Originally written by Courtney Atkinson as Persistence Beats Resistance for publication in Multisport Magazine


Preparing for an event or a race involves more than just training your body. Your mind plays a huge role in determining whether or not you perform at your peak. Whether you are training for your first ever triathlon, or you are a veteran triathlete looking to improve your time, working on your outlook can make a huge difference to your performance.

Purpose is key.

If you are determined to achieve your goals, you must first be clear on your purpose. Make sure you ask yourself what it is you want and why you want it. What will it mean if you achieve your goal? How will you feel when you achieve it? Know your motive and determine clearly what it is you are trying to achieve so you can put a solid plan in place.

Take it step by step.

Focus on what you have achieved so far, instead of how far you have to go. If it is during training, monitor your progress and celebrate every improvement. During a race, focus on how far you have come already, instead of how far you have left to go.

Focus on yourself.

Training in a group can be both motivating and enjoyable, but remember to always go at your own pace. Everyone has different styles and strengths. It is important to know your strengths and not compare yourself or your progress to others. Training with someone faster or stronger than you can be great motivation to improve, but ensure you don’t let it make you feel inadequate.

Believe in your abilities.

You will not achieve something if you deep down believe that you can’t. On the other hand, if you believe you can do something and you work hard for it, you will do it. Never sell yourself short, you are capable of more than you think.

Preparation is key.

Always have a plan of action, and prepare for various situations and outcomes. This way you will be able to anticipate any situation, and approach it accordingly. Flexibility and adaptability is key. This will ensure that in a crisis, or if things don’t go to plan, you will keep your cool and simply adjust your strategy.

Remember, you may have the skill or the stamina, but if you can’t get over that finish line mentally your performance is going to be lacking. Training your mind is just as important as training your body when it comes to multisports. Think positive, believe in yourself and train hard, and you will be on your way to smashing that finish line before you know it.



Just get the work done!

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