BASE Jumping from the Istanbul Sapphire Tower – ProBASE World Cup Tour

The competition season is about to begin and I’m gearing up for some serious BASE Jumping at the first event of the ProBASE World Cup Tour in 2013.  This time next week I’ll be in Istanbul and will have already done some building BASE jumps in the middle of the City.

Alastair Macartney is one of the favourites for the ProBASE World Cup Tour and will be leaping from the 238m Istanbul Sapphire Tower. The Sapphire Tower is the tallest residential building in Europe.

Last year, at this same event, I won the bronze medal.  Conditions were tough with bumpy, turbulent wind – it definitely sorted the men out from the boys, the women out from the girls.  So, this year, I feel have pressure on me to perform.

Standing on the roof of a building hundreds of feet up, looking over the edge, about to leap can be nerve racking enough.  I’m keen to put this added pressure out of my mind.  I’ll be focussing on each jump individually.

I have the advantage that I’ve been to this exact location and jumped there before.  That means my preparation for these specific jumps can start well in advance.  I can sit at home and visualize the jumps.  I can visualize success – good exit, timely freefall delay, on heading opening, accurate flight pattern and precision landing.  It sounds easy.

Of course, I am also spending time visualizing my Actions On (explained in this blog post) – should something else happen I will be better prepared to react with split-second judgement and make the correct decision.  But I’m concluding my visualization with my successful outcome.

When I leap from the 238m Istanbul Sapphire I need to be confident in my ability to perform.  I will be in front of my peers, there will be TV cameras and a live crowd of spectators.  I need to be able to dial it in, focus on what I do best and not be distracted.  Visualizing all these distractions ahead of time will better prepare me – this is a scenario where I need to be prepared.

I’ve been re-watching video of last years jumps as well.  You can see some of the actual competition jumps in this Jump4Heroes compilation video entitled Pushing The Limits.

This style of preparation has helped me in the past and, fingers crossed, it will help me again this year.

The line up of competitors will be tough.  With people like Chris “Douggs” McDougall, Rami Kajala, Jamie Flynn, Jay Moledzki and Justine Edde in the line up it’s going to be tough.

Wish me luck.

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