I learned exactly what it was like to suffer more than I ever thought possible while cycling and racing on the velodrome in Colorado Springs. Riding and racing on a track is one of the most amazing things in the world! I was given the "do everything on the track you can do" by my coach and knew I only had to run 30 minutes each day after track. This allowed me to get deep into a pain cave and raise my threshold of mental toughness. My competitive spirit came alive and I raced so hard that one point everything around me became greyed out and I was in the zone. Turn the pedals faster and let no one catch you! Go harder and faster until you have reached the line!! There is a bell that dings on the last lap, once you reach the line after hearing the sound of the bell, then you can stop and relax! Until then PUSH and let NO one get around you!
Upon finishing that particular race, I was so zoned out and mentally fatigued, I thought the center of the velodrome had been switched around, and we were to go in on the opposite side. However, as I began to cool down, I realized I was wrong! Nothing had been switched, I had just learned to get into an incredible zone and push like never before! Oh, and nothing bad happened to me! I wasn't hurt, I didn't vomit, nada! I did "grey out" but that's ok! It was what I needed to do in order to reach a new level of mental toughness.
Now when I am out doing some of the tough prescribed workouts, I think, "STOP CONSERVING", "STAY IN THE MOMENT" and "PUSH"! Overall I am learning to push more and squeeze out every ounce of effort instead of leaving some in there for my "just in case" moments.
To the person that told me to, "STOP CONSERVING", Thank you!! To those that taught me to reach new limits at the velodrome, thank you as well!!