come along for the ride
Ok so here are some of the excuses I hear from people. Usually from the same people every race weekend and frankly it gets a little old.
1. Their bike is faster than mine.
If you are at the back of the pack at a club race the bike isn’t your problem. Maybe if you were battling for the top five, but not at the back.
2. My bike had a mechanical of some sort
I know people that are constantly having some sort of mechanical for their bike whether the jetting is wrong or the clutch went out. Really you couldn’t have figured these things out before a race day and then there is the fact that it is every race day.
3. I am out of shape
Start working out
4. My starts suck
5. It was too hot/it was too cold
everyone else dealt with it, why not you
6. My tires were worn out
should have figured that out in practice
7. I had an off day
then everyday must be an off day for you
8. The other racers are lighter than me
Refer back to number 3
9. An old injury is acting up
I know people who constantly battle with pain, but never use it as an excuse. To them it is what it is and they learn to deal with it.
10. I’m old
My point is to take responsibility for your improvement and performance as a racer (or for anything in life for that matter). The more you take responsibility, the better you will be able to pin point the areas you need to work on. Yes some people naturally may have more talent, but we all have the ability to improve and learn, it’s just your choice to do so.