Music is always a good idea.
I try to visualize a door and when I step inside it is time to focus and to win!
It is important to not think about what others are doing. Focus on yourself and try to shut everything else out. Hold up your arms and visualize your zone.
Take yourself away for some time on your own so you have some headspace.
Prepare to suffer and to perform!
…But don’t think too much - just go for it and the hours will fly by. It’s amazing how long you can exercise for.
Breakfast with lots of time. No stress allowed before a race.
Good music. It can really make me push that extra. During the Olympics I listened a lot to Tomas Stenstöm’s ”Allt jag har”, (”All I got”).
Shake the thighs. Especially in between sprint heats. It’s great for recovery and to get in the zone… and maybe a bit placebo. ;)
When I arrive to the competition I go straight to a bench to lay on my back and listen to music.
If we can’t warm up in the arena I usually go in just to visualize myself in scenarios where I perform the way I wish.
I also watch video clips of myself where I did a good performance. Then I really get pumped and feel the perfect level of nervousness in order to do my best!
Music! I created a list in 2017 prior JVC in Soldier Hollow. It definitely puts me in a competitive performance mode.
Testing skis and warming up. It’s a crucial preparation to feel ready and at one with your skis.
One of the last things I do is to change to the gloves I complete in. Then it really feels like ’go time’!
Music 90 min before a race to get in to the focus bubble.
I take a deep breath at the start line…
… and during 10 seconds I repeat my mantra for the day. It could be : ”start offensive”, ”follow that back” or ”run progressively the last 400 meters.”