Ask your self useful questions. This is a way to direct your focus in a useful way. Asking your self, “why am I slow on the bike” is a dis-empowering strategy as your mind will then start to come up with excuses supporting why your a slow on the bike.
Switch your focus ask your self, “how can I get faster on the bike.” From this question you will begin to think proactive and develop empowering ideas to back what you desire.
Focus on what you can control. Focusing on the weather and the race course conditions are two elements that are out of your control. Focus on what you can control. You can control your nutrition, technique and training for example.
Striving to do your best in the elements you control will enable you to perform better. Focusing on the outside elements like weather puts focus away from you and is dis-empowering. You will focus on how hot or how cold it is and then loose concentration on the important task at hand, which you can control.
Believe. You must believe through and through you can achieve your goals. As Morphious said to Neo in the Matrix, “Don’t think you are, know you are.” The path may not always seem clear on your journey but as long as you keep taking action to your goals you can get there.
Your beliefs are every thing. You learned to walk largely because you had the belief that you could walk instilled in you from others. You are older now and can instill your own beliefs. Why not instill beliefs that empower you?