How to Prepare For Your First Swimming Race

How to Prepare For Your First Swimming Race

You’ve committed to the early mornings, maybe even the late nights. Missed out on social events and have pushed your body further than before. Now it’s just a few days before your first swimming race. We’re here to help, so here are our top preparation tips so you’re ready for the big day


And we don’t just mean your gear. We’re talking preparing your meals for the entire day, including breakfast so you don’t have to rush around in the morning and risk forgetting. Confirm your travel, check if you have your tickets and ID, sort out what snacks you’ll need throughout the day, which bag you are taking, water bottles, dry clothes, team kit, dry towels, headphones. Organise all of this before the big day so you can stay focused in the lead up to your race.



Not just the hours leading up to your race. Letting your body know it’s time to race starts well before race day. Typically, training might slow down prior to your race, which means your body will start slowing down too. Give your body time to get back into it with a few good night’s sleep before race day. Keep your meals consistent, if you following a strict diet don’t stumble now. You don’t want your stomach distracting you. Drink plenty of water and remember to stretch well before you even hit the water.



Get yourself in your zone. That bubble is your safe place where you leave out anything else going on in your life that can distract you from your end game. Leave it out of your zone. Plug your headphones in and get ready to race.



Swimming meets are pretty crazy, so make sure you arrive early. You don’t want to be rushing around, getting stressed and burning unnecessary energy. Know your event, your heat numbers, race times, block position. Don’t depend on anyone else to provide you with this information, make sure you know this for yourself.



You’re prepared, you’re organised, you’re in your zone. Concentrate on the race itself, work through your strategy in your head. Race hard. 100% effort. Maximum input. Visualise how you want the race to plan out. Keep to realistic goals from your training and go for it. One key part of racing, and racing well, is not getting too overwhelmed with any potential outcome. Just concentrate on the job in hand - it’s time to race!



Well done, regardless of the result, that was your first race and you did it! Be proud of yourself and happy of your accomplishments. First race down – this could open lots of new opportunities for you and your confidence. Chat to your coach about your results, it is important you have this talk sooner rather than later so the race is fresh in your mind, and you can get some great feedback of your performance for future races. Have a shower, warm up, throw on your kit and find your team mates, you’re all part of one team so be there for each other and enjoy the rest of the day!


These six steps will help you prepare for your first swimming race, but remember that competing in your first swim meet is meant to be fun. So, race hard, swim fast, crack a smile, and enjoy. Good luck!


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