I sat through four hours of pain when I got my tattoo the other day. It made me wonder why I do it. Yes, it’s addicting. Am I sick and twisted if I enjoyed it? My only answer to myself is that it makes me feel alive. When the pain is all gone, I like to see and feel the end result. It’s a part of our human nature to want to feel.
The pain we work through during a WOD is a sense of accomplishment. We know that when we are all done it will make us better in the long run. It helps when we are going through the pain with others around us too.
But not all pain is good, of course.
I had a wrestling coach who asked us if we were hurt or injured when we were complaining of pain. At that point we had to think about how bad the pain really was. If it wasn’t that bad, we had to get our ass back on the mat and push through it. If we were injured, our coach sent us to the athletic trainer for ice and we had to sit out practice to prevent further injury. No one wanted to be the injured kid. It was a sign of weakness.
I know how a competitive athlete’s mind works. All we want to do is push through it and most of us can. But I’ve had too many friends get injured lately and not get better.
So, here we go…. Know your limits and scale when you need to. If you don’t know what that is, ask your coach. That’s what they are there for.
Pain is good. I love pain. Bring it on.
But not when it negatively affects your health and wellbeing.