Pilots who grow old
I’m a little pressed for time this week, so this one is going to be short, but I promise it’ll be good!
I read a quote late last week that I had to write down because it gave me a little perspective that I definitely needed and I think a lot of you could use.
“If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.” – Chuck Yeager (first pilot to break the sound barrier).
If you know me well at all, you know that I am very fond of thought provoking or inspirational quotes, I get it from my dad.
You probably also know that I often make direct connections between the struggles found in training, the struggles of life and things I read or hear that explain them.
When I read this quote I immediately thought first about Cróga and all the work that needs to be done over the next couple weeks to make the transition of Coach Anthony leaving and new coaches coming in a smooth and successful one. In this situation, I realized I need to push the pace so everything gets done, but stay detail oriented so there’s no gray area and nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
After thinking about that for a few minutes I moved on to my training. Most of you know that I spend a pretty significant amount of time training with my #1 tangible goal being to make The CrossFit Games California Regional in 2016. With that in mind, pushing the limits is essential to improving by getting stronger, faster, more efficient, etc., but knowing when to dial it back to stay healthy and recover is also very important because getting hurt is the worst thing that could happen while in pursuit of a goal with a specific timeline like this.
While transitioning through these different thought patterns, I realized that this quote would also make an excellent subject for a blog post.
We all have things going on in our lives: work, family, life, training, recreation, etc. that are in a constant flow. Sometimes they require us to push to achieve a goal, meet a deadline or fix a problem, and other times they require us to back off a little and let things happen or let the others involved do their part or react before we can move forward.
When training, listen to your body, when you feel strong and your movement feels good, go for it! When you’re a little sluggish, weak or something is just off, take your foot off the gas a little and do your best within the limits of your abilities that day.
The key to longevity, in CrossFit and in life, is to knowing “when to push it and when to back off”. There’s no shame in listening to your body and living to fight another day.