Many athletes are getting ready to push on with their sporting events, so it is a good time to remember;
“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” and that could not be more true than when are working on our competition plans. For many, the physical preparations like getting kit prepared, travel arrangements made, getting a training plan in place are very easy, but not every athlete knows that it is not only your body, but your mind too that needs to prepare for your competition(s). I have know athletes turn up with key pieces of their equipment missing, left at home or at the gym. Others turning up on the wrong day or even at the wrong venue, but then we all make mistakes, don’t we?
Whatever level you compete at, having a plan for not only the event itself, but for the preceding preparation time is key. The more you can prepare ahead of time, like practising your test/event time and time again until it becomes second nature, the less you have to stress about on the day(s) of the event.
Plan ahead and you will be as successful as you want to be, but do you know what you really want to achieve?