With a little more than a month remaining until the formal kickoff of the cyclocross season, we've been exploring getting our bodies physically prepared, skills ready, and on bike setup - but there is another component to prepare, and that is your mind.
Cyclocross will push your limits and to meet the challenge, you need mental toughness. Every competitor's heart is pounding, their legs are on fire, their lungs burn with effort, not just you. Don't forget to train your brain to be ready for those efforts to set yourself apart. Wout has it, and so can you.
To borrow a military term, you need to "embrace the suck" - the tipping point where your body breaks down and mind takes over. If your mind is ready to quit, the body will quickly follow. Know this in advance and prevent it with drills to improve mental toughness.