Category: Mental Skills

A strong drive to win is a necessity for bike racing success. Something has to make one keep training, keep eating right and keep pedaling no matter what happens. Some riders have plenty of motivation, while drive is a limiter …

Do You NEED to Win? Read More »

Road riding and racing season is here, and with this may come some anxiety. Many riders, already nervous descending on the road bike, are really frightened by the prospect of descending in a peloton or group. Use these tips to …

Overcoming Fear of Descending on the Bike Read More »

This article has been updated from an article previously published in ROAD Magazine. Coaches often say that racing success requires genetic talent, hard work and luck. You get the talent from your parents and there’s not much you can do …

Hey Kid! Wanna Get Lucky? – Defending Against Misfortune in Bike Racing Read More »

Riders take certain things for granted. We believe the bike will go where we steer it, that we’ll pedal harder when we want to go faster and if we pedal hard enough, we’ll be able to catch the group or …

I Guess You Had to Be There: What you need to know about bike racing but can’t learn from a book Read More »

Wenzel Coaching works to help our athletes and coaches find the best resources for their overall fitness and competitive games, no matter their level. This month we feature mental skills expert and therapist Melinda Halpern of Grit Performance as she …

Coach Toolbox: When an Athlete Reaches a Performance Plateau Read More »

Most people are averse to change. That is, in part, why so many people knowingly continue unhealthy habits. Rare is the person who likes to hear that he or she is making self-defeating choices and needs to think or act …

Does Your Coach Make You Angry? Read More »

This is a pretty straightforward exercise that can be done in front of your computer, laptop, or smaller device. It’s most effective if you can pay uninterrupted attention to the screen and sounds, so if possible find a place where …

Preparing to Improve Your Descending on the Bicycle Read More »

This article isn’t about writing music directly; I’m referring to composing oneself for optimal calmness, balance and efficiency when riding a bike. Most of us are probably pretty good at this most of the time, but a relaxed state can …

Composing for the Bicycle – Achieving a Relaxed State Before Riding Read More »

What does it mean to be a professional cyclist?  From the outside it may seem simple: you ride your bike well and get paid to do it. But being truly professional is much more than just pedaling. A professional bike …

What It Really Means to Be a Professional Cyclist Read More »

This week I took part in a bike race that didn’t go quite how I wanted. I didn’t win, felt I could have done better, and although I finished reasonably well, I was left with some ‘what ifs,’ which have …

The Fine Art of Self Talk in Cycling Performance Read More »

“I think I can, I know I can”      – a personal story and reflection of overcoming obstacles and being safe by Coach Kori Seehafer Some of the best educational experiences occur during major setbacks. The biggest lessons come …

I Think I Can, I Know I Can – Using a Major Setback as Inspiration to Bounce Back Read More »

Joe stomped hard as the light changed. It was supposed to be an easy day, but a few hundred yards ahead he spied prey, another rider. Accelerating, he dropped into an aero position, elbows deeply bent and knees in close …

Will You Win Your Races or Your Training Rides? Control Your Competitive Drive! Read More »

Grassroots British cyclists have an obsession with the 25-mile time trial. By the end of their first season, every racer knows two things: 1. How long it takes him or her to cover the 25 miles, and 2. The existence …

Shades of Red – The Blurred Line of Mental Limits Read More »

Q: I find in races that my mind wanders. I’m right in the race one moment, and then the next I’m worrying about work tomorrow or thinking about something else, and by the time my head is back in the …

Sports Psychology Q & A: Finding Focus on Race Day Read More »

by Associate Coach Taitt Sato (Updated 2013. Originally published in January 2007) Gotta ride but it’s dark, sleeting, raining, snowing or ridiculously terrible weather outside? You may not love it, but it’s trainer time. Now, you may be eying your …

Making the Most of Indoor Trainer Rides Read More »