This year’s lesson

The big lesson of this year for me is to never give up on a run.  My fastest run on each course included big mistakes.  In the past, I might have given up on the run, either letting up or just hitting a cone rather than taking emergency action.  Autocross, even at the highest levels, is often an exercise in damage control.  Unlike road racers, we’ve only got 3 shots to get it right, so mistakes are going to be made – dealing with them and limiting the damage is an important skill.  Too often, when they happen, we mentally let down, or just get frustrated and toss the run.  I know in the past I’ve hit cones that I could have avoided just because I was mad about the mistake that put the cone in front of me.

Thus endeth today’s sermonette.

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