Everyone knows that racing (of any sort) requires some level of discipline. What few realize is the type of discipline it takes to be good, and what sacrifices you make.
- You deny yourself comfort. If the muscles in the legs don’t hurt somewhat, it better be the day of a race or the off season.
- Do not eat whatever you feel like eating. Only appropriate foods see you through the training planned for the day.
- Intervals are mentally obliterating. Which is why you check your mind at the door before going into the red repeatedly.
- Sometimes you get up at 4:30a to ride because your competition might sleep in and thus give you that final edge you need to win.
- 20 degrees and darkness in the winter doesn’t slow the approach of the season. Getting out the door is painful, but necessary.
Add that up and what do you get? Maybe a win, maybe nothing. Discipline does not guarantee results in cycling, it simply brings it into the realm of possibility.