Caffeine can be another fantastic tool.
Learning to implement it can increase performance. Over use it and it loses some of it's effect.
Start your race excited about the swim instead of dreading it!
A few things that improved our swimming has been drill work, keeping things short and consistency.
Why put yourself through the torture of the trainer?
You can't deny the advantages of having a solid base and you can't beat the specificity and lack of variables.
How do we get past the stress of feeling like we have to perform perfectly?
Trust the process. Keep in mind that one workout will not make or break you.
Go with your gut. Whatever your body or mind may be saying, be sure you listen.
Cheer up. Take a deep breath, think about how grateful you are to be able to do what you do, then get it done with a smile.
"Where focus goes, energy flows." - Tony Robbins
What if in order to have a good workout all you had to do was tell yourself, "This is going to be a good workout."