Bicycling (South Africa) - - FIT CHICK -

In 2016, I was pre­par­ing for a track-rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion. There were three races that I thought I had a chance to medal in: the points race, sprint tour­na­ment, and 500me­tre time trial. From May to Septem­ber, I con­nected nearly ev­ery train­ing ses­sion to the way I wanted to ride in that com­pe­ti­tion, vi­su­al­is­ing the ef­fort, speed, and per­sis­tence I wanted to achieve in those races as I ped­alled. It pushed me harder. I wasn’t just rolling around the track with my legs burn­ing for the fun of it – I was fly­ing into the fin­ish for the win. Ev­ery time I sprinted, I could feel my op­po­nents on my hip, some­times nip­ping me at the line. I prac­tised push­ing through fa­tigue, be­cause that’s what it would feel like on my third straight day of rac­ing. At the com­pe­ti­tion, it all felt fa­mil­iar. I was phys­i­cally and men­tally ready for the in­ten­sity of com­pet­ing. And all my months of vi­su­al­i­sa­tion paid off: I went home with three medals. – Ri­ley Mis­sel, ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant

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