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1 Drew Brannon, Ph.D., CC-AASP The Lowdergroup

2 The Role of Sport Psychology for the Endurance Athlete The Psychology of the Endurance Athlete Lifestyle Psychology of Peak Performance Mental Hurdles Next Steps

3 Where does it fit? How can it help? If the sport is so mental, why dont we work on it or consider it more (Grand-Maison, 2004)?

4 Relying on self-report data Few (if any) funding sources Outcome variables difficult to measure Limited interest by researchers/current faculty

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6 High need for control (works for and against) Driven or rigid? Life-balance needs (periodization) Social benefit/social cost Perfectionistic tendencies

7 Self-monitoring – solitary training can hide many things Accountability – use others for more than just pace Motivation – listen to your internal barometer Stress reliever? Source of stress?

8 How do you define success? Too narrow? How do you handle adversity? Have you personalized your mental approach? Are your expectations realistic? No history, no future (in the moment)

9 Laying the foundation Mission Statement Trigger statements Is it who you are? If you saw yourself on tape? In your face No impact without contact Ink it, dont think it

10 Pain Focus (on what?) Pre-race anxiety Comparisons Worries Injury

11 Yerkes-Dodson, 1908

12 Proper perspective on it Imagery Breathing exercises Self-talk

13 Controllable Effort Intensity Focus Perspective Physical Prep Mental Prep Uncontrollable Competitors Bike problems Weather Bad day Wave start Cramps

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16 Confidence Motivation Self-talk Intensity Focus

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18 Breathing 1 to 2 Ratio Imagery (Murphy, 2005) See it, feel it, live it Yoga Progressive muscle relaxation Go to music

19 Triggers Ive done the work, todays my day. My race, my goal. Imagery See that moment, feel that moment Perspective Control what I can control.

20 Where do you go from here when it happens? Do you expect to always be on? Growth opportunities Motivators Do we assess and grow when things go well?

21 Create your race day plan Imagery Self talk Goals Internal drive

22 Assessment Putting the plan together Executing the plan Evaluating the plan

23 GoalWhatWhen Increase motivationSet goalsEvery Monday Grow confidenceDevelop positive self-talk Prior to/following races and/or training Improve focus abilityCreate triggers During weekly track workout Handle pain betterUse trigger responseDuring interval workouts

24 The Power of Full Engagement (Loehr) Inner Strength (Vernacchia) The Triathletes Guide to Mental Training (Taylor) Golf if not a Game of Perfect (Rotella)

25 Drew Brannon, Ph.D., CC-AASP The Lowdergroup 86 Villa Road, Suite B Greenville, SC p:


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