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Anyone use visualization?hrv
Dec 3, 2003 8:16 AM
Starting to get into the psychological side of sports and one of the aspects mentioned is visualization -- either visualizing a past, stellar performance or viewing yourself as a 'great' to be, etc. For example, I'd like to visualize myself at a crit, from the start to the finish, and how I'm going play out my whoop-ass on the field! If you can believe, you can achieve, right!

Problem is, I can't seem to form a clear picture when I try to visualize. One, I don't really have any positive performances to draw on from my own racing past, so I have to dream some up (which is part of my goal setting, anyways). Also, I just don't have the focus to get that clear picture -- I can see the start of the race, but then it fades out quickly after that. How do you get to the point where you can see/smell/hear the entire race unfold in your mind's eye?

I have a couple of books that talk about visualization but I was wondering what techniques some of you have used that were successful.

Only to stave off boredomshirt
Dec 3, 2003 11:46 AM

The only visualization I do is usually on a trainer and that falls into the woulda/shoulda/coulda category. I generally find myself reliving my ignominious defeats (never the victories) and trying to replay them with better results. I think I may have actually learned a few things by doing this.

I don't think it helps that much, though.

With that said, I used to do it constantly when I was roadracing motorcycles. There were only three tracks I raced on, so I knew them pretty well. I'd usually close my eyes and start "lapping," frequently timing my laps. It may sound incredible, but my imaginary lap times were identical to my on-track times. What I was trying to do however was find faster ways around the track and better places to pass. I recall making a breakthrough of sorts and finding a way to take a full second off my traffic-free lap time. Here's the kicker: at the next race I did what I had imagined and took a full second off my lap time!

I don't know if there's a direct correlation between this and cycling, though.

There you go!hrv
Dec 3, 2003 12:10 PM
I run the race through my head, on a course I've been on before, and find faster ways around the course. Use this knowledge in the actual race -- what's so hard?

Ok, so why can't I get past the point of the race start?

Re-read the Secret Life of Walter Mittychar
Dec 4, 2003 8:56 PM
the pinnacle in visualization techniques.
The only part I visualize is crossing the finish line first, I don't waste any time on the rest of the stuff.

Maybe a visit with the Cyclotherapist is in order?hrv
Dec 5, 2003 3:36 AM

Might be a good place to start. Have you been finishing 1,2,or 3 at all of your races? No? Maybe it's time to see the Cyclotherapist! Couldn't hurt.

re: Anyone use visualization?Veloflash
Dec 8, 2003 5:47 PM
I have tried.

Visualization is based on the subconscious mind is unable to distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. A 'dé·jà vu' experience is thought to stem from a dreamed or imagined former experience.

Visualize success and perfection and the subconscious will boost your confidence. Continued success breeds confidence.

I can recall a controlled test with basketballers. One group physically trained on, one group relied totally on visualization of perfect training and the third group did no training. After the set period the trained and visualization group were on a par when tested and the group who did not train were far behind.