This podcast centers on Mindset and how it relates to performance. Your mindset is the main determining factor of how far you can go. Come explore great content geared to challenge, grow and educate you on how powerful the mindset you employ really is. Hear practical tips and key takeaways from pro athletes in every arena as well as from your host, Mario Arroyave. Mario is a Category 1 Cyclist and owner of Utmost Performance where he coaches athletes to perform to their utmost potential. Mario has new episodes out every Tuesday. Come explore what goes on inside A Champion's Mind!
I got to race this past weekend at the Beat the Streets for Little Feet event. After a long layoff from racing (not by choice but Covid) it was nice to get a race in again. And it ended up going pretty well.
For Fate the willing leads, the unwilling drags along. -Cicero. The sooner we become comfortable with the fact that we will never have the upper hand the more productive and satisfying our days will be.
We will talk about the neurotransmitter dopamine and a little known fact about it that has been corroborated by scientific studies. This episode was inspired by content in the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Edose Ibadin is a professional track and field athlete for Under Armor. He specializes in the 800 meters and is affiliated with the District Track Club located in Washington DC. Edose has represented Nigeria in the World and African championships. Recently Edose ran a 1:44.81 which is the current Nigerian 800 meter record.
Although Motion and Action may seem similar, the difference between these 2 words is huge when it comes to reaching our goals. The content for this episode is taken from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.
There is a lag between our Habits and the outcomes that our Habits produce. This means that time either serves as a ticking bomb or an anticipation that leads to the fulfillment of what we have been waiting for. The book I reference in this episode is called Atomic Habits by James Clear.
In this episode I discuss an interesting thing that (unfortunately) is common in fire fighters that lose their lives when fighting big forest fires. Let it serve as a reminder to us that who we are is much more important than what we do.
For this episode I take us to the 2008 Tour de France and the moment Carlos Sastre won the race. The stage he took the yellow Jersey and ultimately won the Tour provides a great lesson for us as we look to achieve our goals.
Anything that we do (or don't do) has an amount of activation energy associated with it. If you did that thing then the activation energy was worth the cost. If you didn't then it wasn't. Simple as that.
Today I had to make a choice between what I wanted now and what I'd want most. I am thankful for a conversation my coach and I had that helped me make my final decision on what my ride today would look like.
I got the idea for this episode from The Second Echelon podcast and their episode discussing sacrifice. The word tension usually carries a negative connotation but it should be present in those of us trying to achieve something great.
For quite some time the prevailing though was that our brain and it's functioning capacity was genetic. Then studies began proving that something called Neuroplastocity exists and debunks old theory. We NEED to know that neurplsticty exists and indeed works. In this episode I provide 2 studies that show neuroplasticity in action. The book referenced is called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
What does a Lion Tracker do when they all of a sudden lose the trail? When they can no longer see any lion tracks? We can learn something about what we should do when the same happens to us on our own personal journeys. I got the idea for this episode from the book The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life by Boyd Varty. I highly recommend giving it a read or listen.
There is a law in psychology that says that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and keep that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking. -William James. Please rate, like, share and subscribe to this podcast. Thanks much!
"I have role models, but I don't look at them and say I want to be like them. I look at them and say 'you are a benchmark to what I want to be. I'm going to surpass you, I'm going to be better than you." -Chooe Dygert, current women's World Time Trial champion
"The professional does not wait for inspiration. They act in anticipation of it." Taken from Becoming Pro by Steve Pressfield. This principle begs the question then "is action the precursor to being inspired "?
This episode is the audio of a video I posted to my YouTube account (Utmost Performance). It explains a phenomenon that we have all had happen to us and the very interesting thing that is happening in our minds when it occurs. Listening to this episode may change your beliefs about some things...pun intended.
In the pursuit of our goals we can always break things down into smaller parts. It isn't always best to look at the big picture. Sometimes it's better to understand that a movie is made frame by frame.
When we are faced with adversity or a difficult circumstance our default is often to neglect dealing with the present moment. Instead we go back to the past or fast forward to the future. This creates tension however because nothing really changes.
