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9 Tools For Boosting Mental Toughness

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Sep 28, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM UTC
Illustration by N.C. Winters.


Make the race a research project. Wilder counsels her athletes to consider mental resources, suggesting athletes pay special attention to mastering how you get organized in the days and hours before the race start to avoid any waste. “You want your pre-race routines to flow like clockwork,” she explains. “The routines help prevent frittering away energy. To prepare these routines, do as much homework as you can before the big event. Approach this like you would a researcher. Read everything you can about it and interview those who have raced it before. Write this all down.” The objective is to understand as much as you possibly can about the event beforehand so that pre-race stress and anxiety are kept to a minimum and you’ll “conserve the maximum amount of mental resources for the effort of the race.” If the race is at a location you’ve never visited before, these principles become all the more invaluable—know where you’ll shop for food, eat your meals, and when and where you have to be for all the various pre-race briefings and equipment check-ins.

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