In the words of Dr Seuss "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".
I had some of my best paddling in an international competition however because of some major mistakes I did not have the results that I had hoped at the U23 World Championships in Liptovsky, Slovakia. I placed 24th overall with only 3 touches throughout the whole race!
The competition was very stiff and cracking into the top 10 was difficult as there were a lot of strong competitors. Racing is a journey with constant ups and downs. I needed to have bad races in order to understand how to race well.
I read a very inspirational blog post from Kyle Shewfelt that helped me to realize where I was making mental errors. In future racing situations I need to focus on the details and the execution of the moves and not so much on the outcome of the race.