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Getting Psyched

Getting Psyched

By Zac Spector
posted: 01/01/1999

  • Inhale
  • This classic tension releaser works. Just take a long breath, hold it and exhale slowly. Repeat.

  • Visualize
  • Close your eyes and watch your triumphant run down the slope. Now open your eyes and do it.

  • Take baby steps
  • Ask yourself how many of the next 10 turns you can do well. Setting a specific goal narrows your focus and allows you to concentrate.

  • Follow the leader
  • Watch a better skier as he skis the run. Follow his line, or just emulate his style to the best of your ability.

  • At ski school
  • Request an instructor who teaches the mental aspect of skiing. There's sure to be at least one at most ski areas.

    Suggested reading: *Smart Skiing: Mental Training for All Ages and Levels of Skill, by Dennis J. Selder & Tommy Moe; Jossey-Bass Publishers (1998) $22 *Inner Skiing, by W. Timothy Gallwey & Robert Kriegel; Random House (1997) $15 *Skiing Out of Your Mind: The Psychology of Peak Performance, by Leonard A. Loudis & Kenneth M. Singer; Human Kinetics Publishers (1986) $17.

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