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Tackling Negativity with AMANZI Athletes

AMANZI Girl Georgia DaviesThe biggest enemy most of us will ever face is ourselves. Negative self talk serves as a barrier that prevents many individuals from ever achieving their maximum potential. It is the job of us athletes to tame the real mean person that lives inside of our head, so we can focus on being the best person we can be.

Recently we interviewed all of our top AMANZI athletes, and we asked them how they deal with negativity. The following were some of our favorite answers that we thought would benefit swimmers and non-swimmers alike!  You can read how these professionals deal with mental negativity below. For bonus material, you can follow the link on their names to see the rest of the interview to really get to know what makes these Amanzi athletes tick!

What’s your best advice for dealing with mental negativity? How do you get out of your own head?

  1. A quote that my coach told me, something along the lines of “whether you think you can or can’t, you’re probably right” – always believe in yourself and your ability. Georgia Davies (Swimmer)
  1. Don’t think about the past in a bad way think of it as something you can improve on, as you can always better what you do if you keep going at it and doing the right things. Ellie Faulkner (Swimmer)
  1. “I use a method created by Dr Steve Peters (psychiatrist to British Cycling & Team Sky) in his book ‘The Chimp Paradox’. Basically, anything negative that comes into your head is classified as a ‘threat’ or getting ‘hijacked by your chimp’. I will go through my ‘threats’ with my coach before each race and counter them. For example, perhaps a threat for me would be, ‘what if I don’t have my run legs when I jump off the bike?’ This would be countered with, ‘that is just silly, you have been running really well in training/doing lots of brick sessions, there is no reason why this would happen.’ So each and every threat gets countered and you can go into the race knowing that you’ve dealt with all those little voices.” Gillian Sanders (Triathlete)
  1. “Control the controllable and focus on the processes rather than the outcome. Such as telling yourself to keep a high elbow and strong catch in the swim rather than just thinking ‘swim faster, swim faster’.” Tamsyn Moana-Veale (Triathlete)
  1. “The self-doubts and anxieties are hard to beat sometimes in competitive sport, especially if you are in a bad mindset. Firstly think to yourself, why do I do this sport? Why do I train hard every day? Your answer should be because you love it, not just to please someone, but because you enjoy it. I used to battle with this because I forgot about what I wanted, simply trying to please others and forgetting how much I love surf myself! If you enjoy your sport, your next step is to begin building your positive self-talk. Everything begins in the head, and if you can think it you can do it! Rather than being down on yourself after a race, think of what you can do better for next time. So enjoy your sport, think positive, and smile! The doubt you feel will be gone before you know it.” Brittany Jessup (Surf Lifesaver)
  1. “Don’t over think and just focus on what you need to do.” Holly Grice (Triathlete)

Monthy Report: Tamsyn Moana-Veale Auckland ITU World Triathlon Series

Monthy Race Report by Tamsyn Moan-Veale

To say I was nervous going into this race is an understatement, I had already started getting butterflies a week out from race day; my first race of the season, first Olympic distance race of the season, second ever WTS and, it was in Auckland. I have a bad history in Auckland, I love the city and am incredibly lucky to have the support of the whanau, but in 2012, it was the site of the worst performance I have ever put together in a race. But this year, circumstances were completely different, and I couldn’t have asked for better preparation on the bike, yet it was the leg I had the least confidence in and in the end that affected my race significantly.

Race morning finally dawned and I felt surprisingly calm, still very nervous but in control and ready to race. Onto the pontoon and I was positioned between two of the best swimmers in the sport; Lucy Hall and Carolina Routier. Hell. Yeah. BEEEEEP – the horn sounded and I didn’t even have to think, I just put my head down and swam hard.

You can see what’s going on around you in a series of fugitive glances to either side and I saw there were already girls falling behind, but Routier and Hall were staying next to me. “What’s going on? Am I keeping up? OMG OMG OMG. Stay here. GOGOGOGOGOGO”. Up to the first turn buoy and I could see I was still near the front, but I knew I would have to fight to hold my position. I was gearing up to fend off grabbing hands, body slams and feet to the face and… I got nothing. Zip.

