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Do you ever have thoughts and feelings that you don’t want? What does mental toughness mean?  Do you ever worry about what people think about you or wish that you were more confident? These are all questions that 3x X-Terra World Champion Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall, PhD have addressed in their book, “Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down.”

It was great to talk with both of them.  Lesley is a badass- 3x World Champ and Coach.  Her insight and depth of knowledge is incredible.  Simon is a former professor of family and preventive medicine as well as sport and exercise psychology.  He has a lot of practical experience as a Sports Psychologist (even to the Professional BMC Road Racing team).

I enjoyed their book – they break everything that I regularly love to think and talk about into bite size chunks that can be applied to sport and life.  You’ll have to listen for more!

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Topics Discussed in the Podcast 

  • Naming the book
  • How to cope if your event or ride isn’t going well
  • Where to derive self-confidence and how to build your self worth
  • Difference between self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-efficacy
  • Do you worry about what other people think about you?  Everyone does- listen on how to manage impression management and to embrace being a vulnerable human
  • Eating disorders and body image: how to talk to someone who is having a problem or how to help yourself (focus less on the what your body looks like and more on what your body can do)
  • Reframing things in a healthy way


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