Kona Week: Combat Negative Pre-Race Thoughts

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Oct 9, 2013
  • Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM UTC
Photo: Hugh Gentry

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.”

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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