Meditation for Cyclists

Meditation has become a buzzword in the mainstream, and you've probably heard about elite athletes like LeBron James, Kate Courtney, and others espousing its benefits.

But what actually is meditation? Why should we consider starting a meditation practice? What are the benefits? Today on the show, we discuss this topic at length and get into why you should consider leaning in to this ancient practice for your mental health, athletic performance, and managing stress in these crazy times. We'll talk:

  • how meditation works
  • some common misconceptions
  • why athletes could benefit from incorporating meditation practices into their routines
  • and more!

Jackson also shares a short, 10 minute guided moving meditation to listen to while on the bike at the end, so stick around! We'll also release that as a standalone episode. Let us know how you've used meditation in your life in the forum at

More info on meditation:

Harvard Medical School:

Mindfulness Mechanisms in Sports: Mediating Effects of Rumination and Emotion Regulation on Sport-Specific Coping:

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About Frank Overton

Frank founded FasCat Coaching in 2002 and has been a full time cycling coach since 2004. His educational background includes a Masters degree in Physiology from North Carolina State University, pre-med from Hampden-Sydney College. Frank raced at a professional level on the road and mountain bike and currently competes as a "masters" level gravel and cyclocrosser. Professionally Frank comes from medical school spinal cord research and molecular biotechnology. However, to this day it is a dream come true for Frank to be able to help cyclists as a coach.

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