“…Regular practice simply isn’t enough. To improve, we have to be constantly pushing ourselves beyond where we think our limits lie and then pay attention to how and why we fail.” -By Joshua Foer
Climbing has become so much more then just a sport in my life. It’s granted me the ability to look in the mirror and admit defeat. But it’s also given me “real guts to admit that and then try to figure out what happened and try again.” Climbing has taught me self-analysis, that without that-nothing will change. “Change is uncomfortable; admitting a malfunction to yourself may mess with your perception of how good you are at something, and the mind is incredible at protecting the ego.” You see, the actual physical part of climbing is but a mere spec to what I’ve actually learned, and continue to do so whilst pursuing such a sport. The climbing part is easy, but when put to the test, when under pressure, when there’s a break down or malfunction, it’s then when I’m faced with true grit. Climbing, slowly but surely, has shown me that, “Often there’s not as much at stake as the person believes, or less on the outside and more on the inside.” I think it’s the mental side of things that has truly captured me, that climbing has enabled me to explore. But it doesn’t just lay with climbing…it crosses over into my every day life. And that’s the cool part. My life has changed from certain teachings within climbing, allowing me to live a fuller, more enriched life all-around.
Still, ’til this very day I can’t answer to why I love climbing so much, only that when I’m climbing, even when I’m training, out of all that I’ve done in my life, it seems to be one of those rare things that makes me want to try harder…and to not give up. There is no end to climbing–only progression…in all forms. Every time someone sets some sort of limit…that said limit gets smashed. What was once impossible has now become the inevitable, a willingness, if you will, to look back in the mirror and see victory.
I give praise to my wonderful wife and kids whom support me through thick and thin, to Will Gadd for sticking with me as a coach and friend, and especially to God for granting me the “will” to keep pushing.
“There are no limits. There are plateaus, and you must not stay there; you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.”
(Quotes above are from Will Gadd)