Racing the Track

It has been a while since I have written an article, but between exams and moving out of my apartment, I have been going like crazy.  But, I have something to look forward to….nationals.  This goes for professional and amateur.  By now, most of the Area Qualifiers are finished up and the Regional Qualifiers are shaping up.  The Area races are more like your local races with a few new people.  But for the most part, you will be racing some familiar faces.  However, once you get to the Regional race, there are going to some big names.

No matter what region you are from or what class you race, there is always going to be one person that everyone is worried about.  I can remember when I was at an Area Qualifier a few years back and there was one guy I was always worried about.  He was consistently up front and I could never catch him.  So, the whole time I was on the line, I was thinking about how fast he was.  I doubted myself and my abilities before my bike was even started.  This negative thinking played a big part and screwed up my race.

One of my biggest problems was that I would always put the “faster” person on a pedestal.  I would compare myself to them and always seem to trick myself into thinking they were so much better than me.  These kids who you see on videos and in magazines are just like you.  They are human and they can be beaten.  However, instead of trying to race them, race the track.

That is how every great rider trains and keeps their speed up.  When you stop worrying about who is on the gate with you and you ride the track, it is easier for you to get in the “zone” and settle into a fast race pace.  You almost need to look at the other riders as moving obstacles.  They are just in the way and you just need to get around them.  That’s it.  Attacking the track will help you keep your lap times down and you will always be charging when others are cruising.

If you qualified for a Regional race, congrats.  Just remember that everyone on the gate has two arms and two legs like you do.  Race the track and don’t worry about the other riders.


Posted on May 05 2010, under Riding Techniques, Training | No Comments »

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