Early on, it was a battle to put up anything resembling a good result. Then the pattern slowly revealed itself, be careful of what you do all year and the racing will be better. A lemon wedge in my water bottles was a clear advantage, spit once on the climb and get the shit out. Not trying to clear a long hanger off your chin while holding a wheel or pushing up to the next rider was a plus. Unacceptable to look like you were suffering as much as you were suffering. A little poker, a bit of a bluff, look smoother and you feel smoother.