Kate Strong had just recovered from her triple world record attempt and had just returned from climbing Mount Snowden.
Kim-Adele and Nat Schooler sat down to discuss Kate’s World Record challenges and discussed goal setting in life. In addition, being grateful and how beneficial this is in your morning routine.
Kate Strong, in this podcast, explains how mastering your mindset is done to achieve her goals.
The first thing is to make sure you have a group of people who keep you accountable to do the things that you need to do. The next thing is that when you’re feeling pain and are doubting yourself, break it down into smaller chunks until you feel able to finish it. Once you find your purpose and why you’re doing the things that are hard for you, the next step is to reconnect with that master your master and find motivation.Kate Strong
Kate Strong is a 3X World Record Cyclist and World Champion Triathlete, she divulged her secrets to master her mentality. She does this by getting a piece of paper, coffee and sitting down after training and writing about things to be grateful for. This sets the day up in a better way that makes life easier for oneself. She also incorporates her being an energy healer because if you’re always grateful then you will attract people who are happy and those who acknowledge you. Through master your mental, she avoids taking on too much at once which keeps oneself from getting overwhelmed or injured.
Kate Strong has been a cyclist for many years and is now the holder of three world records in cycling from this year and other sports from the past.
Mastering your mindset can be done, it just takes small steps
In this interview, she explains how to master your mindset and keep control. She talks about small steps leading to big rewards, as you can’t master your mindset overnight. The key steps she recommends are practising gratitude, have one positive thought in your head at all times, and acknowledge that life is tough but it makes us grow. She advises people waiting for their cliff edge to make their change now in order to be more free-spirited and have fewer regrets later on in life. At the end of the interview, she provides all her links on social media where you can find out more about her coaching services.
Using Kim-Adele’s and Nat Schooler’s own experiences, they explored how important it is to have a vision and master your mind to achieve the goals that you set for yourself and being accountable is crucial to this.
Kate has shared her knowledge of cycling and, running and climbing! It is amazing what Kate had just achieved in one night.
Kim-Adele, Nat Schooler and Kate Strong discussed:
- Being held accountable
- Starting with that next step
- How to build healthy habits
- Overcoming challenges in life
- Using your why to overcome procrastination
- Getting into the right mindset to achieve success
- Active sports recovery – Climb Snowdon after cycling for 24 hours!
Kate Strong: Performance & Mindset Coach • Cycling World Record holder • Keynote Speaker • Podcast Host • World Champion triathlete • Plant-powered. She joined MasterMindSet to talk about mindset. So Kate shared her World Record secrets!
World Records are achievable for anyone who’s willing to put in the work. And what World Records really teach us is that the sky’s the limit. And I think the message that World Records can give people is a message of hope. World Records show us that there is no such thing as impossible, or we see how someone like me could complete 3 World Records in one go! I want people to realise that they can do anything they set their minds to it and have the right support.Kate Strong
Here is Kate-Strong’s bio
World Champion triathlete, Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, TEDx Speaker, Investor, Philanthropist, Reiki Master, Plant Powered Global Adventurer
Kate Strong has experienced her fair share of challenges. While they aren’t unique, the way she has responded to them, learned the lessons they’ve shown her and turned those challenges into positive, tangible benefits for her clients most certainly is.
Kate’s journey has taken her out of an abusive relationship and a $1 million dollar debt to being a world-champion triathlete, TEDx speaker, business founder and philanthropist. Today, Kate’s inspirational speaking and coaching helps her clients to consistently and intentionally unlock their potential and feed their goals so they too can thrive today and long into the future.
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So today we have the absolute honour of being joined by the fabulous Kate strong who’s here to tell us about her latest, amazing world record achievement, and also to talk about mindset. And actually, how do you get yourself into the right mindset to tackle a challenge?
We spoke just the week before my attempt. So on the 26th of May, I broke three- World Records on a static bicycle. So the furthest distance in one hour, 12 hours in 24 hours.
