WOD:

10 Rounds for max reps
:30 DB Snatch (50#/35#)
:30 Burpees over DB
:30 Calorie bike
:30 Rest

Post total number of reps to comments.

Kick the week off right!

 

When to Walk Away

“You got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away, and know when to run.”

That line was made famous by Kenny Rogers in his late 70’s song, The Gambler. The other day I was doing a running interval workout of 400m runs and 200m runs. As I stood looking at my pile of chips, knowing that I still had 2 chips (which meant 4 rounds) remaining, I had a decision to make. I had set a time goal for each round of the workout. As I started to fatigue, making the intended time goal became harder and harder, and my recovery became more of a struggle. I made the decision to “walk away”. I left my chips on the table (technically on the ground). In essence I quit the workout.

Why did I quit the workout? Based on my goal for the workout and my long range goal for training for a marathon in December, I knew that continuing to run the intervals while overly fatigued and not hitting the time goals would not be beneficial. Sometimes you have to honestly assess what you are accomplishing in the moment and decide what your next best course of action is.

Some coaches and athletes like to say macho things like, “You should never quit a workout. On the field of battle you can’t just walk away.” Well, this is not a field of battle … it’s just a workout folks. It’s important to keep things in perspective. I have much more respect for someone who can honestly assess where they are and how they are feeling in a workout and DNF than for someone who just grinds away mindlessly, pushing themselves further than they know they should. As someone who has ignored warning signs in a workout before, I know when it’s okay to push and when it’s okay to call it quits.

Remember, “Discretion is the better part of valor.”

This is the long game folks. It’s not a sprint, it’s not even a marathon … it’s a race that has no foreseeable end, well, except death. How you train today directly impacts how you can train tomorrow and beyond.

Be smart and be okay with just walking away on occasion.

-Dan