If you’ve read some of the other chapters you’ll know that in my coaching philosophy, training is only accountable for around 15% of the gains you will see in cycling. Nutrition accounting for around 35%, with mentality making up the other 50%. Even if I’m out fractionally you can see that all your hard work training is worth far less than the time you put into your mental preparation.

In this article I’m going to coach you through how to make the most of that 50% and turn you into your own Sports Psychologist!

Why not start by watching my webinar on Mentality:

 

Pav’s Story…

Why not start with this, the reason why I place so much of my coaching emphasis on mental training and My Story…

 

How to Train Your Brain…

On the face of it, it’s not that simple and in reality, it’s exactly the same. We are complex, we are individual. However, there are certain areas which you can look to train in order to see, in many cases, significant improvements.

Let me help you Train Your Brain… and identify what traditional coaching misses.

No more “tough love” and burying yourself into the ground to the point where quitting becomes an easy reality. Treat your brain like you would your body. Give yourself a fighting chance.

Motivation and PMA…

A big one for me! The law of attraction… the more positively you think, the more positivity you experience life. Even if you’re not a fan of this philosophy, would it hurt to give it a go?

Check out my blog Motivation and PMA… for some key reasons why it pays to be positive. Make simple gains by simply switching your mindset!

Need a hand with getting this started? Why not download the app Headspace, commit to it for at least 10 days but ideally 3 weeks. It might see you get bigger gains than that new set of wheels you have your eye on!

 

Tips for Maintaining Mental Health

We all might be susceptible to mental health problems. Even if you’ve not experienced them I bet you know someone who has. Maybe you’re not even aware of them happening to you…

In my blog Top 10 Tips to Better Mental Health… I give you ten tips that will help you in day-to-day life and in my related blog Top 5 Tips to Maintaining Good Mental Health While Training… I make this more specific to when you’re training hard.

These are easy to implement, so even if you feel like this doesn’t apply to you, actually taking some of these steps won’t hurt. You never know, you could see improvements in general health as well as cycling!

Top 10 Foods to Improve Mental Wellbeing…

You can give yourself a little helping boost too. Think of these foods as power ups! If you’re a sensitive person then chances are you’ll react sensitively to eating certain foods. The healthier you eat, the better you feel, right? Well your brain works in the same way. Feed on fast food and refined sugar, and your brain might struggle just as much as your body!

In my blog Top 10 Foods to Improve Mental Wellbeing… I give you just that, 10 foods that might make the whole self-sports psychologist effort a heck of a lot easier!

 

You Know You’re a Cyclist If…

To finish this article I wanted to share with you something that, hopefully, makes you laugh and reminds you that, even with all our goals and targets, we got into cycling for the fun and enjoyment of it!

My spoof video on everything you need to fulfil to be entitled to call yourself a cyclist. Check out my guide You Know You’re a Cyclist If…

I’ve seen versions of this before but thought I’d do my own. I’m sure there might be some cross-over but not intentional. You know you’re a cyclist if…