Amazing. And we had the pleasure of being able to like pop in and see you as you were alive. And I’m still tired now just having watched you. So I, I can only imagine how your body must be feeling.
Yeah, it’s taken a while to recover. I went to Wales last week on holiday and climbed Snowdon, and I think I needed three days just to lay down enough after bats. So a little bit overzealous with the recovering maybe.
I’m not sure that would have been part of my recovery laying down with the Duval possibly would have been my recovery, but that possibly shows why I wouldn’t have been able to achieve it in the first place. So how do you set about getting yourself mentally ready for a challenge like that as well as physically ready?
I think for any challenge, anything outside our comfort zone,
I always feed the power of habit first over the power of muscle.
I’m going to be swimming
the channel in a couple of years amongst other things. So I’ve started swimming this week for 20 minutes. So I’m just getting into the routine of three times a week, going to the pool for 20 minutes. So I did the same a year and a half ago for my cycling. I just got into the habit of 20, 30 minutes and then grew up incrementally from there. I think the key for stretch, if you want to get you into the stretch zone is not to go completely all out, running as, you know, 433 miles in one day. So I could never have a match in fast at the beginning and it would have been quite overwhelming. So just broke it down. And just as I said, aims for that 30 minutes and kept myself just a little bit pushing myself, but never so much so that I got panicked, overwhelmed and had to stop.
I love that. It’s a great way of doing it. Isn’t it? You know, they, they old Alan energy was what’s the best way to eat an elephant, like one chunk at a time. And I guess that’s it, isn’t it, it’s like breaking it down to that manageable piece that goes, I don’t really know if I can do that, but that looks more, that looks at least like, it might be achievable. It’s going to be a stretch, but it’s not going to overwhelm me. Yeah. Are there moments in kind of, you know, the, all the world records that you kind of go after and all the challenges that you set yourself where you to doubt you take on to bigger chunk, what do you do when that happens?
Yeah, completely. If it doesn’t scare me, if I think I can do it, I’m obviously not pushing myself. So I always like the things I have, obviously no idea if I’m going to be able to do it. So the first thing I do is I, I have group accountability. I usually publicly declare it. So I created my challenges, which are coming up on a podcast like this and just set it. So I don’t know what I’m saying when I actually commit to that. So that then keeps me honest to keep working towards it. But in the actual, like nitty gritty of like, you know, imagining sitting on a bike for 24 hours, there were quite a lot of moments where the pain was overwhelming. I didn’t know if I could keep going and I’m really sort of doubted myself and again, it breaks, I broke it down into just a few more minutes. Can I do it for five more minutes? Or actually if it was physical pain that I was struggling with, where does it hurt? What does the pain look like? Is there a way of moving? It could, I sounds a bit esoteric. The can negotiate with the pain for it to disappear and come back later if I promise it, you know, some more chocolate or a what to TB. So it’s about getting innovative in finding different ways to sort of delay that pain or the stopping for mental, mental things.
If I find procrastination’s presence, I reconnect to why I’m doing it. So as you know, I went to Wales last week.
I start looking at my visions, why am I delaying on these projects? Why am I putting this off till tomorrow? And then obviously next week and next month, what, you know, what did I say yes to it? The first instance. And once I get that bigger vision, that higher purpose, and typically it’s outside of myself, it’s bigger than a bike. It’s bigger than my own life. Really. Then I start to find the motivation and my excuses drop to the wayside.
Right? Oh, I love that. I think finding your purpose is so important, isn’t it? Because it, it gives us that it reminds us of what was driving that passion in the first place to make us even consider doing whatever it was that we’ve set ourselves to set ourselves up to do. And I’ve been fine. Sometimes my purpose, isn’t just my, you know, what, why am I doing it? So who am I doing it for? Because often that will give me that additional motivation. If I’ve only started doing it for somebody or because it’s going to raise awareness for a cause that I’m is particularly close to my heart or something else, you look at that and go, well, hold on, you look at what that person has to suffer. And maybe I can just push myself a little bit more.
