I just have to write this before I forget, having a morning fresh in memory with pre-race nerves.
These are my symptoms when I am nervous. I dont think they ever will go away but there are some migitgating things that can be done.
I always feel a little sick or unwell when I wake up. Either its a high HR or maybe feeling drained or dizzy. Always something, I sometimes my mind is playing tricks to lure me into a day on the sofa in stead “because I am sick” fight/flight-mode, but with the flight-part chosen as the best strategy
How to mitigate? Well its just experience, I know its not “real”. Listning to upbeat and positive music helps to get me into “fight” mode
I need to pee all the time. Added to the fact I need hydrate too, I also pee out of nervousness. I just need to make sure I have facilities to use so that doesnt become a stress factor too
Apetite loss. I can wake up hungry but as soon as i start stuffing my mouth I am just not hungry. The only answer here is to force feed myself. I eat stuff I like, like my favourite oatmeal combo. I need a lot of time to eat. I also supplement with carb loading drinks and protein shake to make sure I have enough of the good stuff
The before mentioned fight/flight-mode is a modus that makes the brain blurry and not very up for doing advanced thinking. My morning has to be very easy, so I pack and prepare all I can the day before. If I need to think and plan it totally throws me into that not-so-nice-to-people-around-me-mode so I am not doing that. Its also stress I dont want/need.
I also have a ritual before IRL outside races. I dont really use much make up but I always put on some eyeliner and eyebrow-make up to just mark my eyes a little bit. It doesnt sweat away and it makes me feel a little bit better. Its silly but rituals usually are silly Yes there is some vanity in play here. LOL.
Please share symptoms and what you do! Both funny and serious things.