I recently read “The Inner Game of Tennis” - a book that someone recommended to me about getting one’s head into the right space, reducing negative self-talk, optimizing performance, etc. For those that have not read it and are interested, I’d definitely recommend it. (It’s not really about tennis - the author was a tennis coach and through his coaching he came up with ways of speaking to his clients about sports psychology.)
I’m curious if anyone else has read books like this that they’d recommend… or if you have particular techniques that help you to get into the right headspace.
I’ve only just started reading it, but have you looked at The Complete Guide to Cycling Psychology by Mark Beaumont and Dr Jim Taylor? I’m only a couple of chapters in but there’s a huge amount of content and I’ve already started a to-do list!
I actually have the same book on my reading pile. I went through a lot of these issues in a previous sporting life but was helped through them by a caring and thoughtful manager.
My challenge today is to resist the urge to throw in the towel when things get tough. As you can see, I am still searching:
The Brave Athlete
The Ultra Mindset
The Mental Cyclist
How Bad Do You Want it?
The Score Takes Care of Itself
On Top Of Your Game - Mental Skills to Maximise Your Athletic Performance
My favourites - not all psychology specific but they do talk a lot about what it takes to win
The climb - Chris Frome
Can’t hurt me - David goggins
How bad do you want it - Matt Fitzgerald
Around the world - mark B
Will definitely check out the others above too. I don’t read much but I listen to audiobooks especially when out on the bike - can’t reccomend aftershocks headphones enough