about mental preparation for racing AND for training.
I was struck by this when I read it because I realized I hadn't really been doing that at least not in comparison to what I do for racing. Since then, I've tried to think about what my training ride was going to be like and use all the same techniques as I do racing like visualizing key aspects of the workouts and planning strategies for success (start a rep at the low watt end and end on the high), etc.
Take intervals for example. These are so valuable for making one faster and stronger, but they can't be approached in a haphazard way and the more you do the harder they become and the more fatigued you get the more challenging it is to maintain your mental focus. Consequently, I've started viewing interval days as intensive training for mind and body.
- Visualize making the right motions to hit the numbers
- Practice keeping the target watts for each set, the recovery times, the number of sets, etc. in mind as a preparation for keeping racing strategy and tactics in mind when fatigue sets in.
- An opportunity to practice suffering management techniques. Some people focus on the pain, others distract themselves from it. I haven't figured out what works best for me.
enough to get you through whatever it is you have to deal with.