Imagine you are swimming, biking and running powerfully, confidently and easily. Everything is flowing smoothly and effortlessly, and you are feeling on top of the world. You know, with absolute certainty, that this is a fabulous and fantastic race.
Or, do you imagine your race more like one where you are fearful and full of nerves at the thought of what you are about to do? Do you have doubts whether you can actually ‘do it’ and go the distance? Do you wonder what you are doing here?
Many women may be successful, competent and confident in certain areas of their lives, yet, not so confident in other areas. So, by developing your mental muscles for triathlon, you will not only improve your sports performances; you will also experience improvements elsewhere in your life!
You still have to put those hours into your swim, bike and run training to help you develop your technique and your skill. Yet, if you also develop your mental muscles, you will improve your overall performance abilities, your success and your sense of satisfaction! So, whether you are a beginner triathlete or a seasoned professional, you can welcome your next race and experience yourself swimming, biking and running powerfully, confidently and easily by developing those mental muscles.
Some of the typical problems encountered by athletes, particularly female athletes, is that they:
- Lack confidence in being able to ‘do it’
- Have doubts and fears about their abilities
- Experience pre-race nerves which detract from their performance
- Rarely satisfied with their performances
Yet, with mental skills training, you can develop skills and strategies to:
- Boost confidence
- Overcome any doubts and fears
- Calm those race nerves
- Recognize achievements and be satisfied regardless of the outcomes
These mental skills can be developed just like you develop your strength, speed and technique in anything you do – through regular and consistent practice. So, whether you are a beginner, an experienced triathlete or even a professional, by learning what the different techniques are, and by practicing them just like you would practice and prepare for your event, you can develop your mental muscles that will make a difference to your race and to your life.
In the next few months, I will cover a range of topics to help you develop your mental muscles so you can be the best you can be.
So, until next month … go out, have some fun and enjoy your training!
About the author
Midgie Thompson of Bright Futures Coaching is a Mental Performance and Lifestyle Coach. She works with passionate and energetic individuals to help them develop the mental skills and strategies to be the best they can be while maintaining a healthy balance in their sporting, professional and personal lives.
For more information on how you can take your performances to greater heights, contact Midgie on +44 (0)1273 906 216 or www.brightfuturescoaching.com.