Mentally rehearsing tough spots in workouts or competitions can be a useful tool to beat those obstacles when you meet them in real life. Here’s a formula to help you build an effective script for visualizing success.
I’ve used visualization differently to get myself through a workout. I used it to distract myself, think about something else entirely. There’s some times I can’t remember how I’d progressed to that point (IE on a run), but I felt fine.
Sorry, but I don’t believe altruism exists. Doing something compassionate to be seen as such is in fact selfish. And I’ve seen compassion make people rather myopic, sneering at what they’d label as socialism – social programs to support the aftermath of their political views.
A new study into the secrets of sporting success has found that a massive 20 per cent of performance outcomes are driven purely by psychological factors, so we look at how you can put in your best ever cycling performance with the right mix of motivation, confidence and self belief.
The study, completed by Professor of Sports Psychology Andy Lane of Wolverhampton University, was an investigation into the difference between winners and losers in sport. It was commissioned by grassroots sports supporters Grant’s Whisky. Lane found that while physical fitness, skill and biomechanical factors are essential components to sporting success – contributing to 80 per cent of performance outcomes – 20 per cent is down to psychology.
Visualization has been a talking point for decades. I’ve made shots others didn’t think possible, and talked myself out of things I later found I could ride over. Successfully doing it is inspiring, and being consistently successful builds self belief…