Motivational quotes

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  • 06-06-2011
    ds2199
    Motivational quotes
    Do you have a favorite motivational quote that you may have to dig up 8, 10 or 12 hrs into a long event?

    A couple of my favorites:

    "whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right"

    "you are better than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can", this one may be familiar as it has been shared at the Leadville pre-race meeting.

    "Pain is temporary, quitting is forever"
  • 06-06-2011
    bbense
    "just keep swimming..."
  • 06-06-2011
    sebastcycling
    you only have _______ more hours of riding... :)
  • 06-06-2011
    Andrea138
    Shut the f*ck up and race your bike.


    Edit: 1,000th post. Winning.
  • 06-07-2011
    Hand/of/Midas
    Most of my favorite ones are adventure based, or help me when i plan something that is way over my head.

    “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”~Andre Gide

    “I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.”~Rosalia de Castro


    "Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing."~Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

    And my favorite quote for all of life's journeys........


    “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”~GK Chesterton
  • 06-07-2011
    playpunk
    Mike Tyson knows what it's about:

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    "Discipline is doing something that you hate like you love it."
  • 06-07-2011
    mtbne1
    I really like this as it ties closely into our world of endurance racing. I apologize it is sexist but it doesn't matter who you are it applies to all of us:

    The Man Who Thinks He Can

    If you think you are beaten, you are;
    If you think you dare not, you don't!
    If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
    It's almost certain that you won't.

    If you think you'll lose, you're lost
    For out in the world we find
    Success begins with a person's will;
    It's all in the state of mind!

    If you think you're outclassed, you are;
    You've got to think high to rise.
    You've got to be sure of yourself
    before you can win the prize.

    Life's battles don't always go
    To the strongest or fastest man;
    But sooner or later the man who wins
    Is the man who thinks he can!
  • 06-07-2011
    jeffscott
    Its all downhill now except for the uphills.
  • 06-07-2011
    SWO
    1) F#@* that. I'm finishing. (muttered to myself every time I see a hill I think I can't climb.)

    2) Adversity is a gift (first read on this board somewhere).
  • 06-07-2011
    Iowagriz
    I've been playing mind games with myself over this quote - "will not or can not?"

    Is it that I will not want to suffer more or that I can not suffer more?

    I will not override my tempation for sweets or that I can not live without them?

    etc, etc
  • 06-07-2011
    ACDC
    I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
    A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself

    Self Pity by DH Lawrence
  • 06-07-2011
    gearjunkie88
    I have 2 custom stem caps that I had created at purelycustom.com. One says "pain is just weakness leaving the body." The other says "be the pig" -- short for "When it comes to breakfast, the chicken contributes. The pig is committed. Be the pig." I also like "Training hard sucks. But not as much as sucking sucks." 16 hours into a 24 solo a friend told me "if this is hard for you, imagine how much harder it is for all those other chumps out here." 20 hours into that same race she told me "it sounds like you are experiencing a bad case of being a whiny little b!tch. Let me prescribe you a heavy dose of man the f@ck up!"
  • 06-07-2011
    ds2199
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gearjunkie88 View Post
    I have 2 custom stem caps that I had created at purelycustom.com. One says "pain is just weakness leaving the body." The other says "be the pig" -- short for "When it comes to breakfast, the chicken contributes. The pig is committed. Be the pig." I also like "Training hard sucks. But not as much as sucking sucks." 16 hours into a 24 solo a friend told me "if this is hard for you, imagine how much harder it is for all those other chumps out here." 20 hours into that same race she told me "it sounds like you are experiencing a bad case of being a whiny little b!tch. Let me prescribe you a heavy dose of man the f@ck up!"

    I like "be the pig"!
  • 06-07-2011
    PissedOffCil
    I often repeat this to myself before races : "You did all you could and that need to be done to get here, now just go out there and give it all you've got"
  • 06-07-2011
    sslos
    I don't race on the road anymore, but I am still a fan of road racing. My favorite motivational quotes are from one of the all-time great, mostly unsung, hard men, Jens Voight.
    "Shut up body and do what I tell you."
    "Everybody has to suffer, suffer, suffer until they've had enough."
    And even though I don't- "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel."
    http://teamjva.com/jens-voigt-soundboard/
    I also really like an old Japanese proverb: "We take our suffering and burn it as fuel for our journey."

    Los
  • 06-08-2011
    RSWMTB
    "Do, or not do...there is no 'try'..." - Master Yoda



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  • 06-08-2011
    TunicaTrails
    "The rhetoric means nothing" - 2011 NBA Finals
  • 06-08-2011
    ImaFred
    Htfu!
  • 06-09-2011
    Re21Agent
    “When you can’t lean on no one else that’s when you find yourself” Words from the song Mountains played by Lonestar

    “This is what you came for” Scott Jurek Ultra Running Legend

    “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” Scott Jurek Ultra Running Legend also my fav motivational quote
  • 06-10-2011
    Impy
    "of course you hurt, it's supposed to hurt. so keep pedalling"
  • 06-10-2011
    Sim
    Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy...Nichiren
  • 06-11-2011
    24 Solo MTB
    I've collected a few; believe it or not, I even wrote a few of them myself!
    Some of these are from roadies, some are just lessons learned and things i try to keep in mind to keep me grounded in the fact that I'm just a weekend warrior. :) Enjoy and share.

    http://www.endurancemtb.net.php5-16....d-the-peleton/
  • 06-13-2011
    K3N
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bbense View Post
    "just keep swimming..."

