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Episode 58: Breaking Through the “I Can’t” Mindset

By August 4, 2015Blog, Podcast

Have you ever thought about doing an endurance race like Ironman, Marathon, Spartan Beast, etc., but thought “I could NEVER do that”? Or are you in the beginning/middle of your endurance race training plan but concerned if your training correctly or focused on thinking it’s still impossible? Today I will give you 7 key strategies to break through your “I can’t” mindset and turn it into an “I CAN and I WILL”. Click here to listen now or download on iTunes for later.

SHOW NOTES:
1- A Positive Realistic Mindset:
Training for an endurance race of any type first requires that you be in the right mental state.
– Work with a coach that will support and guide you through your mental hurdles as much as your physical demands.
– Extreme makeover weight loss Edition/ Biggest Loser
– woman runs 5k & hadn’t ran more than 400m
– running ½, full marathons, lifting, etc

– Understand when your body is tired & you need rest
– Understand times when you need to suck it up and push through
– long rides/runs
– carrying heavy loads “If you can take it you can make it”
– Have a mantra
– “I cannot be broken”, “I am unstoppable”
– Be realistic in your goals, don’t expect to break records on your first or even 2nd, 3rd go at it

– Building mental strength in sport can carry over into your everyday life
– long work hours
– sleepless nights bc of kids, work, stress (think of Special Forces training)

2- Stop Overthinking:
– Our tendency is to think negatively as soon as we are approached with a challenge
– how is this possible?
– This is going to take forever!
– We worry about what we can’t control instead of mastering what we can control
– What if it rains, if it’s too cold, too hot
– Instead, plan for these events and create a solution in your mind, even in writing
– rehearse your problem solutions as part of daily meditation
– While riding your bike, go over procedures for changing a flat
– While running create an anti-cramp solution

3- STOP ANALYZING YOUR DATA WITH A FINED TOOTH COMB!!
– realize that you will have bad days
– some workouts are designed for you to fail
– Some weeks will be harder than others
– climate changes will effect your speed/pace
– STOP comparing yourself to pros/faster AG athletes

4- Have a Realistic training plan for where you are in your life right now:
– just start a new job or have a child? Now may not be the time to take on IM training
– pick the right race for your strengths and goals
– stay within YOUR abilities
– learn to train alone, without music

5- Stop listening to Music when you train:
– we listen to music for motivation or to postpone boredom
– You need to develop then mental strength & focus to train w/o extra stimuli
– listen to your body run rhythm
– listen to your pedal cadence
– go through your mental checklists

6- Have a solid nutrition plan:
– You’re about to beat the hell out of your body. You will need the right nutrients to recover/rebuild

7- Incorporate Mobility & Strength Training:
– training for endurance sports such as Tri/cycling/marathon develop Asymmetries & imbalances in musculature that can cause joint/tendon pain.

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  • Anne Zoellick says:

    Wonderful message. Felt like it was directed specifically to me 🙂 If a song pops into my head while doing a workout, is that a sign that I’m not focused enough? Most of the workouts are tough enough, that I’m working hard to get through, but every now & then, I enjoy myself 🙂

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