I really appreciate LAVA magazine and other sports mags, such as Runners World, Running Times, Triathlete Mag, for featuring articles that highlight the importance of training the mental aspect of performance. Here is a recent article that highlights developing a personal resilience over fear. Check it out!Mind Games: Learning to Suffer http://lavamagazine.com/features/mind-games-learning-to-suffer/#axzz22WQF4fYe
Mental control and managing internal and external stimuli takes training just like physical training, natural mental and physical ability can only take you so far. There are many mental skills/tools that can be practiced and utilized to be able to manage pain and suffering more effectively during sport performance. However, I have to agree with coach Lindly when she states that tough personal experiences condition you to be able to tolerate tough physical conditions. I would call this resilience.