I’ve put some amount of thought I to this.
Normally I know I don’t drunk enough water, but I do try to make sure I am well hydrated starting a couple days before a match. Besides the normal advantages to being well hydrated, one of the first consequences of dehydration is a degradation of eye sight.
I wanted to start doing some cardio last year to help maintain a slower heart rate on the clock. That never happened, maybe this year. I think just as important is keeping a clear, calm mindset.
I think regular stretching of some sort could be a spot where a lot of guys could see improvement. I’m not super flexible but I am a good bit more flexible then most. I have watched many guys struggle on certain stages that I have easily shot because my flexibility allowed me to create a comfortable and stable position others could not.
Gear wise, I always try to shot in a a t-shirt of some kind. Unless it is super old I am stripping down to that layer. I have found I will get the rifle tangled up in a heavier sweatshirt regularly and heavier jackets effect stock placement on my shoulder and are not as repeatable.
I like wearing a taller boot for the added ankle support. I’ve considered trying something different that’s a bit lighter. I don’t think the boots inhibit me during the match, but the added weight may just be adding to the fatigue at the end of the day.