Psych Out: Dealing With Race-Day Anxiety

  • By Erin Beresini
  • Published Jun 24, 2014
Photo: Kurt Hoy

3. Quit thinking about your time.

“It’s good to have a goal because that’s what gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you going,” Dixon says. “But as you come into the race, if you’re still thinking about a time you want to do, a qualification you want to achieve, or a podium you want to step on, you’re almost doomed for failure.” Why? You’re thinking about what you need to get done two, four or eight-plus hours ahead of time instead of what you can control right now. The fix? Ten days before your event, start thinking less about that specific goal and more about everything you can control, like fueling properly and getting enough sleep. “It’ll give you something productive to focus on and hopefully enable your body to do what it’s trained to do,” Dixon says.

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