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Last year I took a spill in a crit and it shook me up. Since then, I've had jitters in crits. I now tend to ride on the outside corners and ride towards the back.

Whenever there's a rider on each side of me, I mentally panic and let off the gas so I can go towards the rear and at least have one side clear. Not sure if this makes any sense. In between two riders, I can actually sense the panic and start to overreact with the bike.

I am comfortable riding in group rides and training rides. Not sure why this mental block is affecting me so much in races.

Are there any tips (meditation, yoga, mental visualizations) on how to stay calm... Crazy but before the crash last year, I would ride in up in the front and between people like it was no big deal.
 

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Positive visualization is always good. For me, competitive aggressiveness overcomes what would ordinarily be sensible caution or apprehension, especially after the race gets underway. In my case particularly, I think this tends to lead to a slightly higher than optimum level of risk taking, both in riding harder than necessary at times leading to cracking, and also more possibilities for crashes.
 

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I had the same thing happen years ago. It just took a while (like a year) but I was bolder than before eventually. Positive mental visualization and track racing helped. Maybe its worth becoming a breakaway specialist?
 

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I had the same thing happen years ago. It just took a while (like a year) but I was bolder than before eventually. Positive mental visualization and track racing helped. Maybe its worth becoming a breakaway specialist?
Might be too hard for me to become a breakaway specialist. I just don't have the sustained power. Track racing in a interesting idea. I was actually considering doing some cyclocross. I do my Tuesday night crits here almost every week. I'm passing on today's because of a meeting, but I usually make it every week. And instead of riding towards the back, I'll try to move up each week. I hate riding more than double file nowadays...

As for triatholons. I swim incredibly slowly.
 

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I bet you could have more sustained power if you worked on it.

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While that is likely true is doesn't address the real issue here. Having enough power to get off the front and stay there even too win only works for as long as one can stay that trained in the cataegory. Gaining more power and attacking to ride solo all the time will actually make the jitters issue grow as it will never be addressed. Even if one gets into breakaways all the time one still has to have the ability to position ones self for the finish.

The idea presented about positive thinking and other things like cross are mor likly the way to go. Perhapse going into your tue night crit with no racing goals other than to focus on putting yourself in spots where you are comfortable and then trying to react calmly. I will tell you (as someone that has had the same issue) that you will have to face it one way or another or you will have a hard time working toward your racing goals.
 
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