What exactly is a mantra and why are the important and beneficial to endurance athletes?
A Mantra is an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism. 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 athletes is to have your own personal mantras.
Be your own hero.
Hate it now, love it later.
There are 3 ways to pedal: with your legs, with your lungs, or with your heart.
Today it hurts, tomorrow it works.
Great things never came from comfort zones.
Cycling now. Beer later.
Mantras have become a very effective and popular practice with athletes to enhance their sports performance and to help keep them going when things get tough. Positive, motivational and inspirational self-talk has been helping professional athletes win for decades.
Athletes use mantras:
During their training, to strengthen their mental game and keep themselves motivated
Before a race or game, to build up strength and confidence, to get pumped and their energy flowing
During their race or game, to empower them to stay focused, on target and positive
At all levels of sports performance, it’s not just sheer physicality, but the athlete’s will and focused determination that drives them to perform at their peak when it matters most.