"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching."
Most people get it backwards.
(Oh. And preparation? That's the tough part.)
Race day romance is easy.
Sorry. 10th place was a pretty freakin' tough competitor, let me tell you. Probably as tough as 1st.
1st was just better prepared.
If you really think your 'mental toughness' is the key to getting ahead on race day, you're probably deep in the mid-pack.
Wake up. Almost everyone showing up is ready to go to the limit more or less.
In endurance racing we romanticize the 'grueling' or 'punishing' aspects of our sport. And behave as if the only solution for success in endurance racing is getting ourselves in a transcendental mind-set brought only by watching the 6 Rocky movies on loop for a week.
What is tough?
- Get out there day in and day out when no one is watching - accountable only to yourself.
- Taking responsibility for your preparedness.