judges submitting your score online once you completed the problem, so that your score is automatically updated and reflected on the projected screen throughout the climbing period. There were some really interesting problems involving gym balls, ropes, and finger boards too.
Overall, it was really quite fun, though I didn't push myself as hard as I probably would have. Doing high steps and sitting in was made possible only through the effect of paracetamol I am sure. Managed to place 6th for that, which for Open B and Open A categories, was the qualifiers round. The finals round was more like standard competition format, whatever it's called, with 4 minutes to solve a problem and 4 minutes rest after, with 4 problems to solve. Only managed to top 1 problem (a nice balance-y one), came really close to topping 2 problems (which were both on overhangs and I couldn't get a hold on the last tile) and didn't even get to the bonus tile on the other problem (kept barn-dooring). Final placing was still 6th, which I think, given I've only got back to climbing for a month (barely climbed the last few years), with all my scrapes and all, isn't too bad really. Also, yesterday was National Day, thought it was quite nice to have "represented" Singapore at the competition, though no one really cares where you're from (I doubt anyone realised I wasn't a regular competitor. It was the first competition for a good number of the other finalists too)
So anyway, losing skin really hurts, it's a very important organ that we take for granted. I can't imagine the pain people go through with burns, or who have epidermolysis bullosa where your skin is so thin/fragile it keeps breaking. I've seen that video of that boy who needs to be bandaged all the time cos of that condition, and you feel sympathy for him and his mom who's his caregiver, but I dont think most of us can really understand the pain. Cos we usually have all our skin intact, or with just minor scrapes (like mine) over small areas.
It's been such a long time since I had an injury this 'severe' really, so apologies for all the whining. It also means I can't cycle to commute for the time being, which is rather annoying cos public transport here costs more than I'm happy to pay ($3+ per journey, even if it's just one stop).
Hope they scab over and heal soon, especially with this 'healing gel' they use here. I really want to get at least a dive trip in at some point before I leave.