Proper Preparation Prevents Poor PWA Performance. Part 2
1.What you think about and do to focus, relax, or get amped-up before a race or heat?
Klaas Voget (G-4 Fanatic / NeilPryde) – 'Before a heat I try to relax as much as possible. It works best with listening to music just before the heat.’
Scott McKercher (KA-181 Starboard / Severne) –‘I try to clear my brain, and have no expectation as to the outcome of the heat…and try and become detached. For amping I use what any red-blooded Aussie would - AC/DC!’
2. What are your techniques, your mental reminders and thought processes?
Klaas – ‘I think about the moves I can do, and I imagine doing them. I also think about what move to start with and what I’m gonna do if I miss the first one. When I know what I’m going to do, especially if I miss a move, I can stay more relaxed and sail better’
Scott –‘ Just to go and don't be cautious. I try and find my own natural rhythm, and just go and find the flow and have fun with it. I also try not to take it too seriously’
3. Who taught you or influenced you in your thinking?
Klaas – ‘My own experience, plus I had some sports-psychology lessons in university’
Scott – ‘My mistakes. Buddha’
4. Tell us how that started, and how this system works for you?
Klaas – ‘I started with this last year, and it works well. I’m much more relaxed yet concentrated at the same time’
Scott – ‘15 years of doing the tour, and so many self help books I can't remember them!’
5. Did you have difficulty before you used a system to prepare, and has it made your performance better?
Klaas – ‘I used to have problems If I missed my first move. I would panic, and that made me more nervous...’
Scott – ‘Yeah. I’d get angry really easily if I messed up. I can recover much better these days after mistakes’
© PWA / Brian McDowell