The next to last interval or set of intervals is always the toughest for me. Too much fatigue to pretend I am fresh, too much work still ahead to tell myself the end is near.
I feel like that’s the spot where the mental toughness is trained and where you cannot trust your body’s signals to back off or shut it down and make the discomfort go away.
Sometimes I try distraction. Sometimes I just focus on holding the power number and block out all other thought. Sometimes I imagine some future event where the only obstacle between me and my goal is not breaking under just this kind of stress – where 30, 60 or 90 more seconds of resolve is all it will take.
Curious what works for others –