CHAPTER THREE

Building Your Platform

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“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

—MUHAMMAD ALI

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NO ATHLETE WINS AT THE ELITE LEVEL WITHOUT THOUSANDS OF hours of pain, suffering, blood, sweat, and tears. As a cyclist, I know you must build a base of fitness or you’ll suffer like a dog and fail when the time comes to deliver a marathon performance in the searing heat. I’ve bonked on a bike (no sex involved), and it was brutal. Bonking is the sudden fatigue and loss of energy ...

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