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What to Focus on When Your Brain Senses Pain

By Ross Harley, USA Triathlon , 11/06/19, 8:30AM CST

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Life is made up of moment after moment. Success is made up of winning more moments than you lose. To win the moment, you have to be in the moment giving effort.

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During both training and races, there comes a point in time when it “gets real.” It usually happens when your mind begins to sense physical pain from the completed exercise. As your mind begins to sense this pain, it brings your attention to it and eventually zeros in on the sensation. The feeling of discomfort consumes your conscious and you do not see a way out of it other than giving in and slowing down. 

The majority of the time, the brain gets in the way of the body. Quite simply, your brain gives in before your body does. So, knowing that the focus of your brain can be the limiting factor, what can athletes do to refocus their attention?

Two things to focus on: