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July 29, 2009 / Labels:

Quote of the Week: The Tour Is Over... Long Live the Tour


Mont Ventoux has been conquered. Sprinters flew down the Champs Elysees. The Tour de France is over for another year. But not without one more quote....


This one comes from Versus, the US broadcast network for the Tour. It's a short snippet from one of their promotions.

"Dreams do not matter unless you make them come true." -- Versus

Make it a great week!

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July 20, 2009 / Labels: , ,

Quote of the Week: Ode to Tom Watson


Even though I've been glued to coverage of the Tour de France for the last 16 days, it was hard not to become drawn into Tom Watson and the British Open....



As most of you know by now, one 8-foot putt separated Watson from becoming the golf's oldest major champion. So, in honor of Watson here is this week's quote:


“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” -- Tom Watson

Somehow the quote just seems fitting, don't you think?

Make it a great week!


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July 13, 2009 / Labels: ,

Quote of the Week: The Tour -- Rest for the Weary


I'm having withdrawals. Today is a rest day for the Tour de France and there is no new racing on TV. But it has got me thinking about the importance of rest....



When I work with athletes I frequently have to remind them of the importance of recovery days. Taking time off, or at least having an easy training day, is not something that comes easy to many athletes. And yet, it is one of the most important things an athlete can do for his or her physical and mental preparedness. Which leads me to this week's quote:

“Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”
-- Ralph Marston


So at some point during the course of this week, give your body and mind a little break. And by all means, make it a great week!

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July 8, 2009 / Labels: ,

New Quote: From Lance


Once of the great things about technology is that you can follow the Tour de France in ways that weren't possible when Lance last road...



Armstong, like many other riders, are on Twitter and are Tweeting there way through the Tour. I thought I share the latest Tweet from Lance which is a quote from Mahatma Ghandi.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity, It comes from an indomitable will." -- Mahatma Ghandi

Keep making it a great week!


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July 6, 2009 / Labels: ,

Quote of the Week: The Tour


I love July. You get 21 days of the Tour de France. So, here is the first of what ...


... will undoubtedly be a quite few cycling-related quotes. Given that Versus (the TV station in the States covering the Tour) is showing Lance every chance they can, I thought I'd share a quote from cycling writer Scott Martin. I think this one pretty much captures the essence of cycling -- at any level.

"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

So if your motivation is lagging and you haven't watched the Tour yet, tune in (it's also being streamed live on the Internet). And if you are a Tour addict and have a hard time explaining why to your family or friends, share this quote with them. I can't think of a better description of what makes the Tour so compelling to watch.

Make it a great week!

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