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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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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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Well worth a listen- useful and accessible

Great book with real life experiences. Didn’t realise it was their first book until they said so at the end. Very polished production. Good use of humour and useful information. Really enjoyed it.

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  • 08-09-18

Should be titled "The Brave Elite Athlete"

If you're a pro or elite athlete, then you might benefit from this book. Fair warning, you should listen to the sample audio first, just to make sure you can understand the Scottish dialects, especially Lesley's narration. (Note: if you hear them say "re-juice" what they are actually saying is "reduce." "Fook" means "fuck." Seriously. I laughed out loud when I heard them swear, which is frequently.)
I'm not an elite, but I'm an experienced endurance athlete and trying to come back after an injury. It was discouraging to hear each chapter start out with the author heaping scorn upon other methods (for coping with pre-race jitters and anxiety) -- many of which I've tried with varying degrees of success -- and then for the chapter to end up with just another version of another idea that's not so new. Also, I heard maybe 5 or 6 derisive references to "your local 5K Turkey Trot," then I just gave up listening. Sorry Simon and Lesley, but that's where I'm starting out again after a long recovery. It might not be a relevant or important goal for you or your clients, but it's an important next step for me.
The book is unique in that it employs plenty of tough talk and swearing, which is what some people might need. I was hoping for more actionable things.

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Loved the theories but couldnt relate

I really enjoyed this reading

However I wish thst drew more example from different sports.

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Its a no from me

Having listened to this husband / wife team on a Training Peaks podcast, I was keen to check out the book. They both came across really well in the interview. I like the British accent and the Scottish accent is probably the stand out. Simon's posh and smarmy accent is tolerable because he makes up for it by being reasonably articulate. Sadly, I had gotten all this information away from the audio book through an unrelated podcast. Within minutes of embarking on their audio book I was disappointed. The 'humour' is utter garbage. I'd read some reviews that gushingly referred to it as being hilarious. Nope. Anyway, humour wasn't my primary purpose for the book. I sadly could not get past the 3rd chapter before urgently looking for the emergency rip cord (nice that Audible allows you to return / refund). Both authors / narrators seemed full of self grandiose which made it difficult to listen to for more than 15 minute intervals at a time.

For the tiny chunk of the overall book I did manage, it came across as a bit gratuitous and corny. And also a little condescending.

Less swearing, less bad jokes, less references to the authors own achievements - and I might have persevered for longer

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Works for non endurance athletes too :)

What a great book! Although I am not an endurance athlete (I ride dressage) I was able to incorporate many of the techniques and strategies to improve my riding. Even my horse noticed a difference- how fun!!

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Profanity warning

If you don’t appreciate profanity don’t get this one. The title includes profanity but I assumed it was to get attention.

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Really good!

This book is chalk full of interesting and helpful insights to change the way you approach your athletic training and performance. The book is root d in science but presented in a very accessible way.

While this book is written for endurance athletes, it has helped me in all my athletic pursuits - golf, pickleball, etc.

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Perfect for endurance athletes of all sorts

This book is full of advice you can apply to any type of endurance event. Read well and with humor, the information is easy to grasp and clearly focussed on potential problem areas. What you get is solidly grounded in science and some of the scientific details are included, but not to the extent that you feel overwhelmed if you don't have a science education. The authors both come from the world of triathlon--swim, bike, run as in Ironman or Xterra--but they are careful to make their lessons applicable to any competition that requires racing or training for extended (more than 30 minutes) sessions of one or more mode of progression. The suggestions provided will work for cross-country skiing, roller blading, racewalking, wheelchair racing, and so on. If you find the occasional four letter word off-putting, this may not be for you. The explanations are given in the same direct language that athletes use when talking amongst themselves on long workouts of all varieties.

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Never left a review before....

I have done, probably, 9 mental toughness courses. I practice 2x a day; an hour at a time. I thought I had heard it all (just said with different words.) This book took me by surprise! I listened to it three times; the accompanying PDF is priceless. I'm very picky about the narrator of my audiobooks and these guys were amazing. I hope they write, and narrate, another book soon. Thank you, both!

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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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  • 09-27-18

Poor...

The amount of contrived swearing in this book is cringe-worthy, distracting and off putting.

Just go listen to the chimp paradox as its a hashed version of that.

