Dave Scott, ”The Man”, 6 time IM world champion, made a comeback at 42. His mantra throughout the race was a very zen like saying from Winston Churchill:
“Do what you can do right now. Breathe-be in the moment. Believe-have faith that you can rise above it. Battle-you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes.”
So much can be said and chatted about regarding the mental aspects of training. We break it down into a few different segments:
Annual training plans
Weekly training plans
Daily training planning
Race day planning
Within the race strategies
Throughout all we do mentally, we seek to alleviate concerns, by examining, and alleviating fears of weaknesses, and of the unknown.
Eastern religion and multisport endurance athletics share a common theme. Both have their foundation of acceptance of what is and being present in the moment. You can argue with reality, but you are guaranteed 100% of the time to lose.
An example is you are lining up at start of a triathlon, with a cold water swim. You can argue how you hate cold water, how you will shiver away your energy, or how the wetsuit might constrict your breathing. And dwell on the negative and fail not only in the swim but the entire race. On the other hand you can accept, that the water is chilly, and you can self talk your way to positivity. The water is refreshing, I have swum in cold water before, I can do this, I really don’t like swimming in warm water.