Here I am – the last moments before it all begins"
A mixture of tension and anticipation for the coming race. You concentrate on the little and last details to make sure you have as strong a start as possible and swim with the break-out group from the beginning. This is extremely important as it can save you a lot of valuable energy to go with their flow. I am usually not as nervous at this point as I used to be, and so now, enjoy the special mood that’s going on around the start. This allows me to relax and concentrate on the essentials and making the right early decisions instead of spending unnecessary emotional energy or getting overly-excited about all that’s to come.