This season I have had a few really long days at the pool. I have some tools that I have used in the past that I love, but I also discovered some new useful ones too.
- Compression socks- I love these. After a long day on a hard surface my legs feel good after taking my socks off.
- Clothes that breathe- make sure your clothing is comfortable and breathes,
- Where a hat if the lights bother you.
- Ear plugs can help when music gets TOO LOUD. I find loud music and poor lighting gives me a headache and I rarely get headaches.
- Running shoes- wear good shoes. The pool deck is not a great surface so protect your feet, legs and back.
- WATER- drink more water than you think you need.
- Protein drinks and bars- it can be challenging to find time to eat at times so I like to use Vega products to fuel at the pool. I am not vegan, but I find their products are easily digestible and taste good.
- NO CAFFIENE- don’t use caffeine to give you energy through the day.
- Limit sugar- go for foods or drinks that will fill you up. Sugar will make you keep coming back.
- Get lots of sleep before the competition.
- Plan outside time during your day even if just to get out the door and back in.
- Eat before your hungry. It will help you avoid the sugar.
- Schedule your eating on your competition plan.
- Get some exercise during the day. Walk outside, do a few sets of stairs, sneak some squats in. You will feel more energized.
- Plan ahead for needs. This includes your competition plan, when to eat, exercise, getting outside, talking to chaperones for help.
- Pack food. This will ensure you have healthy choices on hand.
- Pack an extra water bottle. Nothing worst than being thirsty at a pool.
I hope this will help you feel great while coaching through those long competition days.
What strategies do you use to thrive at competitions? Share over on Facebook or comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Yours in Synchro,