When The Going Gets Tough…

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When The Going Gets Tough…

By Ava Africa

Powerful mantras to help keep you going

Engaging in one sport is tough. Combining multiple sports, such as in a triathlon, is a totally different ballgame. Most people are reluctant about joining multisport events because of the physical challenge that it brings. But personally, I think it’s more mental than it is physical. I am a firm believer that a strong mind can overcome the physical limits of the human body. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to undermine the importance of disciplined physical training. However, in order for you to conquer the demands of competing in more than one discipline, you need to train both your body and your mind. Feeding your mind with healthy thoughts is just as important as nourishing your body with fruits and vegetables and giving it enough time to rest and recover. Personally, what pushes me to keep coming back to training and racing is the feeling that I get after kicking all my excuses to the curb and achieving the goals that I’ve set for myself. Although, there are a lot of information and resources that you can get from the internet to help keep you going during your most challenging moments, I have compiled some of the most powerful thoughts that have helped me get through my own tough times.

You can quit if you want, and no one will care. But you will know the rest of your life. – John Collins (Founder of The Ironman)

Triathlon doesn’t build character. It reveals it. – Unkown

Question: Jens, what do you say to your legs?

Jens Voigt: Shut up legs!


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It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its maximum. There will be temptation along the way. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s worth it. – Unknown


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Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – Christian D. Larson

It never gets easier, you just go faster. – Greg LeMond

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However, it is not enough that you read them once. You may want to listen to audio books or affirmations, watch empowerment videos, and post motivational quotes on your bedroom or office wall in order to condition your mind and help it focus on the task at hand. Remember, it’s all in the mind so train your body to listen to it and just keep on going!

Ava Africa is a sports enthusiast who regularly engages in different sports such as swimming, tennis, and running and was member of the Ladies’ U18 Football National team. She is also a weight management coach and has helped a number of people attain their desired body shape by designing easy lifestyle changes to follow.