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Seacrest wasn't the only race in which Amy faced mud
Cunningham Cross in Omaha did as well. Fall 2015

It may seem counter-intuitive, but sports are far more mental than physical. You can train all you want, but if you don’t have your game face on for the race, things will not go well. Case in point: Seacrest #2.

I like to show up to races early. Plenty of time to prep, ride through the course, and calm myself down
before the race starts. Last week, we showed up later than planned and as I was unloading my bike, an announcement stated that my race started in 5 min. This was exactly enough time to register, make a guess about proper tire pressure, and get some advice about the course from those smart enough to
show up early.

Basically, I was in panic mode. As we lined up to start the race, I noticed that everybody else was wearing gloves. Mine were locked in the van halfway across the parking lot. Not good. Did I mention
that it was raining? Shortly after this revelation, the race started and about 200 yds later, when I finally got clipped in properly, I was firmly in last place.

In short, almost everything that could go wrong had and my brain insisted upon reminding me of this
constantly for the first 5 mins. Eventually I realized that there was nothing I could do to fix the way things started, but I could still make the most of the remaining time. I switched my focus to chasing down the people in front of me and finished in the same place that I had in my previous race. So, on the one hand, panic mode didn’t completely screw me over, but on the other hand, I have to wonder how much better things would have gone had I managed to start with calm confidence. And maybe a pair of gloves. With proper tire pressure. You get the point…

But at least I didn’t hit any trees :)

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  1. Amy, I am so sorry you were so late. (She rode with me and it took us FOREVER to get across town. We saw a couple other racers who rode their bikes and they beat us to the venue.

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