A friend e-mailed this to me so I thought I would share (plus my 2 cents):
> 1. There are good days and there are bad days and sometimes you can't
> tell the difference until you start.
--totally true. sometimes I feel like crap until 4 miles into a run.
> 2. Contrary to popular belief, sleep is not overrated. Not in the
> slightest. --I'm sold. I'm a napper and an 9 hour-a-night sleeper. It should be the 4th sport.
> 3. Don't forget to breathe. --Breathing is rhythm. Rhythm carries you through the tough moments.
> 4. Be Positive at least.
--Negative thoughts area the beginning of your undoing.
> 5. Nobody ever said it was easy. --True. But I didn't think it would be this hard!
> 6. Pain is temporary. Pride lasts a lifetime. Sometimes even two. --And then there's that moment after pain, called relief. Pure bliss. And it feels so good it almost makes the pain worth it. That moment, when you realize you love the pain b/c you're living for the moment after--you know you're a masochist--and a true triathlete.
> 7. Create a plan and stick to it. It may not always work, but if you
> stay focused and relaxed, it'll all end up just fine.
--It's not rocket science, folks.
> 8. You've got to try. No matter what happens, in the end you'll have
> bigger regrets from not ever trying. --The thought of how bad I'll feel if I don't do it is sometimes what gets me out of bed and into the pool in the a.m. And it's always worth it afterwards.
> 9. Strength and courage blossom from the sands of adversity. --What doesn't kill you...well, you get the picture.
> 10. Sometimes it's the little things that make the big differences. --Every little step...
> 11. Getting to the starting line is usually a lot harder than getting
to the finish.
--Ugh. No kidding. I always feel like sh*t at 4:00 am.
> 12. Listen to your body and listen to your mind. And make sure you
know when they're lying to you.
--Hmm. Still don't know the difference. Maybe that's why I'm always overtrained?
> 13. You can't change the past and you won't alter the future. Enjoy
> right now, right now. --It's all about the moment.
> 14. Smile. It does a body good. --Ugh. Takes too much effort!
> 15. Be supportive of others. We're all in this together. --Good one. Helping others will help you get through the tough times.
> 16. It's OK to cry.
--better to laugh though. (also ok to puke?)
> 17. Don't forget to eat. Especially breakfast -- that's a really
> important one. --even if it's just a power bar and juice.
> 18. Listen to your Coach.
--or your training plan. Don't forget off days and recovery weeks!
> 19. Taper Week doesn't mean Recovery Week.
--It doesn't? I can't watch Simpsons and eat burgers? Damn!
> 20. Always Have Fun.
--Otherwise, what's the point?
--this just cracked me up...