Watch episode one of Ducking the Ropes, featuring Mark Abma in his journey to conquer Mount Garibaldi in British Columbia.
The next game starts in five minutes. Adrenaline is coursing through your veins, and you can’t tell the difference anymore between fear and excitement — you know that feeling. But there’s a fine line between excitement for the game, and anxiety before athletic competition. When you can’t shake the nerves, and the pressure is dauntingly present, what can you do?
You probably don’t think all that much about your blood flow. You have blood, it flows — what more is there? And yet, the state of your blood circulation is a very important consideration for your physical health. If you’re an athlete, it can have ramifications for your performance too.
Mark Abma leads a life that must feel like a dream to most of us – his Tolkien-esque home in the woods, his down-to-earth lifestyle… oh, right, and his incredible affinity for skiing, biking, and hiking his way up and down mountains. Mental strength, endurance, and flexibility are crucial parts of Abma’s everyday routine, and his commitment to it all is nothing short of incredible.
How to stay focused while reading? That is the question. Whether it’s because you think you might enjoy the hobby or because your college is forcing you to read the endless droning of whatever-their-names-are, you might find that it’s hard to get past a single section or chapter before your mind starts wandering, and it feels like you’re reading the same words over and over again...