I read this book a few years ago when my son gave it to me.
Chris was a top class Triathlete and this book gives a great insight into the psychology of winning races and this is really what I enjoyed about it. In actually fact when the first Dungog Dash and Dawdle was held about 5 years ago I won the 12Km race using his kind of psychology.
This was a trail run in the Dungog Common and after about I took over the front runner role at about two Km passing Steve Orr. I should mention here that Steve is now a pretty accomplished marathon runner who’s goal it is to run every major city marathon in the world and has completed at least Boston, Berlin, Chicago and a few others and there’d be no hope of me competing with him what-so-ever now.
Anyhow back to race psychology. As I took of race leadership I pulled away a fair way but as the race progressed Steve was slowly catching up to me. So I developed a simple plan which involved using the hilly terrain of the race. The last two Km of the race back to the start and finish in the Showground are essentially downhill and I’m a really quick downhill runner however I do struggle uphill. So my plan was let Steve keep on catching up and let him catch me on the last hill before the final downhill section starts at which point I would put in a sprint and then hope for the best to make it first to the finish. I knew from my own experience that it cost extra energy to catch someone but that you get a great boost once you’ve accomplished it, however if the person takes of as soon as you catch them then the little person in you’re head might well say “You’ve spent all this energy to catch him but he has so mush more left in the tank then you have!”
Needless to say that this what happened. I should mentioned that Steve did leave me for dust in the two years following.