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That said, food on the day is important to me. I eat low-GI foods like oats, bananas, and I love dates and un-sulphured apricots. I’m also a fan of coconut water. I usually make a juice or have some homemade Kombocha (pineapple & mango, ginger, turmeric & lime, and hibiscus & pineapple are the ones I've been playing with lately). I also take some soaked almonds with me, as well as a packed lunch. Fuel and hydration is so important and I love eating.
The night before a game, I like to imagine how well the game is going to go. I remember how awesome my team mates are, that I trust them and they trust me, and that it’s going to be so much fun. And mostly importantly I remember why I am here: because I love it!
Victor E Dance
I always have clean pads for a game and tidy out my bag, make sure I’ve got tape, tools, and get rid of all the rubbish and stank. I get all this done on an evening and then tinker with my skates, make sure nuts are tight, etc. I have a bath, do a post-bath stretch to some music and head to bed.
On the day I have an awesome breakfast, like homemade baked beans on eggy crumpets with lots of tea and water. When I’m at the venue I tend to try and zone out to some music, keep mobile and keep smiling, because despite being nervous I want it to be fun. I have a tendency to lose my shit on track and get lots of penalties if I get mega excited before the game, so staying calm and keeping mobile is key.
Right before the game, I tense everything from my toes to my scalp and hold and release with some good deep breaths, meaning my muscles are engaged and when I go and line up for the first time I do the same.