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Are you Primed for MTB racing?

Priming is a scientifically proven phenomenon. A study on the topic had subjects walk down a long hall and wait for their turn to “test” in a room with posters on the wall of people looking old and tired. After five minutes they were instructed to go back down the hall to start their “test”. They walked more slowly down the hall than when they had arrived i.e. acting like old tired people. Their sub-conscious had been primed to feel old and tired.

You can prime yourself with positive things and be a task oriented go-getter or you can prime yourself with the opposite. The results of this are magnified in racing. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and have positive encouraging things to say to you. Surround yourself with people and an environment which will prime you. If you are primed with positive, task driven, self-focused words and ideas you will be more likely to “flow” into positive, task driven, self-focused actions.


You have choices

In a 24-hour solo race, a racer can sit in his pit at 4 am whining about the cold or put on a warm jacket and keep racing. He decides. It is a choice and he is responsible for doing the choosing. The temperature doesn’t change with whining but how cold it feels to him can change with self-priming.


Coach Lynda

Coach Lynda Tip: Don’t wait around for your coach, friends or the environment to prime you. Do it for yourself right now! What kind of actions you are priming yourself for and how?

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