5. Get out of your comfort zone.
“I have always said that you can’t only race the courses that suit you; to be one of the best, you have to be able to race well on all courses. So taking myself out of my ‘element’ and racing flatter courses has forced me to do that. … I think the key is to address your weakness. If that is climbing, go climb. If it’s riding in the TT position, then do that. You can still do what you enjoy at times, of course, but you have to put yourself out of your comfort zone to improve. … I just think you need to know where you are in terms of your bike strength, know what your goals are, and have a path as to how to get there. Of course, a (good) coach can help with getting you there! But again, you have to be willing to accept and embrace your weakness; and try your best to change it.”