I am in my second year of racing now and am having pretty good results. I have only been riding for just over two years and before that my favourite sport was beer drinking and watching TV.
Most of the races I enter have between 30 and 100 people in my class and my results have improved from 13th-17th last year to consistently finishing in 5th or 6th place. A good result no doubt but dammit there are no prizes for 5th place and over here there are no points unless you race semi-pro or pro.
I just gotta make up that 1 minute which is usually the difference between top three and 5th place.
How can you dig deeper when it already hurts and you're riding so hard that you feel like vomiting? I need some kind of secret trick or mental boost to make up that 1 minute.