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Just an interesting clip from an article I was reading !
7. Positive Mental Attitude
If you want to be an effective triathlete, you must have the right attitude. Say to yourself, "I will nail this workout," rather than, "I want to nail this workout." Believing that a positive mental attitude is critical to his success, Kemper seeks outside help to work on this habit.
"I meet regularly with a sport psychologist at the Olympic Training Center, and we work a lot on positive self-talk. It's easy for negative thoughts to come into your head when things aren't going according to plan during a race. It's important for me to notice those thoughts and immediately refocus my thinking on the process," he says.
Part of having a positive mental attitude is being able to move past bad workouts or races. "If you have a positive attitude, you'll get a lot more out of your workouts," says Lieto. "You have to believe you can do it."
So if you want to be an effective triathlete, or if you just want to place in your age group at your next triathlon, integrate these habits into your lifestyle. Remember that good habits are like bad habits—once you form them, they are hard to break. And if you treat the whole process as a formula that includes the above components, you will find success in the sport.