The race run is the final step in the long list of preparations listed in the How to Win a World Cup guidebook. The clock doesn’t lie, but to get the top it takes more than showing up at the start line and hammering. Preparation is key—everything from finding the proper tire pressure to making sure you’ve had recovery shakes at the proper time after every training. When the long push comes down to the final shove, the inertia built over months of training and preparation is what will carry you through to the finish. And at the end of the day, that’s what you have to trust in.