Pierre, sounds like you need to start reading the health and fitness for skiing forum!
You may want to have your doc check your thyroid, though. Sometimes in your 40s, the darn thing slows down!
Weems, interesting stuff. One difference, though, not that its the word of god, but this particular article described anxiety as being future oriented, not fear.
The way one instructor descibed it, "You don't want to get rid of the butterflies in your stomach, just have them dance in formation".
So in other words, keep the adrenaline, lose the stress. You are so right on about the centering thing, though, which is why I always refer to that OLN segment I saw you in. That's why, aside from the book Inner Skiing, that everybody always recommends, I really love Denise McCluggages Centered Skier.
I have to admit, I never thought about the fear/anxiety differentiation until I read this article. But it got me thinking back to times that I felt fear as opposed to anxious. When instructors have corrected my physical manifestations of anxiety, shoulders lifted and to tight, clenched jaw, not breathing, things I should KNOW are not correct, it has usually been in situations where I am concerned about the PEOPLE traffic: Any trail on Killington, coming down at the end of the day at Whistler, a trail with many out of control boarders or skiers. My reaction: PARALIZED! I tend to go off to the side and wait for the trail to clear, which of course never happens!
But if the terrain itself is challeging, or if I'm in a white out , as long as there are not many out of control people on the trail, I will zone and keep moving, concentrating on the current task, instead of worrying about what will happen in the future.
I really want to hear about that workshop! [img]smile.gif[/img]