Coach Pete

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How to Swim Successfully at the Big Meet – Part V


B0000879  Control the Controllable’s

   Swimmers should know where  the   marshalling area is, where they can get to the warm up area and find a good spot to stretch out. They should locate an area for a little “Quite time” before the race. They need to know where the bathrooms and locker rooms are – they need to know the environment that they will be competing in.

Solution: Arrive early enough to prior to race day and do some reconnaissance.

Sleeping/eating/recovery/ – manage yourself: The responsibility for a top performance is yours, not coach or mom or dad. Enjoy the experience.Confidence at and enjoyment of the Big Meet environment comes from knowing you had a total and through preparation – So I will not wish you luck at the Big Meet, because I consider luck as being prepared to take advantage of an opportunity!

Go to the Big Meet Knowing:

  • Knowing you have prepared to the best of your ability
  • Knowing the competition environment and challenge it
  • Knowing yourself
  • Knowing your opposition
  • Knowing the event
  • Knowing you can overcome any obstacles or difficulties presented to you


Excuses do not win races. Looking back at a lost championship meet and complaining that “if only I had a better warm up” or “if only I had better food to eat the night before” or if only I would have had more rest” do not bring back lost opportunities.Get it right the first time by preparing to meet the actual challenges of the competition environment

January 13, 2008 Posted by | Age Group | Leave a comment