Lately, I’ve been focusing on cycling in an attempt to finally put my foot issues behind me. This past week I introduced myself to the world of sufferfest videos. The videos are for indoor cycling training and for the most part, the workout was, as titled, a sufferfest. Towards the end of the workout they flashed this acronym “IWBMATTKYT,” which stands for “I will beat my ass today to kick yours tomorrow.” Not eloquent by any means, but for some reason it stuck in my head and I found myself using the mantra at spin class later in the week when what I really wanted to do was back off the resistance, I instead turned it up and grinded it out with the intent of being better for it tomorrow.
I could be wrong, but being motivated by suffering seems like more of a dude thing. I don’t think I’ve ever thought that way about run training and none of my female friends seem to do that either. But I think this suffer today to gain tomorrow type mantra should have a place in the femal runners mental arsenal.
Ladies, it’s time to train our brains to suffer! (It’ll be fun, I swear!)