One thing I super super super struggle with is last second doubt.
That’s where you’re running/leaping/grabbing and at the last moment you don’t think you can do it and pull out… and crash usually. The Warped Wall is a big one for me… I’ve grabbed the top so many times, and yet every single time I have to psych myself up… and when I do it, I do it easily, hell, I don’t even jump, I just run real fast… but when I don’t totally psych myself up…… big crashing mess.
There are other obstacles that I need to gradually work toward, even though I know I’m strong enough to tackle and complete on the first try… and this last second doubt has definitely spilled over into comps… if you remember this guy.
So, what’s a dude to do when his body is strong enough, but his brain be overthinkin’… he smashes it with knowledge, and in this case I turned to the very excellent and fellow Ninja Warrior Dr Espen. Dr Espen was kind enough to put a video and an article together to help me (and now hopefully you) to get my brain in order when I’m facing down a new and/or scary obstacle.
You can find the article here : Dr Espen on Flow and Ninja Priming
Admittedly I’ve had a couple of goes at the video, there’s a lot to unpack and get my head around… but so far the most useful thing for me has been the little trick of linking a new obstacle with something similar that I’ve already smashed.
Not only is Espen enthusiastic and generous (he created a whole video for us to help communicate his ideas and message) but his story is pretty just incredible…. Espen broke both his legs in a motorbike accident, and then after that horrific accident, nearly lost one due to an infection he got in the hospital… um wow. So from hospital guy (picture left) to bounding to cargo nets guy (picture right)… that’s a hell of a journey.