Welcome to our new long course newsletter, which I’ve named “Going Looonnnggg”…what do you think? I like it better than “Long Course News”!!
Anyway, lots to update you on as we start to get serious again with our long distance races for the new season…
And nowhere better to start than wishing our 3 athletes all the best as they take on the best from around the world…Fiona, Carl & Leah all least today for Mont Tremblanc in Canada, to race the World 70.3 Champs on Sunday. We did have a bigger team going however unfortunately Dave, Meryl, Dan & Jules weren’t able to join the other 3. Good luck guys, we know you’ll do yourselves & us proud, and enjoy your race (and your trip!).
Sunny Coast 70.3 – our next race is only just over a week away so those who are racing should be in or about to start taper. We will have a strong field and, with the 70.3 Worlds on this course in 2016, it’s a great time to build that home ground advantage. If anyone would like to volunteer to arrange a team dinner on Fri evening (Central venue, not too pricey, good for kids as well as adults), please let me know…a team dinner us a great way to catch up with everyone, and probably meet a few club mates, before the race. Good luck to everyone racing.
Hervey Bay 100 – then just 10 weeks later is one of our favourites at beautiful Hervey Bay, the Hungy. I know we also have many training for this event as either their first long distance race, some going back for the 2nd or 3rd year, or others as a warm up to Ironman. There will be an info session to help you prepare for this race, so stay tuned.
Survey Feedback – one of the pieces of feedback some of you gave us from last season is that you want more info about winning & being successful . . . I’ve included an article at the end of this news which I hope you find of interest & can take something away from it. Self Belief is a very powerful piece of our toolkit.
Craig Alexander (aka the real Crowie) & Dave Scott – if you’re interested in hearing the views of these guys on all things triathlon, they will be at the Urban Hotel in Brisbane on Tues night 2nd December. For more info & tickets, go to the following link . . .
VO2Max & lactic threshold testing – one of our long course coaches, Dan McTainsh, can arrange for this to be done at the University of Qld (costs involved)…if you’re interested, please email or call Dan (contact details at bottom of email).
Ironman – the first of our IM races for the season kicks off with Busselton in Dec (13 weeks away). I know we have 4 racing – Geoff, Jane Hermann, Geoff & Jules – if there’s any other club members, please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend everyone
Regards . . . Jules (on behalf of the Coaching team)
Jules Dillon – 0497 078543 email@example.com
Mary Jackson 0409 002 082 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Skelton 0402 782 420 email@example.com
Dave Cawte 0420 363 660 firstname.lastname@example.org
GB (Graham Bliss) 0437 818 949 email@example.com
Dan McTainsh 0403 483 807 firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Nendick 0466 619 824 email@example.com
THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-BELIEF – Triathlon & Multi-Sport mag, 2012
There is a famous quote from Henry Ford that sums up the importance of self-belief perfectly: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are usually right.”
This short and simple quote highlights what believing in ourselves can do and what not believing in ourselves can do. So, what is self-belief?
Self-belief is all about the word ‘can’. When a triathlete believes in himself or herself, they know they can perform well. Realistically, no one can ever know for sure that they will perform well and be successful, but that is not what self-belief is about. Self-belief is about knowing that they can be successful.
When someone knows that they can perform well, it gives them something extra. Make no mistake, self-belief is powerful but it needs to be built on solid facts about yourself as an athlete. Self-belief is powerful but it’s not magic. Self-belief has power because it allows triathletes to access all of their ability. If the training’s not done, if the skills aren’t there, then neither will the performance, but self-belief allows triathletes to use that in training and all of their skills.
The opposite of self-belief, and a triathlete’s worst enemy, is self-doubt. Self-doubt is that little voice in your head that says you can’t do something. Self-doubt is very common and is a normal part of human nature.
Normal or not, it doesn’t help us achieve our goals, especially in triathlon. So, how do we get past self-doubt and start to believe? Like many things in the area of mental performance, there are some reasonably simple skills and tools that can be used to build self-belief. One part of the answer to building self-belief comes from looking at how self-doubt develops.
Self-doubt develops and is strengthened over time by consistent negative thoughts. All the doubts, all the questions, and all the negativity that grow self-doubt come from repetition and consistency. So part of the answer to building self-belief comes from the same concept. Triathletes need to have consistent and repeated positive thoughts.
These positive thoughts need to be based on reality but they need to be consistent. Saying something once will not do it. The more you hear you it, the more you believe it. The positive thoughts themselves need to be honest and realistic. What does that mean? It means that triathletes looking to build self-belief need to look honestly at some of the major sources of self-belief.
Four of the most important sources of self-belief are:
1. Previous performances
2. Quality training and preparation
4. Feedback from others
Athletes must look at these areas and record information that reinforces and builds their belief in their abilities to perform at their peak.
Recording information about previous quality performances helps triathletes see what is possible for them. It helps them see what they can do. Good racing, good results, good parts of races, and improvements should be recorded and reviewed to help build self-belief.
Without quality training and preparation, good performance cannot occur. All the self-belief in the world won’t make you fitter or better technically. However, when a triathlete does all the good work, then they can look back on that preparation and know that their body is ready to produce on the day.
A triathlete understanding their strengths is crucial for developing self-belief. When a triathlete knows they have certain strengths that they can rely on during racing it helps them to see how they can perform well and get the job done.
Triathletes also build self-belief through listening to and taking on board positive feedback from others. When other people reinforce that you are good at what you do it helps to believe that you can perform well and be successful. When people (coaches, training partners, competitors, media, etc.) offer you positive feedback, it’s important to take it on and use it to fuel your self-belief.
Recording some of the information within these four sources of self-belief is a perfect example of how we train the mental game. It is human nature to spend time thinking and rethinking about the negative things. This is why writing the positive things down is important.
Using a training diary to record information about good performances, quality training, areas of strength as they improve and any feedback you receive is an excellent way to build self-belief. When you keep a training diary you can look back on the information recorded as your sources of self-belief and use it time and time again to reinforce that you know you can succeed.
A training diary can be invaluable to a triathlete as a way of getting the positive repetition and consistency that is needed for them to believe in themselves. So, recording honest information from the sources of self-belief and referring to it regularly are two simple ways of building self-belief.