Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My buddy Mike Mason sent this picture to me as motivation for my 2010 running plans. The picture is of yours truly as I remove my number during Massanutten when I decided to drop out last year at mile 38. It will definitely be motivating to me. Whether I get the urge to slack off of training or want to grab the ice cream after dinner, a quick glance of this photo and I will get refocused on the task at hand. Everything training wise during the next five months will be geared towards Massanutten so this picture is very appropriate. It amazes me how a photo, quote or simple memory can get ones frame of mind in the right place. This photo will definitely serve me well over the coming months. I might even hang a copy on the bathroom mirror like Rocky Balboa did with the Drago picture in Rocky IV. Cheesy I know, but hey, whatever works.


Coach Spencer said...

My most crushing DNF was at Ironman Austria in 2003. I was ashamed of it for a long time & then started wearing the race polo shirt once a week for a month so people would ask me about it & I'd have to answer, "No, I dropped out." Somehow, it helped motivate me and pull me out of the funk. Good luck & happy training!

Sophie Speidel said...

I love that photo! Very motivating. I wish you well as you train for MMT---the new course will be VERY interesting, and imo, more fun!