Mental Preparation for Triathlon

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Mental Preparation for Triathlon

Introduction:

  • Your maximum performance is limited by your physical condition but good mental preparation will help you achieve that maximum performance.
  • The more focused you remain on what you are doing, the more effective you will be.
  • Fast recovery can be aided by certain relaxation techniques.
  • When times are hard (owing to fatigue, injuries or illness, etc.), good mental strength will help you remain sure of yourself.

Various methods:

  • There are a great many different techniques of mental preparation. Here are just a few:

Visualisation:

  • This technique entails imagining yourself in a given situation.
  • You can use visualisation to improve your technique. You simply imagine yourself performing a movement perfectly and, gradually, your technical imperfections will disappear.
  • Visualisation will also help improve your self-confidence before a competition. In this case, you have to visualise a positive race scenario.

Positivism:

  • This technique consists in focusing on the positive aspects of each event in your life.
  • Through positivism, you can tackle any situation and overcome any obstacle, while becoming stronger every time.

Goals:

  • Set yourself realistic and measurable goals. Write down these goals somewhere so that you can regularly refer to them and check whether you have achieved them.
  • Choose short, medium and long-term goals.
  • The aim of these goals is to remain focused and motivated on what you want to achieve.
  • When you achieve your goals, you increase your self-confidence.

Self-hypnosis:

  • This technique consists in putting yourself into a state of extreme relaxation so that you can use all the above-mentioned techniques more effectively.
  • When you are in a state of hypnosis, your body is relaxed and you recover more quickly.
  • One way of going into a state of hypnosis is to sit comfortably in a quiet place and follow these three steps:
    1. Raise your eyes as high as possible without moving your head. Stay in this position.
    2. Breathe deeply and then hold your breath. At the same time, close your eyelids while keeping your eyes turned upwards.
    3. Allow your eyes to move down into a more comfortable position. At the same time, release your breath. Then, breathe normally and try to feel as light and relaxed as possible.

Conclusion:

  • If your are strong in your mind, you become strong in your body.



 

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