Laura, how do you deal with outdoor training on a cold winter day?
For me it’s easy. My Romanian mountain dog Nino needs a lot of exercise and isn’t bothered by the weather. If you don’t have a dog, try to find a training partner, so you can motivate each other. It’s important to remember that nobody is forcing you to do this. You train because you want to, because it moves you forward and is good for you. When you think of it like this, you’ll find it’s only a small step to go from zero enthusiasm to full enthusiasm.
What do you do if it really hurts during training or a competition?
When I reach my limits, I try to remember specific thoughts that give me a good feeling. Usually these are moments which went really well. I have a store of positive images, feelings and memories, which I retrieve during a crisis, or at a low point.
And, what if it still doesn’t get any better?
Not every day can be a great day. You need to accept this. If this happens I get angry or scold myself. That frees me. Then, I remind myself that there can be no good days without bad days.
What’s responsible for a bad day… head or body?
The body can’t always do what the head commands. Sometimes it simply wants far too much from it. The body can’t always respond. However, my body has impressed, and surprised me, on many occasions. For your best performance it is vital that your head, and body, work together.