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  1. Hi Jack,
    I read your post about cultivating relentlessness on marksdailyapple, thanks for sharing! I am a paramedic so mental resilience is high on my list of priorities as my mental fortitude suffers constant assault.
    My question is, when I lift heavy or sprint hard and I really take those mantras to heart ie “I won’t quit no matter what!” I wind up injured.
    How do you walk the line between telling yourself no amount of pain is an excuse to quit and hurting yourself? I’m having a real hard time.
    Any wisdom is appreciated,

  2. Great question! Yes, it is a fine line. I have the same problem as this training has really raised my tolerance towards pain. I had to learn how to listen to my body because I got tired of getting injured. Sometimes you have to be conservative especially if you know certain parts of your body is inflamed or have been previously hurt. For people like us who have have higher levels of pain tolerance we just to smart about it. I do believe in that adage of “Train smarter, not harder” for those who have the fucked up pattern of hurting themselves over and over. That would fit you and I.

    It comes down to answering this simple question while you are in the middle of WOD – “Is it worth is if I do more and get injured and then not able to train for a month?” If the answer is yes, go on. If the answer is no, stop.

    A good general rule is that when you reach a point of the WOD and your form is starting to suck, you should always stop. There is no reason to do a whole bunch of snatches, deadlifts when you are hacking the movements. This is true for any movement. Take a small break, regroup and go back and finish the WOD. Better to be smart than sorry for tough minded beasts like you and I who can handle loads of pain.

    Good luck!

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