April 18, 2011 5:40 PM Subscribe
Tips on getting mentally prepared for my first mountain bike race.
posted by Hands of Manos to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For the past year I have been mountain biking and for the last 5 months I've been training for a beginner mountain bike race (12 miles or so).
I have a few people that have helped me going race-pace over a 22 mile technical course and I take spinning - I try to do both of these once a week.
So I feel confident in my mtb skills - at least for the physical side of things. However mentally I'm not so confident. I've had friends tell me what race etiquette is but I'm unsure how to mentally prepare and work through a race (and I know the psychology of a race has a lot to do with it).
Can anyone explain to me some of the things I should do before hand, what to expect while riding and how to bring it all in towards the finish line in hopes to possibly place (or, at most, not come in last).
FWIW: I ride a Trek Ex Cal Hardtail 29er and I could qualify for clydesdale class if I ate heavy the night before.