Stress

There are three different categories of stress that can hinder an athlete’s performance.  Physical, Emotional and Chemical.  It is worth recommending for you to write down all their stresses throughout a normal week and request a coach, sports psychologist or someone with good sound judgment to give suggestions on how to remove or decrease cretin stresses from your life.

 

Stress can cause a decrease in performance, motivation and can ultimately lead to an injury.  Even if the athlete experienced some form of stress a week prior and they no longer feel stress, they can still have a delayed reaction to what they were feeling a week or a month ago.

We don’t instantly remove stress from our life.  Stress has a knack of hanging around and popping its head up and throwing a spanner in the works at the worst possible time.

Examples of stress can be:

Physical: 

• Wrong shoes

• Sitting down all day at work

• Toothache

• Cold and flue

• Over trained

• Not recovered from past workouts

• Imbalanced training program

• Incorrect bike fit

Emotional: 

• Family issues

• Continually thinking of past issues

• Career problems

• Phones and emails

• Depression

• Driving in traffic

Chemical: 

• Junk food

• Soft drink

• Alcohol

• Medication

This may take you over a week to complete and send back to someone.  You may not have or can find all the answers but you should be able to unearth and overcome a number of stresses in your life, and this will have a direct impact on your performance, both in training and in racing.

Tim Egge

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