Oh man, jitters! For me there is really no avoiding them. After all the training the anticipation of the start is inevitable! But, I LOVE IT! It helps me know I'm ready. It helps me know I want to do well. It helps me know I CAN!
A few things I do to deal with the jitters:
** I stretch. I make sure I am all warmed up. I typically take a few strokes in the water, time permitting. I make sure my legs, shoulders, neck are all warmed up and stretched out.
** I meditate. I go through what I want the race to be like. I visualize the finish in my head, the transitions, the awesomeness I am going to feel throughout the race! I visualize my success.
** I make sure I am nourished. I don't eat much, a banana and a protein shake usually, but I make sure I have something to sustain myself.
** I smile! This journey was fun and the event itself is even more fun! Smile, enjoy those butterflies and get going!!
--what do you do for pre-race jitters?
--what is your favorite race?