The bell curve
Every swimmer has their own bell curve graph of arousal vs. performance
Here are some things that might help to keep your arousal low if that is the kind of athlete you are.
- Close your eyes and visualize your race being swam perfectly, confidently, easily.
- Have a friend with you to talk to so your thoughts are not dwelling on the race.
- Pick a skill in the race to focus on like streamlining the best you ever have, or kicking off the wall better than ever before.
Visualizing your Race
Visualizing can also help eliminate "brain fart mistakes" like swimming the wrong stroke, or one hand touches. When you visualize your race make sure to use all five senses and be as detailed as possible. This will increase the effectiveness of your visualization.