Dr Alister McCormick is a researcher at Plymouth Marjon University who has contacted the club about a piece of research that he and other researchers are conducting into the mental aspects of running, road cycling and triathlons. They intend to use the findings to benefit runners, such as members of Bristol & West AC. The main aim of their research is to help people such as ourselves to find and use guidance on mental aspects of training (e.g., setting goals, getting motivated), preparing (e.g., getting “in the zone”, dealing with nerves), and performing in events (e.g., pushing through exertion and pain, coping with problems), so that our athletes perform better and have a more satisfying experience.
To help with the research, they are looking for people (age 18 and older) who participate either competitively or non-competitively in running events (5km and further, e.g., parkruns, 10km runs, half-marathons), road cycling events (time trials, road races or sportives), or triathlons to complete a one-off, short survey. Help from runners, triathletes, and road cyclists is very important for the research, and will be used to help people to find and use guidance on mental parts of training, preparing, and performing.
If you meet the survey criteria and wish to complete it the survey can be found at the following URL: