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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:50 pm    Post subject: Motivational words/phrases??? Reply with quote

I've heard of people writing motivational words/phrases on their hands or on their bikes, anyone seen this? Something like "dig in" or "cycle in circles"?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't need to write them, they are ingrained in my brain - my usual mnantra is 'here and now, breathe and relax' or 'all I need is within me now' Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a quote that I always go back to

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure you'd get that lot on one hand Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

God i hate spectators shouting "dig in". Especially in xc races. What do you think i've been doing for the past 8km? Do you think all that snot and drool and blood is there just to make me look cool?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, I shout dig in when spectating. As well as keep going, almost there, looking good and my favorite, time to sprint for the line (best used when they have about 10 miles to go). All of them make me laugh when I say them. Very Happy Best one though was from TonyP at the Virtuvian to IHS, 'you look like a poof'.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Dig Out Blind" - DOB

From a mate of mine who's done ironman, he says when the pain, fatigue and longing for it to be over starts to take over, you just have to shut your eyes and dig yourself out of it!* Hence dig out blind.
Good little mantra

The other one is "respect the distance" so don't push too hard too soon, keep some in the tank, a good one straight out of T1



*N.B. Not recomended on fast bike decents!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blackbird wrote:
Here's a quote that I always go back to

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."


yep, that is one of my favorite quotes / speeches of all time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't write anything on my hand but I did put some phrases in transition so I could read them (a fact which might explain my very slow transitions)

I think motivational phrases are very personal and need to reflect your reasons for putting yourself through the pain as well as emphaising your strengths.

But then I did fail to finish a sprint tri this morning so anything I say might be rubbish.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have anything specific for the swim or the bike (I know how to hurt on the bike) but as someone who tends to struggle to get out of their comfort zone on the run (as you know!) I keep it very simple When I find myself in plodder's mode it's simply "push, push, push!". It sounds daft when written down but it does work for me. It's a shame how often I forget them though! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I struggled to find the comment "a low GI diet will sort you out" very motivational at the Thames Turbo sprint in early May... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just think " i - graft lad - hard graft " in northen accent (wigner stlylee)

or htfu to my self

or just think of something thats really p*ssed me off in the past and make myself mad angry -- rage turns me into superman (well sort of )
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HTFU springs to mind - does anyone know what it stands for ? Very Happy

On a lighter note, when I'm trundling along, being overtaken and feeling the urge to abandon the plan ( if there is one), I generally say to myself "Run your race, not his"
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent most of the race today singing the chorus to Craig David's Seven Days as I heard it on the radio driving to the race and it stuck in my head. Meant I worked much harder to try and finish the race quickly so I could listen to something else and get the damn song out of my head.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, Z cars theme tune, (Its Everton fc's saong and im a huge fan) also gets my blood going, so when i the scrum/swim that tunes in my head..... it gets me going/angry with myself to do harder.
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