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Here you will find an assortment of media that I find motivating. Now get off your rear and go do something.


First and foremost, my greatest motivation in the world is Jesus Christ our savior. I will never know how much it costs to see my sins upon that cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish and have eternal life.” John 3:16  Whether you are a Christian or not, it is historical fact that man died on the cross, and suffered immense pain. When I’m in terrible pain during a race, I think about the crucifixion and know that I will make it through.

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”


“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.”

Emil Zatopek

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.”

Eddy Merckx

“…the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

-Thomas Paine

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

Forget pain, overcome mishap, crush self doubt, and focus only on your victory.

-Lance Armstrong

“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts”

“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”

Steve Prefontaine

“The key is not the “will to win” – everybody has that.  It is the will to prepare to win that is important. ”

-Bobby Knight

“Do you not know that in a race all the [cyclist ride], but only one gets the prize? [Ride] in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a prize that will not last; but we do it to get a prize (crown) that will last forever. Therefore I do not [ride] like a man (or woman) [riding “junk miles;”] I do not [ride] like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my Slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27, with [paraphrasing]

“If someone tries a 24-hour solo race, they usually do it once. People who keep doing them, there’s usually something wrong with them.”

-Josh Tostado, winner 2008 24 Hours of Moab

To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain….at cycling’s core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn’t matter if you’re sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you’re missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there’s no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks.

Scott Martin

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