Now that we have put all that effort into attacking practice, we want to maximize our performance on race day. Practice emphasizes technique and working on things that need to get better. At a competition, however, you need to be ready to compete. You have worked hard and now it is time to execute and showcase all that hard work you have put in at practice.
In order to give yourself the best chance of success, you should focus 100% on yourself. Think about your race plan and your race strategy. Don’t get caught up in your competitors or what heat you are in. Those are distractions, and we don’t want to let them get in the way of our success. Focus on yourself and running the race you have talked about with your coaches. Competition can and will pull a great time from you but only if you set yourself up for that success by listening to your coach and running your race plan.
Before the race, we don’t want to be too reliant on pre-race rituals. Being stuck on a ritual can be an additional stressor. It can also prevent you from growing and changing in a way that is good for you. It is also okay to get nervous pre-race. Everyone gets nervous on race day no matter who they are or how prepared they feel. If you get nervous it means you are ready to compete. If you start to feel anxious take a step back and breathe.
When it comes time for your race, be confident. You can be confident knowing you had consistent practices leading up to the meet. If you get behind, remain a competitor and don’t give up. If you are ahead, trust your fitness and challenge yourself. When it starts to hurt down the homestretch, be efficient. Don’t focus on the pain. Instead focus on great technique as you make your way to the finish line.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.“
-William Arthur Ward