I set out years ago to become the fastest swimmer on the planet, and in doing so, ultimately became the most consistent sprinter in history! These are the learnings I've taken along the way. I hope this playlist helps you become consistent in your competition's.
Technical and physical improvements to the 50 freestyle can help minimize mistakes and make for a faster swim.
I focus on one race at a time and strive to do my best in it, instead of spreading myself thin among multiple races.
We're here to strive for continual improvement.
You should not look when racing relays, unless you are tweaking your body position.
Positive self-talk is an important tool to use in both competition and everyday life. It is important to be kind and gentle with yourself when using it, as your brain and body will take everything you say as truth.
I prepare myself for the meet by working hard and focusing on what I'm capable of. This helps me build my confidence and stay focused before the meet.
Winning the 400 freestyle relay at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and breaking the meet record showed me that I was on the right path and could accomplish something big as part of the national team.
Have a clear head and be prepared, and you can handle anything that comes your way.
I visualize myself winning and anticipate any good or bad outcomes to stay focused.
Focus on what you need to do, save your energy for races, relax and meditate between races, and visualize for the next race.
Consistency is key to achieving high performance and developing the confidence to do so. Develop a routine and stick with it, both in terms of workouts and day-to-day habits, to ensure you remain on track.
Easily digestible carbs and light proteins.
Get back to work and talk with your coaches to figure out what went wrong and how to do better next time.
I think every aspect of preparation is equally important and should not be prioritized over each other.
I gave up trying to figure out this problem.
Take a deep breath and remember to breathe.
We are preparing like normal but with the goal of doing everything better.
Stop focusing on your competitors and focus on yourself. Stay in your lane and don't worry about what other people are doing.
I don't get as nervous as I used to before races, but it's important to remember that racing is the best part of what we do and that you should remind yourself why you love it. That way, it will bring you good feelings.
If it's a domestic meet, I get there a couple days before. If it's an international meet, I usually give one extra day per hour of difference from where I live.
Try to relax and have fun while racing, even though it's hard to do when dealing with anxiety. Remember that in the end, it's just swimming.
Everyone can go through a workout, but to become a real athlete you need to pay attention to the details like sleeping, eating right and resting. No excuses, do it or don't.
Instead of trying to escape from pressure, I try to embrace it and use it as motivation to do my best.
After qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London, I had high expectations and ended up finishing fourth in my event. This motivated me to work harder and develop a work ethic that eventually led to better results in future years.
I try to get my heart rate and lactate levels up by doing different types of workouts before a race, aiming for a lactate level between 8-13 points.
Before my race, I focus and visualize to find a state of concentration and flow. It's like meditating before the race.
I'm believing in my purpose, doing the work and putting in the effort, and trusting in the process to get me where I want to be.
I believe that being ready for any competition or event means performing consistently every day in practice, getting the proper nutrition and rest, and taking care of stress on a daily basis. Building excellence is not something done isolated, it is a habit that one builds with consistency over time.