A year ago I discovered, that the mental aspect is playing a big role on a road bike. I was riding in a local group ride. It was the first time for me in this group and I only joined, because I heared, that they were the fastest boys round here. And indeed, they are. We startet a 100K-ride at 40 Kilometers per hour. That was managable until the hilly section of the ride came up. And voila, I got dropped at every climb. Althoug I was technically fitter than most of this guys, I got a little bit scared by the initial speed. I always thought: “I have to keep up on that climb” and put way to much power in the first sections going into the red and voila: dropped.
A few month later I read the magical mental formula in a book:
“They have to beat me!”
Every time now, when I’m riding a race or a fast group ride, I think that they have to beat me. It makes me mentally strong and it transfers to my body. Since then, every now and then I hear my companions say: “He’s an absolute machine.”
Do you have mental trick?