Mental coaching for triathlon, does it really help?
Made up of 3 different sports, triathlon is obviously physically challenging, but also mentally challenging. Competing against opponents, having to adapt to natural elements, needing to perform quick transitions, but above all, needing to fight oneself, requires significant psychological preparation. This component, unfortunately too often overlooked, must not be underestimated. Many studies have found that triathletes who develop mental strategies during training and while competing significantly improve their performance.
For example, working on pre-competition and transition phase routines allows stress levels to decrease and boosts confidence during these decisive moments. Creating a positive dialogue with ourselves during the race and especially during the more difficult physical sections, allows us to push on and build motivation.
There are several ways to mentally prepare for such an event. The important thing is to find the strategies which work for you personally, in order to continue enjoying your exercise and to consider the triathlon as a positive, motivating challenge.
With Maria, we will initially work on strategies applied in training with the aim to maintain enjoyment and motivation, so that she finishes in the best physical and mental conditions on race day. We will also explore a few methods to “stay the course” during particularly difficult or critical phases which will probably occur during the competition.
Mélanie Hindi - FSP psycologist and mental coach.
Title Partner of the event, La Tour Medical Group decided this year to accompany a triathlete in her preparation for the Half-Distance, which will take place on the 14th July. Maria, Maria, 42, nurse and mother of two children, is accompanied throughout her preparation by a small film crew. The entire experience will be disseminated throughout the La Tour Medical Group Social Media.