Championship Mentality

I get a lot of inspiration from the races each weekend. I really believe that watching the best racers is one of the most effective ways to get faster. However, not only can you observe techniques and line choices, but you can also see exactly what it takes to win a championship. At the end of the Supercross season, I had a new respect for Chad Reed and after this weekend I have converted into a Reed fan.

A few years ago, it seemed as though Chad would complain about everything. In my personal opinion, he was pissed because he was getting beat straight up by Carmichael then Stewart. When he created his own team, I had my doubts. Yet, he seemed to change completely. You could see it in his interviews and demeanor on the podium. He seemed to enjoy what he was doing again.

The ridiculous crash at Millville was one that no one will forget. What Reed did after falling from the stratosphere amazed me: he got up, brushed himself off and limped to his bike. The Aussie then went back out and made his way to 14th. Are you kidding me? I am pretty sure I have never seen more heart in my entire life.

He just epitomized what motocross is in about 30 seconds. He has proved to everyone that is ready to fight to the end for this championship and I think any racer that is serious about moto should look at this scenario. I am not saying you are not serious unless you pull something off like Reed’s skydiving attempt, but committing to something takes more than saying you want it. Whether it is the atmosphere of his team, equipment or his son Tate, Chad has found a combination that he needed.

Any racer can look at where Reed was a few years ago and see how well he is doing now. He seemed like he was frustrated with his program and just couldn’t find that extra bit of speed. Now he is fighting to stay in the points lead after the biggest crash since Doug Henry’s. If you are feeling burnt out or you are not motivated to ride, step back and look at your situation. Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Is someone else putting too much pressure on you? When you find what the problem is, you can eliminate it and start moving forward again.

Remember why you ride and that is to have a good time. Reed is riding like it is the last time he will ever throw a leg over a bike. Don’t take this for granted. When you start having fun again, that intrinsic motivation comes out and drives you to become the best. That is where the heart comes in. You get back on your bike after a wreck because you want to finish and do your best, not idle back to the truck. And with Loretta’s coming in a few weeks, this is not the time to slack off. Hard work and dedication pay off and Chad Reed just demonstrated that.


Posted on Jul 19 2011, under Training | 1 Comment »


One Response to “Championship Mentality”

  1. Well Said !!!

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