I find it easy to push my limits in training, but when I get to race time, I hold back. I don't know what it is, but I never go into a race thinking "Let's do this." I also have a very defensive attitude and do not feel confident. And I think this mental attitude causes me to suffer physically. It could be two laps into a 3k, and I feel like I am hurting, and my legs just do no feel fully there. At least in the very beginning of a race, I want to feel comfortable and ready to kick ass. But I don't. As soon as that gun goes off my legs sends me signals telling me to just stop. This never happens during hard workouts, but come race time, I freeze up like a god damn crocopotamus.
All advice is greatly appreciated.