I still tend to lose my breath and my heart starts racing right before I get on the blocks. Well, according to those that study performances and such, the breathlessness and racing heartbeat is all about nerves. Duh!, right?
There is a operatic technique to 'reboot' your lungs when nervous. What a stupid thing to say but I found this blog post right up my alley. So, the swim meet ain't over till the skinny girl swims! [Link]
I originally found this post at Digg.com: [Link]
Photo from Roger Martin's photostream at Flickr.com. Direct link to the photo: [Link]