Re: The Mental Game Of Motorcycle Racing
It's been my experience that SR's kick in when something unexpected happens. Once it happens at least once, and you're able to analyze why it happened and what to do in response, it's no longer unexpected. You can recognize what's happening and execute a plan to deal with it.
The longer you ride while pushing your limits, the more you go through this cycle, the more your proficiency increases, and the the less numerous your SR triggers become.
My most recent SR event was a few weeks ago. I got an awesome start, I knew in my mind I was going to brake for T1 at the 2 board, and then turn in shortly after the 1 board. When my throttle stuck open, that threw a huge wrench in my plan and I lost my cool, grabbing a handful of brake. Now that it's happened, and looking back, I know the proper response would have been to try and forcefully close the throttle, and only start braking once the throttle was closed, possibly making use of the paved runoff area. Furthermore, since this particular case was triggered by a mechanical issue, I've taken steps to prevent it from happening in the first place by installing a proper aftermarket quick-turn throttle assembly.
Probably my worst SR event to date was on May 31, 2010, and it involved two separate SR events in rapid succession. I experienced a sudden front end oscillation after hitting a bump on entry at full lean. I probably would have been okay if I just stayed in it, but I chose to try and stabilize it by standing the bike up. When I then ran off track, I saw the tire wall coming up and stomped on the rear brake in an effort to slow down on the dirt, avoid hitting the tire wall, and avoid falling down. I was still leaned over slightly, so the rear slid out and flipped me over in a highside, breaking my collarbone. If I'd kept my cool, I may have been able to use my front brake to better effect and, at worst, risked a lowside.