Finding ‘The Zone’

ITU World Championships – Race Report

Daily Post: Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

This kind of reminded me of ‘THE ZONE’ – something that is talked about by athletes when they are racing. 

I was aware that it existed but the first time I experienced it myself was in 2010 when I was at the World Championships in Hungary. I had my first experience of NLP the day before the race. On race day, I didn’t really know that anything was different. But, my whole mind set was different. From the outset, I was focused  I was able to block everything else out and focus on me. I was able to push myself to the maximum that I knew was possible. The events happening around me didn’t bother me, didn’t distract me. When I got to the run, I felt like I was floating. Everything round me was faded, a blur. All I could see was what was in front of me. All I could feel was my posture, my legs pushing me forward, no pain, no fatigue, just focus on the run. 

When I crossed the finish line, (a sprint finish with a younger Hungarian girl, which I won!) I realised that I had given my absolute all. I had to sit down for a while. In fact, it was better than that, I had pulled out a new personal best, by over four minutes!

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