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How 'Perception of Effort' Can Make or Break a Race

How 'Perception of Effort' Can Make or Break a Race

Jenny Barringer was in front at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships for a while. Photo: PhotoRun.net Table of Contents Introduction Perception of Effort Page 1 of 2 Introduction Perception of Effort Adapted from How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscl e by Matt Fitzgerald with permission of VeloPress. Learn more at www.velopress.com/howbad . Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) was the best college runner in the nation in 2009, maybe of all-time. So before her final meet, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Sean McKeon of Competitor was merely stating a fact when he wrote, “If she doesn’t win, it will be the biggest upset in NCAA history, bar none.” He was also right—more right than he knew—to add that nothing short of an “epic collapse” would prevent her from winning the title she coveted. But something happened. Barringer was leading hal...

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