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9 Tools For Boosting Mental Toughness

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Sep 28, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM UTC
Illustration by N.C. Winters.


When racing, think through the tough patches. When the physical stresses of an arduous race begin to sour your mood, be prepared, Wilder says. Deal with whatever nutrition or equipment needs might help you retain a level of comfort, but also be ready with psychological aids. “I teach my athletes to memorize three or four positive affirmations,” she says. When dark thoughts begin to enter the picture, call up the affirmations and work your way through the bad spell with positive images that root you in the moment. “Thinking about the outcome can zap you of your energy. Rather, being in the moment and remembering how much you love having the freedom to be on your bike or to be out there running can help you recapture a good feeling.”

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