Mental skills training isn’t just for elite athletes. It’s for anyone interested in optimizing performance. If you’re an endurance athlete looking to perform at your best — regardless of experience or competitive level — mental skills training is just as important as the physical training you do. But how do you get started? Begin with the newly released "Guide to Goal … [Read more...] about How Do You Integrate Mental Skills into Your Training?
When it comes to setting your racing goals simply remember your ABCs. Before the season starts, identify the main races you want to target and prioritize those races using these ABCs: A-priority races: The one to three most important races of the season. Training will be designed around these races to allow you to peak for them. Ideally, these will occur together in a … [Read more...] about The ABCs of Prioritizing Races and Setting Race Goals
Establishing an ambitious set of goals for the season can sometimes feel like an accomplishment in its own right. But setting your goals is only the first step toward achieving those goals. So what’s next? 1. Make those goals a priority Once you’ve set your goals it’s time to make those goals a priority. That means eradicating those attractive (but inevitably … [Read more...] about After Setting Your Goals, Now What?
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” These lines, often attributed to Goethe, seem particularly appropriate as the calendar turns the page into the New Year. If you have had your sights set on a dream you have never quite been able to act upon, heed the call. Begin it. Begin it now. Here are three … [Read more...] about Begin it Now
"There's nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."—Shakespeare Given that optimal performance relies as much on psychology as physiology, the best physical preparation in the world can only take an athlete so far. As anyone who has ever engaged in a performance activity knows, the situation can induce a significant level of mental stress in addition to the … [Read more...] about Mental Skills Training: Keeping Your Head in the Game