THE BEST RACERS ARE THE BEST TIME MANAGERS. Sure there's the race itself... and the best racer is spending the least amount of energy until just the right time. That's the surface, but there's so much more.
The best racers, show up early with plenty of time to warm up and get to the start... wasting little to no emotional energy while they're at it.
The best racers, make time to stretch and work on their core. They make time to prepare healthy meals. The little stuff matters and gets the time deserved.
The best racers, schedule their work and work their schedule so there's time to ride. No excuses. Most of them, that I know, get up early and get it done.
And the very, very best make time for the most important people in their lives.
We've only got one shot, make time.