The gear was small, the holds were small, and the rock was pretty slick. I did not feel particularly secure. I thought back into my head and thought process. I knew my gear was good, I knew I was strong enough to hold on, I’d trained all winter in the gym, I had it within me. So with confidence in my ability I was able to move and continue up the route and got the moves and completed the route.
Similarly this weekend I was looking down a 30 foot downhill death putt, missing it had consequences. I thought about laying it up, or giving it a half a run, but I looked back, I had warmed up practicing that shot, and had made very similar shots in the past few weeks. I leaned back on my past, my training, and my experience and was able to execute.
While neither one of these are really all that impressive feats, to me they express an important lesson I’ve been thinking about. There are times when we just need to go for it even when their are consequences if it does not work, and there are times to make the conservative call, to lay up, or to back off. For me I am more likely to take the conservative play either from lack of confidence, fear or a combination of the two.
It is in those times of fear, and self doubt you need to have a bit of introspection. Look into yourself and the situation, and ask have I trained for this, what is the risk I’m taking is it real or is it perceived, have I done something similar. If you know you have trained for this moment, that you have done the work ahead of time, tell yourself you can do it you’ve done the work, you have the capability to go for it.
Understanding the risk is important but knowing you have the capability and have put in the work to execute is important. If you know you did the work to prepare, (you know how to place good protection, you know you are strong from training) you have earned the chance to go for it.