Artwork for podcast Inside Tri Show
Be inspired and mentally prepared in 2020: Jo Moseley and Helen Davis
Episode 627th December 2019 • Inside Tri Show • Helen Murray
00:00:00 01:19:29

Share Episode


This a bumper episode featuring interviews with the first woman to SUP coast to coast across England, Jo Moseley and leading Sports Psychologist Helen Davis to give you the inspiration and tools you need to take on a challenge and succeed in 2020.  

Jo discovered a love for SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) after turning 50 and in 2019, at the age of 54, she became the first woman to paddleboard from the West to the East coast of England. Not only that, but she also picked up litter along the way to highlight the amount of rubbish going into the sea from our inland waterways. 

In this interview, Jo Moseley talks about:

*Overcoming self-doubt during her adventure

*Learning to believe in herself and back herself.

*Why she believes you should just try something, regardless of the outcome

Sports Psychologist Helen Davis has worked with top British swimmers and cyclists as well as multiple Ironman champion Lucy Gossage and Age Group Ironman World Champion Gill Fullen, amongst others.

Helen discusses:

*Goal setting

*Effective thinking, dealing with pre-race nerves

*Concrete examples to help you develop your confidence.

Like what you heard?

If you liked this episode please share it with a friend, if you could get involved on social media, by following @Insidetrishow on twitter and Instagram, commenting and sharing posts, that would be lovely.

Connect with Jo via her website, Instagram or twitter

You can find out more about Helen Davis and the services she offers via her website: Think Believe Perform. There are more details about Iron-mind and how to get a discount before January 31 2020 here too.


It's a good question! Head over to her website and you'll find all you need to know.


Listen to the interview I did with Tri Oraklet here:


Please support the show by sharing it with a friend, telling them about it and spreading the word and get involved on social media. Inside Tri Show is on Twitter and Instagram.


To help me to continue to bring you the best interviews in triathlon, why not become a patreon and buy me a coffee every so often and join my growing list of coffee and vino buddies?


This week's show is powered by 33 Fuel who use delicious natural ingredients to make everything from unique energy gels to awesome protein, mighty greens to all-natural carb blends. Use the code INSIDETRI33 for a discount at checkout at Why not treat yourself to a winter survival bundle?


Komfuel - like a pic' n mix of sports nutrition through your letterbox! Pick n Mix from your favourite sports nutrition brands, buy in bulk or in the quantities you want to create your own fuel pack delivered straight to your door from Komfuel. Listeners can get 20% off all orders or advance sweat tests using the code: INSIDETRI at

INTERVIEW TIME LINE* (not the whole episode)

0.30 How she broke down in a supermarket because she felt so overwhelmed and how an old rowing machine triggered the start of a complete turn around

2.00 Raising £10,000 for Macmillan in memory of her mum, as part of her challenge to row a million metres and a marathon  

04.30 On turning 50 and trying new things like Open water swimming and doing couch to 5k

05.15 Trying paddle boarding for the first time and wanting to give surfing a go in her 50s

06.00 What happened when she went on a surfing boot camp for her 53rd birthday

07.30 Why having the courage to stand up on a surf board was a life changing moment and the power of trying something, regardless of the outcome

11.00 Why she loves paddle boarding so much and how it enables her to be uplifted and calm at the same time

12.30 The idea behind the coast to coast challenge, but why it didn’t happen initially

13.00 Why you shouldn’t wait for the ‘perfect time’ and you should give things a go

16.00 The mileage of the coast to coast challenge, battling with the elements and the most challenging parts of the adventure

18.30 Being inspired by Yorkshire Rows and not wanting to quit, because of the power of believing in herself

19.00 Learning to trust herself and her judgment and not needing to plan every single moment, because you can plan things as you go.

22.30 Dealing with nearly 100 locks!

24.15 2minutebeachclean and why she picked up litter along the way and the shocking scenes she saw

26.30 Being an ambassador for British canoeing in her mid 50s.

28.30 Dancing, planking and squatting on a paddleboard and trying to master the art of doing a headstand on a paddle board

29.30 Wanting to learn to be a paddleboard instructor so she can give something back and get more women into paddleboarding

30.00 Advice if you want to go on your own adventure and why you need to know its something deeply life changing

32.00 Why learning to believe in herself and back herself has been so life changing

“Win or lose the winning is in the trying for me now”

Helen Davis interview:

Goal setting -talking about outcome goals, performance goals, process goals. The importance of telling other people about your goals, writing them down.

Where can someone begin when it comes to sports psychology? Listen and notice to the small voices in your head is the first step, learn what you are like as an athlete.

Dealing with pre-race nerves - what are you telling yourself that is leading to you feel like that?

The importance of thinking, feelings and emotions, but how everyone is individual.

Confidence is an essential ingredient to performance and you can work on it on a daily basis. If you have a training session that didn’t go well, how to look for the positives and thinking about it in different ways.

Helping someone back from falls, crashes and injuries.  Thinking about being “the best injured athlete you can be” and looking at what you ARE doing, rather than what you are not doing and being kind to yourself.

How psychological preparation can help you to get your brain back in the game when things start to unfold in a race.  Look at what the scenarios might be in advance and have an action plan you can take so you are prepared if that happens.  When you learn how to think effectively, you are able to turn things around.

Different techniques you can try to re-focus during a race. But you have to find what works for you – you could start to focus on technique that you have been working on in training, perhaps distract yourself completely by taking yourself away to your ideal holiday destination, imagine other people are watching you and how do you think they would want to see you?

Concrete Examples of people who have benefitted from sports psychology.

The collaboration with Lucy Gossage to produce Ironmind, a 6 video course for Ironman and other endurance athletes to enhance their psychological approach to training and racing.

Listener questions: covering hitting the reset button, confidence and how to improve confidence on a daily basis by noticing the good things, focus on the things that have gone well, why sports psychology and working on the brain needs to be practised and drop fed throughout the season.

Helen’s top 3 tips:

Become an effective thinker, work daily on confidence and play to your strengths.  

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Podcorn -