Silly? Not so silly if you take into account that putting together an expedition from nothing is a 24 hour a day job. I mentioned in my talk that most of my time is spent behind a desk at a computer and on the phone. If I’m not writing proposals, I’m writing email or browsing opportunities for every resource possible.
Unfortunately, that leaves no time for training and I believe that is a major barrier to entry. Since I used to be focused on affording to pay off my loans, my bills, and other expenses; I couldn’t even imagine saving up enough to take time off for training. Too bad I don’t have a choice at this point and training is something I have to afford whether sleep fits into that schedule or not. This is part of the pursuit of passion; you have to keep these commitments.
Now, I’m going to be blunt and say that training on little sleep weakens your immune system, makes you irritable, negatively affects your mood, and a host of other issues. It’s probably a good thing I’m too busy to spend much time with friends for reasons of maintaining those relationships. However, I think it’s also good practice to manage emotions during an expedition that will put me in the same situation with people I don’t really know all that well from a different culture (I only know one of the guys as a friend).
Anyway, putting in the effort every day to train is the cover charge, and I’m going to have to be ready to cover the tab once I’m in.