I know that it’s bad form to reproduce blog posts in near their entirety, but this little bit by Dave MacLeod seemed appropriate for my current mood, and perhaps for yours.  Take it seriously.


“It only takes a few minutes to climb the hard sport route you’ve been trying, or the crux section of that mixed climb, or the anaerobic last half mile of triathlon etc… People think it’s that bit that’s the hard bit – the bit that separates the ones that get to the belay or the top or whatever.

It’s not though is it? Because if that crux few minutes of the task is so important, it’s because you’ve invested a hundred failures, crap days, rehabs, and grind that gave you the fitness, the tactic you didn’t think of before or the grit to deal with the effort. A lot of folk go to great lengths to minimise (sic) or avoid failing. And that’s the reason for the ultimate failure. It’s not even endurance of repeated failure that’s the limitation – it’s not that hard to get over, really. It’s not unusual either. I think it’s just the orientation away from failure that’s the problem.

Trying to bypass failure is the shortcut back to the start. The shortcut to the end is directly through the failures.”

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