So, you've signed in, you've warmed up and now you've been called into the call room along with the other athletes you will be competing against.
It is at this stage where your mental preparation needs to be on point. You need to acknowledge that at this stage there's not much more you can do, all that there is left to do is to remain calm and focused. Remaining calm and focus is easier said than done, as other athletes may try to distract you or intimidate you, in other words, get in your head.
In order to combat this, you can either engage in the banter and try and get into their head space or simply ignore and stay in the moment.
To 'stay in the moment/zone' there are some interesting mental preparation techniques that you can use:
One of which is rubbing your index finger against your thumb attempting to feel your fingerprints. I know it sounds bizarre, however the objective of this exercise is to avoid being distracted by your competitors and all the chaos that can become very overwhelming and put you off, by giving your mind a very simple and achievable exercise that will hopefully keep you calm and focused.
Another similar technique is to have an elastic band on your wrist, pull it and let go every time you become distracted. It keeps your mind focused on the pinching sensation on your wrist as a pose to your competitors or other distractions.