Visualization: Allyson Felix Reveals This Training Mindset Helped Her Stay Competitive at 36 Years

Published 11/24/2021, 1:43 PM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN August 6: Allyson Felix of the United States after winning the bronze medal in the 400m for women making her the most decorated female olympic runner during the Track and Field competition at the Olympic Stadium at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games on August 6th, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Allyson Felix is one of America’s most decorated female athletes. At 36, she is still on the track, wowing her fans with her amazing skills. Even at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she gave her career’s personal best, winning a Bronze medal in the 400m finals.

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Notably, Felix is the 2012 Olympic champion. She is also the winner of 3 World Championships, with 11 Olympic medals to her name. Allyson Felix is the epitome of strength. She competed at her first Olympics as a mother in Tokyo this year, and triumphed remarkably, proving her doubters wrong.

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Recently, in an interview with Vogue, Felix revealed how she visualizes her goals before achieving them.

Allyson takes her goals very seriously

Allyson Felix is known for her strength and bravery. After breaking off her partnership with Nike because of the unjust treatment she received during her pregnancy, she established her own brand, “Saysh,” and donned the same on the track in Tokyo.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 06: Allyson Felix of Team USA prepares to race in the Women’s 400m on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Felix became the most decorated female track athlete in Olympic history after winning her 10th athletics medal. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Recently, she talked about her tough training schedule, which lasts 6 days a week and 5 hours a day.

“I approach it very seriously and also do some visualization, where I am really putting in mind [the results] I want to see,” said Felix.

 “I ask myself, ‘What is the perfect race? How did things come together?’ Every four years, I have this opportunity—for only about 21 seconds—to get it right,” she added.

“A big moment”: Allyson Felix

Furthermore, Allyson talked about the significance of those 21 seconds, where she either can make history or witness all her hard work result in no good.

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PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 28: Allyson Felix of USA during the Women’s 400m of the 2021 Meeting of Paris Wanda Diamond League at Stade Charlety on August 28, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images )

“It can be a really big moment, so it’s just really about quieting my mind, closing my eyes, and really going through the motions of what the perfect race looks like,” said Felix.

The visualization helps her be a part of the process and keeps her cool even in stressful situations. It’s like she has already experienced the same before it can happen.

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Felix will next be seen in the World Athletics Championships in 2022, which will be held on her home ground. What are your predictions for Allyson in 2022?

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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