Some of you have noticed “#SunnyMcGritty” added to some of my insta/FB/twitter posts and have asked, “Who is Sunny McGritty?!” Sunny is a character that I made up to impersonate in training during tough sessions and on race day…she is my alter ego. If Clark Kent had Superman as his alter ego, why can’t I have an alter ego?!
Sunny is a long-distance triathlete who is not graceful or pretty, but she is a strong muppet FULL of grit, determination, and perseverance. She thrives in tough conditions, is fierce, and will out-suffer anyone to overcome adversity + challenges in her path. She gets knocked down 9 times, but stands up 10! She embraces courage over comfort, always believes in herself, and when discomfort strikes asks, “Is that all you’ve got?! How bad do you want it?!” She always has a smile on her face, gives out high-fives, and always encourages others!
So where did this idea of creating an alter ego come from?! The Brave Athlete Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, PhD and Lesley Paterson is FULL of amazing “tools to overcome negative patterns of thinking and feeling so you can be faster + happier in sport and life.” This is definitely a MUST READ for everyone! I highly recommend you make up your own alter ego to help you push though challenges you face in life or sport! Sunny McGritty has helped me become a better athlete and person! What can an alter ego do for you?!
Do you have an alter ego?! If so, who is your character?! What qualities does your character have?! If not, what qualities would your character have if you were to create an alter ego?!