Goal-Driven Riders Win The Race

What's more important in a bike race: focusing on pedaling technique or your own performance? A study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport analyzed those factors in 5-minute all-out time trials using novice, expert and elite cyclists. The riders were matched by age and did not interact. All groups performed significantly better when performance (winning) was their goal. Even measured against cyclists who didn't focus their attention one way or the other, performance won out.

True Strength Moment: If winning is the only thing, what's a motivated cyclists to do when there's no one to race against? There's always an opportunity to beat your own personal best time. That's what you should be working toward every time you train. It'll make you a tougher competitor on race day, when you'll have no trouble focusing on performance.
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Doug Babaer
Sep 10, 2010
I couldn't agree more. I race to win and the more I race the more the desire grows!!!