Well, I raced yesterday. I missed my time + speed goals and had the additional challenge of sinus + ear pressure and pain. I did have a lot of fun on the course. The trails were perfect, the climbs with the wind were exactly what I wanted. There were a few moments of “you’re not doing well, you’re not good at this, blah, blah, blah.” It may sound strange but as soon as I realized that dialog was starting I would say (out loud) “stop sign”, then pick something to refocus my mind on. “Oh a 9% climb coming up? Last FF you had a huge AC increase - use that. Stand up, climb, and pass these guys.” You know what? It worked. Even into the the wind. I also realized that my back and I prefer to stand on the steep climbs rather than sit as we are often coached to do in MTB. Definitely and MTP victory!