Day: March 6, 2017

6 March 2017

As part of getting Level 2 Coach certification from USA Cycling, I read a fair amount on sport psychology. Self-talk – those messages that circulate round our heads before, during and after we ride has been on my mind a lot lately.  Those negative, “neutral” and positive memos we send ourselves that work to motivate, and perhaps de-motivate us too.  Three days ago, I went for a hard training ride in east Mesa, a popular route that takes in part of the Bush Highway and Usery Pass Road.  On this day, the wind was strong out of the north-northeast and this meant facing a wind on some pretty bumpy tarmac.  Headwinds are demoralizing. They are the hill that you never reach the top of.  Combine a rough surface and a chilly, indomitable wind and you have the recipe to start thinking, “I don’t think I can do another lap of this.”  Self-defeating, self-talk. 

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