How to Motivate Yourself Before a Big Swim Meet

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How to Motivate Yourself Before a Big Swim Meet

How to Motivate Yourself Before a Big Swim Meet

Competition is the time to reap the rewards of your hard work.  The hours, early mornings and long afternoons bear fruit when it comes time to race.  Your goals have been set, because without goals you have no direction.  But races are short, most are less than two minutes, and sessions are long and sprawling.  Staying motivated and being motivated are a huge factor in your success or failure.

Swim Meet Motivation The week prior to competition, set aside 10 to 20 minutes each day to visualize your race.  Find a quiet spot, lie on your back, close your eyes and imagine all the steps you will be going through the moment you step to the block.  Visualize success, athletic competition is not all physical.  Being mentally prepared can make a lesser talented athlete smash a more talented one who isn’t mentally prepared.

Visit your goals, don’t let them consume you, but remind yourself what they are.  Make this a separate exercise from visualization.

Listen to music that gets your heart thumping; watch a race that inspires you on YouTube.  Get excited!  This is what you have been waiting for.  Don’t dread the opportunity to show off your hard work, relish in it. now get out there and race fast!

About Emily Milak

Emily Milak is a lifetime competitive swimmer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. Emily is a US National Team champion, NCAA champion, and USMS champion with extensive coaching experience. She is a product development consultant at Kiefer.

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I've been a swimmer my whole life. My parents started me with lessons as a three year old and by five I had joined my first team. I started swimming year round at eight and by thirteen I was qualified for Junior Nationals. By fifteen I was a member of the US National Junior Team (National 'B' Team) and a Senior National Qualifier. I attened my first Olympic Trials in 2000 and finished third in the 200 butterfly. I am a US National Champion, three time NCAA Champion, NCAA record holder, and was a memeber of the US National 'A' Team for five years. I've competed in two World Championships, two Duel in the Pools, a Pan Pacific Championship where I earned a bronze medal in the 200 fly, and competitor in the Goodwill Games. I love to swim and love to coach. I have been working with 12 & Unders for the past ten years including a lengthy stint as the head age group coach in Houston, TX with the toughest bunch of little swimmers I have ever had the privilege of working with. Now I am a mom who swims! I substitute coach and swim master's. I have only competed at one Master's Nationals but walked away a two time champion.


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