Here are the steps I use to help athletes optimize their mental game. Feel free to share this post!
Michael Phelps- the most decorated olympian.
This video really showcases the benefits that mental preparation has on his performances. Phelps has mastered visualization techniques. He has learned to use emotion to trigger his hunger to win. But most importantly he plans... he plans success and he plans failure. Planning is key. Athletes can spend weeks, months even a year planning a distraction control plan so that when the "big day" comes, they are ready. They are ready to face any obstacle that is thrown their way. Through planning, they learn to compete without having to overthink. This takes time & practice. Michael trains to compete... are you training with a competing mindset?
With the Mont-Tremblant Ironman just around the corner, you can read here some tricks to help overcome those feelings of "post-ironman blues"- an interview conducted by the talented sports writer Guillaume Vincent from Mont-Tremblant Express.