Yeah. Okay. When it comes to like your purpose for, for these challenges is the main purpose to like inspire people and show them that they can kind of push their limits to do, to do better in, in sports and life.
Yes. Peace also to raise the vibration of humanity, I really want the consciousness of humanity to, to elevate a lot of the problems and troubles we’re seeing today are because we’re so fixated on the, the fear, the worry, the anger, the low energies, if you want the low vibration moods. So I, everything I do is to, to improve people’s lives, to inspire them, to look up rather than down, and to take responsibility in their life. We can be wonderful creatures. We’re not born to be, you know, suburban part-time temp jobs. We’re born to be this amazing sentience being start experiencing it. So that’s my motivation,
Isn’t it it’s like if you can, if you can inspire people to focus on the things that they can do and to push themselves to see what they might be able to do, that they currently don’t think that they can, because we know, I always look at like children, I’ve got my, my little girls of four and a half and at our most vulnerable, we learned how to walk and talk and run and jump and skip. And we didn’t know how to do any of those things. And if I told you guys that tomorrow, you’re gonna have to learn to do them again. You’d probably be a bit overwhelmed to go. I can’t, but actually, we can cause our most vulnerable, we did them. And that’s because our most vulnerable, we were really connected to our creative being. Weren’t we?
And we just wanted to be like, everybody else, no one else can do it. So I, you know, surely I can, and there is a huge piece around once somebody proved it can be done the amount of people that then go on and do it, isn’t it’s a bit like the four minute mile, you know, everybody believed it could be done. And it was it within two months that more people had actually broken it because the belief had been broken, that it couldn’t be achieved. And is that some of like, kind of your driver is to break those negative belief systems to enable people to step into their energy? Yeah.
Yeah. And I mean, it’s also on myself. Like I am not a done deal. I’m still dealing with my own limiting beliefs and my own concerns. So the record holds me to account as much as anything else, but the 24 hour records has never been done by a female though, as we know, there’s a lot more sports that’s sort of focused on the male athletes is focused on that, that the media, the, the many also follows the man as well. So yeah, by me doing something that females done and I did the one I will track who it is. It’s a very beatable distance and I really hope 5, 6, 7 women this year, again, because it shows that we can do this and hopefully inspire them to step up and do a bit more training as
But you did that at the same time. You did that at the beginning of your 24 hour ride. Yeah.
Yes, I did then cycle if it’s funny three hours afterwards, but yeah, it but was just, it was almost a, not a joke, but it was more anecdotal to say, come on. I really want to see you beat this who, who thinks they can do better and let’s make this a fun competition where we’re just bettering ourselves every which way
I love it. That’s such a great way of tackling life. Isn’t it is. How do I just keep improving? How do I just keep getting better than I was previously? Cause I think sometimes we look at the end game and it’s too far away. It’s too, it’s too big. It’s too scary. And therefore, you know, I, I sometimes suffer from passionate procrastination, find every other reason not to get it done. And then I have to hold myself to account to go, okay. So why, why is it that you’re not doing that? And often it’s because I’ve, I’ve not taken your advice and broken it down to go, okay, you want to climb the mountain, but actually, all you need to do today is get here. And once you’ve done that, you can, you can congratulate yourself and then take the next step. You know, you’re going to have to take the next step, but you can at least acknowledge the steps you’ve taken. Is that something that you find important to be able to see how far you’ve come to help you with the, the confidence and the motivation to keep going?
I really agree with what you’re saying. We need a, something I was missing a couple of years ago was I always was like never congratulating myself or never stopping. So at the end of every day, now I give myself three acknowledgements. So I have my three gratitude things I can be grateful for that happens. But then also three things I want to pat myself on the back for that maybe nobody noticed, or maybe it’s just a big deal to me that I finally wrote that email I’d been waiting or, you know, procrastinating on for weeks. So yeah, I definitely give myself that time to reflect and, and, you know, reward myself as well.
