Starting Fresh

Loretta Lynn’s has come and gone once again.  A lot of the sweat, blood (hopefully not too much) and tears have poured into the preparation for this week long event.  So many hopeful families have put so much into this and look forward to winning the big show.  If you did well, then congratulation is in order.  If not, there is nothing to worry about.  There are so many things that can go wrong and so few things that can go right.  Now that Loretta’s is finished, it is now time to start looking ahead.  Dwelling on defeat will only lead to more lackluster results.

Confidence plays a huge role in racing.  When you keep thinking about the results you don’t want, your whole outlook changes.  Frustration sets in and sometimes you feel like you need to change your whole program up.  Look back at Ricky’s jump from the 125’s to the 250’s.  There was no doubt some frustration in the Carmichael camp, but they took something from each race and worked up from there.  They took each loss in stride and kept moving forward.

Once that confidence leaves you, doubt fills that void.  When this happens, you second guess your abilities as a rider and tend to over think your riding.  It is a terrible feeling to put everything you have in the gym and training only to come up short on your goals, but the only option is to keep looking ahead and improve.  Again, look at RC4.  He put his head down, trained his ass off and took down the King of Supercross.  Once he got his confidence back, he started riding like he knew he could.

If you didn’t make it to Loretta Lynn’s, don’t fret.  There is always next year.  Learning from your mistakes is certainly the hard way, but if you overcome those past mishaps, it will make you a stronger rider.  Like I said before, if you didn’t do well in your qualifiers, it happens to everyone and it is not the end of the world.  Concentrate on moving ahead with your program and look forward to next year.  As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”

Posted on Aug 08 2011, under Training | No Comments »

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