Posted by Andy Petranek : Friday, Apr 26, 2013
What makes an athletic event too hard? And how hard is too hard? What’s a good starting point? Should your first run be a Marathon? Should your first CrossFit workout be Murph? Should you take a stab at Ultimate Fighting by stepping into the caged Octogon? What about your first 10 mile run - should it be Tough Mudder? And what about a triathon - take a stab at an Olympic distance your first time out?
There is something very appealing and very human about attempting things that are hard, really hard, maybe even seemingly impossible or out of reach. But in doing so, you necessarily take on risk. The question is, is the risk appropriate for your level of experience, expertise, training, knowledge, and desire? And who is the only person that really knows the answer to that question? I’ll give you one hint - the answer is not the race director, your spouse, your coach, or your best friend. No, it’s YOU.
And it’s in THAT conversation, in answering THAT question, that YOU need to show up. I mean REALLY show up. In many of these EXTREME events or sports, if you fail to check-in intuitively, or fail to follow your instincts, the effect can be devistating (from an injury or trip to the hospital, to death - in the case of a recent participant in the Tough Mudder). And while there are precautions that event organizers can take to minimize the impact of ‘Jumping first, then figuring it out,’ they simply can’t prevent “Sh*t” from happening.
I’m not at all suggesting that taking risk is bad. In fact, I recommending generally moving toward risk in life - if, that is, you want to accomplish your goals. It’s really more a matter of how big of a first step? How much risk are you willing to take (what are the possible realistic consequences)? And how much time are you willing to give yourself to prepare?
FRIDAY'S WORKOUT (CAP)
FUN WEEK AT CFLA
Old School CFLA "SMACKDOWN!"
Show up for class. One person in your class will get to pull your workout from the official
CFLA Hopper. We promise fun and excitement - just in the picking. And THEN you get
to work out!
Every class - something new, something different!
AND COMING MONDAY (NO CAP)
NEW PROGRAMMING CYCLE TESTING WEEK
here's a blast from the past - Annie & Greg doing Elizabeth