The race is good and usually fun and sometimes provides a stroke to to the ego.
The journey involves dedication, commitment, persistence, vision, huge goals, friendship, experience. More preparation or a longer journey nearly always equals a better race.
For me it all comes together the night before the race. My gear is before me. At this point, I know each piece intimately. We have journeyed together and though we be many parts we are now one great whole.
Done right, one can lay down and sleep in peace knowing all that could be done was done.
On race day, when the nerves are nuts, when doubt leaks all over life, when check lists turn into crosswords, those who have traveled a great journey may, no MUST, immerse themselves in trusting their preparation.
Full immersion in a great journey will sweep away the grime of doubt.