Got a surprise in the mail today!
The letter states "as you prepare for the World Championships, remember to share you journey in every way to help inspire other Spartans. You might talk about your training, your mental game, or what drive you in life. Whatever your message is, the power you have as a Spartan can and will drive incredible change in other people's lives..." If you're looking to reach your goals and attain new levels, the best way to do so (aside from proper training) is to work on your mental toughness. I saw results nearly overnight by doing so.
How many times have you thought this during a race.... .
"Great, another hill. When will this end?"
"My legs hurt, it's hard to breathe, my training didn't pay off." If you want to reach new levels, you need to rewire your thinking because these thoughts DO hinder performance..
Instead of thinking "when will this end?" Keep your head down, keep pushing, and accept that everyone is suffering just as bad.
Instead of thinking how uncomfortable you are, accept that it is normal (and expected) to be feeling uncomfortable during a race and that everything else feels the same.
There is a misconception that because you are in better shape the race wont hurt. In fact that, the race always hurts, especially when you are moving at PR/PB pace (Matt Fitzgerald, "How bad do you want it?"). Accept it and anticipate it.
It doesn't get easier, you get better.