The above picture is a nice little analogy for triathlon / Ironman / marathon / life – whatever you do is all about taking steps – steps in the right direction; steps forward, sometimes steps backwards, and steps up and maybe down – either way, you have to negotiate your way through the challenges to move forward and progress.
- ~3years ago, I could barely run > 1km in one go – I can now run a half marathon.
- ~2years ago, I was a pretty average swimmer – I can swim now, and I’m not half bad in my opinion.
- ~2years ago, the thought of riding 56.1miles [the 0.1m is very important to include] would NEVER even cross my mind – I just plain simple would NOT have been able to do it – I can do it now, and in a pretty decent time.
It just shows after some time, training, energy, effort, and self-belief that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
That said, when things are against you [and even when they’re are not] – having a mantra may help.
Just channel your inner Nemo & just keep swimming.
The words of wisdom in the Tri Training Harder section of the athletes guides got me thinking about mantras.
Triathlon can be a lonely place when the chips are down – and I know first hand when I’ve been having a tough time, at London 2014 for example, and on some longer tougher training rides, that having a mantra is actually pretty helpful.
So here’s my top 10 mantras…
It’s not meant to be easy.
Pain is weakness leaving the body.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Believe. Strive. Achieve.
Think of a half marathon as x4 5k runs with an additional 1k at the end.
You’re stronger with every step.
Embrace the pain.
Tired is just a state of mind.
Pain is temporary – quitting is forever.
Going full circle now I think the image from this blog entry back in January is pretty powerful.
*there is one thing in life that you can always rely on; and that is that Yoda knows his shizzle..