Had to get rid and ask for a refund after 50mins.

P.s sorry if the you are the author reading this - i dont mean to hurt your feelings.

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  • David Richardson
  • 09-04-18

save your money and just read "The Chimp paradox

I really struggled with this book and if it hadn't been a holiday listen I would have switched it off much sooner.

large amounts of it are a rehash of The Chimp Paradox - which to their credit the authors acknowledge.

what I really could not stand was the juvenile use of
swear words. I have no issue with swearing in normal life but it added nothing here and just sounded a bit pathetic - a bit like a 13 year old trying to offend an auntie!)

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  • R.J
  • 04-22-19

applicable to daily life,

thank you for this brilliant book. I highly advice if you are into personal development this is a real angle to build up your skills. you can apply pushing the pain strategy in you everyday life and it will do wonder, different level of applicable motivation and skills.

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  • Chase
  • 10-24-18

A good topic but not my style of delivery

There is some good advice in this audiobook, and though I've heard most of it before, it was nice to have a book specifically on athletic psychology and performance. What I didn't enjoy was the swearing. I thought it totally unnecessary and gratuitous. The dual narration was also distracting. I realize there are two authors, but I think one narrator would have pulled everything together better. Each narrator is good, but going back and forth is a bit annoying to listen to, at least for me. Overall, it's still a good book, just one that is better read than listened to.

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  • davo
  • 10-11-18

wish I sampled first

awful voices very repetitive. Felt as if I were being shouted at, not motivating at all

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  • Tess1
  • 06-09-21

Simple straight talking common sense.

Absolutely brilliant delivery of what can be sometimes a bording subject. Totally enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-21

DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT A TRI-ATHLETE OR CYCLIST!!!

Good in parts.

Very informal, discusses some interesting points and gives some good tips. However not very useful if you aren’t a tri athlete or cyclist as only refers to these sports...
Scottish narrator very annoying!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-18-21

I can't find anything better!

I've had Lesley and Simon's book for a few years now. I have tried many other books but nothing compares to this one in my opinion. I love it

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  • Richard
  • 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
  • 10-04-18

To negative

I only got through the first 3 chapters, I just could not listen to any mor of “don’t be like this” “don’t think like that”
I think this book is really targeted at someone who has a low self esteem, little to non mental toughness and wants a kick start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-20

A scientific but approachable book with loads of swearing

Lots of sound explanations on the mental side of triathlons and indeed life. At times it felt like the narrators were talking to you personally. It has spurred me on with my late in life foray into triathlon.

Let’s hope Tony paid back the $1500 and became Margaret.

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  • Jason
  • 02-05-20

every competitor should read

preparing for my first event this book was everything I was looking for. Clear to understand and cheerful humour along the way a must read for any athlete or competitor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

Great book

Loved it! Such good information and plenty of humour which lightened what could have been a heavy topic

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  • Carolin
  • 06-14-19

Brillant book

Brilliant book for any athlete or want to be athlete.

It explors why we like to stay within our comfort zone and how we can program our brain to push us to where we want to be, athletically speaking.

Apart from awesome advise I really enjoyed the narration by the writers of the book, who are very down to earth and matter of fact. Properly, going to listen to it another 5 times or so, to make sure the wisdom sticks in my mothers brain.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-18

Great! This 46 Yr old complete amateur can relate

Well done team. Loved this giggles it gave me, may however be swearing a little more lately.

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  • Nikki B
  • 11-28-18

Filled with knowledge bombs left right and centre

Brilliant book for newby athletes, back of the pack, front of the pack and everyone in between. Lesley and Simon share their extensive knowledge in a refreshingly honest and blunt way. I will be revisiting this book at the beginning of each training cycle so the knowledge bombs are fresh in my mind. Particularly enjoyed the unacknowledgements at the end 😉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

Love the science and practical insights

Thought provoking, well supported by evidence and practical. I will be rereading it to further enforce the insights and directives.

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  • Mirte
  • 06-09-18

Not just for athletes.

As most of us would understand e.g. procrastination as a result of underlying fears and worries this book is great for anyone wanting to accomplish things in life/careers - not just for athletes. It has a great and palatable way of explaining why you fight with your inner self and it's a great daily reminder when confronted with those mental blocks that are holding you back.