Problem 8: Injury
Being sidelined can be mentally taxing, particularly when social activities revolve around training—and endorphin levels, race plans and your fitness all take a hit.
Solved: Haberl recommends looking at examples of other athletes who have had similar injuries, and how they coped. Gnarly bike crash? See: Meredith Kessler. Chronic back pain? See: Craig Alexander.
“Bring the same focus and the same intensity to your rehab work that prior to the injury you would have brought to your training,” Haberl says. That includes setting goals adjusted to your injury, Carr adds, “without feeling failure or a negative self-concept because of an uncontrollable circumstance.”