Adventure Coaching Blog
Mindset Challenge for all
I’ve been working with some clients who want to push themselves not just physically, but in terms of their ‘mental toughness’. The challenge has been to find easy ways to incorporate this kind of training into an average busy day.
Over the last month I have come up with something that can be done as part of a daily shower routine. No, its not weird, and the results have been really interesting, not just for mind training but also as part of post-exercise recovery.
OK, so are you up for a challenge? Here it is:
At the end of your shower, instead of turning the nice warm water off and getting out of the shower, try this. Turn the water to full cold (do it quickly not slowly), and if it is too much on your full body then just direct it to your legs or feet. Take a few deep breaths on full cold and then return back to warm water. Take a few breaths and then switch back to cold. Do this a couple more times and then finish with the water on cold before turning it off.
Some of you will recognise that this method is used by high-performance athletes as part of avoiding delayed onset muscle stiffness (the kind of pain you get a day or two after a big exercise session, although the research on this method is not conclusive). It definitely improves circulation.
However, I am suggesting that this simple activity can be a powerful part of your mental training – if you tune in and really pay attention to your mind and body. Try it out and tell me what you find out about that moment between turning the tap and then the water going cold – what it is like the first cold cycle and then what happens in later cold cycles?
What can you learn about your mindset that you could apply elsewhere?
Comment below and let me know what you think...
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 29th September, 2013 | Comments (2) | Permalink
What would Marty want?
Image thanks to Marty's Facebook Page
A Tribute to Marty and Denali Schmidt
I first met Marty in October 2010 in Kathmandu. He bounced into dinner like a puppy with too much energy. It was a huge breath of fresh air.
I was just back from an unsuccessful expedition to climb Cho Oyu – the world’s 6th highest mountain at 8200m. We made it to 7100m and then made the agonizing decision to turn back because of high avalanche danger. To put it mildly I was feeling jaded.
I recall Marty being incredibly wise, funny and eloquent about the decision to turn around. He didn’t spout platitudes about “safety first”. Instead he demonstrated his respect for the mountains and our fragility as humans in that environment. It was a respect borne of many many trips into the “hills” and many a time of going down saying “not yet, it will be there tomorrow”.
He was incredibly ‘spiritual’ about the whole thing. His ability to articulate a philosophy of the soul is incredibly rare amongst mountaineers. And it wasn’t just because he had spent time in California.
I also had the huge privilege of being part of last year’s “great debate” for the NZ Alpine Club. Marty and Peter Cammell and I were on the team arguing “Everest should still be on your bucket list”. We lost the debate in dramatic style, but it didn’t phase Marty one little bit. He was completely passionate about the greatest mountains on earth and managed to fit at least 100 amazing images of high altitude drama into his short presentation. He even stopped talking –albeit briefly – as he let the sheer awesomeness of altitude sink in. His brazen passion for the “vertical world” was a badge he wore with pride.
Fast-forward to Monday 29 July when we heard the awful news that Marty and his son Denali were missing presumed dead on K2. Of all things they had been caught in an avalanche, buried as they slept at Camp 3. I’ll admit that I am completely haunted by that image. Unfortunately I can relate to it rather too well, after being buried myself in an avalanche during the night on Mount Cook in 2011. Believe me when I say that you never want to know what that is like.
Today I heard an interview with an ‘expert’ saying “others went down why did they continue up?” Part of me gets angry, and thinks, “How dare you be wise in hindsight, that risk is at the heart of the decisions we take as mountaineers”. A risk that Marty knew intimately, he was vastly experienced and he truly respected the mountain, and loved his son enormously and passionately. And another part of me wishes I knew why he and Denali headed on up. We will probably never know.
Their example for me is not a cautionary tale about pushing too hard. Rather, it is a reminder that we do not know what randomness is around the corner. This tragedy reminds us that we only have today to live and love, to inspire others and to have the adventure of our lives – as both Marty and his son Denali did.
So what would Marty want? I reckon he would say "Get out there! Live your life. Be passionate about what really matters to you and don’t be afraid to vibrantly share it with the world" – that is the precious gift that he has given us.
Vibrant proclaimer of all things Adventure :)
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 30th July, 2013 | Comments (2) | Permalink
Tags: Marty Schmidt, mountains, adventure, avalanche, K2
What would you do?
Ocean Rower in a stormLearning from Extreme Circumstances
It’s been blowing a gale for the last 72 hours, you are in the cramped cabin of a tiny boat in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean…. Your stomach lurches as your boat capsizes again… and then rights itself. You feel terribly alone as you stare at the radio and think about calling for help… even if they do hear you it is going to be a long time before rescue.
What would you do?
This was the situation that Sarah Outen found herself in when rowing across the Pacific Ocean. Hear what happened and how she drew deep on her inner resources to survive.
Whether you think she is crazy or brave is irrelevant. She has a lot she can teach those of us on dry land.
Watch the unique interview by clicking this link
(it will take you to another page on this website)
p.s. Of all the adventurers I have interviewed this is by far the most interesting and honest. If you want to know how to deal with fear then this is the best place to look.
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 19th July, 2013 | Comments | Permalink
Tags: Sarah Outen, Ocean Rowing, Attitude, Inspiration, Adventure, Challenge, Fear
Taking the message to India
Over the last month I have joined forces with the wonderful team at Red Hot Mirchi (a mirchi is a chilli! - so clearly, it is hot!). We will be working together in India and Asia running workshops and speaking about "Overcoming Fear". Keep track of us on my new Sarah Wilson Adventurer Facebook page.
We did an event in Mumbai / Bombay in India where I spoke about Overcoming Fear, and then I helped some young women climb a mobile climbing wall! Now that was really putting their fear of climbing into practise.
I worked alongside Mark Inglis (double amputee and mountain climber as well as fellow kiwi) and Abilash Tommy (who has just sailed around the world single-handed, non-stop!).
It was a fantastic event and we launched a whole new Social Enterprise in India that will benefit women and children in particular. click here to check out the CNBC news footage of the event and me in action.
Posted by Sarah Wilson on 22nd April, 2013 | Comments | Permalink
A kea (NZ Mountain parrot) in the morning light Sarah with Mt French behind French Ridge Hut. A great place to contemplate.
Take a look at this inspirational video from Tony
(don't tell anyone but it made me cry).
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