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The Brave Athlete solves the 13 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races. You don't have one brain - you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that's when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look.

What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don't want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? You can.

The Brave Athlete from Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson will help you take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport.

Dr. Marshall is a sport psychology expert who trains the brains of elite professional athletes. Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach. Together, they offer this innovative brain training guide that is the first to draw from both clinical science and real-world experience with athletes.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson (P)2017 Tantor

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too many silly jokes

they tried to make it light hearted, but is a distraction. the technical content is good, but the performance is not professional and the metaphors about metaphors make it a less pleasurable listening

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interesting and practical

...the authors also did an amazing job reading the audio book version. Kept me interested and wanting to find opportunities to try their strategies. Also made me laugh out loud quite a few times.

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Fantastic and honest. VERY detailed too!

This was by far the most honest (and I loved the foul mouthed humour as well!) of sport psychology. Gives tools to help yourself learn how to sort out certain things and help others with the same things. The book came two weeks before the Comrades Marathon, so a little bit late but a fantastic read!(aka listen) i would definitely buy another book by the authors if it is anything like this...

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F-ing good book

I normally just click on the stars and do not leave a review. But this book is going down as one of my top ten books of all time to listen to on a run (and I read about 24 sports books a year). Every chapter gets better and better until the best chapter is left for last. This is also one of the only audible books that has a decent pdf that goes with it.

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Informative, unfiltered, and hilarious at times!

Lots of great info, easy listening, and I literally laughed out loud several times. Highly recommended!

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Amazing book

For anyone trying to understand how their head is keeping them from moving on with their sport career.

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Read this book

Ok it’s late, I’m on the road for work and I really don’t feel like writing but here goes. If you do anything but lay on the couch this book is for you. Possibly the greatest book I have ever read. These authors are pure genius. Granted I’m not the greatest judge in that regards but you get the picture. Read the damn book! It’s beyond awesome. Thank you Lesley and Simon!! Goodnight.

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Really Disappointing

First, let me say I’m in the U.S., and I found the accents of the readers, particularly Lesley, made them VERY hard to understand in parts ... plus she’s just not that good at telling a story. But I wasn’t reading the book for entertainment, I was reading it for knowledge which, as it turned out in the bitter end, I book didn’t really contain any of.
I was particularly put off by the arrogance of the authors. Apparently feeling proud of yourself for finishing an Ironman is silly ... you must win it. Simply participating is, in their words, bullshit.
I have never given what I would call a bad review before ... but the authors and the book in general deserve it.

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I’m currently training for my first triathlon

Such a great book to read while also training for the first time for an event like this. I get very nervous leading up to race events and they offer great tips and tricks to help you through it. Really enjoyed this book!

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This book is fucking awesome!

Any additional comments?

This is an absolutely great book. Large swaths of it are only relevant to professional athletes, but other parts are also relevant to weekend warriors such as myself. The book takes lots of concepts from various scientific disciplines, such as behavioral psychology, physiology, and from the field of hands on coaching, and brings them in an accessible and entertaining way. The authors/narrators directness and sense of humor are making the book fun to listen to.

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  • 01-23-18

Hands down the best book I have found on the topic

What made the experience of listening to The Brave Athlete the most enjoyable?

Life - changing, from both a performance and general life point of view. A lot of complex information, provided in an easy to understand format. I have purchased a copy of this book to support the audio version, and even sent one as a gift to a friend. Its the first book I've ever felt compelled to write a review for, it was that good.

After competing in my first tri event last year I had a lot of questions / fears about stepping up from a half to full distance event, and having the mental fortitude to complete it. With the tactics and information in the book I feel a lot more confident that I will be able to train my mind over the coming months, as well as my body. The book certainly delivers on this front.

I have spent a lot of time researching / reading similar books and this is really the only one I found to contain a lot of relevant content, not just pushing a couple of simple points home.

I feel that it is going to have a massive effect in my personal life too, as I start to try and wrangle my professor and chimp brains !

What about Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall ’s performance did you like?

Its nice to hear the voices of the actual authors, it makes you feel like one of their athletes

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  • louise price
  • 03-13-18

Great content and told in entertaining way

Really enjoyed this audio.
Enjoyed that it was narrated by the authors and that they were both experts in their field.
Explanation style was really good and content very interesting.
Would recommend.

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  • 05-03-18

brain food!

a very well presented book with some very interesting insights and tips. I look forward to putting it all into practice. the relaxed writing style, and easy narration, make it an entertaining as well as educational audiobook

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  • Haidee
  • 04-08-18

Awesome book for helping me work on mindset during training!

I am not an endurance athlete, or coach, but so many of the stories, techniques and advice in this book can be applied to my training! I feel like it's relevant to anyone looking to better their performance....athlete or not working on and understanding our crazy brains during challenging sessions/days/months definitely makes us better, stronger, and perhaps most importantly happier along the way! The sense of humour throughout also made it a super enjoyable listen :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-17

Brilliant book

Absolutely brilliant. Easy to listen, with a good balance of science based evidence and storytelling. Suitable for all levels of athletes, and even business owners too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-18

Practical Way to Overcome Athlete Mental Minefields

This audiobook provides so many great examples of issues many athletes face and ways to overcome them. It also does this whilst providing a great document to complete your own appraisals. Tick Tick Tick!

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  • Niall
  • 02-27-18

Interesting but hard to digest

Constantly referencing other chapters and so not very suitable for audio format. You cant just flick back a few pages to.check the reference....