It’s always good to start off the new year on a positive note, so to make sure you are motivated to train and race this year, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from some extraordinary athletes.

Model your training and racing like these guys and you’ll be off to a great start!

 

“If you try to win, you might lose, but if you don’t try to win, you lose for sure!”
— Jens Voigt

I like to keep that in mind during very competitive races where the odds are stacked against me. It would be easy not to try to win, but what would the point of that be?

 

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
— Wayne Gretzky

Similarly, I like to think of this quote whenever I’m debating whether or not to do something.

 

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”
— Lance Armstrong

I repeat this over and over during hard training and racing!

 

“There’s only one rule: The guy who trains the hardest, the most, wins. Period. Because you won’t die. Even though you feel like you’ll die, you don’t actually die. Like when you’re training, you can always do one more. Always. As tired as you might think you are, you can always, always do one more… If you overtrained, it means that you didn’t train hard enough to handle that level of training, so you weren’t overtrained; you were actually undertrained to begin with. So there’s the rule again: The guy who trains the hardest, the most, wins.”
— Floyd Landis

That’s a great one anytime I’m tired and don’t feel like putting in the required effort to accomplish a goal.

 

“There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.”
— Emil Zatopek

I have found that training in adverse conditions builds invaluable mental toughness. Keep that one in mind for all rainy days!

 

While those five quotes are my favorites, there are other great quotes out there. Here are seven honorable mentions that you may enjoy:

“Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret!”
— Unknown

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
— Beverly Sills

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
— Chinese proverb

“Pain is only weakness leaving the body.”
— Unknown

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
— Vince Lombardi

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.”
— Magic Johnson, NBA Star

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
— Marilyn vos Savant, Columnist

Time to get going!

(And when the going gets tough, you can quit tomorrow.)

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