"I wished I could be a pro athlete, I wished I could be good in the Ironman-I'm getting my wishes! It's like saying 'I wish for a million dollars' then saying 'Nah, I don't want it anymore.' I'll never lose that motivation; I'll never lose the hunt. I read Peter Reid saying, 'I don't want to push anymore,' and I was like, fuck, have you guys been out in the real world? It aint pretty!"
"It's a huge part of it. People talk about, "How much mental training do you do?" It's not mental training, it's just being prepared to be true to yourself, I think. Anyone who's doing these races, they've made a commitment to themselves that they're going to be honest with themselves, because you can't lie to yourself in an Ironman. There is no bluffing it, it's going to hurt, it's going to be horrible, it's going to be disgusting, and you're either going to quit or you made a commitment to yourself to push on and finish. So when you've made that commitment mentally, then I think it's not that hard. You're going to have to face that anguish and face yourself and some of the things you're going to see you might not like, but that's the whole game."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover..." Mark Twain
"When a man says 'I cannot', he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished." ~ Muhammad Ali
“If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking risks, and that means you're not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more changes to learn and win.” ~John H Holt
If you think you can, or you think you cant - Your right.
"I'm pretty shocked, but at the same time, I trained so hard," she said. "Some days the training was harder than the race was today." Desiree Ficker after her 2nd place at Kona 2006
In order to get things you never had, you must do things you never did.
"...train hard, eat right, and avoid television and people with bad attitudes." –scott tinley
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit" Aristotle
"Some dream of great accomplishments, others stay awake and do them."
“A lot of exercise is mindless; you can have music or the radio on and not be aware. But if you're aware in anything you do - and it doesn't have to be yoga - it changes you. Being present changes you.”
How many people in the world, know what it's like to truly achieve their potential in anything? How many people in the world have even tried? Truly dedicated themselves to it -- shed all distractions, moved into a plastic bubble, spent all day thinking about it, answering questions on it, trying to learn about it, baring their whole lives to the world so that there is no question/no doubt about what it takes. We can debate about the GI of wheat germ, on drafting, on whether 85kb of code is showing off, on whether to use 10K or 5K race pace for intervals -- or we can buckle down and train all day, every day.
So, our "potential" is a moving target. What I do is try to train myself (and my crew) to the best of our ability. Then we work on mental skills and race execution so that we are able to race to the maximum potential of our fitness. True satisfaction comes from working towards a goal and then performing to our potential given the circumstances.
and this beauty of a vid: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1825076947170595499#