“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.” —Frank Herbert, Dune
"In Discipline the blood boils, the brain turns to marble and muscles to steel. When wrapped in the scalding arms of the Discipline I can't rip my eyes away from the sun. I feel no pain. If you know what I mean, then you know what I mean."
"Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast."
"Your training partner's name is pain. You start out trying to ignore him. Can't do it. You attempt to reason with him. No way. You try to strike a bargain. Hah. You plead. You say "Please stop, please go away. I promise never ever to do this again if you just leave me alone." But he won't. Pain only climbs off if you do. Then you're beaten. "
"There is a time when most athletes reach a crossroads in their career. Even the most talented juniors need to realize that success at the highest level requires a new set of parameters in training and attitude and that without devotion - bordering on obsession - the path desired by most remains impossible to find." -Steve Cram