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:
- 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.