How are we dealing with the fact that all athletic events have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. I share some insight from professional cyclist Payson Mc Elveen that can help us out.
I have felt stuck the last few days because of the Coronavirus. I am not sure if you've been feeling the same but we need to realize that this virus is not an excuse to stop our quest for becoming the best version of ourselves.
John Wooden defines the mortar quality of Patience as the ability to wait and remain calm while persevering. Link to try NextGen PR lotion for free: https://amphuman.com/tryfree?utm_source=mario-arroyave-186770&utm_medium=Ambassador&utm_campaign=free-samples-for-new-customers!
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For an athlete that exhibits the mortar quality of Fight no competition is bigger or more important than another. Here's the link to the AMP HP promotion I mention in the episode: www.amphuman.com/tryfree .
I heard an interesting take on child development in a podcast yesterday that I wanted to share with us. For those that are interested the gentleman I reference in this episode is named Dr. Bruce Lipton.
Last episode of 2019. I will assume that some of us listening did not achieve everything we had in mind for ourselves last year. Or maybe we did but 2020 brings new challenges and goals we have set out for ourselves. Either way, allowing ourselves to get caught in the Tractor Beam will give us a much higher likelihood of becoming a better version of ourselves this next year.
Peter Sagan is one of the most prolific winners currently in the sport of cycling. After listening to his autobiography I discuss one of the theories I had as to why he has been so successful. It turns out I was right!
What if you were recruited by the winningest coach in sporting history to come play at one of the best universities in collegiate basketball...but you were told you likely wouldn't get any playing time? This is the story of Swen Nater.
Never complain. Never explain. -Benjamin Disraeli We will spend most of the episode breaking down the second statement "never explain". Oh and I use myself as a case study and throw myself under the bus multiple times in this episode.
In honor of the Conference Championships happening this week, we are re-releasing this interview we did with Kyle King. One of the most highly decorated runners at Baylor University.
Kyle King is a former distance runner at the University of North Texas and Baylor University (Waco, TX). Post collegiately Kyle went on to run for the Zap Fitness and made the choice to pursue running professionally. Kyle ultimately qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials and gives a cool recap of that experience in the interview. We take our conversation all the way to what Kyle is currently up to and how running helped forge a path for him to be successful after his professional running career was over.
Continuing the Top 5 Series by analyzing this quote from a Stoic philosopher, "What progress have you made? That I am becoming my own friend." -Hecato. There is a reason so many people listened to this episode. Not because it offers some groundbreaking information, but because it resonates with all of us- Are we really our own friends?
Originally Published: December 04, 2018
October 13th, 2004 I lost a dear friend who was killed in action Iraq while serving in the Marine Corp. This year I had something very interesting happen on that day and it got me to thinking about what makes a great team.
This past weekend we saw a milestone broken. Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to break 2 hours in a marathon. To put this in perspective this is akin to the first time 4 minutes was broken in the mile or 10 seconds was broken in the 100 meters. So who is Eliud Kipchoge?
Revisiting one of my top 5 episodes: Originally released on April 13, 2017.
When we look at how we use our time we should always be asking ourselves if what we are doing is truly necessary to achieve our goals. I decided to bring this episode back and publish it again because we can all use the tune-up from time to time to bring us back to operating efficiently and with solid purpose.
Revisiting one of my top 5 episodes: Originally released on Jan 25, 2017. Vintage but oh so good!
Most of us have heard the story of the Tortoise versus the Hare. In this podcast I propose a new way of looking at the story and the lesson that I believe we can all learn from it that never really occurred to most of us (myself included).
The only wrong way is to not make a way.
Tyson article: https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/27355749/tyson-captivates-tide-saban-life-lessons?platform=amp&__twitter_impression=true
Tyson book referenced in episode: Undisputed Truth
Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Often times there's nothing broke when we think there is. Development and improvement have a terminal velocity. It would be wise for us to heed the speed limit.
Self Talk. Most of us know it works and we should be doing it. Most of us think it's super complicated and are scared to implement it into our "mindset training". It's not. I dumb down the practice of self-talk and share how we can begin to utilize it regularly.
