How I went from competing to experiencing

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in Feature, Sports Psychology | 1 comment

I have always been highly competitive, especially in individual sports. Perhaps it is because I just love going fast, and nothing makes you feel as fast as when you come flying past your fellow competitors (the only thing that is comparable is racing downhill on my mountain bike). I was (am) a speed junkie (and not the amphetamine kind). After many years of not participating in competitive sport, I did something really crazy, or so most of my...

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Your Mental Game Plan for the Argus Cycle Tour

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Feature, Psychology, Sports Psychology | 0 comments

As the time grows closer to the Argus Cycle Tour I see more and more cyclists on the road “miles in the legs” in preparation for the big day. As much as getting time in the saddle is important, consider spending some time preparing mentally for the race. Here are six things to consider when preparing mentally for the Argus. Think about what you usually do, both physically and mentally, before you race. Think about what has worked...

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Why You Should Be Mental About Sports

Posted by on Dec 31, 2010 in Coaching, Feature, Psychology, Sports Psychology | 0 comments

You devote of hours and hours to training your body but how much to you spend training your mind? More and more, athletes and sports teams are turning to sports psychology and mental game coaching to give them the edge in training and competition. Sports psychology is a discipline within psychology that studies how mental processes influence athletic performance while mental game coaching is the practical application of Sports Psychology;...

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Chasing that state called “flow”

Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Psychology, Sports Psychology | 4 comments

For a long time I have searched for a reason for our teleological nature that went beyond a simple evolutionary psychology explanation: our hard wired drive to perpetuate our gene pool, our need to satisfy basic needs (food, shelter, sex). Goal oriented humans would have had a better chance of survival. Without a goal oriented nature we would not hunt or gather. But in the developed world at least, those basic human needs are generally taken...

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Being “in the zone” – on the field and in the boardroom

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Psychology, Sports Psychology | 0 comments

In an interview with the American Psychological Association, sports psychologist Dr. Shane Murphy talks about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. The last question asked by the APA was “What does it take to do your very best when the pressure is on? You talk about being in ‘the zone’. Is that how athletes master the psychological skills that allow them to deliver their best in competition?” Dr Murphy’s...

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Perceived exertion and lactate threshold

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Sports Psychology | 1 comment

You may have guess that I am more than a little obsessed with the perception of fatigue. Having completed the Cape Argus Cycle Tour this weekend and having had a taste of being in the saddle for 5 hours, and then looking ahead to the Wines2Whales 3 day mountain bike stage race in November, you can imagine that the topic is very relevant for me, and hopefully for some of you other crazy folk out there. Picture this, you’ve been riding for...

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