Problems and mistakes happen all the time in endurance sport. Some of the best results have happened on days that didn’t go down “perfectly.” Far more significant than the issue at hand is how we respond to the issue.
Step 2: Assess yourself and the bike. A) Can you continue? Obviously if you are seriously hurt, you need to be safe. B) Can the bike continue? A broken frame, snapped chain can end the day--but even then, that’s not always the case. Getting to the pit in a cyclocross race or criterium can keep hope alive.
Step 3: Address the problem calmly. Take a second or two or 5 to fix what got messed up. Quite often the time taken to fix a problem is a fraction of the gap at the end of the race. Don’t panic about 5 seconds. So take time to put your chain back on. Grab the wheel between your knees and straighten the bars. Re-align the lever.
Step 4: Start moving and flush the incident away. Visualize putting it in the trash or flushing it down the toilet. Most importantly, put it away and quit using it as an excuse.
In the end, the champion views hurdles as part of doing the business of winning, and the also-rans uses the hurdle as an excuse for not getting the result they wanted or expected.