    Thats funny, a friend had brought that up today but changed it to "just keep Spinning" I called him Dory the rest of the day.

    Climbing some mean hills today as some prep work I was thinking to myself
    "the more painful training is, the less painful raceday is"
  • 06-13-2011
    ChrisJ
    I curse my Niner everytime I do the old head down and pedal thing.....
  • 06-13-2011
    wingy
    Those who can, do.
  • 06-13-2011
    desnaephoto
    This should suck more!
  • 06-14-2011
    trevrev97
    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling" - James E. Starr
  • 06-14-2011
    perrygeo
    Not necessarily a quote, more of a technique...

    I imagine that the riders ahead of me are the prey and/or that the riders behind me are hunting me. Or that I'm escaping an invading army or something. Whatever it takes to stir up a primal life-or-death type of mentality. Sometimes it's the only way to trick your mind into letting your legs go harder.
  • 06-16-2011
    Hostilemonk
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    Determination - pffft
  • 06-26-2011
    ironlegsracer
    It's better to be a racer for a moment, than a spectator for a lifetime...
  • 06-28-2011
    uzisuicide
    Train hard, race easy!

    (Before the race you went out ride in the rain, in the cold and
    the dark at night. These will make you confident to finish the race.)
  • 06-29-2011
    Cholopolitan
    "When you're going through hell, keep going" Churchill
  • 06-30-2011
    BBW
    "feel the pain and swallow the fear".....
    When I'm getting mentally week I think to myself "what would you do if you drop right now? go home, lay on the couch and feel bad for yourself? F no! keep moving, you will say -I DID THIS- with pride a few days from now"
  • 07-02-2011
    The Mongol Lord
    Those that say it can't be done should get out of the way of those that are doing it.
  • 07-03-2011
    chiplikestoridehisbike
    If you ain't first you're last.
    Kidding aside had a coach who drilled giving 110% into us. So when I have to start digging I think about giving %110. If you can maximize that mental side you can push a lot farther on the physical side.
  • 07-05-2011
    98 special
    Taped to my bars for my first race was a piece of paper and on it was,Don't cheat your self,spin it to win it and you are doing it.
  • 07-05-2011
    TunicaTrails
  • 07-11-2011
    Flanker90
    "If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got"

    "Only the weak attempts to accomplish what he knows he can already achieve." - Stella Juarez Author

    "Failure will not overcome me so long as my will to succeed is stronger" - Micheal S. Kirby

    "Success must be felt within before it can be seen on the outside." - Unknown

    "There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them." - Ralph Marston, Author and Publisher of The Daily Motivator

    "Good luck is the result of hard work and preparation" - Unknown

    Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated." -Anonymous

    "It's never too late to become what you might have been". -George Elliot

    "Belief triggers the power to do" -David Schwartz

    "Your body hears everything your mind says." - Naomi Judd, Singer/Songwriter

    "The man who has no imagination has no wings. " - Muhammad Ali, Boxing Champion, Peace Ambassador

    "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." -Wayne Gretzky, Professional Hockey Player

    "The harder you work, the luckier you get." -Gary Player, Golfer

    "To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift" Steve Prefontaine, runner

    "Things do not change. We change." - Henry David Thoreau, Author/Philosopher

    Hard work is a two-way street. You get back exactly what you put in.

    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
    Lance Armstrong

    "Limitations are for people that have them and excuses are for people that need them." ? Unknown

    "Just say to yourself... how bad do I want this? Am I working harder than the person who will be riding next to me?"
  • 11-17-2012
    Honolii29
    "It's not over 'till the Fat Lady quits"
  • 11-17-2012
    febikes
    "Everything begins with an idea"
  • 11-17-2012
    thedood
    "To give any less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Steve Prefontaine

    “The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.” Steve Prefontaine

    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison
  • 11-18-2012
    chrisgardner73
    Kinda cheesy, but I've always liked this YouTube video from Versus. I find it a little motivating...at least for me anyway. :thumbsup:

    VERSUS 2010 Trailer - You vs Them - With Lyrics - YouTube
  • 11-18-2012
    mudge
    Years ago, in an earlier life, as a paratrooper, our First Sergeant used to say, "Sh... Sir, you're Airborne, ain't ya? Quit sniveling and move out!"
  • 11-18-2012
    Lenny7
    "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove."
  • 11-19-2012
    DLd
    "I didn't drive all the way here for an easy ride" - Me
  • 11-24-2012
    The Novice
    "Now Testify" Rage Against the Machine
  • 11-27-2012
    grawp
    Winter, nightime base training motivator:


    The heights by great men reached and kept
    Were not attained by sudden flight;
    But they, while their companions slept,
    Were toiling upward through the night

    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • 11-27-2012
    TomP
    simple
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TomP
    "All you can do is all you can do."

    (now where did I put that bacon and my stick of butter?)
  • 11-27-2012
    SSearchVT
    Looking at the top tube of my Niner - Pedal Damnit! A few of the oldies but goodies - 'You're the only one that cares if you quit. Can you live with that?' and 'Who put you on the God Damn thing in the first place?'
  • 12-06-2012
    HOser
    If there was ever a perfect song for the most painful moments on a bike, it's Steve Vai's "Down Deep Into the Pain". I keep this song going in my head, it helps.

    Vai - Down Deep Into The Pain - YouTube