Monday Morning Motivation – stick or carrot?

25 Aug

Some Motivation is Required2

What gets you up and running?

Are you motivated by fear or rewards? We’ve all seen those ‘I run for cake/wine/beer/icecream’ headbands, but what really makes you go out and exercise? Surely the best motivation is the feeling you have when your workout is done?

Monday Morning Motivation – The marvellous Mimi Hughes

18 Aug

Mimi Hughes is an American long-distance swimmer who has crossed the Bering Strait and swum the length of many rivers, including: the Tennessee, the Danube, the Drava and the Mura.

Mimi Hughes

Mimi was interviewed by GOTRIbal:

To get herself through her long distance swims, Mimi relies on many motivational sayings, such as:

  • When you decide to give yourself to a cause, you must arrive at the point where no sacrifice is too great.
  • It is not the mountains we conquer but ourselves.
  • To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
  • The basic tenet of democracy is an individual’s ability to make a difference.
  • Freedom means accepting—not forfeiting responsibility.
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck
  • Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. – Bruce Barton
  • Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.  – Napoleon Hill
  • Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Faith is the heroic effort of your life. Face anything you have to face without wavering. Matt 10-27
  • The evils that we hate, you no less than I, cannot be overcome with shrugs and sighs and shakes of the head no matter how wise. They but mock us and grow more bold when we retreat before them and take refuge in the affirmation of man’s tragic average. To believe that new evils will arise as vicious as the old—to believe that the great Pandora’s box of human suffering, once opened, will never show a diminution of its ugly swarm, is to help by just that much, to make it so, forever. – Thomas Wolfe
  • Never in his life had he seen a river before—this sleek sinuous full-bodied animal. Chasing and chuckling gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, only to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free and were caught and help again. Tired at last, he sat on the bank while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world sent from the heart of the Earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea. – Ken Graham
  • The first and last day of the 1,000 swim (walk) are no different, the beginning is the end and the end is the beginning. Your only aim is to achieve your initial purpose, then you can really enjoy what you’ve done. There is no backing out. When you have finished what you set out to do, you have created something of value. – Sakai Yusai
  • Never look back—be forever mindful of others and always keep the eyes set on the way. Do this and there is nothing that can’t be accomplished. – Sakai Yusai
  • Nothing is life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. – Marie Curie
  • Facing it—facing it—always facing it—That’s the way to get through it. Face it! – Joseph ConradMake it a point to do something everyday that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.  – Mark Twain
To make sure that you get to read interviews with other inspirational people lile Mimi, make sure that you sign up with GOTRIbal!

Monday Morning Motivation – how far can you go in two years?

18 Aug

Corrie Kristick has managed to go from being a novice triathlete to a professional in just two years:

A Two Year Journey From Beginner to Professional Triathlete

Corrie Kristick

If you want to find out more about Corrie, she blogs here:

In this article: she discusses how one moment changed her attitude to competition. She also has a healthy attitude towards failure:

“I have failed many times in life inside and outside of sports. It has made me realize that whatever the outcome, success or failure, it’s ok. Essentially, we must not be defined by our sport or our shortcomings, for we are so much more than that. And yes, everything, even failure, happens for a purpose.”

Where will you be in two years time? What are you doing to get there?

Monday Morning Motivation – Scott Cutshall’s story

18 Aug

Scott Cutshall is one man who managed to turn his life around by cycling. Although cycling hasn’t helped me to lose weight, I do believe it has given me confidence.

Read Scott’s story: I lost 320lbs riding a bike.

You can read another version of his story here: Large Fella on a Bike.

Scott’s blog is here:

Scott no longer blogs, but he is on Twitter:

Are you motivated to get on your bike today?

Monday Morning Motivation – Do you have a motivation page?

11 Aug

Do you use any tips or tricks to help keep your motivation going? Maybe you have a motivation wall, or perhaps a medal display to remind you of your achievements? Some people create montages that help them to visualise where they want to be in the future. This motivation page is a template to help you set out your goals.

This Page Will Motivate You To Take Action!

Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
If you’ve shared your motivation online, please post a link as I’d love to see what helps to keep you on your journey.

Monday Morning Motivation – How many times should you try before success?

4 Aug

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

What is the last thing that you failed at? Are you going to try again?

Monday Morning Motivation – Ironman

4 Aug

Three minutes of inspiration, courtesy of Ironman:

Monday Morning Motivation – what are you doing to reach your goals?

28 Jul


What are your goals? How can you reach or surpass them?

Monday Morning Motivation – Way to go!

21 Jul

Steve Way is  hugely inspirational man, who was an unhealthy and overweight smoker just 7 years ago, but who is now going to represent England in the Commonwealth Games. You can read his amazing story here:

Steve Way

© The Mirror

Amazingly, not only does Steve hold down a full-time job whilst running over 100 miles every week, but he also finds the time to blog:

Six ferries, 100km, seven mad people and a few kilos of cheese…

15 Jul

Exactly a year ago today, I went on a brilliant adventure with a group of friends (aka Bike Gang). I part wrote a blog post and by the time I got around to finishing it, the spontaneity was lost, so I decided that I’d schedule it for a year on from the event, so here it is…

Ferry 1: Southampton to Hythe

Our days started fairly early, when we met at Town Quay to catch our first ferry to Hythe.

Piers at ferry terminal

Piers buying his ticket to Hythe at the ferry terminal

We had to buy our tickets from machines and had just enough time to buy some drinks before the ferry arrived.

