After a phenomenal gritty breakfast, we set out on an afternoon hike to Brainard lake. Not knowing much about this part of the land, we took local directions to go left at every major fork. The scenery was breathtaking, leading us to the Inyo National Forest and over the ridge into Kings Canyon. Approximately four miles in I ran into a mental wall. I felt myself harnessing a mix uncontrollable factors; how little sleep we got as Vix was restlessly moving around the tent peering through the mesh ceiling, performance levels were affected by the week's gym workouts, remaining hydration, were my pheromones affecting Vix as well. We pushed through and made it to our hammocks on the lakeside. It was empowering to overcome the limits my mind had constructed and push my body beyond them. The feeling at mile-marker four is one I needed to experience as it was congruent in other areas of my life and has since given the platform to mentally drive myself forward despite external forces.