I sometimes get anxious before a race, especially if I have a time goal.  My nerves make me twitchy and tense, and I waste good energy that could be used on the course.  I suppose I fear the unknown – all the things out of my control that will affect my race.  It would be great if I could focus on positive certainties such as my training and the fact that it doesn’t matter if it’s the worst race ever – it’s a valuable experience.  Instead, I lose trust in my preparation and fear the worst, probably because I’ve had my share of lousy races and know what they look like.  There’s no way of knowing what’s ahead, and the thought of trudging along…