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November 30, 2016
* – “#mindscrewed” – Quote by Chris MACCA McCormack describing that Jan Frodeno (Kona Champion 2016) has fellow competitor Sebastien Kienle’s completely MINDSCREWED, He says that Sebastien does not believe he can beat him.

My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief” Conor Mcgregor – UFC Fighter

Parsha (Torah Portion) Toldot is a nutshell from

Isaac and Rebecca endure twenty childless years, until their prayers are answered and Rebecca conceives. She experiences a difficult pregnancy as the “children struggle inside her”; G‑d tells her that “there are two nations in your womb,” and that the younger will prevail over the elder.

Esau emerges first; Jacob is born clutching Esau’s heel. Esau grows up to be “a cunning hunter, a man of the field”; Jacob is “a wholesome man,” a dweller in the tents of learning. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca loves Jacob. Returning exhausted and hungry from the hunt one day, Esau sells his birthright (his rights as the firstborn) to Jacob for a pot of red lentil stew.

In Gerar, in the land of the Philistines, Isaac presents Rebecca as his sister, out of fear that he will be killed by someone coveting her beauty. He farms the land, reopens the wells dug by his father Abraham, and digs a series of his own wells: over the first two there is strife with the Philistines, but the waters of the third well are enjoyed in tranquility.

Esau marries two Hittite women. Isaac grows old and blind, and expresses his desire to bless Esau before he dies. While Esau goes off to hunt for his father’s favorite food, Rebecca dresses Jacob in Esau’s clothes, covers his arms and neck with goatskins to simulate the feel of his hairier brother, prepares a similar dish, and sends Jacob to his father. Jacob receives his father’s blessings for “the dew of the heaven and the fat of the land” and mastery over his brother. When Esau returns and the deception is revealed, all Isaac can do for his weeping son is to predict that he will live by his sword, and that when Jacob falters, the younger brother will forfeit his supremacy over the elder.

Jacob leaves home for Charan to flee Esau’s wrath and to find a wife in the family of his mother’s brother, Laban. Esau marries a third wife—Machalath, the daughter of Ishmael.

In a TED Talk on body language titled “Your body language shapes who you are”, I noticed the following quote: “Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behaviour, and our behaviour can change our outcomes.” My blog is not on body language, but I liked the quote…

We have been having some crappy weather in Melbourne, and Sundays seem to be the worst! On Sunday, I planned a nice long ride followed by a long BRICK run with my friend the ‘Demon’, but alas, the ‘Demon’ was injured and I woke up and it was raining! I was not a happy camper – I decided I would do 3 hours on my trainer doing a few Spinerval workouts (Thanks Coach Troy) – Yip it is boring, but I thought if Brad Karp can do it, so can I (Thanks for the inspiration Brad). Doing one of the Spinerval sessions I heard this song “Nothing you can’t do-rap” by Out of Town (Can’t find the lyrics anywhere). The lyrics included a repetition of the following phrase “Cum on, Cum on … if you get your mind focused there is nothing you can’t do”.

01I noticed the following quote by Conor McGregor after he won the UFC world title in a second weight division a few weeks back “There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist; we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed”.

In a separate quote from triathlon coach Chris Hauth @aimpcoach, Chris asked “Think: If you put Crowie’s (Kona champ – Craig Alexander) or … head on ur body. Would you race faster? Is YOUR head getting in the way of what your body can do

bob-marley-strong-quotesReading a Dvar Torah by Danielle Ledder on our forefather Abraham and his tests, she made the following statement “…Avraham was an adult during many of his tests, his story teaches us about our ability to rise ABOVE nature and revolutionize our life. His story provides us with a doogma ishit (personal example) of how to grow, overcome our natural inclinations and pass our life’s tests.”

On the radio the sports commentator on the ABC made the following comment “Golf is as much about holding your nerve as holding a putt.” – ABC radio 1026 sports 28 November 2016.

There is a lot that can be discussed based on the various quotes that I have noted above:

  • Nature vs nurture
  • Ability vs hard work
  • Are we all equal?
  • Mind games
  • Overcoming our weaknesses
  • Walking the talk or talking the walk!
  • Mindset
  • Belief – Belief in yourself, Belief in your abilities
  • Keeping your nerve

Chris Hauth who I have quoted several times has made some excellent quotes on the mental side of triathlon training and how important the mental side of training and competing is. I would like to share a few of his quotes and the lessons that can be learned:

‘Mens sana in corpore sano’: sound mind in a strong body. Strong body most have trained. Sound mind needs to be trained as well. Have you?“ – Chris Hauth ‏@AIMPCoach Oct 5

“Fitness – yup

Nutrition – yup

Race simulation & rest – yup

Healthy, injury free – yup

Still not the desired result? Mental”-  Chris Hauth ‏@AIMPCoach

“I am reminded daily, as a coach, how dramatically masters athletes overlook the mental approach to endurance training/racing. Mental agility – Chris Hauth ‏@AIMPCoach Sep 30

“Being an athlete is a mindset, not a wattage, pace or HR. It’s how you want be in this busy and unhealthy (food & fitness) world.” – Chris Hauth ‏@AIMPCoach Sep 19

“To be an athlete is a mindset, a daily methodological approach toward progress in your sport or passion. Living it daily, no matter how hard” – Chris Hauth ‏@AIMPCoach 10 Nov 2015

Yip it was hard to get up in the rain and get on my stationery trainer and then go for a run, but I was TRAINING and had to get it done!

“ when it’s fun, feels good might just be ‘working out’. TRAINING is when it feels slow, u mentally struggle & you STILL get it done.” – Chris Hauth ‏@AIMPCoach 7 Jul 2014

On Sunday triathlete Lionel Sanders broke the world record for an Ironman sanctioned event in Arizona. He describes how he was battling on the run, but his fiancé told him the record was in his reach. This is what he said when he beat the record – “The biggest lesson here is that there is always something more left to give and the power that the mind has over the body is amazing,” Lionel Sanders[1]

I can’t answer all the questions I originally posed, I do believe that some people have more talent than others and that the mind is a powerful tool. I think that Turia Pitt may have the best answer…

“The limit is not in the sky. It’s in the mind.” Tweet from @TuriaPitt


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One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    So true, it is all up to you no matter how tough the challenge. Don’t find an excuse, that is not the option to take. Xxx

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