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Old 08-25-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
Ben Moskowitz
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Finishing Hard on Time-Priority WODs

For time-priority WODs, e.g. Cindy, what are your strategies or your mindset for finishing hard? On task-priority WODs (e.g. Helen) I feel like I know exactly what I have left and thus have the impetus to get it over as quickly as possible. I can see the "finish line" so to speak. On time-priority WODs, sometimes I don't know exactly how much time I have left and therefore am left guessing as to how hard I should go. If I do get a glimpse at the clock, then I sometimes feel like I can sort of cruise in, because I won't finish the round anyway or I'm almost done... something like that.

Obviously these wimpish mentalities ain't so hot, so what's yours?
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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Re: Finishing Hard on Time-Priority WODs

For me, it depends on the day, and how I'm feeling at that point in time. Sometimes I have those days where I would like to just cruise into the finish as well, damn my PR, more reps, more weight, ect.

There are also those days where I'm feeling really good and that PR is in sight, more weight is doable, more reps will hurt but the pain of failure will sting me more if I don't continue.

It's always a mind game... Your body is capable of great things, it's just hard to wrap your mind around that concept.

Next time you have 30-45 seconds left on the clock and you are NOWHERE near finishing the round, have faith in the fact that you went all out for those last 45 seconds and got an extra couple of reps in even when you didn't think you had it in you. That feeling of accomplishment is much more satisfying than saying to yourself "well, I wasn't going to finish that round anyway..."

Always strive for improvement, even if it is miniscule.
Just my thoughts. Hope they help you in some way on another.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:12 AM   #3
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Re: Finishing Hard on Time-Priority WODs

For AMRAPs I usually set a goal beforehand (based on a previous PR or rough calculations of how long it would take to complete 1 round) and try to match it so I don't end up sandbagging the last couple minutes.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:29 AM   #4
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Re: Finishing Hard on Time-Priority WODs

I have to leave the clock face-down or its too distracting. Work to the beep. Even so, I hate the 'ticking time-bomb' aspect of the AMRAP WOD's. They just make me anxious.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:56 AM   #5
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Re: Finishing Hard on Time-Priority WODs

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I have to leave the clock face-down or its too distracting. Work to the beep. Even so, I hate the 'ticking time-bomb' aspect of the AMRAP WOD's. They just make me anxious.
I like to know how much time I have left in AMRAP wod's. It helps me to push harder. I give myself a set amount of time for each round an a total number of rounds in mind (usually set a round or two higher than i can actually achieve). Then as i'm going through, I check at different points to make sure i'm still on pace to hit my lofty goal, or if I need to step up my game. Like in the 95# bars of hell from the other day, I set 11 rounds as my goal. with 4 minutes left I was starting round 9. did sub 2 minutes per round on the last sets and finished with 10 rounds plus 1/3 of the 11th. Always push hard until the end. Even 1 rep over your previous is a new PR.
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