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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Poison control

Turning Something Bad into Something Good

“What is the point of poison oak?  What possible service does it have on this earth?”  This is what I asked my husband a couple weeks ago when we were on a hike.  His response was, “It has to serve some purpose; maybe something eats it.”  So I made it my mission to find out what purpose […]

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Winning When You Lose

Recently I had the opportunity to fly down to see the first stage of the San Dimas Stage Race in Glendora, CA.  My post today was inspired by a quote I read from Mara Abbott in an article on about the 3rd stage of the race.  Mara held onto the leader’s jersey until the final […]

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The Wisdom of Warren Miller

“If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.” – Warren Miller For those of you who don’t know, in the world of snowsports Warren Miller is an icon.  He has been making ski films for decades.  Each year skiers and snowboarders eagerly await the next Warren Miller flick.  While […]

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"Who can it be knockin' at my door?"


Life is full of lessons if you are open to learning them. As I work on my website today, the lesson I am learning is about persistence. Sometimes in life, things don’t go as smoothly or easily as we would like. Such is the case with the work I am doing today. Ultimately, the work […]

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