With Bad Results
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Dealing With Bad Results (Introduction)
You were anticipating a certain result. You didn’t do as well as expected. Or
you have had a series of bad results.
How do you deal with this reality, while keeping motivated and on track toward
your other goals?
Is It Really a Bad Result?
Are you overreacting?
Athletes are often too hard on themselves. Although
they may boast to others about their successes, within their own minds athletes
frequently ascribe good results to luck, and poor results to their own
inadequacies—rather than the other way around.
If nothing but coming in first will do, then you may regard second place as “the
first loser.” And you may be unhappy with any place but number one.
Performance results are contextual. If your goal is to finish a major stage
race, the last finishing place may be a success.
Athletes may have inappropriate and changing magical goals. I’ve know many to
enter a race “for training.” They may train through the race—meaning that they
haven’t recovered, or tapered before the race. Their goal may be to overload
their fitness systems—for example, by simulating a stage race through hard
training several days before a single-day race. If the other athletes in the
race don’t enter the race tired, it’s not a level playing field. Riders in such
situations should understand and expect to do relatively poorly.
Many accept this proposition before the race begins. However, after the race,
their expectations seem to have changed. Although things go as expected with a
relatively poor placing, they may be disappointed not to have their usual
relatively high placing—even though such a result is unrealistic.