The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion
The Brave Athlete solves the 13 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races.
You dont have one brainyou have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for...more
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Note: this is most relevant to triathletes or endurance athletes who run, cycle, or swim.
The authors explain that you are controlled mentally by three parts of ...more
Marshall and Paterson present a brilliant book that fills an important niche. This is the first book I've found that addresses psychological aspects of training and racing. The focus is on swimming, biking, running, and triathlon, but would appeal to athletes from most sports (particularly individual sports). Instead of discussing (once again) what to eat, how many miles or hours to train, how ...more
It is rooted in science and psychology, works hard to bust the stupid memes were forced to contend with everyday, and draws lines between what is reasonable mental barriers to be worked on individually and what needs a professional. I think any non athlete would get a lot out of it.
Instead, "Calm the Fck Down" defines a common, relevant problem and offers actionable solutions. It's definitions are academic and if you're like me, you're tripped up by some habits and thought processes that you didn't even ...more
I went for the audiobook version and first of all the narration style didn't suit me, and the writing style would generally not have been my cup of tea. I would have found this book to be MUCH more interesting, if Leslie was to focus in on several key issues she had faced in her career, rather than ...more
The tone of the book is conversational and approachable and youll feel like youre having a conversation with friends. I ...more
At times the conversational tone of the book got on my nerves but I also see that this style of writing was needed to deliver all this info in a way that would keep a person reading. It's a dense read.
I was fine with the authors sense of humor. I didnt care for the frequent use of the f-word. The analysis and suggesting are very good. ...more