Monthly roundup: April 2018

This month, I guess I am doing an Outside Online appreciation post. All three links I’m going to share go to Outside Online.

We have an explanation of why it matters how you think about pain, a discussion of what happens to your body on no sleep, and psychological considerations of heat exhaustion.Why it matters what you think about pain

Pain is pain, right? Well, yes but how you respond to the pain affects how you will manage it and that can make a big difference in how well you can push through it.

Alex Hutchinson explains that there are two different ways to think about pain. There are adaptive strategies (ignoring the pain or deciding you won’t let it bother you for example) and there are maladaptive strategies (fearing the pain or thinking of it as a disaster for example).

I’m sure you could guess who is more likely to perform better. Having a positive attitude goes a long way.

What happens to your body on no sleep?

Nothing good. This shouldn’t really be a surprise. Sleep matters. It matters a lot. Don’t sabotage yourself by not getting enough. I’ll leave it at that because it really is that simple.

The psychological side of heat exhaustion

Some interesting insight on the psychological side of heat exhaustion. As we head into the summer, this is interesting to think about.

Two things jump out to me, neither surprising to be honest.

First, if you’re in a competitive environment, you’ll push yourself harder. You’ll get more overheated. The interesting part of this is that you will perceive the same heat discomfort as you would during a solo time trial, even though you’re actually hotter.

Second, risk takers were the most likely to run a higher temperature. This probably shouldn’t be a big surprise. When in a competition, it’s the risk takers who are most willing to (or predisposed to or practiced in) pushing the limits.