Joanna Zeiger, PhD combines research, personal experience and insights from elite athletes in her new book, The Champion Mindset: An Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness
“Too many athletes are convinced that in the heat of the battle they need to feel fantastic.” -Joanna Zeiger, PhD
WiSP IronWomen is presented by Sara Gross & Alyssa Godesky
This week on the IronWomen podcast Sara and Alyssa are joined by Olympian and former 70.3 World Champion Joanna Zeiger. Joanna finished 4th at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was the Ironman 70.3 World Champion in 2008. She is also a 2x Ironman Champion and 15x 70.3 Champion…and these are just some of her accomplishments. The talented Joanna also holds a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from John Hopkins University. She is a researcher and coach and is on the board of directors for TriEqual, a non-profit organization that encourages diversity and equal opportunity in triathlon.
“When I read about self handicapping I was gleeful, it was the best word I heard I just couldn’t believe it…self handicapping is this whole notion of making excuses and a lot of times it’s an ego protecting mechanism that you make these excuses so if you don’t perform to the level at which you would or should… you’ve already made this excuse to yourself.”
Most recently, Joanna has turned her attention to the mental side of sports performance and she shares stories from the careers of many successful elite athletes combined with thorough research in “The Champion Mindset: An Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness”.
Sara and Alyssa get inside Joanna’s own mind, her personal story of success and misfortune and how she deals with chronic pain day to day.
Podcast length: 28’36”
Order Joanna’s book here.
Joanna’s coaching website – www.racereadycoaching.com.