Racing is also about nerves. And confidence. And self-control. It's about the ability to deal with inadequate parking, delayed start times, bad weather, a shortage of portapotties, and any other obstacle that crops up in a race environment. And, of course, it's about putting the mental and physical pieces together to produce our best performance.
1) We learn how to race. 2) We get familiar with the "feeling" of racing. 3) We learn what we need to work on in our training. 4) We become race-fit.