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Don’t Forget Your Lucky Socks

By Kristin Keim I’m sure many of you have some pre-race rituals or lucky charms that you do or like to have either before or during a race… don’t be shy. Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that I used to have a pair of “lucky” race socks that I had to wear during important road races…they gave me a sense of extra confidence as I faced the long race ahead. Think back to any of the your own rituals or routines…maybe you like to eat a specific pre-race dinner, breakfast, or listen to a certain playlist as you

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Keeping the Wheels on Track: Managing Your Performance Anxieties

“The real race is not on the hot, paved roads, the torturous off-road course or the smooth-surfaced velodrome. It is in the electrochemical pathways of your mind.” – Alexi Grewal, Olympic gold medalist By Kristin Keim The race season is now in full swing with the Women’s Giro, Fitchburg and of course the Tour de France all starting up this weekend, an inspiring month of racing for sure! This time of the season can also present some minor, and or major, obstacles whether it be dealing with a race injury, mental and physical exhaustion from the grueling race schedule, or

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See, Believe, Become

By Kristin Keim As the road and mountain bike seasons move into full swing, I am busily working on my sport psychology internship with the coaches of Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) where I have the wonderful opportunity to assist in their holistic approach of integrating mental and physical training into their athletes’ training programs. This week, I’ll be presenting on the mental training skills of imagery and how it can be used to enhance their athletes’ performance. If you follow me on Twitter or if we’re Facebook pals then you already know how I share an inspiring quote each day

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New Year, New You

While our resident Sport Psychologist in-training has the mental aspects of cycling covered as you prepare for the upcoming season, two recently released books by Velopress will help you shed that accumulated holiday weight, rid yourself of those final five stubborn pounds, and change your nutritional habits for the better. Enjoy Real Food and Higher Performance with The Athlete’s Plate “Fuel-starved endurance athletes are notorious convenience eaters, scarfing pre-packaged products and expensive prepared foods that offer a quick fix for their ravenous appetites. But these food products and supplements leave athletes under-nourished, delaying recovery and preventing their highest performance. For

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Centering: Your Personal Hub

By Kristin Keim Today I was personally and professionally inspired to sit down after a long bike ride with some amazing cyclists to write about an aspect of mental training that I am extremely passionate about, which is what we, in the field of Sport Psychology, refer to as Centering. If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, then you’ve probably heard about centering and working from your core center of energy. I like to think of centering as a means of anchoring yourself and performing at your optimal level; regardless of various external and internal distractions that might arise you

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Mind Tools to Setting Goals

By Kristin Keim Yeah, yeah, I’m sure you’re all reading this thinking, “I already set goals so what more is there to know?” Well, if you are already on track with setting goals then GREAT but no matter if you’ve got ten goals or maybe zero, I invite you to sit back and enjoy a few minutes of relaxation while I hand over some tools for your cycling tool box: mental not mechanic. First off, I wanted to reintroduce myself from our last meeting where I actually set my own goal for contributing a Sport Psychology article each month for


Carmichael To Be Honored With Kennedy Laureate Award

On Saturday, November 14th, Chris Carmichael, personal coach to cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, will be on the John F. Kennedy University campus to speak about his coaching, his career, and to promote his new book, Time-Crunched Cyclist: Fit, Fast, and Powerful in 6 Hours a Week. The Time-Crunched Cyclist presents a new way to achieve superior fitness and power, by leveraging busy athletes’ limited time to unlock the power of high-intensity workouts and get fast in less time. This revolutionary new training plan is presented in a time-efficient method through detailed training plans, case

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TRIPLE Exclusive: Kristin Keim, On the Saddle and In Our Minds

When I last spoke to our “Dancer on the Pedals,” Kristin Keim, she was recovering from a bad crash and living in Boulder, Colorado. My, how things change? Her life, as beautifully fluid as her movements on the dance floor and in the saddle, has once again undergone another transition. In the past year, the South Carolina native has moved further west to Northern California, and she is now actively pursuing a career that will have her dancing in peoples’ heads in hopes of helping them to excel on the pedals. In my latest conversation with Kristin Keim, we discuss

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Bausch & Sparks Unite To Empower Cyclists

Veteran coaches join forces to provide Olympic-level coaching for athletes of all abilities uniquely utilizing a methodology that stresses mind & body balanceThey’ve raced at the highest level and coached athletes who have competed at the highest level. Now Dotsie Bausch and Andy Sparks have united to form Empower Coaching Systems that will create customized training programs for cyclists of all abilities – from professionals, Olympians, World Champions and National Champions to amateur racers, weekend warriors and newbies. Together the dynamic duo will coach each athlete providing a unique, dualistic fusion of guidance specifically tailored to the individual that will

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Small Bone, Big Pain

If you haven’t already heard, Lance Armstrong (Astana) suffered a broken clavicle while participating in the Vuelta Castilla y Leon.Although a relatively common injury, occurring in about 1 in 1000 people per year, what is uncommon (besides the overt news coverage of Armstrong’s injury) is the recommended method of treatment: surgery.Depending upon the type of clavicular fracture, most are treated conservatively through immobilization using a sling. The injury can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to heal.But as’s Stephania Bell, a physical therapist who is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, points out,

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