Mental training includes mental and psycho-emotional focus on your actions or on anything that you do (your strategy, plan, or sports form).
Action is what you are training for, developing specific energy, neuro-muscular and psychological pathways and patterns according to your racing requirements and needs.
Reaction is your response on somebody's action. It's an emergency recruitment of your energy, muscles, psychological system out of your trained systems. It involves additional energy use and destructs your regulatory system.
You should protect your mind and inner systems from any destructive influence from outside, forcing you to:
- underestimate your own ability;
- hesitate to perform your own action;
- judge negatively your own performance;
- compare yourself to others;
- fear to do something to change racing tactics/strategy;
It appears in some questions and feelings. I did wrong! I SHOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY! I am not as good as these guys in (swimming, biking, running, etc.)! They are stronger then me! Should I do this? I do not have enough energy to do (swimming, biking, running, etc.)! I am not capable to keep this pace with leaders! I couldn't make my swim through this crowd! I'll never get back to the pack! What if I win? What if I loose?
You shouldn't allow any of these thoughts to get to your mind. Instead you need to stay focused on your technical performance, execute your own tactics and strategy with all your positive perception and thoughts that you are capable of to do your very best on each stage of racing.
You should not allow any one or anything to intimidate you. You should build an intimidating, and unpredictable perception of yourself in the other athletes by changing your tactics and strategy during different races prior to the major one.
Always be oriented to the higher goals and performance, building your ability and new, higher level of skill of racing and training performance. You should always keep developing and look for the new better perceptions of your performance and skills. A skill is the ability to use all possible and available sources to reach your goal.
Everything what you train for and have in your possession are your tools, which you have to properly use: your spirit, mind, psychology, emotions, muscles, technique, equipment, going through your perception and transferring it to your action.