Concentration – Mental Game part 2

Concentration-main_FullOkay, if you read yesterday’s post, you know that seeing yourself winning, getting a holeshot, or anything helps give you confidence.  You can imagine yourself doing it, now you just need to put it into action.  Something that also goes along the lines of confidence is concentration – being focused for the task at hand and getting into that “zone.”

You what I am talking about…the kind of zone you get into when you ride and you just throw do some flawless, fast laps.  You hit every line perfect, no bobbles and you just flow.  That is concentrating and just doing what you love: riding.  It’s easy to train the body for strength and cardio endurance, but how you train for more concentration?  I came across this little method a few years ago when I was going to a chiropractor.  He was more than just a normal chiropractor; he was more of a whole body and mind guru.  I had some problems with concentrating in school and riding…and it showed.  I couldn’t step on the track without falling or breaking something.  So, he suggested this little trick.

Do this each night, before bed for a week.  Grab a candle, light it and turn off everything in your room.  No music, TV, lights or computer.  You need silence and complete darkness.  Believe me, I know this sounds like a Steven King movie, but it works!  Okay, now stare at the candle and think about the track you are going to be racing on.  See yourself putting on your gloves, slipping your right one on, then your left.  Visualize everything.  See the 30 second card go up, then sideways.  Think about making smooth laps and having good form.  Visualize everything from start to finish.

Usually it takes about 30 minutes.  If you can sit down and think about executing a perfect race and winning for 30 minutes in the dark, you already won.  When you are sitting at the gate waiting for it to drop, you have already rehearsed this scenario.  You know you are getting to get the holeshot and run away with the win.  You are training your mind to get into that “zone” where you throw down your best laps.  Some have said Tiger Woods does this and was once quoted to say “I didn’t know what to say at the podium because I didn’t rehearse this part!”  All he had to do was show up, play his game of golf and win.  You can do this just as easily.  If you can see yourself winning, then you just need to put it into motion.

If you try this, email me and let me know how it works for you.

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Posted on Nov 17 2009, under Riding Techniques, Training | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Concentration – Mental Game part 2”

  1. Some Great post!!!!!!

  2. Thanks D…I appreciate the support!

  3. This is great advice, I tried it and it really did help!! Great post, thanks for the ideas and info.

  4. I am going to do this tonight and if there is anymore could you email some of the techniques, cheers mate

  5. Sure thing Jesse. I’ll email you as soon as I can.

  6. thanks buddy 🙂

  7. No problem Jesse!

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