Use Visualization to Power Through Tough Workouts

Mentally rehearsing tough spots in workouts or competitions can be a useful tool to beat those obstacles when you meet them in real life. Here’s a formula to help you build an effective script for visualizing success.

Source: Use Visualization to Power Through Tough Workouts

I’ve used visualization differently to get myself through a workout.  I used it to distract myself, think about something else entirely.  There’s some times I can’t remember how I’d progressed to that point (IE on a run), but I felt fine.

Compassion: Changing the World and Ourselves

…what if recognising our shared humanity was more than just a sentimental ideal? What if consciously practising kindness could change the wiring of your brain and make you live longer?

This is neuroscience’s latest frontier – a growing body of research that shows compassion could be the key to improved health, happiness and longevity.

Brain imaging reveals that exercising compassion stimulates the same pleasure centres associated with the drive for food, water and sex.

Other studies show it can be protective against disease and increase lifespan.

Source: Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

Interesting read, but light on the science.

And you have nice hair!

Sorry, but I don’t believe altruism exists.  Doing something compassionate to be seen as such is in fact selfish.  And I’ve seen compassion make people rather myopic, sneering at what they’d label as socialism – social programs to support the aftermath of their political views.

Psychology: How to Boost Athletic Performance

A new study into the secrets of sporting success has found that a massive 20 per cent of performance outcomes are driven purely by psychological factors, so we look at how you can put in your best ever cycling performance with the right mix of motivation, confidence and self belief.

The study, completed by Professor of Sports Psychology Andy Lane of Wolverhampton University, was an investigation into the difference between winners and losers in sport. It was commissioned by grassroots sports supporters Grant’s Whisky. Lane found that while physical fitness, skill and biomechanical factors are essential components to sporting success – contributing to 80 per cent of performance outcomes – 20 per cent is down to psychology.

Source: How to boost cycling performance with psychology

Visualization has been a talking point for decades.  I’ve made shots others didn’t think possible, and talked myself out of things I later found I could ride over.  Successfully doing it is inspiring, and being consistently successful builds self belief…