As I said I would in the 2014 goals thread I am going to try and be more productive in here.
While away this year I got to thinking that while we talk about training, racing, nutrition, etc. the one thing that is often talked about very little is what is truly limiting our success while training, racing, etc.
The argument has been presented by some that says "Well I could get to Cat $$ if I only had 15-18 hours a week to train. This can be countered by many who race Cat 1/2 and don't train those kind of hours, they simply train smarter/harder.
I have often felt that many of our limiting factors are not in fact in the heart/lungs/legs but rather in our head.
I thought this could be a good place for members to post what they feel holds them back and for others who have had similar limitations to present their experience in how to deal with it.
Some limiting factors would be:
Fear of descending
Time to train
Overcoming being dropped on a climb
Sometimes it is just a change in perspective that allows someone to see something more clearly.
Training with power was the demonstrator to me. I looked at power numbers from my 'recovery' rides to learn that they were are hard as many people's hard days. One 'recovery' ride was a commute home of 29.8 miles. Average power was around 304 watts. I drew on old experience which told me the only way to keep power in the z1 range was to keep it in the small ring and fight the temptation of riding harder.
The physical stuff is much easier to fix, it is the stuff 'in the head' that is much more to work with.
Post up what your 'limitations' are that are holding you back and see if someone' experience helps...