The long game.
You do this for health, for well being, for the way it makes you feel.
You do this for the rush when you PR or the feeling of accomplishment after the WOD.
Don’t jeopardize that.
Know that the decisions you make today will stay with you for your life.
A blown out knee might be a price you are willing to pay now to look like a beast in the WOD, but what about in 20 years - when it still flares up if it rains, and you still hobble out of bed in the morning?
A slipped disk might sound worth it when you are trying to PR your deadlift with poor form - but what about when you want to pick up your groceries in 10 years? Or your kids?
A torn rotator cuff might be glam when you are racing to the finish on the bars - but what about when you can’t get on the bars for 6 months? Or lift overhead for a year?
Pushing yourself is one thing.
Pushing yourself to injury, to catastrophic failure, to an epic breakdown - that is another thing entirely.
Listen to your body, don’t ignore it thinking it is holding you back.
Know when you are crossing from the good ache, to the bad pain.
If you don’t know that voice, start listening harder, its there.
Taking your foot off the pedal in today’s WOD could save you months, or years, of recovery time and pain.
Injuries are not a badge of honor.
Choosing to lose the battle today to win the war isn’t poor strategy.
If you need to drop it mid lift because your body is screaming, then drop it.
If you need to stop mid WOD because something is about to go amiss, then stop.
There is no shame in that, no judgement, no disappointment.
There is just good strong training tactics.
Know your body, and more importantly listen to it.