PPP 008: Interview With The Dynamic Duo Behind Braveheart Coaching: 3X World Triathlon Champion Lesley Paterson & Her Husband, Performance Psychologist For The BMC World Tour Professional Cycling Team, Dr. Simon Marshall!
PPP 008: Interview with the Dynamic Duo behind Braveheart Coaching: 3X World Triathlon Champion Lesley Paterson & Her husband, Performance Psychologist for the BMC World Tour Professional Cycling Team, Dr. Simon Marshall!
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They are the Amazing Duo behind Braveheart Coaching in San Diego California! These two are about as well rounded as any two that you could ever come across: Lesley is a 2X Xterra Triathlon World Champion, is an ITU World Cross Triathlon Champion, and is a co-owner of Braveheart Coaching. In addition to her athletic pedigree, she also has a Master’s Degree in Theater, and is the co-owner of her own production company, Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment Inc.
Dr. Simon Marshall has a PhD in sport and exercise psychology, is the Performance Psychologist for the BMC World Tour Professional Cycling Team, is the other half of Braveheart Coaching and has years of experience in competitive cycling. By combining their passions and expertise they have created a unique coaching program where Simon trains your brain and Lesley trains your body and… they have some Exciting news: Their new book, The Brave Athlete is due to be out in stores in late spring:
The Brave Athlete is a practical, step-by-step guide that solves the 25 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races. In this mental makeover from professional athlete Lesley Paterson and sports psychologist Dr. Simon Marshall, you’ll find new speed and joy in your sport by overcoming patterns of thinking, feeling, or acting that sabotage your potential and enjoyment.
Lesley & Simon, welcome to the show!
Okay, that was just a brief introduction for each of you, can you take a minute to fill in some of the gaps for our listeners, maybe tell us a little more about yourselves, what made you create Braveheart Coaching and why or how on earth with all that you two do, did you decide to go ahead and write what sounds to be a great new book!?!?
Let’s kick things off with a question for both of you? As we just touched on, you each have a wide variety of interests that I am sure require their own degrees of time. How do you manage to keep yourselves fresh, not only mentally but physically when working on so many different projects simultaneously?
I for one cannot wait to get my hands on your new book, 1st off to see just how many of those 25 most common mental conundrums run through my coconut throughout each block of training & racing. For many of us, between careers, family, finances and trying to train as if we didn’t have full plates, the related mental battles that come up while trying to juggle everything are probably some of the biggest challenges we face! Those common challenges that you two write about, is it us amateurs and age groupers that primarily have these issues or do they also pose challenges for professional athletes?
Both of you grew up being exposed to a wide variety of sports, Lesley: Holy crap, the only lass playing rugby with 250 boys, Simon also grew up playing rugby as well as soccer & tennis: What did you two bring from those experiences into coaching endurance athletes?
How do you integrate brain training into your body training plans, what does a typical drill or session look like?
What are some of the biggest misconceptions that athletes and perhaps coaches have about mental training?
What would be one thing that any athlete can begin today that would have the greatest impact on improving their mental toughness?
Super Sprint Round: Featuring 3 questions from our listeners: I will fire them off quickly BUT answers do not need to be quick:
- Lesley, have you ever raced against Catriona Morrison? How has your fellow countryman inspired you in sport?
- Favorite methods/means/modalities to speed recovery?
- Do you coach athletes outside of San Diego?
In addition to your new book, which we will have a link to in our show notes, are there any other resources that you would recommend to our listeners to learn more about some of the things we talked about today?
As we get ready to wrap up, I have two final questions for each of you:
Do you have any final words of wisdom for our listeners and HOW can we CONNECT WITH YOU?
Folks, I will put a link to each of the ways to connect with Lesley & Simon in our show notes page @ www.thepeakperformancepodcast.com
Lesley & Simon, thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to talk with us today and for sharing such useful information with our listeners!
Home of Braveheart Coaching
Direct Link to Lesley & Simon’s New Book: “The Brave Athlete Calm the F*uck Down and Rise to the Occasion
Simon’s recommended reading list
Best brain training apps
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