Not sometimes, not every-so-often but every time I enter a race or am on a hard ride, I think about quitting and giving up within minutes. Negative self talk, doubt in my abilities and general sluggishness tend to really bum me out and it always makes me want to stop. I think the most damning thing is in a race when you fire off and you see yourself getting dropped and not being able to catch up. Inevitably, “giving up” starts to surround thoughts.
I’ve found three things that have helped me power through all the slush that has helped out immensely.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
We all want to quit and giving up seems the best thing to do sometimes. As my coach, Tracy McKay has said on many of occasions, “Your brain is trying to protect you and will do everything it can to keep you comfortable.” So not giving up and giving into that comfort zone and crushing through it is pivitol, in fact my biking buddy Stacey who teaching spinning would say that when your legs want to quit, all you need to do is tell them they are not quitting. It’s that simple.
The mind is amazing of just how much control over the entire body it has, the ability to tell any part of your body “oh you’re not giving up” is key for a successful race or ride.
Oh, and of course, these things can be directly applied to life issues as well. If you need some visual motivation, then make sure to check out Ol’ Winston here with one of the best speeches of all times.