Updated: Feb 21
What exactly is a mantra? And why are the important and beneficial to endurance athletes? According to dictionary.com, a Mantra is: an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism.
Very popular in eastern religions, mantra's are a word, phrases or sounds repeated to aid concentration in meditation.
They can even be as simple as a sentimental statement or slogan repeated frequently.
Many athletes and successful sports professionals use mantras to give them a mental edge and keep them focused on their goal or task at hand.
The true value of a mantra to endurance athletes, comes when it is audible, visible, and/or in your thoughts.
The key to successful racing and getting through hard training days shared by many Olympians is to have your own personal mantras.
Mantra's are often affirmations to motivate and inspire you to be your best self.
Simply it's a positive phrase or statement that you use to affirm the way you want to succeed, achieve a training goal or achieve a racing accomplishment in your life.
It is the ultimate training hack that every athlete should adopt for training and racing success.
Making your Own Empowerment Mantras For Running, Cycling & Triathlon Success
In my experience, the mantras that work the best, are personal, positive, short, and action-oriented.
They should help you flip the switch on those negative feelings swirling in your head and through your body.
Tip: If you are writing your own to help you focus on what you want - avoid words that highlight what you are trying to avoid or are experiencing in real life.
Bad Example: Don't be so slow
Better Example: Forward is a motion
I think a great mantra(s) should be short, easy to remember, and a trigger for positive energy or your desired outcome.
Using powerful mantras when you are training for your next running, cycling, duathlon or triathlon race or endurance event, will prepare you for overcoming race day adversity.
BEST TOP 50 MOTIVATIONAL EMPOWERMENT MANTRAS
FOR RUNNING, CYCLING & TRIATHLON RACING
At our last Fun Club meeting the question of having personal mantras came up in conversation -it was asked if any of us had mantra's that we relied on while training and racing.
It was no shocker when every hand was raised! The average endurance athlete shared that they each had at least two.
Here is a list of our team's 50 Motivational Empowerment Mantra's used for running, cycling, triathlon and duathlon training & racing.
1. Suck it up buttercup!
2. Keep moving forward!
3. Be like water.
4. I can do hard things
5. Hate it now, love it later!
6. Stay on pace.
7. May race, My pace
8. All miles are good miles.
9. Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.
10. If it ain’t burning, it ain’t working!
11. Move Bitch
12. Find your strong!
13. Finish Strong
14. I’m stronger than I think.
15. Just keep pedaling
16. Dig deep, breathe deep
17. Why are you crying?
18. Deep breaths, quick legs.
19. Strong. Focused. Relaxed.
20. As it gets harder, I get stronger.
21. I kill hills. I kill hills. I kill hills.
22. Light and smooth.
23. This too shall pass
24. Hills are my friend.
25. Fast or slow, it hurts the same.
26. Make it or break it.
27. Pain is WEAKNESS leaving the body!
28. I own this race. I choose the outcome.
30. I can!
31. Earn the burn!
32. If it doesn’t challenge me, it doesn’t change me.
33. Just one more mile.
34. I’m one mile closer to perfection
35. I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.
36. I’m stronger than I think.
37. Strong as steel and light as a feather
38. Train fierce to look fierce.
39. Run fast, go past.
40. I am. I can. I will.
41. Just stay calm.
42. The faster I run, the faster I’m done.
43. Breathe in strength. Breathe out weakness.
44. I feel good, I feel great!
45. Don’t listen. Don’t look. Just run.
46. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
47. Trust your training.
48. You got this
49. You've trained for this
50. Forward is a motion
Do you have your own running/triathlon mantras you would like to share to add to this list? Comment on this blog post and we will be sure to add it when we update this Best Top 50 Running, Cycling & Triathlon Mantra's blog post.
If you are a beginner female endurance runner, cyclist or triathlete - mantras are your friend.
They helped me visualize success at the finish line while training for my very first triathlon and when I encountered a tough or new part of a training I was unfamiliar with - they literally carried me to success.
Want to know about my own personal running and triathlon mantras?
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
Walk like a champion Talk like a champion
Gloss Up Flossy You Came to Slay
Thanks for letting me share some of our team's and my own personal #doepicshit mantras.