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As an Olympic kayaker I used imagery a lot, it was always a key part of my mental training and preparation. I would often visualise my race plan, i would execute the race from all the different 9 lines on the course, I would imagine different weather conditions and water conditions. Always playing out different scenarios in my imagery. I would see myself winning after a great start and also coming through to win after a poor start. A key part of my visualisation would be the kind of state that I wanted to see myself being before the start. When I was confident prior to a race I would find it easier to visualise my desired state, when I was less confident I found it harder. When my visualisation training was vivid and I was able to recreate just what I wanted to happen then this served to enhance my confidence massively. this is something that took a lot of practice.