Swimming World Presents Mental Prep: Before The Beep With Nathan Adrian

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Mental Prep: Before The Beep With Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian’s particular pre-race thoughts and practices complement the precision of his swimming. The defending Olympic gold medalist in the 100 free describes four phases of his mental and physical preparation leading up to the final of a big race: at the hotel, warm-up, ready room and behind the blocks.

Adrian, a three-time Olympic gold medalist reflects,  “I don’t have final thoughts—and that’s a conscious (effort). I try to clear my mind…. Especially at Trials or the Olympics, I think it’s important to recognize and appreciate where you are. Who would have thought, as a 10-year-old, that’s where we’d be? I take a moment to appreciate that.”

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1 comment

  1. avatar
    Sirkku Henkari Tampio

    BTW, out of curiosity: what is the history of the beep sound, why is like it is? Where and when was it invented and is it based on some kind of a FINA standard?