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Published on February 28, 2014

Author: CoreBicycle

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How our mind can help our legs (part one)

How our mind can help our legs (part one) More post:  http://corebicycle.com/blog/ Follow us:       http://www.corebicycle.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/CoreBicycle Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoreBicycle G+: www.google.com/+CorebicycleCompany/ Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CoreBicycle Vimeo https://vimeo.com/channels/456516 In the previous article we focused on the psychological variables to be taken into account during the start of the season; in this occasion we will talk about a couple of psychological training techniques required to train our mind and specifically prepare for your goals. In this first article of two we will talk about controlling thoughts and in the second one we will talk about visualisation. Psychological training must be tailored and specific to the individual cyclist, depending on their characteristics and goals set to achieve, but we will give you a general guideline to optimise your training. Control and direct your thoughts During our training sessions our brain does not stop “working”, what is known as inner dialogue. It must be positive and focused on what we are doing to maximise the benefits of our effort. Let us use a metaphor: thoughts are like a water stream, you can build a dam to slow it down, but water will continue to flow until it overflows if we keep trying to stop it. So, we must channel the flow of water to make it go where you want it to go, avoiding it reaching places where we do not want it to be. So, our thoughts flow and we must channel them in the right direction for them to be beneficial to us. Página 2

How our mind can help our legs (part one) We should start by making that inner dialogue a conscious dialogue, paying attention to what you tell yourself when training. It might be that some of those thoughts are negative and they take us to conclusions that block us or take away your motivation. What we propose is to make a three column table; in the first column you will put the circumstances in which you had those thoughts; in the second column you explain with as much as detail as possible the actual thought; finally, in the third column you write down the feeling or emotions those thoughts generated. We will use this table as example: SITUATION Long ride with team mates. Mountain pass NEGATIVE THOUGHTS "I can’t do it"; "I can’t understand it… how can the keep this pace?"; "I can’t stay with them"; "Think I’m going to quit"... EMOTION Nerves, tension, demotivation… Obviously, with this line of thoughts our training will be affected in a negative way and, what is worst, you might get to believe your thoughts and give up or arrive to conclusions that make me abandon your goals. There is a direct connection between your thoughts, emotions and performance. So you must channel the first to generate confidence and positiveness, improving our performance. We propose to repeat the previous test. Once identified the negative thoughts, it is the moment to challenge them or put them in perspective, generating a fourth column where you will write down your rational thoughts. To make it clearer, these would be what a good friend would say to us if they heard our inner dialogue. They must be sincere and realistic thoughts that will take us to a rational and positive conclusion of what is happening to you. You must believe these thoughts, it is not good enough to simply cheer you up, we must reach conclusions that we believe in. Another example using the previous table: SITUATION Long ride with team mates. Mountain pass NEGATIVE THOUGHTS "I can’t do it"; "I can’t understand it… how can the keep this pace?"; "I can’t stay with them"; "Think I’m going to quit"... EMOTION Nerves, tension, demotivation… RATIONAL THOUGHT "Do not put too much pressure on yourself, follow your rhythm"; "They have trained more than I have"; "maintain your pace, it is not the moment to give it your all"; "Still lots of training days left, don’t panic, it will come with time"; "Why do you have to keep-up with them?". Página 3

How our mind can help our legs (part one) Rational thoughts must be generated by you for them to have any positive effect on you, as they will only really help if you really believe in them. If you can identify your fears you will be able to channel them and realise that, in most cases, they tend to be exaggerations, speculations, only receiving half the information or centred on something negative; this is the best to rationalise your thoughts, channelling them to more positive and beneficial feelings. Surely you will optimise your performance improve it. Pere Alastrué i Pozo Psicólogo del Deporte Servicios de Psicología de RENDIM www.rendim.com Vocal de la Sección de Psicología del Deporte para el Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Catalunya (COPC) - See more at: http://corebicycle.com/es/blog/como-nuestra-mente-puede-ayudar-nuestras-piernas-primera-parte#sthash.xkqkZccS.dpuf Pere Alastrué i Pozo Psicólogo del Deporte Servicios de Psicología de RENDIM www.rendim.com Vocal de la Sección de Psicología del Deporte para el Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Catalunya (COPC) Enjoy and Ride!! CoreBicycle Team Translated by Pablo Ferrer-Cid Página 4

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