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Train Your Focus

  • By Mimi Winsberg
  • Published Mar 14, 2014
Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org


Head into the triathlon season with a sharper mental edge.

Laser-like focus is a hallmark of champions in sport, and a strong mental focus in the late stages of a race gives a competitor a winning edge. Mental focus, like fitness, can be trained. Here are five tips to train your attention and improve your focus:

1. Use self-talk.

The internal monologue set in motion during races has a powerful influence on performance. A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that positive self-talk increased time to exhaustion. The signals our bodies use to determine when we’ve had enough are complicated—they are not just governed by our muscles but also determined subjectively by our brains. Pick a mantra such as “feeling good” or “smooth and strong,” and repeat it at regular intervals during a workout or competition to help tap into that last bit of energy needed for a PR.

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