You’re going to want to add this to your triathlon training.
I don’t know how I learned this but I remember using it to great effectiveness back in my snowboard career.
It helped me be relaxed, but entirely focused on my task at hand, which was usually putting me well outside my comfort zone.
Hitting an 60+ foot kicker while doing what ever trick I wanted to do actually demanded I learn this skill if I wanted to stay uninjured.
What I learnt was how to visualise the outcome I wanted.
This helped me learn and land some pretty cool tricks on my snowboard.
And most recently I believe it helped me get out of hospital quickly without the worst case scenario happening.
Here’s how visualisation worked for me in Snowboarding every time before I hit some big jump or attempted some cliff or crazy line.
I’d sit down or stand and go through the entire jump or line in my head.
Not just the jump but the ENTIRE thing.
I could see and feel myself hurtling down the in run.
Then I’d see myself doing the jump or trick I wanted from my minds eye (in fact I got very good that I could see it from my perspective and also that If I was watching from the side).
and finally I’d see myself nailing the landing.
When I did this, I didn’t crash.. when I rushed it or half assed it my likelihood of crashing became so much greater.
Whatever I could clearly visualise in my head I could recreate time and time again.
I could effectively remove the fear of never having done that trick before.
I know use and have used visualisation techniques in many other aspects of live.
Like in my training for triathlon.
I learnt to do it while swimming, riding and running. I vividly remember running along Bondi beach seeing myself coming down the finish chute seeing 8:57 on the clock and getting goosebumps because of that feeling.
I have no idea where that number came from. I don’t know why I was visualising a result that was 40 minutes quicker than I had ever gone.
All I knew was the feedback from my training benchmarks and that of my favourite training partners (my wife).
Something I have learned is that your mind cannot tell the difference between you actually doing the “thing” vs you vividly visualising the “thing”.
All you mind is doing is building these neural networks in your brain, so that the next time you do the “thing” it comes a little more naturally.
It takes some work (but it’s not like adding more volume or more intensity that can hurt your performance), but you should try it.
Use if for your next race.
I use it for everything. My triathlon training, my business, my life and I especially use it when I need to step out of my comfort zone.
Just imagine the outcome that you want to achieve. Then practice developing the clarity of your vision, so you can see, feel and taste it.
Be Bold. Make Things Happen.
Kristian “upping your game” Manietta
P.S. I just had lunch with Charlotte and she mentioned a power phrase she used before winning Ironman WA. “Harder now, easier on race day”.
P.P.S Tomorrow: four awesome outcomes of a repetitive approach