Leading sports psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick is here to answer your questions

June 22, 2017 Leave your thoughts Posted under

Dublin City Triathlon are delighted to announce that we have secured the services of leading sports psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick to help athletes in the build-up to the big race on August 27.

Niamh first made her name with the now-legendary 1996 Wexford All-Ireland winning hurling team and has since worked with Team Ireland on three Olympic Games – Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

In the lead up to DCT Niamh will be answering some of the most interesting and some of the most common questions that are posed by triathletes at all levels – be they preparing for their very first race, or looking for points at the top end of the National Series.

“My job is to help people get from where they are to where they want to be,” says Niamh, simply summing up what it is she does.

“It’s about making sure you can get the best out of your talent and training on the day when it matters. I teach these skills and the good news here is that these are skills and they can be developed and learned.”

Dublin City Triathlon, winner of Triathlon Ireland’s prestigious Race of the Year prize four out of the past five seasons, is a brilliant event that takes place in and around the Phoenix Park, annually attracting rave reviews.

We will shortly be asking for you to send in your questions to Niamh, who you might also know as Today FM’s resident agony aunt, on social media – so make sure you keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for your chance to get your query answered.

“This is for everyone; from first time triathletes right up to the elite. It doesn’t matter what the level,” she explains. “If you take up triathlon to get fit, you need to apply yourself to achieve that goal.

“If you are at the elite level with a talent you want to deliver you still need to focus, organise and look at expectations because behaviour has to be in line with expectations. If behaviours aren’t in line with expectations it is very difficult to live up to those expectations.”

Niamh says that she takes a two-pronged approach to helping an athlete prepare for a race. First, there’s what goes on immediately before and during an event, but, just as important, is what they do in the days and weeks before they get to the start line.

“It’s important that we learn how to balance life to allow you to get your training done and so that you can clear away the stress and clutter of the day so that you can focus on your training,” she said.

“We live in such a busy and immediate world, we often find that it’s 15 or 20 minutes into a training session before the mind catches up with the body and starts to focus because we’re not switched off because of whatever has been worrying or concerning us during the day.

“This has a domino effect – because of this we can feel that we don’t get enough out of our training sessions and that in itself becomes a stress or concern.”

For more information please visit http://www.niamhfitzpatrickpsychology.ie/