Category Archives: Testing Yourself

Finish it!

Finishing a competition sounds simple and pretty basic. You start. You perform. You finish. It amazes me how many athletes “blow it” by letting up or putting on a show. It’s not just undisciplined it’s lazy, sloppy and insulting to others in the competition. But then a gain, maybe that is their point – to

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Goals Help you Survive the Day

The July/August 2015 issue of the DAV Magazine had a compelling article about Lester Tenney. Mr. Tenney is another WWII veteran – one of the few remaining in an ever-dwindling number. He is one of even fewer who survived the Battaan Death March in the Philippines in 1942 and then imprisonment for more years.  His story

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Youth Runners – Is Mental Game Training Needed?

[I will soon be releasing a white paper on mental game training and youth runners. This is a portion of what is presented.] Here are several common questions and some comments I have overheard on the topic of youth runners, performance and the role of their mental game: My coach says it’s all in my head.

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Funny Things People Say About Mental Game Training

No doubt that when it comes to a person’s weaknesses the last thing someone wants to do is advertise them. But let’s look at this a bit closer. Any of the following are considered weaknesses in sports: trouble dribbling to your left; hitting high and inside pitches; finishing with a blazing kick; or hitting from the rough;

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Failing is a Part of Greatness

“I failed over and over, that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, NBA 6 time World Champion He missed 9000 shots, missed 26 game winning shots, lost 300 games. This well known quote by Michael Jordan and the tagline often punctuates an effort to get people overcome their fear of failure. Yet our culture continues to

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part II

This is a continuation on the Top 4 Mental barriers for Endurance Athletes. Barrier #2 – “I’ll practice mental toughness on my good days or when I’m ready.” Mental toughness is rarely shown when everything is going your way. It is demonstrated when things go awry. It is demonstrated when every adversity you can think

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part I

Ask any endurance runner what part of marathoning or ultramarathoning is mental and the answers are as variable as the people you ask. While one runner will state with certainty “it’s 90% mental” another will equally assertive state “it’s 10% mental”. The truth is no one has THE answer. And the answer will differ by person.

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Breaking Comfort Zones – Requires Risk Taking & Practice

Coach Joe English is a long-time friend and coaching partner. We’ve done a long video series on many aspects of running and racing (I think they are worth the watch – but I am biased). I’ve always valued his intellect, humor and insightfulness. Two of his recent posts are personal and thought-provoking. I wanted to build on one of those topics about

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Can I Use a Mental Game Technique to Be Mentally Tough?

Mental game techniques encompass aspects of goal setting, focus and refocusing cues, visualization/imagery, performance triggers and cues, reframing, relaxation, process goals, confidence builders, affirmations, emotion control, dealing with fears, personal motivators – and much more. Each of these have many techniques and skills to master. And all of these encompass the concept of mental toughness. So,

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Get Good in Practice to Get Good in Competition

[Note: Though the examples in this post are about runners, all comments as it applies to the mental game are true for all sports.] Here is a finding from research on one aspect of mental game training – the effect of an athlete’s excitation – or “arousal level” as they say on sports performance. Complex however

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