You’ve probably heard some form of the quote: “racing is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical.” Recent research has explored the interdependence of the body and mind, showing that it is more accurately 100 percent mental and 100 percent physical! In any case, there’s no denying the powerful role of the mind on performance.
But what exactly is a mentally tough athlete? What drives athletes to keep their head in the game and push themselves? Two things:
Mentally tough athletes want it. The reward you’re working toward outweighs any discomfort or adversity you experience. Check in with yourself to make sure the goals you have are the ones that excite you! Are you really pursuing what you love? Only you can answer this question. It’s easy to get caught up in which races are trending, which ones your friends are doing, or which races you have always done before. Make sure you are planning a season that you are motivated to tackle.
Mentally tough athletes have prepared their mind just as much as their body. Being mentally tough is about making sure your mind is equipped, fresh, and unencumbered.