At last, back to some sort of terra firma with the blog and an opportunity to combine the Tour de France with mental health*. Argos-Shimano’s Koen de Kort has been writing a diary for the Financial Review during this year’s Tour and in his latest entry looks at the imminent loss of his “mental coach” from the team. What is a mental coach? de Kort eloquently explains the role Merijn Zeeman has played in his cycling. The way he describes Zeeman as a friend underlines the importance of having the right fit of people around you to support your psychological well-being. So is de Kort weak or fallable? As he says:
I’ve found that a lot of people think that a mental coach is only beneficial for athletes with mental weaknesses, but I’ve come to realise they can help all athletes at any level.
Which just goes to show how none of us should be complacent about our mental well being and how letting others in can be beneficial.
Koen de Kort’s article can be viewed at http://www.afr.com/p/lifestyle/sport/cycling/koen_de_kort_diary_second_rest_day_PnGx0GOE6chenddGeslRrO
* Thanks to @melaniebbikes for bringing it to my attention.