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Neeraj Engineer

Hi Joe, Any thoughts on "visualization"? Do you have you athletes "visualize" races/ tough sections of a race/etc?


Philip Turk

Great words of wisdom, Joe.

Matt K

I think you have hit the nail on the head there, it is definitely important to be confident. I have a friend who isn't so fit, but just believes he can do it, and he does. Obviously, physical fitness is important too, but the mind is a very powerful tool too.

Sean M Kelly

Hi Joe

Excellent article. And one of the reasons why its so important to recall your successes as you go off to sleep or late at night anyway is because you're mind is very open. More specifically your subsconscious mind.

When we are relaxed we can communicate information to our subconscious mind a lot more easily. And this is give or take 90% of our mind.

Similarly acting "AS IF" often enough will get the message of the self image we want into our subconscious if we keep doing it.

It is after all how we learn when we're kids we act "AS IF" we were our heroes

Great article

Joe Friel

Neeraj--It's ok to use visualization. I don't happen to do it though.


Great concept. Building on this idea, it occurred to me to keep a written list of deposits (positive experiences). Nothing is better reinforcement than putting words on paper!

This may be challenging for many people to do on a day-to-day, or even weekly basis, but it's a great habit to create... Especially during base building which can be perceived by some as tedious or unrewarding.

Thanks Joe!

Jeanine Murphy-Morris

I have used the "look confident" strategy at work to help instill self-confidence. It works. I will try using the bank account of successes now as well, and will now also try both for my triathlon endeavors. Thank you for the excellent advice.

Richard Barnes

Hi Joe - I'm a 55 year old type 2 diabetic. I usually check my bloodsugar before and after a ride. If i compare the changes in blood sugar levels after riding the sme course say atmonthly intervals does it show if I am burning carbs more effectively. Or would there be too many variables?

Joe Friel

Richard--I don't think that checking blood sugar levels after/during a ride would necessarily reflect how you are using fat for fuel. Might continue to watch it to see what changes you see as fitness obviously is improving.


Have you heard of Stig Åvall Severinsen?
I spent a week training at Playitas in december when he was there working with Team Saxo Bank. When I came back to Sweden I had to buy his book "Breatheology".

Today I was again reading about "think of five things... before you fall asleep" and than I thougt of you.

Perheps you would find the book interesting.

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