When you hit that “wall” during training, it’s most likely to be your mind that’s holding you back. Have a few tricks up your sleeve to overcome your mental block and you will leap right over that imaginary wall.
You might well have imagined yourself performing a task before actually doing it many times in your life.
You’ve done it in your head, and if you mentally keep rehearsing that action or task, then this can help to improve your performance, as your mind can’t distinguish whether you’ve actually completed this task or not.
This could help with your race times, coordination, reaction times and overall performance.
Visualising your pain can help you make it work for you, rather than against you.
Often we see pain as a weakness making you think you should give up, but if you see it as a signal to make an adjustment in the way you are doing something, or to dig deeper mentally then you will push through it.
Understand that the pain is testing you, and that if you can tune out from your pain and separate it from the action, then you will more likely find the strength to move on.
Being nervous can have a negative impact on performance, especially if you’re struggling to control it. If you can visualise your anxiety and see it in a controlled form, then you can reduce your anxiety.
For example, take the nervous “butterflies” and make them fly in a formation. This gives you the power of control and will in turn make you perform better.
I heard you should visualise for 20 minutes per day to make a big difference. You could section this out to 5 minutes on different aspects you'd like to improve, and maybe even write your own story about yourself to listen to. Just ideas I had in the past about visualisation!
I love the idea about making the butterflies fly in formation. I am less convinced by blocking out pain though. What if it's telling me something?