Now read on about the benefits of mind training for mountain bikers and the work I have done with Matt Hart of Torq Training.
The Torq Weekend; hypnotherapy and mountain bikers.
Wow! Mountain bikers certainly are a receptive bunch of individuals!
The workshops started with an introduction to the gentle if powerful art of 'mind training’ with instructions for overcoming stress and anxiety.
A second invitation came from Matt Hart of Torq Training who had heard a champion cyclist’s account of how hypnotherapy had improved his performance.
After a group session of question and answer and a gentle group relaxation, four of the group had decided to really go for it and have a one to one session with me. I was able to teach everyone self-hypnosis, a natural, useful tool to help banish pre and during race anxiety and sort out confidence and race performance issues.
I then helped train Matt's group for the team event of the cycling equivalent of Le Mans, Mountain Madness.
A word of warning however. Self-hypnosis is only as good as the person who uses it and is not a miracle cure. So, just as you need to train your body on a regular basis to achieve peak performance, so you need to train your mind regularly to accept mentally that you will perform at your peak as often as possible. In other words, use the technique or lose it! Everyone who wants to perform better should give mind training a whirl and it should really be used regularly to build up different techniques for different situations, just the same as with physical training.