Nerves are something that we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. It’s not the most enjoyable thing to experience but as an athlete it can hamper performance. Every athlete who stands on a podium has experienced nerves at some point in their careers; it is completely normal to feel them. How you deal and cope with them though is what can set you apart from the rest and become a champion in you sport. From my experience I can pass on from what I’ve learnt works well for me and if you wish to try the methods I hope they help!
Everyone responds differently to nerves and some will show it more than others. Remember the races you swim are for you sometimes as swimmers we put a lot of pressure and expectation on ourselves. Ask a swimmer recall the worst race and I’m pretty sure they can tell you exactly how the swim felt from the start right to the finish, ask a swimmer to recall the best race and they might not be much to the race apart from it felt good. Sometimes a great race can be made without over thinking and worrying and its all about managing and controlling that. Not the easiest thing to do, I still get it wrong from time to time but I don’t let that hamper my performance. I get back up on the horse as they say and carry on to the next race as I love my sport and I love swimming. At the end of the day that’s all that matters 🙂