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    Cat 5 field stuffer bbeasley's Avatar
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    What do you use to keep going, what's your mantra?

    When I'm deep into the pain cave and fighting for the finish I tell myself "I hear cowbells". I think about the beautiful sound the cowbells make when the Tour de France hits the last lap on the Champs-Élysées.

    What do you do?

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    I just think of Voight and say shut up legs or refer to rule #5.
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    Short term, as in half way through a routine workout/physical effort, i get my brain out of the effort and think of something calm, memory playback of memorable scuba dive locations usually works wonders.
    Long term, as in half way through my fitness goals for the year, i need to visualize the objectives. How clothes fit better, how my energy level is higher, how my mood in general is better.
    Doing hill repeats (my nemesis) i switch back and forth...from beautiful sea coral to nice fitting clothes...when the visualization gets to the point that i see myself scuba diving wearing a suit and tie it's time to finish the workout and call it a day.

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    When I get tired I ask myself if i can turn the pedals over just one more time...over and over

    Or, I pick a land mark and say, "Just get to the street sign. Now just get to the fire hydrant, etc" I usually have to use this one to get myself up tough hills. Well, ok, fine, all hills.

    And Shut Up Legs always helps too.

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    HTFU generally does the trick.
    "Obstacles don't like me very much. I make them look bad."

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    Hyah mule, Hyah! There's a carrot for ya at the top of the hill.

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    I keep in mind this saying, "Pain is weakness leaving the body".

    I've had a lot of weakness leaving me this week too bad I'm making up for it by eating.
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    I recently watched some footage of the Ironman competition in Hawaii. What was most inspiring to watch were those people who were trying to finish the competition before the midnight deadline. These were the average Joes and Janes who were bent over, falling down and virtually delirious after 16 hours of swimming, biking and running. I visualize these warriors and decide that I can go a little further on my bike.
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    "There is chocolate milk waiting for me."

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    Helps a lot that I have been cycling for many years, so its always 'its only aa more miles, just like XX ride" And of course I can alway do XX ride easily
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    Hmmm. I must be a wimp. When I'm at the end of my rope, I'll just sit down on the side of the road, preferably under a shade tree, for about ten or fifteen minutes. After that, I can usually limp home, albeit slowly.
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    "Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia'".
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    I've done the nap under a tree routine before when I'm really past my limit and it's 11ty billion degrees out, but generally I'm stubborn as heck and there's no chance of quitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    "There is chocolate milk waiting for me."
    LOL that's Mine! After a long ride I swing by a little store that has kids sized chocolate milks (200 Cal.). The folks who work there , by the third day of doing this greet me with my milk and a huge cup of ice water as I walk in! They are always so supportive and quick to tell me how good I am doing.

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    WHO ROCKS? THE PIG ROCKS

    From Mo Willems' kid's books. Alternate with "SHUT UP LEGS"

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    I just turn up the music, think about why I keep doing this and keep pedaling. I have alot going on in my life so pedaling till I can't pedal anymore has been a great destresser.

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    I alternate between "Pedal pedal pedal pedal" and "Pain is temporary, quitting is forever".

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    what's your mantra?
    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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    "HTFU and get aero"

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    This is one reason I ride where I do. I don't have that much choice about commuting in to work and home, and time is limited on work days, but on weekends I go out to the mountains. The scenery is awe-inspiring, enough to distract me from my legs.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    George Foreman explained his strategy. He pretends there is a hamburger across the ring, and the only thing stopping him from getting it, is the guy he is fighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by youcoming View Post
    I just think of Voight and say shut up legs or refer to rule #5.
    ^^^This! Along with a dose of Rule #5


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    drop a gear, splash water on my head, stop looking at the speedo, turn my attention the pavement passing beneaf my feet and look sideways to see that things are still passing by at a steady pace. I do like to keep an eye on my mileage and I tell myself how many miles I have left and I work with little goals. meaning "in a couple miles I'll only have 10 left" or "I'm already past the 1/2 way point" or "this is not as bad as that long day where I got a flat and couldn't pump up to full pressure for 25 miles" when I'm really done it's a matter of getting each leg up and over and letting the weight of my leg push down on ea pedal stroke ... but I haven't been that tired in years ...
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I keep repeating - O'h whata fool I'am.- O'h whata fool I'am.- O'h whata fool I'am. until I get to the top of the pass. Then it's all down-hill.

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    Your going to die - Your going to die - Your going to die.

    your 400 pounds YOUR GOING TO DIE unless you burn this fat.

    Over and over again.

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    I just keep remembering the image in the mirror of me stepping out of the shower.
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