Endurance competitions are beautiful...and brutal. Athletes perform with exceptional, sustained physical and mental strength. We relate because we all have days that seem overwhelming; we often feel that an athlete's success is a victory for all of us.
I like drawing endurance athletes. The moments I find particularly inspiring; preparing the mind before the race, mastering transitions, and persevering when everything hurts. I especially like the instant the athlete sees the win. It can happen at any point of the race. It is most evident in the eyes. Recognition, focus, determination.
The drawing below features a triathlete preparing for his race. It is titled "Still. Search for stillness. There you will find the strength and presence of mind to win."