When I was competing as a professional kayaker (I won 6 world championships) I always used music in my preparation the morning of a race. I had a handful of favourite tracks, the usual ones such as ‘I am the worlds greatest’ – by R Kelly and sound track from the Ali film or another favourite was a Queen song, ‘Don’t stop me now’. For me it wasn’t so much about the rhythm it was more about the lyrics and their meaning. For example if I was competing now I think Happy by Pharrell Williams would be a choice if I was nervous and getting stressed. I listen out for lyrics that I want to be aligned with my self talk. Certain songs would make me feel fired up and ready to compete, it was powerful.