I came across these great concepts from author Seth Godin which I believe apply to what we do on the bike- be it in riding, training, or competition. Here is the relevant excerpt:
The Tyranny of Perfect
“PERFECT closes the door.
It asserts that we are done, that this is the best we can do.
Worse: Perfect forbids us to try.
To seek perfection, and not reach it, is a failure.”
The possibility of Better
“BETTER opens the door. Better challenges us to see what’s there, and begs us to imagine how we can improve on that. It invites us in, and it gives us the chance to seek dramatic improvement.”
So I invite you to seek “better” in your training. Each and everyone of us can do better, and by focusing on personal improvements, we can find daily fulfilment instead of expectations for the “perfect” result or outcome.