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Finding Your Inner Drive

Thought you might like to check out a little teaser from my new book! This is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of On Top of Your Game: Some athletes contact me because they are thinking about quitting their sport; they aren’t seeing the results they are used to seeing, they aren’t having fun anymore, and it’s […]


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Why Striving for Perfection Might be Hurting Your Performance

Perfectionism is a hot topic to explore in sport psychology. When you’re working with athletes that are striving to be the best in the world, how can you tell them that perfectionism isn’t something they should be trying to achieve? Could an athlete’s perfectionist tendencies actually be beneficial? There is a difference between striving for […]


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Maybe I should just go back inside...

How to Get Out the Door When You Don’t Want to Workout

“I don’t want to workout today!” This is the time of year when it sometimes becomes difficult to get your workouts in. When it’s cold and wet outside, you start to think that maybe it would be OK to skip your workout today. When you’re overbooked with obligations and holiday parties, the thought of getting […]


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Wrong Way

Why Do I Keep Sabotaging My Performance?

When it comes to sport psychology and working on your mental game, I have to remind people that first and foremost, there are some realities to how we operate. In fact, we are animals before we are humans, and we are humans before we are people. And believe me, when it comes to emotions and […]


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Mission into Space

3 Essential Lessons From an Implausible Mission

Last week an incredible feat was accomplished.  The robotic explorer “Curiosity” endured an incredible journey to safely land on Mars. “Curiosity” travelled over 350 million miles. At the end of the 8 ½ month long journey, once it hit the top of the atmosphere, this 1 ton engineered machine had 7 minutes to go from […]


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Ready for Race Day

3 Reasons You Should Set a Race Goal

In honor of my upcoming workshop at the Wipro San Francisco Marathon Expo, I decided to write a post for all of you amazing athletes out there with an upcoming race! (If you’re going to be out at the expo the day before marathon, come check out my workshop at 9:30a the day before the race! […]


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Cut the rope

Letting Go of Past Mistakes

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you have a hard time letting things go? You made a mistake or wish you had done something differently and you obsess about it, driving yourself crazy, and no matter how much pain and angst it causes you, somehow you just can’t manage to move passed it. One of […]


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Snowboarding Camp Take 2: Trust Yourself

This is the 2nd video blog post documenting my “Carrie Goes to Snowboarding Camp” adventure! This series of posts includes unscripted videos of me describing my thoughts and demonstrating how I’m using Mental Skills Training throughout my experience of getting to camp and snowboarding while I’m there. This video was done on Day 1 of the […]


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Getting Pre-Performance Nerves

The Mental Skills Coach is going to Snowboarding Camp… and she’s nervous. Pre-event jitters. It’s normal to be nervous when you’re taking on a new endeavor or getting ready for an upcoming event. For some of you, the closer you get to the “big day”, the knots in your stomach get tighter and the voices […]


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How Your Ego Impacts Your Performance

The topic of humility has been coming up in my work a lot lately. It first came up while I was reading the book Assault on Lake Casitas, by Brad Alan Lewis. The book is the story of Lewis’ journey to the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games where he competed in the double scull. (It […]


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Fears of the Open Water Swim

Credit: Free photos from acobox.com The recent tragic deaths of two triathletes during the New York City Triathlon brings up the fears many novice triathletes have about the open water swim. If the thought of the open water swim gets your heart racing, you’re not alone. Many people feel butterflies when they think about all […]


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How to Suffer During a Big Cycling Effort

We are in the final week of the tour and there is one major topic we haven’t touched on yet. How can you push yourself through those moments when your legs are on fire, your eyeballs feel like they are going to pop out, and you just might start crying as you think to yourself […]


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Improving Confidence and Riding Aggressively

In cycling, there are a few situations I hear about over and over again when it comes to feeling anxious on the bike. Steep fast descents, tight technical turns, and riding in a pack are situations that can get your heart pumping and your hands sweating. During these moments, some cyclists will find themselves hitting […]


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Mental Preparation for Climbing

Climbing! As we move into the mountain stages of the Tour de France, this Mental Skills Minute will be focused on climbing. If you are filled with dread every time you approach a climb, you are burning matches that you are going to need in order to make it over the top. Stop wasting matches and […]


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Keeping Your Cool After a Bad Stage

The topic for this Mental Skills Minute is all about recovering from a bad stage. In a stage race as long as the Tour de France, you are bound to have a day that doesn’t go as planned. When you have a day that doesn’t go as well as you hoped it would, you need […]


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Regaining Confidence After a Bike Crash

I’m bringing all of you cyclists out there some special videos during the 2011 Tour de France from my new YouTube channel. These first videos will be on topics specific to mental skills training for cyclists. Each topic relates the challenges that these pro cyclists will face in the tour, but also the challenges that […]


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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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Snowboarder exuding mental toughness during a half pip competition

You Have More Power Than You Think

This blog post has been inspired by a quote I put up on my Mental Skills Training FB page a week or so ago. After I came across the quote and posted it on my wall, I decided to use the quote with a team I was working with to create a theme for our time […]


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