It was the hardest sport route I had ever attempted to redpoint.
I couldn’t rub the sweat out of my eyes, nor could I see clearly, as I reached for and held a tiny cobble in order to set up for the crux deadpoint.
My stomach grumbled.
“Now or never!” I said to myself. Then I launched, thrusting my hips into the wall. But to no avail, my fingers only grasped the air just shy of the bucket hold and I fell back into the rope.
“Lower!” I exclaimed in disappointment.
I couldn’t give up. I was too close. I needed to recover and then give it another try while the moves were still fresh in my head. Clearly, I needed to rest and I needed to eat. The problem is that I find it difficult to digest food when I am performing at my max.
Fortunately, I have discovered GU chews.
I sat down under a tree and ate a whole package of Gu Chews followed by a third a quart of water. Then I continued to rest for a full half an hour as my stomach easily digested the Chews with just the right amount and ratio of glucose and fructose.
When I tied back into the rope, I felt strong again.
And, sure enough, when I finally held the tiny cobble to set up for the crux, my stomach did not grumble and I could see clearly. Then I launched and caught the bucket hold like it was never a hard move at all!
Now, I ‘m not saying sending my hardest redpoint to date was all because of GU chews, but I’m not saying it wasn’t either…