Training Principles 7: Mental training.
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I just helped my coach Nancy Swider-Peltz, Sr with a masters long track speed skating camp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the last two days. We had 30 excited, motivated, talented, masters skaters from the midwest and east coast. What a great time to share our knowledge and wisdom so we can all get better. Great to see old friends and make new ones. I love being with my skating family and people that share my passion for skating excellence!
Mental training has three aspects for me. The first is rehearsal and visualization. While I am learning a new skill I need to rehearse and visualize a good process and outcome. As I make progress I will continually rehearse whatever I am working on to reinforce what I have learned to cement the neural connections in my brain and the links to my muscles.
The next part is to make a list of positive affirmations to create the landscape of where I want to go. By creating this future picture of myself I set up the conditions for me to live into the reality I have created.
The last aspect is preparation for my competition. I will take the rehearsal and visualization and apply it to the competition at hand. This preparation starts weeks and sometimes years before and ends when I cross the finish line and stand on the podium. I have developed a routine for competition and a mantra that I repeat to myself as I approach the starting line. This is when I apply my mental training to get the most out of my physical preparation. During the race I only have control of my execution, the physiology of my muscles is already set.
Next week I will discuss “Rest” as the last part of training.
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