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.

Perform pre-race simulations. In doing your pre-race research, identify aspects of the race that may be particularly distressing and do your best to simulate the situation in training. For example, consider a chaotic mass swim start like at the Hawaii Ironman. “The panic of a mass swim start is hard to prepare for,” Kabush says. This is where a group workout at the pool could be arranged to try to simulate the general rampage of the first minutes of the swim. “In this workout you’d practice getting clobbered and scratched and work on the basics, like continuing to breathe and getting into a rhythm. It’s like studying for a big exam. You want to be so prepared that when the questions come, you’ll respond automatically.”

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