I love the front. Why don’t I swim here all the time? It is literally a different world to mid or back of the pack. Everyone is more concerned about finding the best way forward, which in a radical new thought pattern- doesn’t involve wasting energy fighting to swim in the exact same spot as 10 other people. From there it was “easy”. I say easy when what I mean was it was hard. Really hard. But it was easy to go hard and I was in a place where I knew if I needed to, I could cover attacks or bridge gaps. I came out of the water in the top 10- a massive improvement on nearly last at my first WTS in Stockholm.

Tamsyn Moana-VealeI would have been pretty happy if the race ended there. It didn’t. The positives? I lasted in the front pack for far longer than Junior Worlds in 2012- to the top of the first big hill. And I wasn’t terrified of the course. Epic win for me! I won’t say I enjoyed the course, but in last few laps I had brief and fleeting moments of enjoyment whilst cornering and descending. The negative? Everything else. I was hurting and I panicked, believing I wouldn’t be able to ride the entire 40km. Ridiculous considering I had ridden an average of 80km a day for a fortnight, only a couple of weeks ago. I was worried about the last hill whilst climbing the first. It was a very, very long day on the bike and it didn’t get better on the run. Flat and blergh.

Tamsyn Moana-Veale

And after all that… I can’t wait to race a WTS again! I don’t know when my next one will be and I’ll have to prove I deserve another start, so my next opportunity to do so will be at Chengdu World Cup in a month’s time. Look forward to it ?

Tamsyn

Emma McKeon, Madi Wilson & Paige Leonhardt 2014 Australian Swimming Championships

Our three Australian AMANZI Swimmers Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson and Paige Leonhardt are up for an exciting week of racing at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane. The meet is also the trial for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games so make sure you tune into ONE everynight from 6.30pm local time to catch all the action. Or watch it live here: http://www.swimming.org.au/live

Want to know who and what to watch? Here’s a quick rundown:

Emma McKeon

  • 200m Free – Heat 1st Place 1:58:51 | Placed 2nd going into the Finals
  • 100m Fly – Heat 2nd Place 58.99 | Placed 3rd going into the Finals
  • 50m Free
  • 100m Free
  • 400m Free

Madison Wilson

  • 100m Back
  • 200m Back
  • 50m Back

Paige Leonhardt

  • 100m Breast MC – Heat 2nd Place 1:29:65 | Placed 6th going into the Finals tonight
  • 50m Free MC – Finished in 22nd place with a new PB time of 32.72.
  • 100m Free MC
  • 200m IM MC
  • 50m Back MC
  • 50m Fly MC
  • 50m Breast MC

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McKeon, Wilson & Leonhardt Blizt the Pool at NSW State Championships

Recently three of our AMANZI Girls competed at the NSW State Open Championships, held in Sydney Australia and came away brilliant results.

Emma McKeon had a stand out meet winning two gold medals in the 100m (53.80) and 200m (1.56.23) Freestyle. McKeon posted a world class time in the 200m free, which would have placed her in 4th spot at last years World Championships. McKeon also finished 3rd in the 100m Fly (59.36) and 5th in the 50m Free (25.48).

Madison Wilson also excelled winning two silver medals in the 200m Back (2.10.33) and 50m Back (28.66) and a bronze in the 100m Back (1.00.32). Madi also finished in 17th place in the 200m Free (2.03.14).

Our junior multiclass swimmer Paige Leonhardt also competed at the championships. Paige who is only 13yrs year of age competed in a whopping 6 events. She finished in 8th place in the 100m Breaststroke, 15th in the 400m Free, 16th in the 100m Fly, 19th in 100m Backstroke and 200IM and 21st int he 50m Free.

Paige also recently competed at the NSW State Country Championships in the multiclass open age events. She finished 4th in 50m free, back and fly and placed 3rd in the 50m breaststroke. She also broke the Australian & State record in the MC girls 13 years and under 50m breaststroke.

