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"
you only have _______ more hours of riding... :)
Shut the f*ck up and race your bike.
Edit: 1,000th post. Winning.
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
Mike Tyson knows what it's about:
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"Discipline is doing something that you hate like you love it."
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!
Its all downhill now except for the uphills.
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).
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?
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
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"!
Originally Posted by gearjunkie88
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"
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."
I also really like an old Japanese proverb: "We take our suffering and burn it as fuel for our journey."
"Do, or not do...there is no 'try'..." - Master Yoda
"The rhetoric means nothing" - 2011 NBA Finals
“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
"of course you hurt, it's supposed to hurt. so keep pedalling"
Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy...Nichiren
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.
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.
Originally Posted by bbense
Climbing some mean hills today as some prep work I was thinking to myself
"the more painful training is, the less painful raceday is"
I curse my Niner everytime I do the old head down and pedal thing.....
"Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling" - James E. Starr
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.
It's better to be a racer for a moment, than a spectator for a lifetime...
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.)
"When you're going through hell, keep going" Churchill
"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"
Those that say it can't be done should get out of the way of those that are doing it.
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.
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.
"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.
"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?"
"It's not over 'till the Fat Lady quits"
"Everything begins with an idea"
"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
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
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!"
"It's not what you know, it's what you can prove."
"I didn't drive all the way here for an easy ride" - Me
"Now Testify" Rage Against the Machine
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
(now where did I put that bacon and my stick of butter?)
Originally Posted by TomP
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?'
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