Word on the street is that the entire bouldering WC circuit for this year has been transferred to a single event here in Sunnyvale. Comp just finished up today. Conditions were good, setting could’ve been better. Final score: 1T1Z 99 99. Need to remember to bring my kneepad next time 😬 @ifsclimbing @rockandicemag #stayactive #stayhealthy #washyourhands 📹 @levinrichard
Before getting to the topic I’d like to discuss today, these are my parents. They’re pretty cool. We’ve been trapped in the same house for two weeks and haven’t strangled each other yet, so that’s probably a good sign. I grew up with my parents in Sunnyvale, California. Sunnyvale is at the heart of Silicon Valley, home to the biggest technology companies on earth. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have grown up here. Over the past 3 years, mom & dad have been volunteering at Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS). This organization provides assistance to families in need. Its relevance has increased dramatically in the past few decades with the tech boom, causing the cost of living to skyrocket. One recent study found that a household would need to work ~3.7 minimum wage jobs to be able to afford rent in Silicon Valley. Last year, SCS provided assistance to over 8,700 residents in the Sunnyvale area. So why does this matter? It’s because faced with COVID-19, we’ve ceased operations of all but ‘essential businesses’. These are the people working minimum wage at our local grocery stores, our gas stations, our transportation systems. We’ve collectively realized these people matter. They are essential. And it is this group of people who is most at risk during this pandemic. At SCS, operations are still open, but with limited support to assist families. This case is specific to the area I live in, but similar topics are currently being discussed globally. So the question I would like to ask today is: How can we support our local communities during this time? • Support organizations like SCS in your area. Donate or volunteer if they are still in operation. • Support local businesses. If you are able, keep paying your cleaning services or local gym membership. Order delivery from a local restaurant. • Support your neighbors. Offer to do groceries for those at higher risk. • Check up on people. Make sure people around you feel socially connected, even though they are physically distanced. • Share compassion. This is a difficult time. But I’m convinced that if we all take the time to support each other locally, we can get through this. Stay strong, everyone.
This is a global crisis. There’s really no other way of putting the current situation. As recently as two weeks ago, I had lots of plans for this year. My guess is you did, too. All of that has shifted to combat the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With a sudden lack of competitions to look forward to, I am now forced to reassess my priorities as to how best to proceed. This includes how I utilize my platforms on social media as both a consumer and a producer of content. And so, starting with this post, I would like to pose questions and potential plans of action for different topics relating to said pandemic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My first question is: What can we do? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hopefully these actions you will already be very familiar with. Many of them have been widely promulgated by the CDC & WHO. I will point out that these actions are assuming you are in a situation where you are fortunate enough to make these decisions, which I recognize is not the case for everyone around the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What we can do: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • STAY HOME. This is the simplest and easiest way to ‘flatten the curve’. • Stay healthy. Wash hands, exercise frequently, eat healthily, prioritize sleep. • Donate to or volunteer at a local food bank. • Listen to safety notices provided by your local government. At the same time, be critical of what our leaders put forward as proposed solutions. Speak out for those who have no voice. • Support local food & supply workers. Support medical workers. Listen to scientists. • Be kind to others. • Again, be kind to others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Around this time there’s been a lot more engagement with social media (myself included). I’ve seen plenty of ‘inspirational’ posts that offer little substance and my goal is to not add unnecessary clutter. However, one of these ‘inspirational’ posts about fear stuck with me a bit more than others and I’d like to share my own interpretation here: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In my athletic career, many people ask me if I am ever afraid before a big competition. The answer? Always. It’s how we respond to this fear that defines us. When you’re confronted with your greatest fear, stay calm. Take a deep breath. Face everything, and rise.
So proud of my brobro ❤️ This week, he’s finishing out his second tour in @cirquedusoleil with @runtheshow. Definitely unfortunate the production is coming to a close, I had the opportunity to see it 3 times and it truly blew me away. Regardless, it was incredible to see Yuri’s journey through the entire lifespan of the show, including casting, creation, integration, navigating setbacks, & finally re-integration. His perseverance was apparent in the final product with him and his castmates easily pushing the entertainment industry in new & exciting directions. Wishing you the best of success on your next adventure! 😊
The Dagger (V13/8B) 🗡 • • • After combined nationals, I decided to take a spontaneous eurotrip to catch the legendary Hahnenkamm ski race in Kitzbühel as well as check out the bouldering scene here in Ticino. After watching videos of this problem for years it felt incredible to take it down from the stand start. Came mega close to the linking the sit, but looks like it’ll have to wait for a return trip for now. Thanks for sharing the adventure @ansichtssache.photography! 🙂
That’s a wrap. Over the past 3 years, I’ve dedicated my time, energy, and focus towards qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games. That journey concluded last weekend after finishing 7th in finals at Combined Nationals. While it was not the result I was hoping for, I’m proud to know that I gave the opportunity everything I had. Specifically for this event, I felt my mental & physical preparation were at a level higher than they’ve ever been before a competition, and there were moments during the rounds where I felt I performed at or even beyond my maximum potential. After the comp ended, someone asked me if there’s anything I’d change if I could do it all over again. I don’t think I would. I’ve learned so many things about myself and the world through this process and I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have had the experiences I did. Thank you to all who have supported me through this chapter of my life, I’m looking forward to the next one. 📸 @jonvickersphoto
Since 2003, Nationals has been the competition that has stood out to me as being the biggest event of my season. This year, Combined Nationals represents the cumulation of all my past experiences and is the final pathway towards qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games. I’m both excited and nervous, but most importantly feeling solid about my preparation for this event. Every round from here on out counts. All my training has prepared me for this moment. I’m ready to give it everything I’ve got. 📸 @lockhart.bob
As I look back on this past year, one of the central themes for me has been the renewed connections to the people who matter in my life. I think as you get older you start to realize that it’s not necessarily the quantity but quality of friendships you develop that is most important, and 2019 has highlighted this in new and profound ways. Thank you to all those whom I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with these past 12 months, whether that be through sharing athletic endeavors, embarking on a spontaneous adventure, or enjoying a genuine, person-to-person conversation. Wishing everyone the best of connections in the new year ✨
Just finished up a phenomenal training cycle out here in SLC. Distilling my existence down to the absolute essentials has been an eye-opening experience in order to reach new levels of performance. Focused on what’s next. Huge thanks to the Salt Lake climbing community & especially @momentumclimbing for supporting my goals! 📸 @cody.kaemmerlen