|Good perspective but long, over analyzed and I’m not totally convinced. I think pain threshold varies per individual, and ultimately athletes with high pain threshold are the ones that can perform on a pro level.
My question to the author would be (at least about myself) is how your pain threshold varies from day to the next. Granted by no means do I follow a strict diet or training regime, I ride three to four times a week, but my threshold varies on the same ride, for instance, rode Thursday after work 38m, very little climbing, rest Friday, and rode 72 miles Saturday with about 3000 ft of climbing, which included the Manayunk wall. Felt like crap all day in the saddle, thighs screaming, knee clicking and felt my hamstrings were going to pop. I rode the exact loop today, felt no pain and hammered with no issues, I was well fueled both days. Makes no sense!! My 2c.