The Power of Self Affirmation

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.   I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” Muhammad Ali I’ve mentioned Ali’s quotes before in 6 Muhammad Ali Quotes Mountain Bikers Can Learn From and the above one is another…

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What are Mirror Neurones?

I’ve mentioned mirror neurones quite a bit in various articles but what are they? Mirror neurones are basically brain cells that fire when you perform an action but also when you see the same action performed. In other words, the brain cells that fire when we perform e.g. a bunny hop, also fire when we…

Horizon – Vaea Verbeeck Killing it

Tip of the hat to Deity Components and Parallax Media because this video of Vaea Verbeeck is awesome. The thing I love about this isn’t the glossy presentation or the New Zealand backdrop or the swirling sound track………it’s the way they’ve captured the elegant simplicity of Vaea’s riding. No whips, flicks or fancy tricks, no…

The First 20 Hours

I highlighted the work of Josh Kaufman a few years ago now (in Want to learn to ride better? You’re only 20 hours away!) but I recently pointed someone in the direction of his work and so thought I’d share it again. I fairly frequently mention the 10,000 hours / 10 year theory of expert…

Mentors

How often has someone given you a piece of advice and you’ve thought…..’if only I’d known that 6 months ago’? That’s the power of mentors and the world’s elite have theirs: Michael Jordan had Dean Smith Kobe Bryant had Michael Jordan Cristiano Ronaldo had Laszlo Boloni Tiger Woods had his dad Mozart had his father…

Goblins & Gremlins

In yesterdays post I spoke about the usefulness of Self-Talk management but how, while it’s easy to understand, it’s hard to master. The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness is a mind management model by Professor Steve Peters that has been used by many elite performing individuals…

Self-Talk

Yesterday was On Track with Curtis Keene Season 1, Episode 2. Today is On Track with Curtis Keene Season 1, Episode 3. At the start he talks about mind trolls and how they can destroy your ability to perform. Sports psychology has an answer for this. The term Self-Talk in sports psychology refers your inner…

Trek Women have a Powerful Message

Just last week I wrote about elite athletes overcoming adversity and how it makes them stronger in 6 Muhammad Ali Quotes Mountain Bikers Can Learn From. This weekend I stumbled across this video and it’s powerful stuff. The women from the Trek Factory Racing talk about how overcoming bullying, the jealousy of others, injuries and…

Remy Metailler’s Technique Showcase

Cube rider Remy Metailler has released a slow motion video of him riding in Chile on his YouTube channel. While most video releases are all about just watching riders ride, I’m liking this video a lot because it gives you something more – the chance to study the timing and technique of Remy’s riding. Hip…

6 Muhammad Ali Quotes Mountain Bikers Can Learn From

Muhammad Ali needs no introductions. I recently started reading his autobiography The Greatest: My Own Story and it opens with him returning home after his defeat in 1973 to Ken Norton. Reading this reminded me of an Ali quote: “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the…

Music Enhances Athletic Performance

It’s something that’s quite intuitive and people generally figure out for themselves but I’ve read about another study recently that is touting the benefits of listening to music while exercising. So what’s going on? Well there’s a few things….. Everyone will have songs they use to relax or songs they listen to before going on…