A decade or so ago, I taught my high-performance system to Maureen Vandermey for the purpose of her running hobby. Although I was not a runner, except for using it to augment my karate training, our experience helped us both to reframe the running experience and, as you’ll hear in the interview, gave Maureen several tools with which to enjoy the running game when many around her train and compete in misery.
Maureen dropped me a note recently telling me about her experience of running the Toronto Marathon. So we sat down together over Skype to discuss the race, her perseverance as a beginner and the strategies that helped her, such as mental drafting, staying in the Zone and applying mental gymnastics to “flatten out hills.” Her commentary can teach both beginners and pros some good lessons in resiliency, no matter what your sport.
I recently caught up with Lauren Burge, a 16-year-old American Skeet shooter from Texas, to find out more about her recent successes as well as her future plans. I get goosebumps when I see what she is accomplishing in her sport of American Skeet at such a young age.
Lauren let us in on how she assembled her star team of technical and mental trainers (SportExcel), using their expertise to train her in how to shoot a perfect 4 x 100 in a recent competition as well as achieving significant wins in other competitions.
She also shares her go-to strategies for her shooting sport success, and gives some practical advice for other young shooters, especially young women, on best practices for success on the field.
Spencer asks: Is sport 90% mental? Bob answers Spencer's question and talks about the mental component of sport.
This week's question is from a trap shooter who asks why station one is so difficult. Bob gives a strategy to give your game a kickstart.
How do you adjust between different trap clubs, be it different backgrounds or different target set-ups? Bob Palmer answers a trap shooter's question and gives three tips to address this issue.
Why do I panic in competition but not in practice? Bob Palmer answers a trap shooter's question and provides a strategy for how to overcome this.
This podcast is an abridged audio of Willie Nelson's Prologue to his autobiography. It describes how he got his start in terms of connecting to his audience. He'd pick one person and play to her and connect with her and let the rest be magic...
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger
Before coming to see me, a few of my clients have been so discouraged that they asked themselveswhy they bother to compete, why they put themselves on display in front of their peers, why they accept humiliation and then come back for more. This human, competitive nature is ver yintriguing. And, with the stresses of putting it all on the line, it would be helpful to have a strategy to resolve potential issues at the outset.
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Elite athletes have to learn how to forget bad experiences or they will carry them into the next shift, game or season. Bill Lee, from his book The Wrong Stuff, describes how he was able to forget a horrible season-ending loss. How he did it is probably not going to help you, but our high performance system certainly has strategies that will.
Taking advice at the beginning of your practice or during your practice gives you no time to practice that piece of advice. Listen to Bob's advice to Duncan from Phoenix, AZ, a trap shooter who encountered this situation.