Negative thought: You can’t shake your nerves on race morning.
Combat it: “Translate your nervousness into ‘arousal,’” Winsberg says. “Everyone gets nervous. Joe Montana used to get nervous before every game—the best athletes still get nervous. It’s a part of competing and you have to reframe it as arousal. You need some nervousness to race well. Being too blazé is not a good way to start a race. Just think of it as getting fired up.”