Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:12 pm Post subject: ATTITUDES TO TRAINING/RACING/FORUMS
This is a quote that was sent to me by a very wise friend which I have modified slightly to suit some of the people who post "negativley" on these forums.
There has been a couple of things I have noticed from 2-3 of you (who post on this site) that I feel isn't really conducive to each athlete improving their performance & long term could impact negatively on the wider team. Some of you have been finishing up training sessions &/or races feeling pretty despondent about your performance (or posting very negative coments, resorting to swearwords and even silly name calling.) This is only natural amongst a group of highly driven individuals. The challenge for each of you when you feel you aren't performing to your own expectations is to decide what you are going to do about it.
What is the purpose of training? One obvious answer is to strengthen all the elements required for your sport. The less obvious answer, & the one we don't always like, is to expose our weaknesses! Put a bunch of super competitive people together on the track & start recording times, and before you know it, training becomes another race - who can get the best times; the most PB's etc. But often the winner at training isn't the one who did the fastest standing 100m, but the person who had the slowest time, realised why, & took action to remedy it. They had their weakness exposed in a setting that allowed them to get feedback, learn what had happened & why, & put together a plan to fix it. The guy who didn't have their weaknesses exposed in training will more than likely get them exposed in a competition & it will hurt so much more.
In a race, it is you against everyone, but in training, it is you against you. Try not to get to hooked up in anyone elses performance. Focus on yourself & what it is you are trying to achieve from the session. Don't ask about anybody elses time - ask about your own. "Am I quicker than I was on the last run" rather than "Did I beat so & so". Ask about the objectives of the session at the start. Ask both yourself & the coaches there about how this applies to you. Doing standing starts - great! Be clear on what you need to work on for these. Core strength, holding the bike straight, getting over the gear quickly, etc. Make sure you know what it means to you rather than go through the motions. Ask for feedback. Watch the other athletes. What is making the fast ones fast? It's these sorts of things that will lead to greater improvement rather than just showing up & doing what you have to.
As part of your cooldown strategies, think about how the session went. Reinforce the positives in your own mind, but also take something constructive from the negatives. Don't let a bad session bring your attitude down for the next one.
Continent just to the south, you talking about Antartica pal? You know a couple of good cyclists from those parts do ya, in fact do you know anybody from Antarctica? Im guessing your from America so you probably don't even know a person outside your state let alone the little idiosyncrasies of the world map, you know north, east, south and west and so forth BRO.
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