The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the tool

10 Nov

“The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself; often well beyond any latent ability previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete. The body is simply the means to use it. ~ Bryce Courtenay

I read that quote today in this really good book I’m reading called (Running the edge) by Adam Goucher.
As I prepare for Ironman Arizona, as I think about my training and things I preach to the athletes I coach this quote really says a lot of what I believe.

“The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself” That part right there is huge! I preach you must believe in yourself. I (coach) will always believe in you but unless you believe you can do it then how can you achieve it? So in order to have great power you must always believe in yourself and in your dreams.

“The mind is the athlete. The body is simply the means to use it” Wow love it! I again always say that endurance events are really more mental than they are physical and that you need to train the mind just like you train the body. This says it the mind is the athlete and the body is just the tool to use the mind (athlete). So in order to reach your goals and achieve success you have to have a strong mind and you have to believe in yourself and with that belief you keep the mind trained, focused and ready to endure anything that comes its way.

So to keep it short and sweet, train that mind as it truly is the athlete and the body is merely just a tool. And always believe in yourself never have doubt and keep positive! If you believe it you can make it happen.

Cheers
MB
Today was an easy workout day: 40 minute swim that was it.
Thursday however was a big workout day I guess as it consisted of 4 runs and a bike ride.
I ran 3 miles in the morning, went to work came home and logged 12 miles on my TT bike to break in the new chain and tires, then quick transition and did a 4.5 mile run at 5:54 pace. Worked again for a little bit then met some friends for a 5.4 mile rolling hill run at 7:22 pace, then helped coach the commitment day 5k run and did another 3.25 miles with them.
I shipped my bike today to Arizona so game on!

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