I have been watching Team GB set one world record after another at the track. In fact, they set them sequentially in the men and women's team pursuit - WR qualifying and WR with each succeeding race to the finals. I am very happy for them and find it inspiring and exciting to watch.
The question is how is it possible? I do not think it is pharmacology per se. Although, a rogue athlete is always possible but I doubt that the entire GB team with government funding went to the dark side. It would be ridiculously scandalous and would eventually come out.
I think it is attention to a 1000 details when others are only willing to pay attention to a few.
It is total and complete commitment to that event giving up having any life other than cycling putting cycling first above anything else.
They do not have any bruisers (huge men and women) and all the GB team has leg speed to die for and spins at higher cadence than their competitors.
Finally, psychologically they believe there are no limits.
IMO, the no limits is the toughest one to get. We all believe in some type of limit - power, age, max HR, LT, lactate production, strength, muscle size, height, lung capacity, red blood cell count, heart size and etc. IMO, the brain processes all that and starts to believe it - all bad. I think the Brits have developed a way to coach athletes that consistently frees their mind - no limits. That coupled with total focus and commitment yields consistent superior results.
What are your theories?