That’s amazing. I’ve been, I’ve been really getting into gratitude the past few weeks and, and it’s incredible how that just sets you up for the day. Like if you, if you get up in the morning as part of my routine, now I morning routine, I get a piece of paper, I get my coffee and I sit down and literally when I finished my training, I will write down 10 things to be grateful for. Right. And it’s just, but the thing is, is that it just, I don’t know what it does. I can’t quite understand how it actually changes your mindset in the way that it sets your day up. I suppose you start looking for more things to be grateful for, right?
Yeah. And is it, I’m an energy healer as well. So I incorporate that in my life. It does, it does vibrate at a different frequency and you know, what, what you put out is what you attract. So if you’re always grateful, guess what you’re going to have is very happy clients. You’re going to attract people who actually liked to be around you, who acknowledge you for who you are. And we’re going to actually naturally repel the winners. The complainant is the horrible people that we don’t like being around. So it does actually, the law of attraction does actually apply. And gratitude is a beautiful thing to bring into our life.
That’s very interesting aligned. I liked the way that you, that you just say too, you know, that you started doing 20 minutes at a time, right. Because so many people, they will, they’ll take on like an exercise regime or a new, or a new hobby or whatever. And then they, it’s not that they get overwhelmed, they just take on too much and then like get injured or they get like frustrated that they can’t get anywhere really quickly. And it’s just
I think the best way, like start with like five minutes, if you kind of, you know, unfair, right. I mean, you know,
Yeah, completely. It’s, it’s just working wherever we are. And I never complete a hundred percent of all my training is it’s not possible mentally. I deteriorate during, during this or life happens. And I miss a training session. It’s fine. It’s always better to go in, better prepared for the next time with lessons then that guilt or carrying that word should every single which way. Cause if we do it, we feel guilt. We feel the obligation. If we don’t do it, we feel the guilt of not doing it. So just completely go with it, have a plan and have a plan when the plan fails and do your best to stick to it and just keep learning. That’s all we can do.
I love that it’s giving yourself that self-compassion, isn’t it because if it was somebody else that, and you know, and they, they missed a session, you’d be there to go and look how many sessions you’ve done then, you know, life does sometimes get in the way. And actually, sometimes you’ve just got to forgive yourself for the fact that life happens today and then get back on the bike for want of a better analogy and, and kind of pick it up tomorrow. But we are so critical of ourselves. Aren’t we, we don’t offer ourselves the same self-compassion that we would offer to the people that we are surrounded by and we support. And I think that’s something that is a real lesson for people is to learn that compassion. And I loved what you were saying earlier about those, those throughout acknowledgements because we’re not very good at acknowledging ourselves for what we’ve done.
And we sometimes worry that the thing that we want to acknowledge, nobody else might think was particularly good, you know, on a, on a really bad day. I think if I’ve adapted for 12 hours, you know, pray good. And that might be a great world for everybody else. But you know, some days that’s a really good goal for me. And I acknowledged myself having done it for having pushed myself. So actually not just getting reduced and go, life’s too hard today and say, well, look, let me see what, let me see what I can do. But I think taking that time to be grateful, which is such a beautiful thing to do. I do my little girl and I do gratitude on the way to and from this, right? What are the things that we’re grateful for? And I always, you know, one of my, one of my acknowledgements to myself is if I make it into her top ten one, the things she’s grateful for that I’m like, mommy’s doing good today behind sweets and doughnuts, but I’m there. But I think once you get your mind into those parts that say, you know, what am I grateful for? That’s external, that’s come into my life, but what am I grateful for that I’ve done, that I’ve achieved? Where have I added some value? It, it starts to help you to see yourself. How would the people see you? Doesn’t it. Yeah.
Yeah. And also, I mean, if I always wanted my boyfriend’s or my partner to congratulate me on what I wanted and he got it wrong, every time I got annoyed with him, but he has no idea what, as you just said, what was big deal for me? So he lets him say, thank you for what he wants to thank me for rather than what I think he should be saying. Thankful, thank you for me,
Relationship. Yeah, because it’s being honest, isn’t it? And actually, they are probably gonna say something and go, oh, I didn’t even know that that was something that you would appreciate. But I now know. So actually, if I want to, you know, if I want to do something nice to you again, I know it’s to do this rather than actually, we define it. I think you should think this is great. So actually thanked me for it because this is, I’ve done it too, to make you happy, but it, it can disconnect concept.
