What gets me going, during the Tour at least… is “we are suffering, so they don’t have to.”
The other things I do is to remember Elements of Style and The BAT and then tell myself to relax and check my form and wiggle my fingers and toes. It’s both a way to relax and also a good method of distraction.
Another one I now like comes from a GCN viddy… this is where the important adaptations occur!
Yeah, that is a really good one. Used it for the 9th hammer.
I’ve been using that lately too. A lot of the SUF vids are “manageable” until the last couple minutes and this is where the mental game needs to ratchet up! LOVE it!
Hey, I recently proposed this if anyone is interested.
Great thread. I use the “just one more (interval, minute, hill, etc) and then I’ll quit” which usually gets me through a tough spot and back on track. When I’m really struggling I’ll switch to embracing the pain with a “Bring it on, minions! You can’t beat me!” This is my favorite trick in a strong head wind,too!
On Nine Hammers this week on #9 it was “you’ll have to do 8 1/2 more hammers to get to this point again!” That worked for me. Finished it!
During the Tour, I keep telling myself that none of these intervals are as hard as my last FF on Feb 6th.
Oooooh. I like this one too! May have to steal it
During today’s #FF, I felt an incipient downward spiral building during the 20-minute block. I tried something new, going from “You can do this!” and “You can do anything!” to “You are doing this!”
It nipped the spiral in the bud and helped me power through.
I felt myself tiring around the 8 minute mark and started telling myself, “it’s only 8 more minutes.” “You can ride hard for 8 more minutes.” “If you push on until the 4 minute mark then you can shift gears and bring it home.” “You can do this!” And then I closed my eyes a few times and just counted to 60, and then when I opened my eyes, more than 60 seconds had passed.
Found some new ones today.
“I live here!”
“I don’t need video to motivate me. I’m the motivator. I’m so motivating I’m reaching back in time and motivating them!”
This is a good one. I’ve recently discovered (!) that counting out a minute slowly takes longer than a minute. It’s brilliant. If all else fails, bend time!
I do something similar by counting to 10. On average my 10 count is about 15 SUF seconds. #timebenders
One of my favorites popped up today during The Shovel.
“You belong here!”
Hmmm. Has anyone checked how quickly time passes in Sufferlandria? Are we getting even more workout time than we think?
For me it is the reverse, no matter how slowly I count, I seem to count faster than the seconds (even if I count by thousands). Counting is usually a strategy I use when all else does not seem to work.
I explained my counting strategy here:
This morning, I got myself through a challenging real-world yoga class by repeating, “The uncomfortable have nothing to fear.”
I generally go with: “Now imagine if I am good at this!”
Weirdly, it makes a + difference!
Maybe you are good at this?