Energy management. All the preparation and hard work is behind you at this point; the key is to manage your energy at the venue so you can perform at your optimal level when it is your turn to compete. While high intensity focus is a key ingredient of successful performance, sustaining performance over a prolonged period requires alternating intense focus with periods of relaxation and shifting attention. Mental and emotional recovery between events is as crucial as physical recovery. If you’re really serious about performing well, take time to be “not so serious,” kick back and relax. You’ll have more energy when it’s time to ramp up for your event.
Execution. By now you should have a well-developed performance plan that you have rehearsed countless times. Your body knows exactly what to do, even if your “thinking mind” may wonder if there is something different that might tweak your performance even more. You do not need to do anything new or different; simply do what you know and do it well. Trust your training; trust your body; execute your plan. Anything new or different at this stage of the game is a recipe for disaster.
Embrace the experience. Whether you are a seasoned Olympian or a first-time qualifier, you’ve been preparing for this moment all your life. You have earned this opportunity. Embrace the excitement, uncertainty and possibilities that it offers. Make memories that you can Enjoy for a lifetime.