PERFORMING WHEN IT COUNTS
So if you are a competitor, you are like me and probably love watching the Olympics. The 2014 Winter Olympic games bring athletes from around the world competing in 15 disciplines. Among my favorites are hockey, ski jumping, alpine skiing, bobsled, short track and snowboarding. It takes a talented athlete to reach the highest level and compete on team USA.
Composer and pressure at this level is all mental and you have to just go out there and do what you trained for.
Some athletes live for the pressure, while some choke when the lights are on. Pressure can cause a trained athlete to fail in the most important competition of his or her life. This last week we saw both amazing performances and disappointing ones. Pressure comes from within, parents, coaches and the team. How composed an athlete is plays a key part in the performance when it counts.
Some Pressurs are:
1. Expectation on yourself about winning 2. Pressure to live up to the expectations 3. Thoughts of fear of failure 4. Pressure to lose your position on the team 5. Pressure not to feel embarrassed
Performing on such a large world stage requires a certain mindset.
“The goal is to keep having fun. Not let that pressure get to me and still be Missy.” –Missy Franklin, US gold medalist in swimming
Before your at bat or performance in any sport, have a routine stretch that you do to get your mind relax. Whether it’s swing a bat, stretching your thighs, anything really that seems normal and helps remember this is what you do and love.
Smoothie of the week:
Chobani Honey, Cherry and Banana Yogurt
1 sliced banana
3/4 cup Chobani honey nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen cherries
4 teaspoons honey
2-3 ice cubes
Chobani Yogurt is all natural ingredients and won the Fitness 2013 Healthy Food awards for Greek Yogurts. It’s loaded with vitamins, protein, calcium and probiotics. It’s good bacteria that helps with digestion and faster recovery from workout. It can also help with high blood pressure.