As a coach, my clients are always having a setback of some level, as a cyclist, I am also getting a setback of some level. Setbacks come hand in hand with cycling, in this blog post I am going to explain how you deal with a setback and how you can use a setback in your advantage for the future. This post is beneficial if you are racing or riding recreationally. 

A setback can happen to anyone and at any time, some people may feel as though they have more setbacks than others and some people deal with a setback in a different way than others. Be it not being picked for a race, a sudden drop in power, a loss of confidence or just a poor race, it can feel like a negative and can leave you feeling disappointed and frustrated, however, a setback can be a positive and a kick start to your development as an athlete. 

If you face a setback, you can take certain steps to come back stronger. The focus is to take yourself away from the emotion, the emotion will keep the negative cloud hanging over your head. Taking yourself away will help you find the right head space to analyse what area of the setback you can take control off and what areas need to be left behind. The more areas you can control, the more ammunition you create yourself to advance. 

Failure, we can learn from it…

If your setback is starting to get on top of you, try to remember that you can learn an awful lot from failure, you can learn new skills and strengthen your mindset to become stronger mentally. If you can keep the setback from overwhelming you, then you can start a valuable learning experience of what went wrong and why and then what we can do to be better. Mastering this will allow you to come back stronger and smarter. 

Do’s and Don’ts

Do: Analyse why you suffered the setback. 

Do: Understand what element of the setback you can take control of.

Do: Never forget the setback, often reflect on what went you learnt and what actions you made or could make to add into your training.

Don’t: Focus on the negatives, find the positives. 

Don’t: Become overwhelmed by the setback, take control and break everything down in a manageable chunk so you can find a logical way to improve.

Don’t: think of the setback as a bad thing, everything feels worse when it happens to you. Think of it as a blessing to learn. 

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