Reflecting on the poor performance on Saturday

The reason behind my poor performance was more mental than physical. I crashed by pushing the envelope too much, which was caused by anxiety, which was caused by lack of confidence.

Next race I will stick to the game plan and will

Dr. Cohn writes in his article on mental abilities for motocross racers about mental tune-up before the race.  He highlights the following points to cover:

  • confidence
  • focus
  • ability to perform naturally and instinctively
  • relax and try less when you want to win badly
  • handle errors
  • mental prep

While these suggestions are more for a motocross racer, I find all of these very important for XC racing.


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