What’s Your Mantra?

On a hilly course I remind myself: You’re light as a feather – Keep it together! Going downhill I remind myself: Push your pace! (I do this in the later part of the run and when I feel like my swim is starting to be too relaxed!) When I’m doubting myself toward the middle of a long run I say: You’re stronger with every step! My silly one on the bike is one of gratefulness: You’re doing it!

What’s some of your mantras or silly things you say to yourself out there training or in a race?

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21 thoughts on “What’s Your Mantra?

  1. My most favorite mantra I actually got tattooed on my forearm so I can read it while I’m in the TT position on my bike. I can’t remember stuff when I get stressed, so being able to read it and physically see it helps it sink in a little more. “I am stronger than this challenge & this challenge is making me even stronger”.

  2. I tend to think things during long runs and races like “your body is a machine” “you are strong and powerful” and it actually gives me better posture and form. I should think of something to tell myself while swimming besides “which # lap was this again?”

  3. Growing up I had severe asthma and in those prehistoric times, medicine was often at a loss how to give me relief. Consequently, I spent days, weeks, short of breath, like on one long tempo run. Now when it gets tough I delve to recall those moments and the feelings derived from them. “It’s not that bad. It’s not that bad. You can hold this. Remember? Now that was bad. This ain’t that bad.”

    1. From someone who also suffered with asthma (and still do but inhalers now are pretty great compared to what we had to endure as kids.)–I really love this. Somehow, I don’t get asthma in a race although I may during training. But still—being fit helps—and this ain’t that bad! Love it! πŸ™‚

  4. Love this! When I’m on the bike, I talk to myself a lot. Sometimes, it’s about the pedal stroke “push, pull, push, pull”. I’m a runner so get push heavy if I don’t concentrate.

    When I’m on a hill, that old song pops into my head, “what goes up, must go down”. I’m not a good uphill rider (or runner) so it’s away to refocus and remind myself that I’ll be going down soon enough. πŸ™‚

    1. So glad to know I’m not the only crazy person talking to myself! Up-hills are so hard for me too—but on rare occasions (like when I was in Nepal) the down-hills hurt more–so I remind myself of that. And oddly, I recently stopped being scared of going fast down-hill, which makes it a lot more fun. πŸ™‚

  5. I have a silly one, when the inner voice wants to quit, it come from those old Christmas and Rudolph specials, the tune, “Put one foot in front of the other” and when the winds in my face I remind myself, “the way back will be a breeze”

  6. I also use the “One foot in front of the other from Rudolph’ I will tell myself that I have “planned my race, now race my plan” As I pass people on the run I tell myself that I am “stealing their energy”

    1. This is so funny that so many of you sing the same song (although yours is a bit different). Maybe add Rudoph’s version when you hit Ironman #2 in a few weeks and you can chuckle –maybe sing it out loud and everyone can have a sing-a-long at mile 18 or so! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  7. When swimming I have Dori from “Finding Nemo” saying, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.” I also think, “Breathe, focus, swim straight.” On the bike I continuously say to myself, “You are strong. You are tough.” On the run… “Think strong, be strong, finish strong!!”

  8. One of my race mantras is similar to yours, “you’re doing it!” I tell myself because for a long time I wasn’t doing it, I was sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Another one comes from my mindfulness training and that is, “just get through this moment”, “just get up this hill”, “just get through this km”, etc. and the rest takes care of itself.

    1. I love short goals like that and think they are very important especially in an ironman. I’m guessing you talk to yourself like me! It’s that mini-coach on our shoulders pushing us forward! πŸ™‚

      1. Yep definitely have the mini-coach thing going on in my head, I also have my therapist on my other shoulder telling me I’m amazing and he believes in me too and I can do it.. sometimes when you don’t believe it yourself or you are too tired to believe it, you need that little extra voice in your head! πŸ™‚

      2. That is absolutely true. We all doubt ourselves sometimes and I think that is the beauty of a long distant event—it truly test that element and you can take it with you for anything. Sounds like you have a great therapist too!

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