Okay so here is a tip that I picked up along the way, some of you may think that this is common sense and maybe it is but sometimes these things just need to be pointed out. Training for events takes concentration, it needs to be done with as little distraction as possible. (I would never recommend training without taking a cell phone with you for safety reasons.) That being said, TURN THE RINGER OFF.... Clear your head and take a deep breath before you set out on that training ride.
Lets not forget that this is training not a leisurely ride on the bike, you need to concentrate on your training and your goals for the day. I'm not saying you can't enjoy your riding I'm just saying you need to get done what you set out to do and that is train to meet your goals. Lastly make it known that it is training, it is very important that your friends and family know the importance of what you are out there for. They should support you and your goals and part of this is understanding that you need this time to be undisturbed.