Our minds are used to jumping around. This is sometimes called our “monkey brain,” the part of our brain that gets bored very quickly. The term comes from Buddhism and means an unsettled or restless state of mind. Bill explains how calming this part of your minds can benefit your performance on and off the bike.
One of the hallmarks of my teaching style is an emphasis on the mind-body connection. Usually we think of this concept in terms of more meditative exercise like yoga or tai chi, but I am convinced that vigorous aerobic exercise can make the same connection between our consciousness and our physical self.
It works both ways. Physical exercise enhances the mind; focused concentration enhances the physical exercise.
That exercise is good for the mind is well known. But it goes beyond the well-known release of endorphins created by physical exertion. I believe that concentration in exercise is good practice for concentration in all parts of life. In other words, exercise teaches us to mentally focus.