Pret Sandwich

The Thinking Skiers PRET Sandwich: How to think and focus appropriately before, during & in between your first and second run.

During races as a skier you have so much to time to think, in fact TOO MUCH TIME TO THINK, which can be unhelpful for you to race at your best. You can be distracted by: spectators, partners, sponsors, media, race competitors, FIS points and a poor first run… Working with Rob Bullen at The British Land Skiing Championships in Meribel, we worked on the race and run sandwich.

 

Before your first run: (outer sandwich/bread)

• Be aware of how and what you thinking and focusing on? You need to focus on what you NEED to do to race at your best? One thought?
• Be aware of how you need to be feeling right now? To race at your best? One FEELING! (e.g., confident/smooth)
• Be aware of what you need to be doing right now at the start gate? (Attack the gates)

In-between the 1st and 2nd Run: (filling)

• Be aware of your individual distractions. What are they? Block them.
• Switch off with a relaxed focus/listen to your favourite music/ work out what works for you and your needs
• Think  about your best race
• Think about what you did well in your first run….
• Think about how you can do better…
• Avoid getting mentally tired/fatigued by focusing on others. Be aware however, not immersed in others performance. Focus on what you need to do and feel for your second run…
• Feel good…. Stay away from negative or energy sapping people or places.  
• Eat sensibly and refuel your body and replace lost fluids/sports drinks/water.


Before your 2nd Run: (outer sandwich/bread)

• Be aware of how and what you thinking and focusing on? You need to focus on what you NEED to do to race at your best? One thought?
• Be aware of how you need to be feeling right now? To race at your best? One FEELING! (e.g., confident/smooth)
• Be aware of what you need to be doing right now at the start gate? (Attack the gates)
What is your SUPER STRENGTH… have a clear image of how you want to ski your 2nd run and focus on what YOU NEED TO DO and finish the run.. How and what does that look like to you?


Monitoring your race: 

• Reflect and how well and what you noticed you did in between your first and second race- identify the distractions and deal with them specifically for you.
• Evaluate your overall race performance… what were the positives… what to tale forward.
• Action and do… what do you need to train and focus on!