A follower recently suggested that I post about what's going through my head during a race. There was also a link to a few (well written) examples. I'm not sure this is the best thing for me, however.
It would have been a great idea before I upgraded. I used to think things like "conserve here, attack here, suffer here and you can win," etc. Now that I have (get) to race against the best cyclists in the hardest state to race bikes, all I ever think of is "hold the fuck on" for as long as I can. Last weekend, this was intermittently replaced by "do some work for your team," but it went right back to "hold the fuck on," and then straight to "oh crap there they go" and then "suffer alone, don't lose too much time, you MUST beat Jon Moro or your life is worthless."
I often wonder how much more I'd be able to suffer if Bjarne was back in the team car screaming at me. At the time I think there is no possible way I could have hung on, but after the fact I continuously think "Really? REALLY? You couldn't have gone ANY faster?"
Next year I need to work on losing some serious weight, and gaining some serious mental toughness. I could have held on longer, maybe even until the end, if I were being chased by a bear or something. Maybe I just need to visualize bears. Or tape a picture of Jens with his face on the ground. He never gave up until he was unconscious. What would Jens do? He would suffer way more than my miserable self ever has.
But that's for next season. For now, all that's on my mind is cupcakes, donuts, cheeseburgers, maybe even a beer, and some long fun rides without any concern for LT or V02Max.
But underneath that, I'm already planning next year's training/racing/dieting/suffering. It'll suck horrbily, but it's going to be great.