Another tool I use with athletes is pre competition planning. Do you show up on race day with a plan or hoping everything falls into place?
Good luck if you said the latter because you are definitely leaving things to chance.
Pre competition planning covers everything you do before a race. How many times will you run imagery? Will you talk to people or will you listen to music? How many times will you inspect the course? These are all elements that fall into a pre competition plan.
A pre competition plan can be as detailed as you like. You can describe what you’ll have for breakfast, how many runs you’ll take, your warm-up. Describe what it is you need to put in place in order to achieve great results come race day.
We are creatures of habit whether we like it or not. We like our coffee a certain way, we take the same route to work every day. Now think about how you’d feel if you ran out of creamer for your coffee one morning and there was a detour to your route. Would this bother you and put you off?
That’s why pre competition plans are so important. They ensure we have a routine we can rely on. Athletes, by their very nature, are superstitious. They like to have the same thing for breakfast, they wear a lucky shirt or socks on race day, they listen to the same song that gave them a win in their last race. The list goes on.
Include all those details in your pre competition plan. Knowing you have a plan in place is reassuring. It ensures consistency and results.
Try it and let me know what you think.