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Its Time

Australia's biggest theme park, Dreamworld is bursting with happiness boasting over 50 rides and attractions to suit everyone from toddlers to thrill seekers and beyond. Famous for having the highest, fastest and most impressive rides in the country, Dreamworld is home to the BIG 9 Thrill Rides including Tail Spin, where the controls are in your hands.

Its Time

Australia's biggest theme park, Dreamworld is bursting with happiness boasting over 50 rides and attractions to suit everyone from toddlers to thrill seekers and beyond. Famous for having the highest, fastest and most impressive rides in the country, Dreamworld is home to the BIG 9 Thrill Rides including Tail Spin, where the controls are in your hands.

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Give me Second


How do YOU feel about coming SECOND?

It’s an interesting thing, taking second place in a sporting event. On the one hand, that’s a pretty good achievement on any given day! And on the other . . . SO close to winning (and yet not)!

The subject has been looked at in the past (as the article link will attest), albeit not in a proper, methodical, experimental manner. And some of this ‘evidence’ seems to suggest that getting Second place is in fact worse than coming Third. Really???

With all due respect to the “Scientific” American article, the research quoted proves nothing . . . except that college psychology students tend to agree on how faces can display different degrees of happiness. The “why” is something else entirely. Supposedly, athletes who achieve a Silver medal are less happy than their Bronze-medal counterparts. The explanation given is that “First Loser” is an awful position to be in, doubly so if you expected (or hoped) to win . . . whereas third place is a podium position that could otherwise have been “nothing at all” . . . at least you’re up there!

But I don’t subscribe to this viewpoint, particularly since it seems only to have been addressed in certain types of competition. Consider a contest where, at the finals, two athletes compete for Gold/Silver, and two others compete for Bronze/nothing. Naturally, the Silver medalist, having just LOST to the Gold medalist, might be somewhat despondent. And naturally, the Bronze medalist, having just WON a place on the podium, might be somewhat pleased. Would the same be true in a one-off race scenario though? Or in a points competition? Somehow, I doubt it.

How we approach winning . . . how we approach “almost winning” . . . and how we approach the importance of winning (as coaches and parents, as well as athletes) . . . can be a really fascinating area of study. I just don’t think we should believe all the hype and “scientific” evidence suggesting that Second place sucks. (Even when there are only 2 in the contest, the second place-getter still came out ahead of those who did not compete.)

What do YOU think?

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Managing your Aggression



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Tuesday Training Tip #39

By Craig Pearman

“Managing Your Aggression”

So here’s a link that (once again) talks about a “brain explosion”. (Advisory: There is NO blood and gore in this video, no actual explosion. Just hype.) Essentially, a very charged-up rugby player experiences a lapse of discipline, and allows his aggression to rule his mind, resulting in (1) a penalty, (2) a field-goal kick, (3) a loss of the game, and (4) the end of the season for the team. Pretty costly!

We all know that aggression is a natural and necessary component of competitive sports. When time is running out, we find ourselves up against a wall, and the only difference between winning and losing is “the size of the fight in the dog”, aggression can be the determining factor. But clearly this aggression cannot be unbridled or unfocused. It typically needs to come out at the right time, in the right place, towards the right direction (or opponent), and within the rules and guidelines of the competition.

That being said, it is obviously not good enough to simply build your aggression, to get tough, to develop a “mongrel factor” and to let it all loose in the final minutes. It still needs to be channelled properly. It’s a bit like training a guard dog (or a police or military dog). You want plenty of aggression . . . but you also want it to be completely under your control. (What good is a guard dog that makes its OWN decisions about who to attack, and when?) For this reason, training your aggression is just as important as building it in the first place.

As an athlete, perhaps you recognise that you are somewhat lacking in aggression during competition . . . or that you just cannot bring it to the fore when you need to. As a coach, perhaps you see that your athletes have plenty of aggression, but that it is undisciplined . . . and that they attack at the wrong moment. Aggression training is about learning how to switch it on . . . and off . . . on command. It takes practice, and patience, and usually a skilled coach. It also takes planning and discipline and trust (and that again comes with a skilled coach).

In team sports, aggression training often takes place in simulated games or mock-ups. In endurance sports, it may instead take place during interval training or mock sprints. And it’s not just about putting out the extra energy and power when told to . . . it’s also about finding that mindset (the determination, the refusal to back down, the “anger”) that will push you through the pain and over the top of your opponent. (Incidentally, this is why some coaches yell at their athletes. It triggers the aggression response.) Whatever the sport, this type of training can be very beneficial.

At the end of the day, you want to be able to say that you gave your all, and achieved the best outcome you could muster. You don’t want to be in the headlines for “brain explosion of the year”! So take the time to train your brain, and start managing your aggression.

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Training Tip #37 – “Goal Setting Again”

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Seriously? More goal setting? How hard can it be? Okay, perhaps some of you managed to set effective athletic goals last year, and achieved (or exceeded) all of them. If so, congratulations! But if you came up short, or found your goals too easy, or gave up halfway through, or didn’t really set clear goals in the first place, then this is for YOU!

