Mental preperation

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I was riding today and I was doing good until the last time around the track. I took a new line through a turn and fell. It was such a stupid fall and made me look like an idiot. It was just a dumb mistake that I did and i have been beating myself up for it all day. I have a race in 2 weeks and now I feel like i am not gunna do it because I suck. I feel like I suck at racing now because of falling in that turn. I just wanted to know if thos falls ever happen to other good riders and what you can do to get over it.
 

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Try riding that turn more. And keep doing it until you have it mastered and tthen you wont look like an idiot going around it.
 

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You may want to watch some past MX races featuring RC, JBS & CR...

They crash and burn quite a bit.. and sometimes the crashes are completely avoidable and stupid.

If they can get away with it, I'm sure you can too.
 
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apparently you made the mistake!

practice!, nobody cares that you fell, i know how you feel, it happens to everyone one time or another..

i've stopped getting embarrased, i just realize if its that funny to someone, let them laugh, now when i make mistakes i just laugh it off, o well, lifes gonna go on, why make it seem worse?
 
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2 things I ask of my son when he goes out in "practice". 1 change your lines every lap, you'll still know your fastest line for the race. This way you'll know you can make it through the non preferred line to make a pass if need be.

2 start at the back of the pack and practice passing your way through using those different lines.

On Thursday night practice the track is usually set up this way for the Saturday race. This is the night I ask him to do these things. Believe me he now has the confidence to run anywhere on the track at any given time.

Everybody likes running up high in those nice bowl turns, but it takes some technique to run it in hard and catch that inside rut. Practice practice this kind of stuff, even when my kid falls I pat him on the back for putting in the extra effort that most don't.
 
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Thanks a lot guys you helped me out a lot. I feel a lot better then before when I got home.
 
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Every body has those stupid little mishaps and after it's over you get up and look around to see how many are looking :nener:
 
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One of the most embarrassing things I've done while in a crowd was go to get on my bike and didn't get my leg thrown high enough to clear the back fender causing me and the bike to fall over, there I was laying on top of my bike with every one looking and some laughing. :uh:
 

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If you know you are gonna crash, and can make it look spectacular without hurting yourself, anyone else or your bike.. Make a show of it.. It might give them something good to talk about.
 
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defo26 said:
Thanks a lot guys you helped me out a lot. I feel a lot better then before when I got home.
A few things:

1.) Know you are doing things others barely dare to dream of.... For this you can keep your chin high, and feel good inside.....

2.)Looking for a coach... I talked to Brad of Club57 on the phone... He said this of the sport...."In MX we tend to learn how fast is too fast (etc.)by our crashes...."

You are talking about a sport that isn't terribly forgiving of the slightest errors.... But... that is exactly what makes it so special. You just got a bit of education on that one.

Lastly......


3.) Talk to yourself like you would a friend, a child... someone you care about. I do not believe you would be so unsupportive of another person... Talk to yourself in the same gentle voice you would those others. I say this from the other side of a lifetime of beating myself up. Ain't worth it. Trust me. You wouldn't bully others. Don't bully yourself.

The best runners I've ever known always finished a race and said "I could have run faster...." And usually... the came back and did just that.
 

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=olderndirtmom]A few things:

1.) Know you are doing things others barely dare to dream of....

2.)"In MX we tend to learn how fast is too fast (etc.)by our crashes"
This warms my heart :laugh:

You just got a bit of education on that one.

3.) Talk to yourself like you would a friend, a child... someone you care about. I do not believe you would be so unsupportive of another person...
Beautifully said! Thanks for that bit of wisdom - good for those young and "older".... :nod: Ken
P.S. You're not old! :nener: