Mind Over Matter
Your mind and its power to either enhance or hinder your ability to perform at your best.
When they returned to training and competition, they were hungrier for results, mentally refreshed and physically recovered, and fired up to be back in the pack again.
At some point in your time as an athlete, you’ll be sidelined by illness or injury. Hopefully it’s minor and you’ll be back on your feet quickly, but be careful about how you think about your recovery time. If you focus on how much training you’re missing out on, and how far behind that’s going to make you, you’re going to return to training frustrated and discouraged. Instead, focus your energy on doing everything you can to enhance your recovery, from physical therapy to eating well and staying hydrated, and use the time as a well-deserved recuperation period. That way, when your body is ready to return to training, your mind will be raring to go as well; your fitness will return faster and more completely, and you’ll be likely to outperform your own personal bests.
Jim Lehman is a Premier Coach and Jim Rutberg is a Pro Coach for Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. (CTS). Lehman coaches several rising stars of US cycling, including Saul Raisin, Phil Zajicek, Shawne Milne, Ryan Trebon, and Tyler Wren. Rutberg has co-authored four books with Chris Carmichael, including the bestseller “ Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness ”. To discover what CTS can do for you, or to sign up for our free monthly nutrition newsletter, visit www.trainright.com.