Monday, March 29, 2010

A Cowboys Life

I have been climbing in the gym quite a bit that last week or so, trying to get my volume up. I can't believe they just announced Continental Championships are in Ecuador this year and gave us only two months notice and are on the same dates as Canadian Nationals.

Considering Canada is one of the 3 key countries for North American Continentals, it seems stupid to conflict with dates set for the last 6 months? Whats a cowboy to do?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tour de Bloc UNB

Qualified first, finals ended up second.

1) Eric Sethna
2) John Bowles
3) Matt Keyes

1) Holly Reid
2) Krissy Lunney
3) Shauna Post

The real story was Matt Keyes, he qualified in the 8th and final place but flipped to 3rd in finals with an awesome performance!

Considering the lack of climbing, traveling and new baby I was relatively happy. A beta mistake is what killed me in finals, so it was not too bad. I will be feeling good just in time for mid summer world cups, which is the current plan, if life does not get in the way. I am motivated!

The problems I think were the best quality qualifier problems of any tour I have been to. Props to Ghislain Losier for setting the great routes!

It is too bad the attendence sucked, I think it was due to the 18 degree sunny weather no locals came at all, but those who came from away were all strong, the field just was not that numerous. A shame really considering the awesome problems.

Edmonton Again

I spent another 12 days in Edmonton working. We did a 48hr straight shift then 12 hr nights plus 1.5hr drive each way the whole time combined with drives to Calgary. It destroyed me.

I did get one perfect day before I left in Lake Louise. I climbed a couple time dead tired in the gym which was great.

All and all i came home 3 times more tired then when I left.

We will see how this weekends comp goes with all that has gone on?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Climbing in the olympics

Here's hoping! 2020 would be the earliest it would make it in likely sport climbing only but that could change. The IFSC will have some serious work by 2013 to make it happen for 2020.

Here is an article I was interviewed for by the Globe and Mail.

William Robert Rankin Bowles

Ellen and I finally had our little boy William Robert Rankin Bowles Feb 12/10 12:54am. 9lb 15ou 23in long a monster! He did his first one arm Feb 14/10, aiming for one finger by March 15/10