In this episode of the Mind Set Game Podcast, I sat down with Dave Readle who was one of the psychologists for British Cycling. Before going to work for British Cycling, Dave was shot putter but due to injury he had to give it up and became a PE teacher.
During his time as a 20 stone shot putter, Dave went to University in the USA competing against the likes of Carl Myerscough, Myles Hoffa and Christian Cantwell. Unfortunately, Dave ruptured his pectoral muscle off the bone at the trials for the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002.
Dave meet Dr Steve Peters author of the Chimp Paradox at the Manchester Velodrome one Friday evening after school while during some athletics training and has Dave was moaning about his teaching job was told: ‘This is something you will do for the rest of your life’. Dave asked how he could get into working in elite sport.
Psychologist of British cycling at London 2012 and competed at Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
In This Episode We Discuss:
- What are some of the downsides to having cortisone injections and epidurals?
- In your personal opinion are athletes sometimes short sited?
- What was it like to be around the likes of Chris Hoy, etc?
- Marginal gains can be the difference between coming first to coming last
- Do you think some of other nations within cycling had an inferiority complex?
- You broke Chris Hoy’s university cycling record
- But does it come back to the individual being humble?
- What was like to finally fulfil your lifelong dream of competing at the Commonwealth Games?
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