Firstly, let’s talk about four different kinds of goals, all of which can exist simultaneously.
1. Target goals – this is when you set yourself a target such as “Racing in the State titles” or “Doing an Everesting attempt”. It’s a fixed event, with defined time parameters, and you will either do it, or you won’t.
2. Outcome goals – this relates to how WELL you hope to complete your chosen goal. It’s more about “Placing in the top 5 at State titles” or “Everesting a known hill better than so-and-so”. It’s a goal with a measurable result that you can exceed, or almost reach.
3. Performance goals – these are about how YOU will perform the task, regardless of the comparative outcome. It might be measured in terms of speed, or power output, or time, or average heart rate . . . but it’s all about you.
4. Process goals – describe form, rather than function. These are about maintaining steady cadence or rhythm, keeping your pedal-stroke smooth, focusing on breath or posture, and maintaining it over time.

Secondly, goals are supposed to form part of a well-conceived training plan. With the help of a coach, or a sports psychologist, an athlete devises goals that are appropriate, realistic, and yet still challenging. And these goals form a part of each progress review.

Thirdly, goals are there to serve YOU, not the other way around. If you become a slave to your goals, and start to lose interest in your sport, or start to resent your coach, then your goals are not doing their intended job. They are supposed to be motivating, not limiting.

And finally (for now), goals are not supposed to be shrouded in secrecy (or kept in the dark like a mushroom). They are supposed to be discussed, shared, talked about . . . fed, and watered, and pruned, and mulched, like a living organism that will hopefully bloom one day.

Now that winter is (almost) over . . . take a look at Goal Setting, again. Decide where YOU are going this year! (And talk to me if you need help!)


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“Nourishing Your Body”



“Nourishing Your Body”

By Craig Pearman
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It is widely accepted that the prevalence of diagnosable eating disorders is significantly higher among elite athletes than in the general population. This is true for males and females, adults and adolescents.

While I would not expect that many followers of my posts actually suffer from eating disorders, it is still likely that a number of you may engage in “interesting” dietary choices from time to time . . . choices that may include restrictions, excesses, obsessions, poor discipline, or simple time management issues.

I do not claim to be a dietitian, or to have nutritional expertise, so this won’t be a post about what you should eat. Rather, I’m suggesting that some people may benefit from simply changing the priority with which they manage their dietary intake. (As a long-term vegetarian, with chronic blood-sugar issues, and no thyroid gland, I know what it can be like.)

With all the latest food ideas going around . . . super-foods, paleo foods, organics, raw foods, coconut-infused . . . and the huge range of nutritional supplements (aka “ergogenic aids”) available . . . it can be easy to lose track of the simple notion that what most athletes (and most people) need is . . . regular, healthy, well-balanced meals, consisting of real FOOD.

If you are an athlete, and most of your food (on a workout day) comes out of a shiny wrapper, or a sachet, or a squeeze-tube . . . or if you find that it takes more time to count the calories and prepare the special foods than it takes to eat them . . . or if your thoughts and actions (and choice of cafes) are governed by obsessive rules and measures . . . you may have a bit of a “problem”.

Whether every exercise session is dictated by “When/where can I stop for food?”, or whether you regularly “forget” to eat at all for an entire day (and happily shed some unwanted kilos), you would do well to examine your habits, your motivations, their origins, and the long-term effects on your well-being and performance . . . and to perhaps enlist some assistance in ensuring you’re on the optimal path.

Happy eating!

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“Developing Winning Thoughts”


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Tuesday Training Tip #34: “Developing Winning Thoughts”

Most athletes are aware of the value (and necessity) of training. If you want to get fitter, stronger, faster, more stamina, etc . . . then you need to train yourself to exceed your current limits. A simplified “formula” would be:

Training = learn skills => push limits => repetition => form habit => create muscle memory => develop automatic responses => new (higher) limits.

What many athletes are NOT aware of is that the same process happens in your brain. You can’t expect to just “think more positively” or “be more mentally tough”, or even to “have more alertness” when you decide you need it. You have to learn and train these things, just as you do with physical skills.

Take “mental toughness” for example. We’d all like to believe we have it. But what are the attributes of mental toughness? Focus, determination, discipline, composure, resilience, pain tolerance, etc. You cannot just conjure these things up, simply because a situation demands it. (That would be like suddenly deciding you could take on a mountainous 235km bike ride, just because your friends are doing it.)

Likewise, “positive self-talk” is a learned skill. How many of you have a regular word or phrase that you use to describe yourself . . . when you fail, or make a mistake? How often do you silently repeat that to yourself after the fact? How much does it encourage you? By contrast, how many of you have a word or phrase that you use to strengthen yourself, to build your confidence, or to self-praise? And how often do you exercise THAT neural “muscle”?

In training our brain, we need to work on exceeding our limits in each facet of each mental skill. This means exploring the limits of our ability to focus (or our discipline, or our pain tolerance, or our positive self-talk), and then working on specific activities that test those limits, and that require us to push past them, on a regular basis . . . until we have set new limits for those skills. THIS is mental skills training.

Your coach (or mentor) may have some ideas as to the skills you need to work on. Your task is to make that work a part of your regular (daily) training routine. If you can improve your mental skills (like mental toughness) by 10%, that HAS to improve your chances of winning!

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