Mindset: An Insight From Stacey

Three days before new years, I had a complete mindset shift. I’m not sure how. I’m not sure why. But it worked, and it has completely changed my racing, training, and general wellbeing here in Belgium. It wasn’t a new years resolution as I don’t really believe in them. It wasn’t even because it was coming into a new year and I felt I needed to change – it just happened, but I am sure glad it did.

To put this in some context:
Prior to this, I had many, many days where I felt really down. I was here to race, and racing wasn’t going well. I was also here to train, and training wasn’t going well. The days were short, dark, and cold, and I felt I was missing out on so much back home. People keep telling me that I’m ‘living the dream’, but it’s hard to believe that when you’re freezing cold, not finishing races, or finishing close to last place in every race.

The problem was, I was only focusing on one thing – cyclocross. And whilst that’s what I’m here to do, I don’t think that’s healthy. If work is all you do, and all you focus on, it consumes you. If university study is all you do, and all you focus on, it consumes you, and if sport is all you do, and all you focus on, it also consumes you, no matter how many times people tell you you’re ‘living the dream’.  I think that’s where my mindset shift came from.

I went out to a couple of New Years functions, I spent time with my partner’s family (they’re Belgian), spent time with kids (I’m a primary school teacher and nanny, and love kids), and helped out with renovating and redecorating the house we are staying in.


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