I think the more, I do my best to keep it as much power within myself, which means I don’t, I, you know, I, I plan for anything that comes up. Cause obviously the weather could change in different impacts, which will change my plan or I can’t even brace or train for example, but I give as much power within myself. So if I want to say thank you to myself, I don’t give it to my partner to thank me. I give it to myself. And the same goes, for loving myself too. I don’t need someone to say I’m beautiful to feel beautiful. I don’t need someone to say, they love me to feel loved. I am a beautiful, loving being and they can expand and magnify that, but they can’t take away my essence, which is quite pretty actually.
That’s great. That’s a great attitude. Great attitude. You’re such a positive person. I think it’s fantastic. And so when it comes to like diet and hydration and things like that, like how important is that for, for your routine, your exercise routine and your
it’s definitely really important that the right foods can going in the right energy going in. I wouldn’t be able to put out the energy consistently afterwards, you know, I could, you know, I’m plant-based but if I was to live off McDonald’s, there’s only a certain amount of training sessions before. I’m sure it hits a wall and crash and burn quite significantly. I can’t say that word magnificently. Sorry. So yeah. So yeah, I do my best to stay hydrated. I drink water. I stay away from soft drinks. I add lemon to my water, drink, vitamin C before I eat my breakfast, to make sure that I absorbed my iron and just keep it fun. But I don’t have a certain regimen. I F again, I have my cheat days, I have takeaway pizza, but I make sure that those are very rare and not every day is allowed to be a cheat day while you’re asleep.
you mentioned that you climbed Snowden in your recovery phase. Was that like, do you think that might’ve been like slightly overdoing your recovery or that like how you were, cause I know you can, there’s something called active recovery. I know you must know about that as well. Right. So what that means is, is that, for example, if I’m holding a posture for like two hours on a day, the next day, my legs might be a bit tired. I might do half an hour or an hour, and then I’m going to recover. Right. So can you explain a bit about that before, before we wrap up? Yes.
I used to do triathlon as, you know, an active recovery. So I do an iron man, which is pretty intense as an 11-hour journey for myself, longer for others and shorter for some others. The day after I’d go for half-hour cycle where I I’d spin my legs, muscles would be holding lactic acids. They’d start to like shrink and compact as well. So by spinning my legs with no pressure on it at all, the muscles can actually release that toxic, toxic energy and also recover quicker. So that’s what you mean by active recovery yet climbing the highest mountain in Wales is a ridiculous idea. It’d been three weeks and I did at my fitness in fitness. I have no modes of fitness at all. So within 10 minutes and I wear a sort of heartbeat tracker and within 10 minutes it was like in the right and it stayed there for hours.
So you plan to climb Everest, right?
Yeah. No, it’s, it’s true. Isn’t it? I mean, one of the things that I’ve been doing a lot in the last few years is going back over the traumas of my past to see what lessons I can learn. I can take into my future without the traumas. I’ve done enough traumas. Now I’ve got, I’ve had my share, but actually, what did I learn? And what I’ve, what I learned was that actually, it was always much easier when she’d made the choice. When she’d made the decision, when she’d done, whatever it was, you didn’t think you were going to do because we put it off and we make it worse in a, it never is like that awful conversation. It’s never as bad as the way we’ve played it out in our mind for five days. What we’ve got is five days worth of building ourselves up to a disaster that you then like, oh, thank God I did that.
So in two years time, I’m cycling across America, 3000 miles swimming the English channel, then climbing up west.
Now it’s out of my head. I don’t have to continue to repeat it. And I think that’s, for me, it’s been one of the things. So now when I find myself in a place where I don’t want to do something, or I’m putting it off, I go back and go, you’re going to feel so much better about this when you’ve done it, because it’s not going to be as bad as you think. And try and use that to spur me on, to create my own, I guess my own like kind of cliff edge of going, just, just take the leap. Yeah. Yeah.
