By Olivier Poirier-Leroy
| Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Mental training can seem confusing and
overwhelming when approached for the first time…
mean something is wrong with me?
mean my brain is busted?
stuff all sounds kind of hokey—just sit around, close my eyes
and focus on my breathing-type stuff?
No, you don’t need mental training
because your brain is broken.
And no, it’s not some The Secret-type stuff where you sit
around wishing on the universe to give you what you need.
This stuff is backed by decades of research
that has consistently shown that mental training, with its various
techniques and tools, including visualization, self-talk,
and even a bigger focus on the process can help you
straight-up donkey kick your personal best times in the
Instead of looking at mental training as
fixing something that is wrong, view it as a series of cheat
codes for your mindset.
And by extension, how you swim in
practice and on race day.
Here’s are eight ways that working on
your mindset even just a little bit each day will help you become
the swimmer you’ve always dreamt of becoming. Next week, we
will look at a few more.