Toolbox: There are three things that impact how well you ride in training and races: your innate ability, the difficulty of the race (course, weather, field), and your motivation. Motivation is the only one of these that you can control, so that is where you should direct your focus and energy.
A difficulty with dealing with the mental aspects of cycling is that they’re not tangible or easily measured. If you want to learn what are your physical strengths and weaknesses on the bike, you can have your wattage or VO2 Max tested, and that gives you objective data about your physical condition. There is unfortunately, no way to measure your mental “muscles” directly. Think of Prime Cycling profiling as physical testing for the mind. It makes mental issues related to cycling more concrete.
Prime Cycling is defined as “performing at a consistently high level under the most challenging conditions.” Prime Cycling is a goal toward which everyone in the cycling world should strive, the result of which is to maximize your riding efforts and enable you to achieve your cycling goals.
Before you can begin developing the essential mental skills that help you experience Prime Cycling, you need to establish the right attitude toward your cycling. This attitude focuses on two areas. First, your attitude toward racing: what you think of it and how you feel about it. Second, your attitude toward winning and losing: how you define winning and losing and whether you know the essential roles that both play in becoming the best cyclist you can be.
Contrary to what you may think, at whatever level in which you’re racing, the technical and physical aspects of cycling don’t usually determine the winner. So, on any given day, what separates who dons, for example, the Tour de France’s yellow or green jerseys and who stands a step or two down on the podium?