Visualization for Training and Racing
with Allysa Seely, Liv Racing Collective athlete
Visualization is a tool accessing imagination to realize all aspects of actions and outcomes in sport. More simply stated, visualization is mentally rehearsing a performance unfolding as desired. This may include mentally recreating sounds, sights, smells, taste, touch and movements. Visualization is one of many tools suggested by sport psychologists and used by athletes prior to big events and races to reach their goals and achieve success. Athletes will commonly use visualization to fine tune their process for an upcoming event. Less commonly, but no less important, it is a tool that can be used in daily training to reach smaller goals and attain a desired outcome. The benefits of visualization have proven to be vast, a few of which are: sharpened focus, improved confidence, ability to work through adverse events/scenarios, work through nerves, anxiety or negative emotions prior to race day, and increased performance under pressure.