This is summary of chapter 1 of Joe Friel’s “The Cyclist’s Training Bible”. This chapter discusses the mental component of high performance cycling.
For best results, training should be considered a full time job. One’s entire lifestyle must be directed towards this objective. This lifestyle will also require following the correct training program religiously over time.
All athletes are limited more by their minds more than their bodies
One needs to develop a winning attitude. One needs to combine physical fitness with mental fitness.
This chapter touches on a few mental opportunities for success:
- Motivation – Competitive cycling demands an inner drive to excel. Everything in your life must be focused on the goal
- Dreams, goals, and missions – high performance starts with a dream. This turns into a goal, and ultimately the mission. Are you willing to make any sacrifice, ride any number of miles, or do any workouts deemed beneficial to achieving the goal?
- Believe to achieve – there are bound to be setbacks. One needs to remain confident, patient and mentally tough to power through. Relive each day’s wins, big or small to boost self-confidence
- Mental toughness – when we’re at our limits, fatigue sets in, and the mind tries to make compromises. A fully committed rider gets through it
- Patience – success won’t come quickly. We can introduce incremental change, like: sleeping 30 minutes earlier each day, cutting out 10% of junk food from our diets, etc.
- Commitment and tenacity – there are moments where fatigue says to stop, but the fully commited and tenacious rider finds a way to keep going
- Consistency and routines – the mind and body like regular and standard schedules. Things like jobs, families, and other responsibilities may interfere
- Your high-performance team – surrounding each champion is a network of family, friends, teammates, coaches, etc.
This topic can get rather deep, so there is value in reading other books on the subject and speaking with other successful professionals from all walks of life.
By improving one’s mental approach to cycling, their training and racing will benefit greatly too.