Well done Emma, Madi & Paige!

AMANZI xxx

Five Fun Facts From February

It’s our favorite time of the month, receiving AMANZI Girl Tamsyn Moana-Veale month in review. This month Tamsyn shares Five Fun Facts from February!

Favourite Session
Teams Pursuit on the Velodrome. Not quite the proper wooden boarded velodromes with track bikes, but with two teams of four on the shallow banks of the Wollongong Velodrome, it’s a hard and competitive session and once I got the hang of using the bank to build up speed- so much fun as well! Aussies Vs Internationals; possibly the best way to ensure everyone’s ready to get the most out of the session.

Furthest Ride Week: 630km
I’m tired. I think I’m allowed to be after this week. Thankfully I’ve had the Canadian Sarah-Anne ‘I Run Track’ Brault to keep me company throughout the, for lack of a better term; ordeal. Team pursuits, Jamberoo Mountain Loop, Bald Hill, Macquarie Pass, 40km team time trials, Hour of Power, Motor Pacing- chuck it all into a week and there you go, easy done. Oh and a cheeky ‘Form Indicator’ chucked in at the end of the week, just checking in, in case I’d somehow managed not to get any stronger after that. Unfortunately all that was indicated was that my legs were tired. Strangely enough, for someone who once thought anything over 60min was a long ride, I’m enjoying the riding and I know it produces results so I guess I’ll continue to literally live the motto “On ya bike”.

First Exam: (in three years)
Three hour Economics exam. Three. Hours. I don’t even remember the last time I sat in the same spot for that long without being asleep. It was brutal, but –touch wood- I think it went well. Whilst my attention is not 100% focused on my study, I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with my results, with training taking priority, I’m scraping by on the bare minimum. A pass is all I need, but definitely not what I want. Still, I’ve got the privilege to live the elite athlete life, I’ve accepted that my studies can take a back seat and I’ll make the most of the opportunities I have now.

Free time: Or ‘Pleasant Activities’ as the cool kids are saying these days…
Basically anything non-triathlon related that makes you happy. Apparently ‘doing nothing’ doesn’t constitute an activity, but there are definitely times were zoning out completely and just lying down with no pressing matters, is one of the best feelings. I’m also fortunate that a couple of my old school friends live in the area, so catching up with them for dinner or coffee is a great way to refresh. They have always been amazingly supportive of me and I’m grateful to have them in my life.

Freedom of Expression
Yeah, so I’m clutching at straws trying to find something that begins with ‘F’ in order to keep the theme going, but bear with me, we can roll with this. For those that know me well, I’m quite vocal. Probably those who don’t know me so well will also have noticed this, the person who never shuts up is hard to ignore. Partially it’s because open my mouth before my brain has had a chance to process the thought, and other times it’s because I’m so bad at lying and hiding what I’m thinking, that there’s really no point in it. For the most part though, I’m a believer of saying what you think, get the problems out in the open and solve them then and there. It doesn’t always make me the most popular person though… “Still friends? … I’ll come back later…”

That’s all for now!

Tamsyn Moana-Veale

AMANZI Triathlete Gillian Sanders Opens up about Olympic Experience to Modern Athlete Magazine

We are thrilled to announce AMANZI Triathlete Gillan Sanders is featured in this month’s Modern Athlete Magazine. Gillian discussed how difficult training for the Olympics was, and how she plans to continue with her career as an athlete. You can read the full story here.

In the London 2012 Olympics Gillian represented South Africa in the Olympics Women’s Triathlon. After only 18 months as a professional athlete, she found herself preparing to compete among the top athletes in the world. She finished 19th out of 55 women. Currently she is gearing up for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but will think about retiring after the Rio Olympics since she will be 34 years old.

