Wade works with athletes through The Endurance Edge and coaches business executives through Tignum. He points to a breakthrough 2010 study by Samuele Marcora in which fit rugby players were measured for their power output on stationary bikes doing a quick sprint.
The athletes then biked at an endurance speed until they felt exhausted. Then Marcora measured them in a second sprint exercise. “Their output was a little less than the first time, but still higher than they’d expect,” Wade says. “The point is, they still had gas.”
To push past the brain’s negative messages, build a kit of mental tools to use as needed, says Nicole Detling, a mental performance consultant with Headstrong Consulting.
A former college track athlete, Detling now serves as the mental coach for a number of U.S. Olympic teams. In a phone interview, she offers a mix of three basic methods: