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The Mind’s Eye

Visualization as a method of teaching and self-improvement is not a new concept. Sport psychologists have been promoting visualization exercises to improve athlete performance for a long time. I remember reading over 20 years ago about a study done on two basketball teams of fairly even ability. One team practiced shooting baskets normally, and the second team only practiced through visualization. At the end of the experiment, the “visualizing” team had a very slight performance edge, as they had only “practiced” good shots. The concept of the visualization exercises listed here is to let you use your brain to regulate how you ride. Some of these are my own, some come from Mary Wanless, Ginny Leng, Mark Todd, Bruce Davidson, and others. I have always found them powerful riding and teaching aids, and I use them myself every day that I ride. Why it Works Each of these exercises allows…

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