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Every race, something happens while leading.(6 posts)

Every race, something happens while leading.titansprodigal
May 28, 2002 4:37 AM
I've about had it. The last four races (mtb, i train 50% road)i've been in the lead w/ the trophy in the bag and a mechanical, tire, chain, so forth puts me out. Most of these have been merely flukes. Does anyone have any advice how to handle this mentaly? I'm faster then my competition but destiny chooses otherwise i guess. I'm getting burnt.
prepare your bike?DougSloan
May 28, 2002 6:57 AM
The only part of this that is mental is not preparing your bike properly, I'd think, or using too light equipment/tires, etc.

I almost never (knock on wood) break stuff. Also, since going to heavier tires and tubes, flats are almost non-existent.

Maybe pros don't usually ride super-light techno-weenie stuff for a reason, and have pro wrenches prepare their bikes.

I hate mechanicals, too. I try to avoid them by preparing and testing the bike thoroughly.

prepare your bike?titansprodigal
May 28, 2002 8:47 AM
Hey Doug,

Im very picky when it comes to prerace stuff, almost anal. Like i said it's been flukes. Thorn last race 2min ahead, next race, a crash resulted in a bent der resulting in chainsuck rear bumped me down to third, third race another crash while attempting to pass the lead bumping shoulders, he was blocking my pass- i lost and hit a tree. Wake me up from this freakin unlucky nightmare. I'm totaly obsessing over what should've been.
commiserate with HincapieDougSloan
May 28, 2002 8:58 AM
Sounds like you just have streak of bad luck. If you are preparing all you can, and stuff still happens, you are just unlucky, I suppose.

All we can do is decrease the odds of bad things like this. Stuff still happens.

prepare your bike?Voodoo
May 28, 2002 9:58 AM
2 crashes in 4 events may qualify as more than bad luck.
bad luckweiwentg
May 28, 2002 5:09 PM
this season: crashed in the first race, which screwed up the crit the next day. placed in 2 races. then crashed and broke collarbone.
you're not the only one with bad luck, but it will end. don't sweat it.