The Missing Link in Goal Setting

This blog post was inspired by a recent conversation I had as well as a request from a fantastic follower on Twitter to write something about discipline. It also happens to tie into the most recent chapter I have been working on – goal setting. We have all had the experience of wanting something to […]


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Coping with Tragedy in Sport

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, some of you may know that I recently spent 12 days in Athens, Georgia to hang out for Speed Week to do a little work, have a little fun, and watch my husband race in between! (For those of you who might not know, Speed Week is […]


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Deep in Research

It’s Time to Share the BIG GOAL!

A while ago I mentioned on my facebook page that I was going to make a big announcement. I then proceeded to not make that big announcement. I was recently writing about how fear can hold us back from saying what we really want to accomplish and fear can also keep us from sharing those […]


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Receiving (and gaining from) Feedback

This is the second half of a post that was inspired by a video I saw documenting the pro cycling team Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12. Part of the video shows the team during a post race debrief meeting in which Lauren Tamayo is sharing her honest evaluation of the team’s performance that day. Every race or […]


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How to be a Good Teammate

Recently I watched the above video of a documentary series looking deeper into women’s pro cycling and featuring the pro cycling team Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty12. I decided to write a post on what it takes to be a good teammate. Lauren Tamayo is a World Record holder in the Team Pursuit, but that isn’t […]


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New Year’s Reso-what now??

Did you forget to follow up with your New Year’s Resolutions? This is one of the most common pitfalls I see with any kind of goal setting… no follow through. You get excited and motivated to move forward with your goals. You write them out and maybe even tell a few people what they are. […]


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Am I an Athlete?

This topic came up again for me recently while I was on a run with a friend of mine. She read my latest newsletter and commented that when she reads the word “athlete” in my articles and blogs she thinks… “Well that’s not me. Sure, I’m training for this little 10k trail run… but I’m not […]


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How to Overcome an Injury

Overcoming an injury. I could probably write about this topic every week and it would resonate with someone who reads it. For people who use their bodies for exercise and sport, whether you are doing so for your health or your profession, sustaining an injury can be devastating. I was recently catching up with a […]


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Cyclist both committed and motivated

Motivation vs. Commitment

What’s the difference between motivation and commitment? If you follow my Mental Skills Training for Athlete’s (MSTA) Facebook page you may know that a few weeks ago I let the fans choose what my next blog topic would be. You may also know that my latest MSTA update was to get thoughts on the difference between motivation […]


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Lesson #3: You can’t do it alone

My journey towards my adventure race started on a trip to Chicago to visit some friends. I knew I needed to start training, but I didn’t know where to start or what my training plan should look like. I was hanging out with my Chicago buddy Michelle who also happens to be an exercise physiologist. […]


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Lesson #2: It Won’t All Go According to Plan

This post continues down the path of the mental skills lessons I learned during my training and athletic endeavors in the month of September. Although my first lesson revolved around the importance of having a plan, my second lesson was that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I experienced this in training and during both […]


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Carrie's Training Plan

Lesson #1: Have a Plan

As I unwind from the culmination of events I was training for in September, I’ve decided to write about all of the valuable gems I will be taking away from the experiences. There were so many amazing lessons I learned and re-learned as I prepared for and participated in my last two sporting events. September […]


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Apres-race celebration

The Mental Skills Coach Writes a Race Report

I’ve been wanting to do an adventure for the last decade. This has been my “year of action” so I finally signed on to do the Tahoe Big Blue Sprint Race on a two-man co-ed team. My teammate? My husband. (The first person I told this to said to me, “Doesn’t that mean you’re signing up for a divorce??”) I always have […]


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Making a Splash

1…2…3… JUMP!

I was recently on a camping trip with some friends on the Russian River. Every year we get a group of girls together to sit by the water for the weekend and watch the beachgoers attack the canoers with super soakers (I’m pretty sure these guys live for the moment each year when the sun comes […]


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Smiley Face Ball

Give Yourself Props

Recently on my Mental Skills Training facebook page I put out a request on my wall asking people to say something nice about themselves.  Well to be exact, I said; “I declare today “give yourself a shout-out” day. Be your own biggest supporter. Everyone post something nice about yourself; something you are good at or are […]


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Carpe the Moment

If you’ve read any of my previous posts you may have noticed that I like to observe themes that come up for me or my athletes and then write about how they tie into the psychology of sport and athletic performance.  My most recent experience of this occurred when I was presented with an opportunity that had a fast […]


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Nachos in Cubs Helmet

History Lessons

Much of what a Mental Skills Coach works on with an athlete is trying to get them to stay in the moment.  Our thoughts tend to hang out in the past or project into the future.  The only moment we have control over is the present – so I’m often trying to get athletes brains to just […]


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Amgen Tour of CA 2010

Amgen Rainy Day Stage 2

Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California saw yet another rainy finish come into downtown Santa Rosa. I was so hopeful that by moving the tour to May we would have a beautiful day to watch the race, but alas… all the local cycling fans had to don their rain gear yet again and endure another wet day of race […]


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Strong, confident flamenco dancer

Act Confident to Be Confident

Recently I took my very first flamenco dance class. I’ve been wanting to take a dance class for a while. I knew nothing about flamenco, but it happened to be the only class that fit into my schedule. It’s a very distinctive style of dance with strong, sharp movements. The footwork in the dance doubles as the percussion, […]


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