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Month: September 2017

Beat The Frown: how smiling improves performance

“Your race photos are ready for viewing”. It’s the line in the email from the race event photographer that grabs us every time. Click. The webpage opens up and …? We look terrible in every photo! Ugh, we don’t need the reminder of the suffering we were feeling! Do we normally look like that while running or cycling? Well, the answer is yes, our facial expressions during an endurance event are typically composed of The Frown. This week a new…

A good WHY is better than good legs

One of the mistakes I see recreational athletes make time and time again after a period off due to work, travel or illness is the assumption that you’ve got to get the legs fit and strong again before you work on your mental game. It’s as if the mental game depends on good legs. The opposite is in fact true. Interestingly, we face some of our biggest mental demons when we are unfit and trying to get back to that…

Beat the heat

The onset of spring brings with it the opportunity to step out of our winter hibernation and to hit the tar and dirt again. Having to contend with warmer temperatures is a natural motivator for getting our legs turning, but there’s a sneaky snag: our bodies do not react well to high temperatures. In fact, riding in the heat has been proven to reduce our performance. Physiologically, heat does all sorts of stuff to us. But the heat issue is…

MentalTip: eyelines can s lay climbing demons

There’s a little climb here in Johannesburg that we affectionally call Cobbles. It’s a 250m stretch of road that used to be as close as we Africa-Is-A-Country Flat Landers could get to experiencing Paris–Roubaix. For many a year we would trek out to that segment and bleed as we hobbled up those faux-cobbles. That was until some local resident grew tired of wearing down the suspension on their Concrete Jungle 4×4 and arranged that our local authorities repave the road.…