• Annie.

    Thank you for sharing. Also, I was especially happy to see a pic of Kate?ina Nash in the header: I kind of “miss” her when watching UCI Worldcup races online: Also, I’d love to read more about mountainbikers in this section, too.

    Actually, I have to collect information on mindfulness training and sports for my diploma thesis. It’s very interesting: For example, I often don’t even realize that I lose my focus and am not in the present moment in a race. So I start “just riding along” without noticing. It’s surprising how much faster you can go simply by “getting back to were you actually are”. :)

  • Sydney Brown

    In 2010 I was training for masters worlds and had my heart absolutely set on doing well, but broke my collarbone in a race. I was soon back on my trainer, but despondent and finding my power numbers dismal. Then it hit me, I was talking to myself in my head in a way I would never say to someone else — especially someone who was working so hard to regain strength and confidence. I immediately changed my mindset, began speaking aloud to myself, saying encouraging things as I would to any other racer I cared about, and the next interval — increase in ~10 watts. Ever since then, I’ve been honest and even critical of myself, but I’ve worked hard to be constructive and encouraging in my self-speech, just as I would with a friend. I believe it’s helped me achieve much more than I could have otherwise – both on the bike and in pursuing career goals.

  • ginga_ninja

    Great article, I think self-talk is really important. I used to get people asking me how to become better at climbing hills and I’d ask: “what do you think of hills?”, their reply: “I hate them.”. That’s your first problem there, you tell yourself you hate them, training on hills is always gonna be a drag that way.

    I use a couple of “scripts” for training & racing. When’s it early in the morning or I’m tired (I do most of my training before work), I often find myself saying (in my head), “I’m so tired today”, “I can’t do this today”, “I don’t want to be here, I’d rather be in bed”, “I’d rather be relaxing” – but I always feel great after. :)

    So, for training I use: “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (aka Daft Punk), because training is making me stronger and better and being stronger and better is fun! When I’m saying “I can’t” in my head, I start turning it around and repeating “I can, I am” – because I’m usually on my bike and already doing what I’m telling myself I can’t! I’ve completely turned around races for myself by getting my head in that “I can” space. I take a bit of convincing sometimes though. ;)

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