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Non-flow Moments
Now, just briefly, write down the feelings, thoughts, and physical postures you have when things don’t go well.

Your Routine
A routine is important because it acts as a trigger for a particular state of mind. Just as eating can cause someone who is trying to quit smoking to crave a cigarette, your precompetition routine can be a trigger for your ideal state—if you constantly pair your ideal state with the routine. We start preparing in some way when we walk the course. We visualize the course, memorize it, and work out our handling. Then we figure out how long until we run and then we start to warm up our dog at the appropriate time. Perhaps we watch a few runs to see if the course is running the way we anticipated. I call this period of preparation “funneling time” because we are gradually going from being unprepared, both physically and mentally, to being prepared physically and mentally. I prefer to have a fairly short mental preparation period. I do better when I don’t obsess, and I am able to get my mental routine in even if I have a very short window of time to prepare, but everyone is different. Here’s an example of a pre-competition routine:

thoughts ·	 Eliminate any negativeYour Own (see “Agility Mind Gym: decide ·	 Checktorunning order anddog when start warming up ·	 Watch a few runs (if applicable) and start ·	 Walk away go relax if to focus on yourself, or you have a Worst Enemy” in CR April 2012)

Gym: Visualization” in CR June 2012 and “Agility Mind Gym: See Success!” in CR July 2012)

You feel tired or tense & everything is a st ruggle Everything is ha ppening too fast You just can't seem to connect to your dog Your movements are late and reactive

From this day forward, whenever you notice yourself doing any of the nonproductive things you listed while preparing to compete, immediately replace them with one of the empowering actions from your “Flow Moments.” Write this new action down beside the non-flow moment action and scratch out the non-flow moment. This uses the skill of controlling our thoughts that we learned in “Agility Mind Gym: Your Own Worst Enemy” in CR April 2012. Using actual physical actions can be very powerful in replacing old thoughts and behaviors. We will be using your flow moments list to build your competition mindset.

·	 Warm up dog ·	 Visualize the course again ·	 Repeat a few affirmations moment ·	 Focus on flownow, moretriggers; less thinking images
(see below) and walk to ·	 Breathe possibly with one last flow the line, and feelings moment trigger

long wait (see “Agility Mind Gym: Focus” in CR May 2012)

·	 Go for it!

The Importance of Breathing
Obviously breathing is important, but the way we breathe is almost as critical. I was once playing in an important basketball game with a touch of the flu, and I played most of the game. At the end of the game I started to feel off. My skin was tingling and my chest felt tight. I was dizzy and

goals for ·	 DecideGym: Goal run (see “Agility Mind Setting” in CR the course, ·	 Walk and visualize “Agility Mind decide handling (see February 2012)

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Clean Run - August 2012
Contents
Editorializing: On Insanity
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The Information Highway of Agility
Analyze This!
Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
But He’s Perfect at Home
Clean Run - August 2012 - Clean Run - August 2012
Clean Run - August 2012 - 2
Clean Run - August 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - August 2012 - 4
Clean Run - August 2012 - Editorializing: On Insanity
Clean Run - August 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - August 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - August 2012 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - August 2012 - 9
Clean Run - August 2012 - The Information Highway of Agility
Clean Run - August 2012 - 11
Clean Run - August 2012 - Analyze This!
Clean Run - August 2012 - 13
Clean Run - August 2012 - 14
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 17
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 19
Clean Run - August 2012 - 20
Clean Run - August 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Clean Run - August 2012 - 22
Clean Run - August 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
Clean Run - August 2012 - 24
Clean Run - August 2012 - 25
Clean Run - August 2012 - 26
Clean Run - August 2012 - 27
Clean Run - August 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 31
Clean Run - August 2012 - 32
Clean Run - August 2012 - 33
Clean Run - August 2012 - Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Clean Run - August 2012 - 35
Clean Run - August 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Clean Run - August 2012 - 37
Clean Run - August 2012 - 38
Clean Run - August 2012 - Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
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Clean Run - August 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
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