AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wayne, New Jersey
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There are two kinds of confidence - Rider Confidence and Equipment Confidence.
If either of these two are off slightly, it can spell disaster.
You can't question your equipment. You have to know it is set up right or at least well enough. Rushing is the absolute biggest enemy. Make sure the gas is in the tank, the tire warmers are on and plugged in, the air pressure in your tires is set, all the fasterners are tight...Then, once you get on that bike, you have to banish all thoughts of it completely and focus on....
This is your self confidence. Your belief in your self that you are the man and that you are at the top of your game and ability. This isn't to say that you are telling yourself that you are better than everyone else out there (though that doesn't always hurt either to convice yourself that you are going to dominate) but that you have complete belief in your ability to perform at your peak level. You have no doubt that you are ready to take on the track and challenge yourself to be the best. You tune everyone else out entirely. Who cares about the people around you. You are here to challenge yourself to be the best that you possibly can be.
Even if I don't win, but feel as though I have progessed from the last time I was out, I leave happy and satisfied.
If you can find your inner harmony, a bit of zen with yourself, before you get on that starting grid you will be that much better off.
Racing is extremely mental and can also be mentally punishing if you have any element of doubt in your mind at all. The best way to avoid mental defeat is to be properly prepared, organized and ready with both your equipment and your thoughts.
NE/Mid-Atlantic CCS/ASRA #973
2006 NE CCS/LRRS Amateur Champion
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