OK, it’s April fools’ day, so, just for a bit of fun, here is the growing list of mantras that have been helping me get me through my training, in no particular order. I have no idea which suite of mantras I’ll be needing on the day.
I’ve also been working on building my mental safe-house, to where I can retreat in my imagination when the going gets tough/comfortable/a.n.other as yet unimagined scenario. I’m keeping this to myself.
This one is a regular.
It will end
Thanks Jo, good one to have.
Good for general life, too.
It’s all good/everything’s good
Every hill has a summit
Used quite a lot, training round hilly Winky.
There’s not a hill in the world that doesn’t have a summit
If it’s particularly bad and I need a long sentence to get me going just a bit further (Everest is in my head).
Hills are good
Who am I kidding?
Slow and easy
The only pace I know; the rest is aspirational. Usually used on hills.
Shoulders: low and loose
When I think I’m going faster (who am I kidding?)
One, one, one
Always a 100% success rate.
Bum, bum, bum
Trying to get my glutes pulling their weight.
F*ckety, f*ckety, f*ck, f*ck, f*ck
Just because it’s all so tough sometimes. Usually followed by ‘must complete’.
Love these, am sure there’s a very strong need for them – as in shutting down the (negative more often than not) chatterbox and replacing it with positive self-talking – you’re very good at this I’ve noticed and have hauled me out of a negative hole before now!