22“I have to remain training patiently, and to…keep myself in a good mood, I will be celebrating every muscle on my legs that decides to come back and every vein that dares to show through the fat layer on my calves.” Judith Arndt, World Champion and Generous Domestique
Using both the idea of big wins as well as capturing the joys of the journey enables a winner to withstand the pressure of the journalists and potentially long periods without routine pleasures. Incremental indicators that accumulate confidence and stimulus are a hallmark of a winner. From vein-popping to power-monitoring evidence that turn the rigors of preparation into reward, a personal system of accountability fueled from both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is essential for the mindset of a champion. Preparation for the championship level comes so far in advance, staying on course can only happen with guardrails and signage pointing a positive way. Mental energy to track these details is required.
Much is made of focus in sports psychology and the great ones seem to cultivate this to another level. Intrinsic focus is the inner heart that keeps one believing. This is simple love of riding and all the nuances of training, mastery, and competition. There’s also a sense of the spiritual that defines one’s purpose and actually enjoys the aspects of hardship that refine inner qualities. Faith is increased by seeing circumstances and resources provided. Affirmation of others helps fuel focus also. The external world can provide motivation in many ways through financial rewards or other forms of provision, acknowledgment and praise, or expectations or obligations owed. The world inside is also fed by the world outside you. Screen its menu carefully. To call up championship performance, protect external and internal motivation by refining it.
Prayer for Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7
“Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life. 23Proverbs 4:23
Help us to both guard our hearts and give our hearts in pursuing cycling. We pray for internal and external reasons to enjoy the bike and the cycling community.
Ponder What are my internal and external motivations for riding? Affirm I refine my motivation so impetus to endure is strong. Watch and filter winning incentive for any impure elements that cloud clarity or fog up refreshing thoughts.
22“Ringing in the Olympic year,” The Judith Arndt diary January 24, 2008 http://www.cyclingnews.com
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