Problem 3: Race anxiety
Worrying about achieving a goal time can be paralyzing. So can stressing about flat tires, mechanicals, goggle glitches, crashing, bonking, hurting, etc.
Solved: “You want to make that [mental] transition in the race to be subconscious, where you’re clicking into autopilot,” Carr says.
Walker recommends sleeping well a few nights before race day. “Assume you’re not going to get a good night’s sleep the night before the race, and then don’t worry about it, because you know you have a bit in the bank,” she says. Also, make sure all of your gear and nutrition is ready to go the night before. “Then make sure you give yourself extra time to get to the race. As soon as you rush, you’ll trigger that anxiety response,” Walker says. “Breathe through it.”