This past racing season has been one of my best ever.
Any I’m not saying it’s a little better, I’m talking dream season here.
It might be because of the new bike, but I’m sure it’s more due to my new racing strategy that I’ve been applying to every aspect of my exercise.
You see, when I raced in the past, I would race against other people and base my whole strategy on beating others to the finish line. This posed a couple of issues.
1- If someone was far ahead of me I didn’t see much sense in pushing hard because I knew I would never catch them.
2- If someone was far behind me I still didn’t feel like pushing hard because I knew they probably were not going to catch me.
In either case my motivation to push my limits as subdued unless I was racing with someone my own level.
That was a pretty rare occurrence.
But this year I stopped racing other people and started racing myself. I wasn’t too concerned with my place in the pack. I was only concerned with how fast I could ride the course.
This ensured I always had the perfect level of competition to motivate me just enough. In order to beat my personal best time I couldn’t let up for even a second, but I also knew that beating my best time was just within reach.
This is why it’s so important to make your own self the focus of your fitness journey. Try not to compare yourself too much against those who are far ahead, it will just frustrate you. At the same time don’t feel too comfortable because of how far behind you are, that can take away your fire to push yourself.
Instead look at your scoreboard and see the numbers you have to overcome. For we only move forward by racing ourselves.