This has been far easier when I'm positive about my training and ability. A recent physical and mental 'slump' resulted in me losing a lot of ground in my apnoeic tolerance which doesn't help to build your confidence when it's most needed. Thankfully it comes back quickly with some rest and time to refocus.
The truth is we don't really know what we're capable of. But I do know that I'm able to perform my best when I'm feeling positive and rested. I've taken some tips from Canadian triathlete and yoga teacher Sage Rountree in how to effectively recover from training and performances so as to bounce back for the nest session.
I've been very lucky to receive regular sports massage from Ben Andrews and often watch TV rolling up and down a foam cylinder!
I'm a fan of Vega nutritional and recovery drinks although they are expensive and difficult to get hold of in the UK. I swear that my diet, along with my yoga and fitness training, has kept me injury and illness free since October - I still haven't caught the cold bug that has been doing the rounds at work for months.
If you're interested in learning more about how I train for freediving then please get in touch as I may have a course or online programme to suit you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org