With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in full force, spring around the corner and a variety of races occurring nearly every weekend, it got me thinking about race rituals and “good luck charms” athletes use to help get them in the racing mindset.
Some people have a pair of “lucky socks” or a “lucky hat” that they wear for every race. Some people have the ritual of setting out their race gear the night before the race to make sure they are fully prepared for the coming race. Some people eat the same meal (oatmeal with peanut butter and chocolate chips or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich) before each race. To some people, the race number is their key to success…936 is a “lucky number” because 3+6=9…or they feel lucky if they have a race number that is even. Some people shave…removing their hair “makes them faster.” Some people listen to music while they are waiting for the race to start…heavy metal to wake up the body…classical to calm the nerves. Some people think and say words that are positive…self talk and affirmations.
Most athletes have something that they do to help relax them before their race and get them in the racing mindset that works best for them. What “lucky charms” do you have to get you in your racing mindset?