And now for something completely different...
This very interesting book is not about trail braking, or traction circles, or Type I corners. It's really all about a state of mind - being "in the zone," totally in control, completely focused - a state the authors call "flow," or optimal experience.
OK, it all sounds very New Age-ish - something that might involve crystals and aromatherapy, perhaps - but it turns out that the experience of flow very often coincides with an athlete's optimal performance. As Jimmy Johnson, Super Bowl-winning NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, 1992 & 1993), puts it, "Being totally absorbed in the task at hand is essential to becoming a sports champion. Flow in Sports tells you how to get into that positive, winning mind-set."
While you can't switch flow on and off like the ignition in your car, the book describes ways in which you can set the stage for flow to occur during your next race or track session. What race driver wouldn't want to feel like this swimmer?
"I was really tuned into what I was doing. I knew exactly how I was going to swim the race, and I just knew I had it all under control, and I got in and I was really aware of what everyone in the race was doing...I was just totally absorbed in my stroke, and I knew I was passing them but I didn't care. I mean it's not that I didn't care; I was going, "Oh, this is cool!" And I just swam and won, and I was totally in control of the situation. It felt really cool."
Our sport is dangerous, complex and stressful. Being able to focus clearly and completely is one of the keys to going faster, and to winning.