But now to the point - I always try to use that middle of the night awake time to explore things that have been on my mind. Recently, i've been thinking about the role of fear as a mental limitation in reaching physical potential. I'm not sure exactly how it works - but i'm pretty sure that it plays a part. Much of my mental 'training' in the early days had less to do with suffering (although i did end up suffering my fair share) and more to do with fear management. Climbing is good about that.
|Ridge descent after climbing the face of Mt. Talbot, NZ (2006)|
The latter of which, by the way, is not unlike the violent coughing i experienced last night in that it too, is quite capable of triggering the gag reflex. It's always nice to come full circle.