amazing things happen when you let go

   Why and how can mindset performance training help me?

My ultimate goal is to enable you to perform your best in any performance situation. We work collaboratively to equip you with the tools to effectively cope with the performance stressors preventing you from achieving your peak performance.  Whether in sport, work, school, or in life situations,  our mind often impedes rather than helps us during critical moments. We spend many hours training our craft without much regard to the mental component which often makes or breaks our performances.

Your mind is your greatest ally.

“Ted’s experience and teaching encouraged me to reframe my mindset going into Ironman World Championships. Ted’s ability to work with athletes on overcoming mental obstacles and improve their mindset is amazing. Myself and my athletes have increased confidence after individual sessions with Ted. Sport psychology is critical to an athlete’s success and through Ted’s extensive personal experience and education he is able to tap into the mindset an athlete needs to succeed.

Liza Rachetto (2022 Ironman Kona World Champion 45-49, USAC Level 1 Coach,USAT Level 1 Coach, ACSM Certified, 17 years professional cyclist and 19 Full Ironmans (1998-2022)

“Ted’s work with our sons totally complimented their school coach’s workouts and team’s plans. As an athlete, Ted’s knowledge ranges widely and I believe that with Ted’s guidance, they were able to bring all the elements together: pride in consistent training, peak experiences with friends, personal records, team responsibilities, and a positive, self directed outlook.”
Kim, parent of Nolan and Galen, Class of 2025, Stanford University

“Ted helped our players focus, visualize, and control their emotions. As they became better at recognizing their thoughts and feelings and learned ways to better control and channel their emotions, we started to see that all the members began to contribute to each match and it became a team effort versus individual efforts. I strongly believe that we would not have advanced as far as we did without  Ted.
Tom Hitchcock, Head Coach, Golf Team, Menlo School; 3rd overall of 1700 Teams, first ever appearance at State Championships , 2018

about Ted

Ted got hooked on competing after winning the U.S. Junior Windsurfing Championships at 14. With amazing support from his parents, Ted set off upon a roller coaster ride of international competitions, culminating in competing in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

B.A., Organizational Behavior, Stanford University

M.A., Sport Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

To become that good, in a purely individual sport where only one individual per country makes his/her Olympic Team, Ted sought out and built a trusted team around him. He forged relationships and became training partners with the top German and Australian windsurfers, and together, they made each other better.
It was natural then for Ted’s next challenge to be a more team oriented one. He took up road bicycle racing, quickly rising to the U.S. professional level.  Along the way, while competing and working at Webcor Builders in sustainability, he co-founded successful professional men’s and women’s road cycling teams (2003 – 2010) and launched his passion for helping others to achieve their goals.  Ted is proud to have been an integral part in contributing to the development of four of his Team’s women riders to compete in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Ted is dedicated and passionate about empowering and enabling individuals and teams to achieve breakthrough performances.

how I work

An underpinning of my philosophy of practice is ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). By ensuring one’s goals  align with core values, it yields higher commitment and motivation, as well as increased resilience. I have found that it also significantly increases receptivity and “buy in” to cognitive behavioral mental performance tools.  My goal is to not only allow my clients to become more comfortable in their own skins, but to have a personalized mental performance tool kit that  they can continue to tweak and learn from for the rest of their lives. 

testimonials

Nolan & Galen, Class of 2025, Stanford University

Ted’s work with our sons totally complimented their school coach’s workouts and team’s plans. Ted’s conversations allowed them to reflect on the race that just happened, how their strategy played out, how they adapted to flow and the competition, and how they perceived their effort in that moment. They discussed upcoming events and explored opportunities to be attentive to the race’s unfolding dynamics, take risks at key openings, and sustain a focused mind. As an athlete, Ted’s knowledge ranges widely, including the benefits of sleep, breathing techniques, mindfulness preparation, the value of pre-race routines and warm-up, and the benefits of strong connections to teammates. I saw a renewed joy of running in our sons. I believe that with Ted’s guidance, they were able to bring all the elements together: pride in consistent training, peak experiences with friends, personal records, team responsibilities and a positive, self-directed outlook.”

