251: Soul Sister Sessions on Racing and Competition

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“What are your optimal performance cues? Every athlete, it is a really good exercise to know, when you race well, what are you attending to? Not necessarily what are you thinking about, but what is your attention on?..If you know what those cues are when you get distracted you can bring yourself back to those cues and it can help you to refocus.”
Abbey Cooper

This month’s Soul Sister Sessions episode focuses on racing and competition. Abbey and Julia recorded in person in Boston, ahead of Abbey’s upcoming local race (please note that Abbey was required to pass 2x negative COVID tests to attend and compete, amongst other specific guidelines that the race organisers put in place).

This conversation answers a range of listener questions regarding racing, and covers the following topics:

  • Preparing for a race and dealing with negative thoughts
  • The W.O.O.P. method of race preparation
  • Managing pre-race sleep 
  • Rituals vs Routines
  • Visualisation and ‘patience buckets’
  • Having race plans and dealing with race tactics
  • Their thoughts on racing during COVID-19
  • Breathing and breathing regulation 
  • Check in and what’s next for Abbey and Julia

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