I lol'd at Dsheppz. He was so nervous before his first 4BLD WR.It's something I've been thinking about (and getting annoyed about) for a very long time...
I once asked Daniel (Sheppz) how he could be so close to his solve times at home in every event and he said 'Why, what other speed am I supposed to be?'.
I think this says an awful lot about the attitude good competitors have which you see in a lot of sports - don't doubt yourself too much, don't think 'because it's a competition I'll do x thing differently', don't think anything more than just 'lolk solve time now'.
Putting that into practise is another thing entirely, however...
Ooo, does that mean I won´t be nervous anymore after 10 more comps?I just don't care. When you've competed 89 times, you don't get nervous.
Actually I don't like practising lots before a comp. It makes me care too much. Instead, practise during the months before, and not much in the week leading up to it, just so that you forget how good you are at an event!1) Practice a lot beforehand so that everything about your solving becomes muscle memory. This will help you be able to know what to do even when you're under pressure.
I like having people around who I'm comfortable with, especially the judge. A bit of a light-hearted atmosphere helps me. Before starting a bld attempt I do have a short focus time after the joke or two though.3) At the competition on the day of, try not to talk to people between solves. It's nice to talk to people yes, but if you talk to people between solves you lose your focus. Put on your blindfold/earmuffs/headphones etc. to make it obvious that you're concentrating right now and don't want to talk to anyone.
Yes yes yes! I used to care so much about getting NRs and winning events and stuff. Now I realise that beating people doesn't make me a better person than them, so why am I trying so hard to do so? For me, I prefer to aim to live up to my own expectations. So in 4bld, beating my own WR didn't mean much more to me than getting an OPB, which I knew I could well do. It's just a comp after all, so why not just do what you do the same at home?5) Compete inwardly, NOT outwardly.
Competing inwardly means to compete such as to beat your own personal goals, as they relate to your times only. Try to beat the result you got at the last competition (beat the time you got, NOT your placement in the competition). Try to beat your pb single or average, etc.
Competing outwardly means "I will beat YOU". An example is "I will place in the top 10", or "I will podium", or "I will break the WR". Competing outwardly is VERY stressful, but competing inwardly is not as much.
This really helps me. That's why I like to do everything - if I happen to have a really bad day for BLD (which definitely happens sometimes), I can at least enjoy the fact that I maybe got a PB in something else. It's nice to have something to feel good about at every competition.One other thought - do lots of events. Keeps your mind off your 'main' events during the rest of the day. Also, if you fail in those, you're bound to have got some randomly nice results in the other events.
Remember a time in competition that you got really, really nervous and did not perform well - then don't do that this time.
I haven't done a comp, yet, but I just do high-intensity stuff before I can think about it. If I can't do that, I just close my eyes and breathe slowly.I think that this is a thread worth bumping. Although the odds are slim, I have a chance at the Square-1 podium at Western Championships 2020. Yes, I know this competition is not guaranteed to happen and could be delayed or canceled. anyway, I want to know what keeps you guys calm in competitions. I have an issue with psyching myself out. During a 6x6 solve, I finished reduction and made the mistake of looking at the timer and saw that It was very possible to get the SR single and secure a podium. That solve had a 50-second 3x3 stage and I got 4th. I need help to calm myself down. I am used to competition-like high-stress environments but for some reason, I can easily calm myself down during those situations. Most of those situations are sports games. My main sport is Football (not futbol I'm talking American football) and I am somehow able to subconsciously zone in and focus to the point where the only thing that I can think about or sometimes even visualize/see is my opposing lineman and the quarterback (I play DT and DE). I want to be able to take this to my advantage and find a way to trick myself to focus-in to an incredible degree like I can while playing sports. I have also tried to listen to calming lyricless music while practicing and listen to that same music before I compete. What have you guys done to help calm yourselves and what has worked best?
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