I did a race today where I made the winning break of 6, but I was definitely on the rivet, and missing pulls. After about a lap and a half (4.5 miles laps) I felt like I blew and they rode away. I can’t shake the feeling that if I’d been tougher, or could have ignored the distance I’d have to hang in there, I could have kept turning the pedals. To put it another way, maybe a different brain in my body could have just gritted it out.
How do you distinguish between physical failure that there’s nothing you can do anything about and mental weakness masquerading as physical failure? For context, I’ve been racing for a long time now and race as a Masters cat 3.