I went round & round trying to narrow down my thoughts on the topic of "The Mental Game." There are so many aspects, so many theories, so many classes, so freaking many people with ideas about it...
But you know what?
Eh. I don't know either. It just seems like it's the "in" thing right now.
Now don't get me wrong, there is a mental aspect to agility. But the people I see failing at it, are the ones who fail at all aspects of mental management in their everyday lives. (Here's an excellent article on Mentally Strong People)
But back to the PACH-it is that I may be experiencing...
The big reveal: I'm not.
And that seems to wig some people out.
Porter & I are 2 QQ's short of earning it. Am I excited? Yes. Will I cry? Maybe. Will I take a victory lap? Damn right I will. And I'm going to grab a weave pole & run around the ring with it.
Will Porter be excited? Eh, no more than usual. Will he cry? Only because the race to the mackerel reward will be delayed by a victory lap...
Have I determined which trial I want to PACH at? Which trial has the best PACH ribbons? Which trial has the closest, best PACH cakes? Which one has the best PACH bars? How soon can I get this done? I can't just take a break when I'm that close to the goal?
No. I haven't thought about any of that.
What am I thinking about? Nothing. The same thing I think about going into every trial. Well, every trial with Porter, anyway.
If I thought about all that, not just now, but at any time: I would never be this close. Just let it go. It will happen when it happens.
All I want is for my friends to celebrate with me. And for Porter to have a good time. The same thing we try to do for every run.
Get out of your head, people! :)
For less rambling and more succinct posts on the topic, visit the rest of the posts on the topic here.
Some of my favorites:
- From an actual Sports Hypnotist: Days of Speed
- Some one I can definitely agree with: Training the Family Cheerleader
- Laura always has a good post: Team Small Dog
- Our former Trkman classmates: Duncan & Des