Sometimes when I train and train, I don't see immediate results. Even though I've been racing and riding like I'm racing for years, I still have to remind myself that I need to be patient with my training. There is a payoff for all of this. Especially if I stick to my training plan and not deviate from it. The bottom line is, all the training I am doing IS paying off.
In my race this past weekend, I experienced the payoff, both mentally and physically. FINALLY, I'm really feeling the resutls of all the training I've been doing. During my race, I felt a lot stronger, I exerted myself less in some situations, was able to exert myself more in other situations, recovered, then finished well. Woohoo!