The old days of Crossfit were this: the workout is presented and you would go as hard as you possibly could. Have you ever heard of the mascot, Pukie the Clown? Guess where it came from! Exactly this: going HAM always on everything! The problem is that some workouts lend themselves to going HAM more than others. For example, FRAN, 21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups, is supposed to be a 3-5 mins all-out sprint. This in itself used to make people puke. And it still will illicit a puckering of the ass when you know you have to do it. But if you were planning on going this speed for 20.1, then you were in a world of hurt. On paper, it would seem that it could easily be done as an EMOM, or by doing a repeating set time. First, it ALWAYS looks good on paper but FEELS totally different. Nowadays, there is a much greater emphasis on pacing workouts. However, the point of pacing is not to go slow. The object is to be able to keep yourself moving as efficiently as possible with as little rest as possible. This is a COMPLETLY relative term. So just because you see or hear that someone paces it with one speed or tempo, doesn't mean that you should do that one. You might not have the same capacity or ability as they do. Or maybe one of the moves is a weakness which means you have to completely change the strategy and pacing to accommodate that weakness. Understanding these things will help you immensely. But you need to have enough data on your abilities to do this. Do you know exactly how far you can go or how bad you can make it hurt? It always hurts right? So how do you know when you are REALLY approaching that 90-100%? The only way to know is every once in a while "run the wheels RIGHT OFF THE CAR' during your workout. It's not about getting the fastest time or even finishing. It's about learning where your TRUE limits are. From THIS, you can determine your pacing for an event. Now you know EXACTLY where the red line is and what will happen if you cross it. I challenge you to find your limits. Don't expect it to be a pleasant experience. But it will be a MUCH better set up so you don't bury yourself into the ground in an OPEN workout or some other competition. Pacing is strategy based on YOUR abilities and the actual event. So learn YOUR limits!:)
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