I had all these great intentions for March, thinking as I did that the weather would be terrible and that I would be indoors, writing away and working my core and rehabilitating my elbows.  Hmmm.  The weather has been fabulous!  Firstly I scored an unexpected outdoor bouldering session after the Outdoor Forum on a scorching March day (which didn’t feel too bad on my elbows).  Then I spent 4 days cycling with friends from Cardiff back to Caernarfon, blessed with mist, sun and some scary gusts of wind as well as rather a lot of pub lunches.  Then the snow came and after digging the car out I had a few days out playing, including a very enjoyable traverse of the Nantlle Ridge, complete with a weird water ice topping over neve.  The snow is receding but its still dry, so after a spot of gardening this morning I think I will be heading out for more bouldering.  I’m really enjoying the lighter evenings and the chance to potter in the garden of an evening (once the ground thaws out!)

 

All this has meant me trying to squeeze in the desk work to a couple of hours between dusk and bedtime as I try to make the most of the weather.  I’ve written a little intro to a discussion piece on fear, shortly to appear on Zofia’s blog (will post a link when its up), reviewed a couple of research proposals, and started planning for my upcoming talk on behalf of the British Psychological Society on 23/5/13, 6pm Wheldon Building, Bangor University.  The talk is entitled ‘Psychology on the Edge’ and I will be talking about how I transfer clinical psychology into a climbing context.  In trying to ‘squeeze’ I have found two tips helpful, one of which comes from a mindfulness perspective and the other from a time management perspective; firstly, that the hardest part of any task is starting (so just start), and secondly, most things can be accomplished in an hour (that means, if you set yourself an hour to do something, then you will get more done than if you don’t set any time frame).  Its not a perfect formula, but it has allowed me to enjoy the weather and keep up with the lists!

 

Anyhow, the main purpose of this blog was to share a really interesting post by Mark Bullock who decided to committ to a climbing programme to see where it took him. I think his results are pretty inspiring, and linked for me to the recent article Steve McClure wrote in Climb magazine about where climbing was going with Adam Ondra’s recent hard ascents, where he asked whether talent or hard work was more important.  Mark’s blog echoes the research, which suggests that hard work is the most important factors, and that good gains can be made by committing to working hard.  Well worth a read.