Pre-performance StrategiesPosted: August 25, 2011
Since in my last post I posted a list of my upcoming races I thought I would share some of my Pre-performance Strategies.
So we all know that competitions can bring out the worst or best in athletes!?
I believe that you have to mentally prepared as well as physically. By having a strong mental approach (ie; having the ability to control your mind before and during events) this will have the same impact on your performance as physical workouts. Mental and Physical readiness work hand in hand together and is the key factor that sets the more successful athletes apart from the rest.
How I warm up my mind?
- I Visualize myself Running the Race
- Keep Calm (try not to let anyone upset me)
- Surround myself with Positive People
- Practice Breathing/Relaxation techniques
- Music (certain songs get me pumped up)
These are just a few things the list could be endless! But they all help me to focus, not stress out before races and most importantly perform at my best 🙂
Overall having consistent routines and ways of coping with distractions, uncertainty is greatly reduced and I am less likely affected negatively by external factors.
Eats for Today!
Breakfast: Wholemeal English Muffin split. PB&Strawberry slices + Vegemite, Jarlsberg Lite, Apple slices
Morning Snack: Sesame Snaps + Strawberries
Lunch: My fave lunch this week! Roasted 2 Beetroots. Chopped Beets with Baby Spinach + Parfait
Workout this afternoon: 45mins Stationary Bike followed by 45mins Tempo 🙂
Had some Chocolate Milk then made myself some Instant Oats topped with Yogurt & Sultanas.
Dinner: Quinoa + Steamed Veggies (Peas, Baby Carrots, Green Beans), Canned Salmon & Salad (Baby Spinach, Cucumber)
Well I’m off to prep my Overnight Oats and then it’s an early night for me 🙂