Any sporting achievement requires good preparation and the right type of training, but profit margins are often very small. The difference between winning and losing can often be a matter of seconds. To make sure that we optimize our performance, we need to make sure that we have the right attitude to compete in the day.
Prepare yourself before the race.
Make sure your entire team is ready and prepared the day before. There is nothing more stressful than adjusting the brakes 30 seconds before a national championship begins. If you know your bike is working well, that’s one less thing to worry about. It allows you to concentrate on your career.
2. Concentrate on your own race.
Don’t waste time thinking about your opponents and how fast they are. Just concentrate on getting ready. Concentrating on other competitors will mean that you will lose concentration and may feel inferior and unable to beat them. These kinds of thoughts do not help at all.
3. Do not allow negative thoughts.
Negative thoughts undermine your abilities and capacities. If you worry about how badly you do it, you are more likely to perform disappointingly… If such thoughts come, don’t pay attention to them; just let them go. Think of nothing or try to think of something positive. A clear mind is a great help in getting the most out of your competitive abilities.
4. Visualize your best performance.
Before the race, you can visualize in your mind how you would like to do it. If you bring to your mind the idea of going too fast, it will help you to concentrate.
5. Don’t lose your concentration in the middle of the race.
Sometimes, when you run halfway, you find yourself thinking about something that has nothing to do with it. It’s often in those moments that your effort levels will have fallen. To compete at your highest level you need to work actively to maintain a higher level of effort.
6. Be wary of your mind, which wants to retain you.
The best riders share a common ability to cross the threshold of pain. There are times when we have to restrain ourselves, but at the same time we must avoid finding numerous false excuses for braking.
7. Visualize your competitors running from behind.
When you feel your competitors are behind you, it will give you extra motivation to go faster.
“If someone chases you, your speed will be faster than if someone in front of you pushes you towards him with a rope. If you feel a magnet pulling you to the finish line, you will run fast; but you will run faster if you feel someone is chasing you and you are running for your life.
8. Don’t be too disillusioned or over-enthusiastic about the outcome.
We can’t stop being happy when we do it well, but if we perform worse than expected we shouldn’t feel miserable. Often in order to progress we cannot improve in a straight line. It is necessary to have peaks and dips. If we become miserable because we don’t meet our expectations, then we may lose motivation to train.