Mindset tips and techniques to improve your performance, from a Hawaii Ironman World Champion (me, Pete Jacobs)
In this Live Your Own Fit Podcast episode Many tools, tips, and examples are given for staying mentally strong, to get more from your physical ability, to push your limits, and find out how tough you really are.
Topics covered include:
What is mental toughness and how do you build mental toughness?
How much does performance outcome depend on mindset and the brain?
How do our thoughts effect our physical performance?
Tim Noakes’ central governor theory and the importance of training to increase pain tolerance.
Research quoted from Alex Hutchinson ‘Endure’ book – why having a plan is important, but being able to adapt to change is just as important.
Everything on race day, your ability to go harder, faster, for longer, is driven by your mind, your perceptions of your environment (everything you see, hear, feel), and your ability to extend your mental reserves of pain tolerance and motivation.
Perception is everything. Your nervous system reaction, how tired your mind will become depends on your ability to control your perception.
Using stimulants is one way to lower your perceived effort, and therefore allow for more physical energy to be accessed.
Gratitude and controlling ego are other mindset techniques to bring your awareness to the ‘now’ and calm your nervous system and conserve mental energy.
So much is covered in this podcast, there will be something for everyone, particularly those about to race the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in Kona later this week (October 12 2019).
I (Pete Jacobs) am not racing this year, but hope my comeback continues to build and I will be back on the big island in 2020.
I hope these race mindset tips help you to stay focused, strong, and build mental toughness, confidence, and your best ever performance.