Monday, November 5, 2012

Great fun at Nationals

I’ve never had so much fun at Nationals before. The fact that Vibe ranked 1st in the Advanced division was just icing on the cake. Don’t get me wrong; the first jumps of each meet day were edgy. But with those rounds out of the way, the remaining skydives were genuinely enjoyable. Here are a few things we did that really helped us perform:

  • We showed up confident in our ability to perform under pressure. This stemmed directly from attending NSL meets to supplement our training. We developed a comfortable competition routine and learned to relax and have fun between competition rounds.
  • We trained enough to overcome all sorts of distractions: distracting peers on the airplane, camera failures, long holding patterns at altitude, and fast jump runs.
  • We showed up in Eloy to have fun without taking ourselves too seriously.

The confidence in our ability to perform despite pressure and distractions really went a long way. Great team chemistry helped keep things light-hearted. You can bet I’ll be looking to reproduce the same conditions in the meets to come.

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