Originally Posted by grolby
Keep the rubber side down, man. Matt and I were just talking about you the other day. Try and live through GMSR, I'll catch you at the Mayor's Cup or something. I think you'll be just fine. These things do seem to come in cycles sometimes, you lose your mojo and that causes you to have more crashes or close calls or seemingly bad luck for a little while. But it all comes back.
i agree with this. a run of bad outcomes can be a snowball that can put you in a negative mindset, creating tension, which can create skittishness and over reaction or even panic. all those things make you handle your bike sharply instead of fluidly, and that can end up causing you to find the floor.
in 2008 (i think) i crashed 4 times in 9 days (i think i have the days right, either way, it was frequent). the first i was taking a corner way too fast and front wheel skidded out so i slid through an intersection at about 30 mph into a median (thank goodness for the median or i would have been in the oposing left turn lane); a few days later during a rainy circuit race there was about a 30 to 40 person pileup that i was smack dab in the middle of; the next saturday i got hit by a car warming up for a race; then after getting patched up like a mummy i missed neutral rollout so had to sprint to catch onto the group. a few miles later a dry gravel section of road i hit a big hole and my handlebars rotated downward, which pulled my brake cables full on so i did am immediate stop and header into a swamp.
after that i found my frame was broken.
so, i was not feeling the love for bicycle racing. my confidence was gone. i talked to a coach i was using at the time, and she recommended that I take my next few races and set a bunch of short term goals in them. for example, something like: first race remember to take a drink every lap - something that is an easy goal to accomplish but still requires you to do it; second race, up the ante a bit, i'm going to get to the front and attack from about 3 wheels back with the intention of going up the road solo or with whoever follows for as long as i can; next race (or your next crit), contest the first prime; next race, up a little more, etc. until you're back and engaged in racing instead of thinking about crashing or racing with a goal of "dont crash."