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SEARCH TAG / TERM: psychology

  • Tuesday September 16, 2014

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    Hard day, easy day, repeat. Most athletes are familiar with the core tenant of periodized training. The concept is often lost when it comes time to apply it to the bigger training picture. The need for a recovery phase following the 'hard ' part of the season is often over looked, undervalued and misunderstood.

  • Tuesday July 22, 2014

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    This year’s Tour de France will record a DNF next to major players such as Cavendish, Froome, and Contador. While injuries and crashes are a part of the sport, facing the choice to ‘abandon’ mid race or mid stage can be demoralizing. Without proper support this decision can haunt an athlete, undermining self-confidence and ultimately hurt performance.

  • Tuesday May 6, 2014

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    Preparation is important in any sport but especially in cycling. With so many uncontrollable variables in this sport, anything you can do to control what can be controlled will improve your chance at success, however you may define it. Let's look at a key part of good preparation today that could completely transform your perfromance - good mental preparation.

  • Tuesday December 31, 2013

    andythinking

    Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.

  • Tuesday October 15, 2013

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    Frustration may be your most significant obstacle to achieving your cycling goals. We feel stuck, we tense up, and we have difficulty focusing. The best way I can describe the feeling is: AAARRGGHH!! It is a truly infuriating feeling. But does it always have to be a bad thing?

  • Tuesday September 24, 2013

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    More than ever with all the controversy in professional cycling the last few years, focusing on a proper environment for younger riders to develop, with strong support and mentorship and a process rather than result-driven philosophy is critical to the future of the sport.

  • Tuesday August 27, 2013

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    The challenge cyclists face is that different types of races and even different points in a race require different levels of intensity. Sometimes you need to be really relaxed and other times you need to be in a full froth of adrenalin and aggression. How do you juggle and mix your psychological intensity?

  • Tuesday June 18, 2013

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    Intensity may be the most important contributor to cycling performance once the race begins. It’s so important because all of the motivation, confidence, focus, and emotions in the world won’t help you if your body is not physiologically capable of doing what it needs to do for you to ride your best.

  • Tuesday June 4, 2013

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    The Central Governor hypothesis proposes that our brains ultimately governs how hard we’re willing to ride, so it makes a great target for manipulating to improve our performance. How might we practically use this ability to ride faster?

  • Tuesday May 7, 2013

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    Many things go wandering through between our ears over the course of a time trial. We do our best to ignore the constant chorus of pain and agony. One way to do that is to tell ourselves some stories, like maybe we’re doing better than we actually are. Can lying to yourself make you faster?

  • Tuesday April 30, 2013

    andythinking

    Negative thinking, especially during difficult rides, will certainly hurt your cycling confidence and prevent you from riding your best and achieving your cycling goals. Your goal is to retrain your negative thinking into positive thinking and high confidence that propels you to your very best rides.

  • Wednesday April 3, 2013

    champion

    Many serious cyclists dream of their children finding fame and fortune on a bike, following in the footsteps of other great young riders including Tejay van Garderen and Taylor Phinney. But the question to ask is what does it take to become a great cyclist? There are three components (pun intended)…

  • Tuesday September 25, 2012

    There are three things that impact how well you ride in training and races: your innate ability, the difficulty of the race (course, weather, field), and your motivation. Motivation is the only one of these that you can control, so that is where you should direct your focus and energy.

  • Tuesday July 17, 2012

    A difficulty with dealing with the mental aspects of cycling is that they’re not tangible or easily measured. If you want to learn what are your physical strengths and weaknesses on the bike, you can have your wattage or VO2 Max tested, and that gives you objective data about your physical condition. There is unfortunately, no way to measure your mental “muscles” directly. Think of Prime Cycling profiling as physical testing for the mind. It makes mental issues related to cycling more concrete.

  • Tuesday July 3, 2012

    In my last article, I looked at the issue of sports confidence by comparing and contrasting two recent days I had on the bike, one full of fire and confidence and the other the opposite feelings of self-doubt and thoughts of quitting. But enough about rank amateurs like me, what about the top professionals?

  • Tuesday June 19, 2012

    When cycling, we are all seeking the Holy Grail of peak fitness and form, that “no chains” day where riding seems effortless. But besides optimal physical preparation, the other important and often overlooked ingredient is effective sport psychology, and the role that confidence plays in peak performance.

  • Tuesday May 22, 2012

    Prime Cycling is defined as “performing at a consistently high level under the most challenging conditions.” Prime Cycling is a goal toward which everyone in the cycling world should strive, the result of which is to maximize your riding efforts and enable you to achieve your cycling goals.

  • Tuesday May 15, 2012

    While I was racing I did some crazy mental training. Hours upon hours of affirmations. Up Topanga Canyon, down Tuna, up Latigo, down Kanan Dune, up the PCH, up Mulholland, down Encinal and finally back through Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice and finishing on the Ballona Creek bike path into Culver City. All the time listening to tracks off The Ultimate Cyclist CD and repeating the affirmations to myself out loud and with conviction.

  • Tuesday March 27, 2012

    Before you can begin developing the essential mental skills that help you experience Prime Cycling, you need to establish the right attitude toward your cycling. This attitude focuses on two areas. First, your attitude toward racing: what you think of it and how you feel about it. Second, your attitude toward winning and losing: how you define winning and losing and whether you know the essential roles that both play in becoming the best cyclist you can be.

  • Tuesday February 14, 2012

    Contrary to what you may think, at whatever level in which you’re racing, the technical and physical aspects of cycling don’t usually determine the winner. So, on any given day, what separates who dons, for example, the Tour de France’s yellow or green jerseys and who stands a step or two down on the podium?

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