1st Lt Robin Nathanson writes in dispatches;
“When people say someone upgraded too fast, I don’t think the problem is inherently within the speed that they upgraded, but their mindset when they do run face-first into the difficulty curve. Wherever that may come (3 > 2, 2 > 1, 1 > P), it seems like the best course of action is to just race as absolutely much as possible, in quality fields, and never stop trying to learn from other, better riders’ actions and advice. For example some of the things I’ve learned over the years: when races are so fast that you learn how to go across gaps without pedaling, being able to know what the move of the day will look like before you miss it, knowing when to surf and when to be that bull in the china shop, realizing it’s very little to do with FTP and mostly all to do with positioning.
So when people whine and moan about hitting that ceiling of “never getting better” because their results don’t reflect what they were when they were a lower category; Man, who cares? That day when you finally dial in your gut instincts to do all the right things and make that right selection… even if you don’t win it still feels better”