Time to execute.
In Stage 2 you have put so much sweat and work into it. Now it is time to use your new skillset, time to see how good your preperation has been. Be excited but don’t be nervous. It is all about yourself. Enjoy your target competition. You have done everything you could do. If this was not enough to reach your goal then do not think about it now. Therefore you have still Stage 4 coming up. Often sailors are already frustrated after the first day of sailing and start thinking about what they should have trained differently. Instead of staying focussed to get the best out of yourself and try to improve through the series the already give up right at the beginning. You are not here to give up. You are here to execute. You are here to give your best.
It is really important to have strong support behind you. This could be a sailing friend that is also competing (but on a different level), a coach or also a family member or close friend who has no idea about sailing but understands how important this competition is for you and believes in you. When everything runs smoothly this person will mainly be there to hang out and have fun before and after the racing. He or she gets really important when things go wrong and you are frustrated and you need to be motivated to move on. In many events these persons helped the participating sailors to change back into a winner’s mindset.
Prepare what you can prepare
During your target competition you don’t want to be distracted. You want to be able to focus on the things that really matter. Therefore make sure that you don’t have to think about what happens around the sailing. It can be quite stressful to search for a supermarket or a place to eat after a long day on the water. You need to recharge your batteries as soon as possible after the racing. These things can be prepared before the Event. Buy whatever you need to be able to cook something by yourself. Also prepare a quick snack that can help you to bypass the time you might have to wait around in a protest situation. There might also be a support serson that helps you with the things around the sailing so that you do not have to worry about it.
Stick to routines
Keep it simple and stick to routines. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, get up at the same time every morning. Have a set breakfast time and know when you want to get dressed and launch your boat. Check the weather forecast, do your venue Analysis for the day. On the water go through the checklist before the start. Tick every single topic on your checklist and make sure that you have enough time. All these routines help you to calm down. You don’t have to think about them. You are able to focus on the things that really matter.
Take time to relax
Take your time to relax. Some like to meditate, go for a little walk, others like to listen to music. Whatever helps you to relax is good. Try to spend some time on your own to feel into your body and see what you really need. At major events often others want to take you out for dinner or do something with you as they might not have seen you for a long time. But this event that is your target competition is yours. So make sure you do everything you need to perform at your best. Look after yourself and don’t worry too much about others.