Procycling - - All In The Mind -

Ka­tusha’s Ian Boswell de­rives a kick from the art of self­im­prove­ment and, hav­ing be­gun his own coach­ing busi­ness, he be­lieves that the big­gest psy­cho­log­i­cal gain is to be had from self­con­fi­dence. Too many rid­ers, he adds, are too busy look­ing over their shoul­ders. “Some of the top guys who I’ve rid­den with have a keen abil­ity to be con­fi­dent in what they’re do­ing and not worry about what other rid­ers are do­ing,” he ex­plains.

Hav­ing be­gun his ca­reer with Sky, he re­calls field­ing ques­tions from wide-eyed new arrivals. “Kenny Elis­sonde came to us last year, a great kid but from a very tra­di­tional French team. There was sweet­corn and av­o­cado at the buf­fet at din­ner, and he was like, ‘What is the rea­son of this?’ It’s like, ‘Kenny, man, it’s av­o­cado and corn, there’s noth­ing spe­cial about it.’ Peo­ple think there must be some­thing spe­cial and se­cret to it, but there’s not.”

Boswell heard sto­ries of ri­vals try­ing to repli­cate Sky’s low-car­bo­hy­drate train­ing rides via Chi­nese whis­pers, by rid­ing for six hours with no food. He was even asked whether his de­ci­sion to wear one knee warmer in a race (to pro­tect an in­jury) was some mys­ti­cal ‘mar­ginal gain’. “Peo­ple were more wor­ried about what Sky were do­ing then wor­ry­ing about what they needed to do them­selves,” he con­cludes.

“P eo­ple were more wor­ried about what Sky were do­ing than wor­ry­ing about what they needed to do them­selves” Ian Boswell ( Ka­tusha) on life at Team Sky

Rid­ers have tried to repli­cate the train­ing of Team Sky rather than em­ploy their own meth­ods

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