Yesterday I was thinking about stuff as I am wont to do pre-race, and I posed the question
“What’s going through your mind in the pits as you sit there waiting for the track to clear and the race to start?”
What I personally find surprising is how oddly I am able to contain the anxiety and excitement. Mostly I think about the potential of the race, what will this look like? How will it play out? In the week or so leading up to race, I’m a basket case but in the saddle I am quite calm.
All the work is done well ahead of time. To the extent that I can. I ran, I simmed, I talked and read. What comes next is the output of all that in the wildly variable world of racing, I understand that each race is unique and there’s a significant chance that I will DNF for some reason or other. That’s not something you can control.
Basically I go dark, sorta. I guess I’ve learned that my natural anxiety is counter productive and that control is basically an illusion. What will be will be. Adapt, improvise, and just race.
So, in the minutes before the start, what’s percolating in your noggin and does it hurt or help?