Caffeine starter

Caffeine starter… Liz (the photographer) hadn’t had hers yet and hence was rather shaky!

It wasn’t long before the ferry arrived. I was surprised by how small it was and was glad that there weren’t many other passengers as our bikes took up quite a lot of room!

Boarding the Hythe ferry

Boarding the Hythe ferry

Hythe ferry

As you can see, it was my last big adventure on my work/commuting bike. The others all had road bikes (although Liz had a pannier, because she needed somewhere to store her sandwiches!) My double panniers and hybrid bike meant that I had the heaviest bike to ride.

Ferry to Hythe

Ferry to Hythe

Ferry to Hythe

Ferry to Hythe

It was a short and smooth crossing, and we were pleased that the sun was shining brightly.

Once we got off the ferry, we had a short ride from Hythe to Lymington. It wasn’t long before there was a split in the group – Stu, Suzanne, Emily and Piers were at the front of the group, whereas Katherine, Liz and I were lagging behind slightly. We came to a fork in the road and weren’t sure where to go. Unfortunately, we realised that the speedy cyclists had gone the wrong way and were on the other side of a level crossing where the barriers were down. Katherine set off to track down the others, giving Liz and I enough time to pose for some selfies!

Brief stoppage to retrieve the speedy cyclists who went the wrong way
Brief stoppage to retrieve the speedy cyclists who went the wrong way

Ferry 2: Lymington to Yarmouth

Ferry number 2 - Lymington to Yarmouth

We regrouped at the ferry terminal and had a quick snack after we bought our tickets. Some kind German tourists took a group photo for us.

Setting sail from Lymington

Setting sail from Lymington

It was a beautifully warm day, so we enjoyed sitting out on deck and enjoying the sun. Liz finished off her luncheon and we all looked longingly at Lymington lido, which looked glorious in the sunshine.

Lymington sea baths (taken from the ferry)

sailing to yarmouth

Sailing to Yarmouth

When we arrived in Yarmouth, we had the main bike ride of the day ahead of us (about 20k). It was getting hot and I realised that I definitely had a disadvantage with my heavy bike as there seemed to be lots of hills and we never seemed to go down any of them!

Quick rest stop before a giant hill

Quick rest stop before a giant hill

In Cowes, we decided that it was time to refuel for lunch. I decided to go for a light salad and was relieved when I saw the size of everyone else’s portions. Emily had a cheese ploughmans with two pieces of bread and enough cheese to feed a whole family for a week!!!

Emily had a little cheese sandwich in Cowes

Emily had a little cheese sandwich in Cowes

It took a while for us to finish our food and digest it enough to get going again.

The gang

The gang

Ferry 3: West Cowes to East Cowes

It was then a short cycle to the chain ferry, so that we could get to the other side of Cowes. It took a while for the ferry to arrive and even I thought I might be able to swim to the other side faster than it took the ferry to get there… but the water was dirty and I can’t swim with my bike!

Cowes chain ferry

Cowes chain ferry

When the ferry arrived, we had to sit inside, which was a little stinky and warm, but we knew we’d only be on the ferry for a few minutes.

Bike Gang on Cowes chain ferry

Bike Gang on Cowes chain ferry

When we left the ferry, it was a short (8-10k) ride to Fishbourne, where we had a short wait for the ferry to Portsmouth, so we decided to relax in the shade for a while. (A ferry was just leaving as we got there, but we weren’t quite fast enough to get on it and didn’t feel that we were in a hurry as we were having such a fun time).

A little rest before teh ferry from Cowes to Portsmouth

Ferry 4: Fishbourne to Portsmouth

Finally, we were on the fourth ferry of our adventure.

Looking down on our bikes on the Cowes to Portsmouth ferry

Looking down on our bikes on the Cowes to Portsmouth ferry

We enjoyed sitting on the top deck of the ferry and feeling the breeze.

Ferry 5: Portsmouth to Gosport

After we left Gosport, we had another 20k ride to get to Warsash. It was a beautifully warm day and the sea looked so inviting that most people went in for a swim… I didn’t want to have to ride my bike with wet shorts on, so I just paddled. Katherine loved it and didn’t want to leave the water… you can only see her feet in the picture below.

A quick dip

A quick dip

Ferry 6: Warsash to Hamble

We realised that we were cutting it rather fine to make it to the last ferry at Hamble as it was scheduled to leave at 6pm. We sent the fastest cyclists ahead, whilst Liz and I did our best at the back. Fortunately, Suzanne and Piers made it on time and we found that there were a few other people who also wanted to catch a ferry, so the boatman agreed that he would make an extra journey to be able to transport all of us across. This gave us some time to be able to take some photos of the cute waiting room.

Waiting for the ferry in Warsash

It was difficult to squeeze all of us and our bikes onto the ferry, but the boatman managed it.

Warsash ferry

Warsash ferry

The Warsash ferry

The Warsash ferry

All aboard the Warsash ferry

All aboard the Warsash ferry

It felt quite sad when we finally got off the ferry in Hamble as it seemed as though our adventure was over.

Leaving the final ferry in Hamble

Leaving the final ferry in Hamble

Fortunately, we had one last opportunity for a group photo, with Dani King’s gold post box. (Dani King is a cyclist who won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics).

Dani King's gold postbox in Hamble

Dani King’s gold postbox in Hamble

If you’re ever in this area and have a day that you can spend with your bike, I’d strongly recommend trying this route. It was great fun and even with all of the ferries it only cost about £25.


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