WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU WEAR YOUR UNDIES ON THE OUTSIDE?
Because “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping” thats what my old boxing Coach Gavan James from Cairns use to say.
In the Sports Psc world scholars would define adverse conditions and mental toughness as “An ability to consistently perform toward the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstances, conditions, and time”
Me, personally, what do i think about tough conditions? mentally challenging situations? the competitive hard times. Well just like the girls that are featured in the pic above at todays 6 Hour Ultra Endurance event “The Buck 3” I would wear my fucken undies on the outside. WHY?
It makes you happy!
And because I’ve been a massive believer in remaining positive through adversity, through challenges, through long gruelling workouts, events, and sub standard conditions. Faking it till you make it.
Now i find this to be powerfully true, resonating with me to this very day after reading the book by Chris McDougall, years ago called Born To Run http://www.chrismcdougall.com/born-to-run/ If you haven’t scrolled through these pages yet, runner or not, do yourself a favour and indulge.
The book is about almost semi-mystical people known as the Tarahumara tribe. These dudes are Native American people who live in the sheltered depths of Northwestern Mexico. They drink pinole, which is like water and toasted corn. They’ve developed a culture around ultrarunning, sometimes running more than 200 miles in one session. That is 8 back to back marathons. Wearing nothing other then thongs, drinking corn beer, and strapping on a loin cloth.
How do you think it made them feel? ………..You guessed it, just like the girls with the undies on the outside, POSITIVE. Positive in the face of adversity, toughness, forcing uncanny health and inner serenity. Great game plan and strategy for when the shit gets real. Force a smile, change your state, if you have to put your bloomers over the top and thats what it takes, then thats what it takes!
Remaining positive when the happy well is bone fucken dry, means that no matter how brutal the circumstances—whether it’s your 10th hour running through a Ultra Marathon, or you’re halfway through a 3000 rep workout that includes pull-ups and lifting heavy shit—you’re able to withstand the pain and suffering and perform to the best of your skills and talents, with a good time, high place, or even a win.
Rolling with your version of the “Undies on the outside” may be the defining factor between finishing at the front of the pack and not finishing at all.