For the next 2.5 weeks or so I will be bringing you daily reports of how my trip to Belgium is going. Feel free to hit me up with any questions or comments you may have. Go to my Instagram account (@mayito35) for more content via pictures and videos to go along with the audio here.
Recap of this past weekend's State time Trial Championship. This is the recap of the Indovidual Tome Trial. Team Time Trial recap coming tomorrow! Discount code for Amp HP PR Lotion: utmostperformance.
Adam Roberge is a road cyclist riding for the Elevate/KHS professional cycling team. Adam got his start in mountain biking where he enjoyed much success before turning his focus to the road. Among some of his best results are Canadian National Championship titles as a Junior road race and Under-23 in the Time Trial. This interview is jam-packed with some things Adam does as a professional that we all can be doing as well. Enjoy!
If we plug into the process consistently and faithfully we have no choice but to begin to enjoy some success. This is a wonderful fact...but it does bring with it an obstacle to our continuation of that success.
When we dive into our passion and choose to center our lifestyle around it there is something we must keep in mind...it won't be perfect. References: The Passion Paradox by Brad Stuhlberg and Steve Magness; Episode "Run to and Through"
The answer to this question is a lot easier than we think. All we have to do is ask ourselves another question.
Previous Episode mentioned: Small Ball: https://anchor.fm/a-champions-mind35/episodes/Play-Small-Ball-e22lgb
Recap from this past weekend's races: BS Brewery #2 and Jacob's Well Classic. Search The Second Echelon podcast and listen to episode "Mayito Mindset" to hear the interview I did while I was at the races this past weekend.
Sober up, recall yourself, shake off sleep once more: realize they were mere dreams that troubled you, and now that you are awake again look on these things as you would have looked on a dream. -Marcus Aurelius
Your mind will take the character of your most frequent thoughts: souls are dyed by thoughts. The soul alone turns and moves itself, making all externals presented to it cohere with the judgements it thinks worthy of itself. -Marcus Aurelius
How many pages have I produced? I don't care. Are they any good? I don't even think about it. All that matters is I've put in my time and hit it with all I've got. All that counts is that, for this day, for this session, I have overcome resistance. -Steve Pressfield, The War of Art
Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learnt not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life greatly diminished.
The proper course with every kind of fear is to think about it rationally and calmly, but with great concentration, until it becomes completely familiar. In the end familiarity will bunt its terrors; the whole subject will become boring and our thoughts will turn away from it, not as formerly, by an effort of will, but through mere lack of interest in the topic.
Both quotes by Bertrand Russell
Book: The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy by Donald Robertson
How can you wonder your travels do you no good, when you carry yourself around with you?
Instead of traveling you are rambling and drifting, exchanging one place for another when the thing you are looking for, the good life, is available everywhere.
Champions behave like champions before they're champions; they have a winning standard of performance before they're winners. The culture precedes positive results. -Steve Walsh, The Score takes care of Itself
A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting carefree happiness. Even if some obstacle to it comes on the scene, its appearance is only to be compared to that of clouds which drift in front of the sun without ever defeating its light. -Seneca
I see in myself, Lucilius, not just an improvement but a transformation, although I would not venture as yet to assure you, or even to hope, that there is nothing left in me needing to be changed. Even this fact that it perceives the failings it was unaware of in itself before, is evidence of a change for the better in one's character. In the case of some sick people it is a matter for congratulation when they come to realize for themselves that they are sick.
Tyler Locke is a professional cyclist riding for the Support Clean Sport/Guttenplan Coaching team. Tyler’s main focus is American-style criterium racing. This niche discipline in cycling is further explained in the interview. Tyler was the Southern California State Criterium champion in 2016. This interview provides insights into criterium racing from a seasoned professional.
Jordan Cheyne is a professional cyclist for the Elevate-KHS pro cycling team. Jordan rode for the Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis cycling team for 2 years before joining Elevate last season.
Jordan hails from Canada and has enjoyed lots of success at the biggest race in the country, The Tour de Beauce, where he took 3rd on GC in 2017. This year Jordan scored a big win in the San Dimas stage race Time Trial. Jordan also writes for Zwift Insider and his columns are very educating and insightful.