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Digital Subscriptions > Bikes Etc > March 2018 > HOW TO BUILD MENTAL TOUGHNESS


Easy ways to overcome fear, build self-esteem and focus your mind so that you’ll train–and ride–like a pedal-turning terminator!

Mentaltoughness EXPERT ADVICE

For cyclists, fear comes in many forms – fear of descents, fear of injury, fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of pain. The list goes on and on, but the one thing that’s common to all of them is the idea of projection. Or, in other words, imagining a scenario where one of those dreadful outcomes actually occurs. Fear in that sense can be seen as an emotional response to a perceived threat. And while it might be founded in some deeply recessed psychological survival mechanism – one that causes us to run, hide or freeze to avoid that perceived threat – fear is, by its nature, deeply stifling. But that doesn’t mean to say you can’t do something about it, in fact with a little practise and the right tools, fear is something that can be easily managed.

The development of mental toughness is a quality that any cyclist can work on through training just as physical fitness can be nurtured through exercise. And, once acquired, mental toughness will help you put fear in its place, something which can be not only profoundly empowering but also deeply liberating. The result will be greater heights scaled, and more miles munched. As well as more ticks on what you’ll find is an ever-expanding bucket list as you discover a greater amount of satisfaction than ever before is to be gained from your saddle time.

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