Well, it might see you on the Everest thing. I’m thinking about that. I don’t, I may just do the base camp thing, but like I like mountains. Yeah. You know, and I kind of spent a bit of time in Peru. Right. So I kind of, I kind of understand like the heights sort of thing, but it’s, it’s incredibly hard when you try and like walk at like 6,000 meters above sea level.
We need to, we need to have, I love your story about revisiting our past traumas to take the lessons from it, because without them, we wouldn’t be who we are today. And so we need to also, again, send gratitude to our past selves for being strong people, to work through those moments that really tried us and to still continued, but also, to take those lessons forward. And you’re right, when we jump we’ll then have to fly to find those. So it’s scary. Let’s do it.
It’s, it’s the cleanest way place to be in the world for our minds because we have to focus so hard on surviving because we are a few steps away from potential death. We do have two shuts, the, you know, the chattering and our brain down and purely be in the moment. And it is actually quite a spiritual experience. So I’m, I’m terrified about it, but I’m also really looking forward to it as well.
Absolutely. I love what you were saying about making sure that you give gratitude to your previous self because often we don’t do it. And it’s the language that we, the language that we use to describe it. So, you know, I had all of my disasters together and I sometimes joke plus at three divorces, a stalker and an evil in a critic. And yet you’re like, actually that’s downplaying it. I survived all of those. And I came out stronger as a result of it. So yes, you can be a bit flippant. Am I out very often, but actually, I’ve now learned to go back and be grateful for the fact that I, yeah. And I talked to clients by this have survived a hundred percent of the challenges life’s thrown at you. That’s a pretty good batting average. If I were you, I take some, I take some comfort in that, that you’re going to be able to tackle the next challenge as well, because the proof, the social proof is you you’re here. You’ve done it. So, so borrow that belief almost. Yeah. I love
It’s true. Isn’t it? I mean, that’s why we, that’s why we grow through our pain. Isn’t it? Because it’s only a moment of trauma, real trauma that actually we have to focus on because we can’t comprehend the things we’ve got to just survive. And that’s where we, that’s where we get our biggest growth moments, but to do it in your right, such a spiritual way must be amazing. Yeah.
A hundred percent survival rates.
Yeah. And I’m doing my best to unpack how we can achieve those moments without waiting for that cliff edge. Because that’s what I used to wait for is, you know, that the, the sitting down by the doctor telling us that you’ve got a certain disease or, you know, having a very toxic relationship where we left with a very tough decision. But imagine if we could make those choices in free spirit, rather than waiting for that horrific do or die experience when we have more folks to make those changes.
Absolutely wonderful. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you again. Kate. I really have, and thanks to everyone for listening. So if people want to kind of get in contact with you, your, you, you do coaching as well, right? For executives and leadership and that sort of thing.
Yeah. People who realize that we’ve got more to live in life than where we are and are ready to take the next step, where we look backwards. As you said to release those, those hooks that keep dragging us back into those moments or those experiences, but also make sure we add the future and bring it towards us with a bit more flow and velocity.
I love that. In fact, one of the blogs I read recently was life only makes sense in the rearview mirror, because you’ve got to look back as seven year old to see what was it teaching me? What was I supposed to say? And how will they get in touch? So if leaders are there and they’re ready to take that leap and to take the next step of their journey, how can they find you? Yeah.
The best place is my website. www.KateStrong.Global I’m also on social as you know. So all the links are there for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. I’m trying to think of more YouTube and LinkedIn as well.
Perfect. Kate. It’s been an absolute joy. I hope you’ll come back again and tell us about your next challenges and keep us updated because it’s always, it’s always a delight. We always love to hear from you. And you’ve got such great positive energy. You can’t help, but feel much more blessed. So one of the things I’m grateful for today is you my lovely. Oh.
Thank you. Thank you so much guys. And right back at you grateful for today.