I started on a climbing team, and those coaches are the ones I give credit to for initially sparking my love of climbing. But when they stopped working at that gym, I stopped being on the team. I still trained myself with some other people who were no longer on the team, but that was really when I started not having a coach. Occasionally I'd go to training camps, and I worked with a trainer at one point, but I didn’t have anyone who was consistently in my corner, which I think is very different from a lot of climbers who compete. Almost all of them have somebody who was their coach from when they were eight to when they were 18. I think the biggest advantage from it was that I learned how to be really internally motivated. I didn’t have somebody there telling me what to do—I've had to do that for myself the entire time.
I definitely started losing a little bit of motivation to climb when I was in middle school and wanting to hang out with friends and not go to practice. But then, when I got diagnosed with scoliosis and got my back surgery, having climbing get taken away from me and not being able to do it, it made me realize how much I loved it. Ever since then, I've never waned in motivation at all.