After competing in the 2012 Olympics Gillian has been struggling to gain momentum, but she predicts great things for the 2014 season. She told the Modern Athlete Magazine:

“I think people underestimate how much an Olympic year takes out of you and the difficulty in coming back the following year from such a high. However, it has made me hungry again. While I felt deflated at the end of the last (2013) season, I feel ‘uber-motivated’ now! I can’t wait for the 2014 season and to express my full potential.”

So what’s her secret to getting back on the bike and releasing her full potential? Get rid of the negative thoughts…

“I use a method created by Dr Steve Peters (psychiatrist to British Cycling & Team Sky) in his book ‘The Chimp Paradox’. Basically, anything negative that comes into your head is classified as a ‘threat’ or getting ‘hijacked by your chimp’. I will go through my ‘threats’ with my coach before each race and counter them. For example, perhaps a threat for me would be, ‘what if I don’t have my run legs when I jump off the bike?’. This would be countered with, ‘that is just silly, you have been running really well in training/doing lots of brick sessions, and there is no reason why this would happen.’ So each and every threat gets countered and you can go into the race knowing that you’ve dealt with all those little voices.”

We are excited to see how Gillian will do this 2014 season. With her positive attitude and exemplary discipline, there are no doubt good things in her future career as a triathlete.

Click on the article below to read the full interview…

Gillian Sanders Modern Athlete Magazine

AMANZI xxx

Penny Hayes – Oceania Sprint Championships Kinloch

AMANZI Triathlete Penny Hayes competed at the Oceania Sprint Championships in Kinloch over the weekend. Penny finished in 12th place in the individual race and 3rd place in the teams race, where she led out the swim leg.

Penny had a lot of fast tough racing over the weekend but it was a great start to the new race season.

Penny Hayes

Tamsyn Moana-Veale back in the Gong!

Monthly Report by AMANZI Triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale

Welcome back to Wollongong, Wizards! It feels good to be back in my third home, routine is quickly re-established and it’s like I never left. I’m not sure what it is about Wollongong, but it always feels like I’ve got lots of things to do; training, testing, grocery shopping, coffee stops, uni study and visits to Spearman’s Bike Shop, I mean I hardly have time to squeeze in my daily afternoon nana-nap. Life’s tough. Speaking of Spearman’s, I have an exciting announcement; my beautiful new Liv/Giant Envie arrived for me at the beginning of this month. Thanks so much to Jo Hall from Giant and the guys (and Jess) at Spearman’s! Also a big thanks to Aaron Lean for the Retul Bike Fit, it really is the seemingly small adjustments that make a huge difference. Or as the Head Wizard puts it; “99% right is 100% wrong”. You get his meaning even if you can’t quite over the minor mathematical improbabilities.

Matte black with a dash of purple! Definately a 'Girl" bike! I've named her Cat!

Matte black with a dash of purple! Definitely a ‘Girl” bike! I’ve named her Cat!

I’ve had plenty of opportunities to get used to the Envie already, with the return to old stomping grounds in the form of the “Lap of the Lake” loop every Saturday and long rides through the National Park. I even got the opportunity to meant some other Giant loving Ladies on a Liv/Giant Ladies ride myself and a few of the other girls did late last week. My favourite rides concluded with a Diggies Café coffee stop afterwards, a chance to relax and have a deluge into the dictionary and extend the vocabulary past the standard ride conversation generally consisting of Yep – Car – Back – Left – Hole – Lights – Just Wait For Me At The Top – Help.

TamsynTamsynBack in the ‘Gong’ also brings about one specific training session; Friday Open Water Beach sessions. Sometimes terrifying, always fun. My tried and tested top tip for catching a wave? The element of surprise! The surprise part coming from me when I somehow find myself body surfing, same-said surprise escalating exponentially the longer I stay on the wave. I find confidence and ability in the body surfing builds slowly until it drops suddenly and unexpectedly.

TamsynFinally, expect some exciting news to head your way shortly in the form of a new range of AMANZI Swimwear! I’m giddy with expectation already, absolutely loved the last range!

TamsynTamsyn xxx