Have you ever caught yourself saying that your legs were either good or bad today? Maybe some days you just aren't feeling that spark. Research shows that when your head is tired, your legs are tired too. Likewise, if your brain is firing on all cylinders, your legs will be inclined to believe they are too.
Here are three ways to train your brain so you can get that "good leg" feeling on more rides:
1. Recharge Your Noggin
We all no mental fatigue makes it hard to do much physical activity. Studies have shown that you will cycle considerably slower if you have been through a mentally taxing day.
How do you combat this? Well, anything that reduces the perception of effort should combat these negative side effects.
For example: give yourself a pep talk, pump yourself up with some tunes, or if you need to get a little bit of caffeine into your system.
2. See Yourself Getting Stronger
In the beginning you see major gains from riding your bike. However, the gains usually fade and then we are left on the plateau stage, some of us seem to never leave!
Here's the kicker, you don't need to physically work to gain improvements, you need to think it. Studies have proved that people who imagined themselves exercising 5 days a week for 12 weeks improved their strength by 13 percent without ever physically working out.
3. Encourage Yourself
Make your self feel positive thoughts, force yourself to smile. It's proven that on average cyclists will pedal longer if they are feeling happy.
If you are having trouble then give yourself a pep talk, look up some motivating quotes, maybe even watch a race with your favorite cyclist.
I hope these tips help. The mind can be a tricky thing and sometimes the hardest hurdle to clear for any athlete is their own mind.