Developing Mental Toughness
Anyone who has ridden the Awaba course will know that the Camelback climb, a 40 metre climb with an average gradient of 14%, is the section the majority arrive at with trepidation. For most it is an obstacle, but I like to think of it as an opportunity. If I could keep riding this hill stronger than Clayton, I would continue to close the gap that, with two hours to go, had opened to over four minutes.
This was a psychological victory - I had overcome adversity pre-race, focussed on achieving my goal, and sheer determination had brought me the result I was striving for. The fact I was able to produce my second fastest lap of the day on the last lap shows the power of the mind when mental toughness is served as the main course. Congratulations also to Jetblack's Andrew Finlayson for his overall victory in the seven hour solo, taking the scalp of Ed McDonald in the process. 'Finno' also read the article on mental toughness and claimed he used it as inspiration during his final two laps.