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Friday, March 20, 2009

Triathlon Training Mentality

Here are some good tips I came across while surfing the internet today:

Eliminate self-limiting thoughts.
More often than not, people have preconceived notions about what is possible for them to achieve. They sell themselves short. Abolish thoughts that hold you back from achieving your true potential.

Optimize your skills.
Everyone begins at a different place and each of us are dealt a different set of genetic cards. Use that to your advantage and optimize your assets.

Be willing to spend the effort and energy to be successful.
Anyone can succeed if they are willing to work at it. Too many people want to reap rewards without the sacrifice that is necessary to achieve any goal.

Enjoy the journey.
If you can enjoy the pursuit of excellence, you've got it made. Aiming to enjoy only the end result makes it impossible to endure the necessary sacrifices to achieve any goal really worth having.

Be a student.
The more you understand about what it is you're trying to do and how to do it, the easier it is to be successful. Be a student of your passion.

Persevere.
There are many things that can get in the way of successfully achieving any goal. You have to be willing to figure out how to get over, under, around or through those obstacles. Keep trying.

Develop mental toughness.
It is not the physical challenges that keep men from successfully surviving the triathlon training, it is mentally giving up. You need to start believing that you can do it, you can be successful. Others have been successful before you, you can do it too.

Be prepared to suffer.
When you are training for an event as large as a 140.6-mile triathlon, it is a long haul. There is going to be bad weather, aching body parts and times when you are just plain tired. Know that some stress, followed by rest, will make you stronger physically and mentally.

Take strength from others.
This tip is particularly valuable for race day. Right when you are thinking things are really bad for you, look around. You'll see that others are suffering too. Knowing you're not the only one and that other people will suffer generates energy, if you're willing to accept it.

You must want success.
Doing something that is difficult requires that you want to be successful with every fiber of your core. The intense desire to succeed helps you overcome obstacles that crush other people.

Avoid over-training.
It is easy for highly motivated people to over-train. Achievers are often rewarded for doing more and working harder. While you must work hard and do the prescribed work, you must also rest in order to reap the benefits.

4 comments:

KOOKY KASH said...

Great advice. I like 'Be a student' best. Thanks, Nik. Dont forget our Sat swim OK.

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

How can I forget as I'm looking forward for it. Ajak lagi ramai2 kawan together, the more the merrier...

KOOKY KASH said...

Yes, there'll be a few of us swimming that day. And some of them are good swimmers. Selamat!

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

What a relieve, Kash! That at least, have killed one butterfly inside my tummy.. ehhehe.