Fear; we’ve all felt it. When face-to-face with a mountain lion, or riding in the peloton, fear elicits the “fight or flight” response. It’s a source of motivation. When humans were a part of the food chain, fear motivated you to run like hell or fight for your life. In a race, it can motivate you to “run” and avoid the situation or “fight” and meet it head on. If you are riding in the pack and your fear response instinct tells you to “run” it may manifest as hesitation and missing an opportunity to move into the right position, fading to the back of the pack, or not sprinting for the finish. If you choose to fight, you will prepare for the challenge and meet it head on.
The above paragraph comes from an article on Carrie Cheadle’s site. It discusses anxiety, fear and how to manage it. It has a lot of “how-to” and is very well written.
Here’s the full article.