– Kim, mother of Nolan, Class of 2025, running for  Stanford University

a Division I Varsity swimmer

Ted definitely changed the trajectory of my athletic career. Being completely honest, the first time I ever met Ted, I broke down crying about 3 minutes into the conversation. He remained professional and supportive, and I felt like I was in a very safe space. This remained true through all of our meetings. He was good at listening and helping me work through my struggles. I came to Ted because I’d struggled with a plateau in my times, in my training, and in my goals. I wasn’t enjoying my sport anymore, and suffered from some pre-race anxiety. I’d been neglecting the mental aspect of swimming (arguably equally as important). My coach hadn’t been supportive in the ways I needed, but Ted helped fill the gap. He was flexible and helpful. He was open to multiple approaches, and gave me a lot of options. I really felt like I was in control of the process, but he was there to help me out, make suggestions, and guide me along. He would follow up our meetings with additional readings or videos to help me out. I began practicing mindfulness in more of my daily life, and he gave me specific tips and tricks to deal with racing and anxiety. I gained some lifelong skills for dealing with and working through negative thoughts and anxiety.
Thank you Ted for all your help. I’m absolutely loving my sport and racing again.

– Yale University Division 1 Varsity Swimmer

Menlo School Varsity Golf Team, 3rd of 1700 high schools in CA, 2017

 

 

We were fortunate to find Ted. Once a player reaches the advanced skill level needed to play varsity golf, the game becomes 95% mental.   Ted began working with the team once a week during the season.  He helped the players focus, visualize, and control their emotions. They became better at recognizing their thoughts and feelings, and learned ways to better control and channel their emotions.  We started to see that all the members began to contribute to each match and it became a team effort versus individual efforts. I strongly believe that we would not have advanced as far as we did without  Ted.

– Tom Hitchcock, Head Coach, Golf Team at Menlo School;  Team’s first appearance at State Championships 

Ted’s experience and teaching encouraged me to reframe my mindset going into Ironman World Championships. Ted’s ability to work with athletes on overcoming mental obstacles and improve their mindset is amazing. Myself and my athletes have increased confidence after individual sessions with Ted prior to “A” races. Sport psychology is critical to an athlete’s success and through Ted’s extensive personal experience and education he is able to tap into the mindset an athlete needs to succeed.

– Liza Rachetto (2022 Ironman Kona World Champion 45-49, USAC Level 1 Coach,USAT Level 1 Coach, ACSM Certified, 17 years professional cyclist and 19 Full Ironmans (1998-2022)

Ted played an integral role in the success of these swimmers and the group as a whole. You could see the swimmers were better able to keep themselves in the present at swim meets and practice, managed success and failure better, brought strong mental toughness and self-confidence to races, practice and school. In addition, working with Ted influenced and enhanced my own coaching, as I learned better ways to bring mental skills into practice. This improved the quality of work at practice and strengthened the team’s cohesiveness. 

If you have the chance to work with Ted, either as an individual athlete or by bringing him in to work with the athletes you coach, DO IT!!!  Why not develop the mental skills in yourself or the athletes you coach. And if you coach, working with Ted will enhance your own coaching. 

– Bruce Smith (founder of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, USA Swimming Gold Level club swim team)

What sets Ted apart from other performance enhanceologists (psychologists, coaches, etc.) I have worked with is that he recognizes that one size never fits all. As clich as this may sound, many people dont adapt their methods to their clients, instead, they adapt the clients to the methods, regardless of the outcome. Ted is flexible and tries alternative methods if it becomes clear that a particular meditation or other technique does not work for that particular person. It is this quality that sets him apart and brings results.

– Carola Berger (USAC Level 2 Coach, NCNCA mentor), cat.2 road cyclist

 

Ted helped me to learn mental performance techniques that enabled me to achieve all the goals I set for the races, so I stopped coming away disappointed in my performance – that helped me grow my racing confidence significantly.  Simply put whether my goals were to win or simply to finish, the techniques worked! I no longer risk coming away disappointed in my performance. Many of these techniques are also applicable off the bike, so I’ve grown in confidence in general too, a real bonus!

– Lindsay Howard (president of Alto Velo Racing Club and competitive road cyclist)

the goal is flow

From an early age, the power of mother nature struck Ted profoundly in how simply being in the elements allowed him to forget all the pressures of the world and just be. Ted came to realize that this was precisely like being in a kind of flow state where time slowed, and he could focus only on what was immediately relevant. He was intrigued by how some individuals could get there more easily than others, and it helped in outperforming more talented peers. Ted’s life experiences and formal training  has helped him to build up the tools and the compassion to help individuals and groups succeed at whatever they put their minds towards.

intentional focus

   In addition to more traditional cognitive behavioral techniques, I incorporate mindfulness elements into my approach, with the belief that too much emphasis on thought stopping or behavioral avoidance can do more harm than good. Research has shown that our subconscious thoughts tend to go precisely to areas we might be trying to avoid or not think about. Through a combination of cognitive behavioral skills integrated with acceptance and non-judging awareness,  you learn to stay focused and in the moment.