When I first started reading sport psych books they somehow never quite got it right for me. It wasn’t until I picked up ‘Thinking body, Dancing mind’ and they spoke about being relaxed as an athlete that something finally clicked for me. Coming from an endurance and very tactical sport I couldn’t do the typical ‘get mad’ or ‘pumped up’ kinda of motivation. It was the word RELAX that I spoke over and over again during racing. It’s when I stayed relaxed before and during races that I didn’t get stressed out, I conserved my energy, I could be patient and smart and I still had bullets left when the time counted to make a move. I think too many people make their way to a start line with their ammunition already half empty.
Erinne Willock, Victoria, B.C.