In a sport such as triathlon, we have had the way paved for us in many ways. Those that have come before us have set high standards and reached amazing dreams. Of course there are still countless obstacles and a huge number of possibilities yet to encounter. While goals linger in our near and distant future, moments of “Are we there yet?” can often entertain us as we train day in and day out, over and over. Some of the most talented athletes and people of our times have all shared a similarity, thriving on motivation. Many of them have glued words or quotes to their mirrors, top tube of their bike, on their refrigerator, and special spots throughout their homes. Sometimes all it takes is seeing a little something to give us the “get up and go one more time”. Here are a few that I hope help your journey…

“It’s not enough to have a dream, unless you’re willing to pursue it. It’s not enough to know what’s right, unless you’re strong enough to do it. It’s not enough to learn the truth, unless you also learn to live it. It’s not enough to reach for love, unless you care enough to give it. Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough, and if they do not find them, they will make them”
– Samuel Smiles.

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.”
– Juma Ikangaa

“I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.”
– Steve Prefontaine

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” -Oprah Winfrey

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
–John Bingham

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
-William Faulkner

“I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” -Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon

“Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get.”
– Joe Catalano

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.”
– Ralph W. Sockman