Do you perform at the level you know you can?

Well, most of you are well into your racing season, meanwhile down here in the southwest, we’re just gearing up for fall racing. This is a good time to review your past year and plan for the coming year. You can learn from the past – from both the good and the bad – in order to improve. There are four main areas to consider in analyzing your performances: physical, technical, tactical and mental.  Each of these is critical to racing success. Mental aspects are the glue that holds the other three together.

Physical

  • Are you training specifically for your event?
  • Are you cross-training too much or not enough?
  • Do you have enough endurance?
  • Is your stamina right for your event (speed over distance)? 
  • Is your speed where it should be?
  • Are you consistent in your training?
  • Have you fully recovered from your last race or big build up in training?

Technical

  • Do you run tangents on the roads and curves on a track well?
  • Do you draft appropriately?
  • Do you train specific to your race environment, surfaces and location?
  • As a tri- or du-athlete do you have efficient transitions?
  • Is your equipment ready and in good shape and not worn out?
  • Is your form optimal for your biomechanics?

Tactical

  • Do you have a habit of going out too slow or too fast?
  • Do you push too hard on up hills?
  • Do you know when and how to pass someone?
  • Do you waste energy getting caught up in the moment and take someone else’s pace?
  • Do you save too much for the end of a race?

Mental

  • Do you let things you do not control affect you emotionally or your focus?
  • Do you lose concentration in the middle of a race?
  • Do you feel deflated when you are passed by a competitor or your splits are off?
  • Can you work through “bad patches” during a race or do you let them get you down?
  • Are your goals realistic?
  • Do you manage life stress as well as race stress effectively?

There are numerous reasons why we don’t perform up to our capabilities. The questions here are an excellent start in analyzing your performances. For a comprehensive look at your ability to perform, and a prescription to get you to perform at your best, contact Coach Dean. 

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About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - trailrunningclub.com. I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for Running-Advice.com. I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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