Tip: When the going gets tough use your head

QuickTipsfeature1-300x92What do yo do when it gets hard? Do you think “here is my time to shine” or do you think “man this is going to hurt”?

When I am working out I push my self very hard. I will from time to time call myself names like a High School Football coach would. Other times I will quickly remind myself that what I am doing needs to be a smooth and purposeful action. The difference in the two thoughts of course are either negative or positive reinforcement. In all cases I respond best to the positive affirmations.

When I first started training on rollers I developed my own mantra to help me to not freak out. I told my self “light, fast, loose, relax”. This helped immensely and even now I will from time to time catch my self on the rollers or on the front of a pace line saying this to myself with out realizing I have started it.

When I am in the middle of a particularly difficult or painful climb I will sing to myself in my head. I do this when it is really hard to keep even the possibility of negative thoughts out of my head. I have heard others will recite poetry or even do math problems.

What ever works for you do it and don’t let the stinkin’ thinkin’ in.

3 Comments on “Tip: When the going gets tough use your head”

  1. When I saw the title I thought you were going to tell us to headbutt people in sprints!

    But I sing on climbs and on the trainer 🙂

  2. Ha! Racing can get physical but it is generally not considered a contact sport.

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