Thursday, February 7

“My body is broken beyond repair…”

Lindsey Vonn will go down in history as one of the greatest downhill skiers of all time. She is retiring after her races this weekend because in her words, “My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.”

We watch professional athletes in all sports make the impossible look easy, but what we don’t see is the amount of hard work and suffering that goes into that final product. And if you are competing in any athletic activity at the highest level, it will take a toll on your body.

What I want you to think about is why you train each day. If you work hard and push yourself, you may get banged up from time to time. But if you train smart you should not be walking around in pain every day. Unless of course you are planning on going to the world championships. Then you can sacrifice your body for athletic achievement.

As far as I know, no one training here is competing for something like that, so don’t accept pain as normal. Don’t push through things that hurt. If you can’t do a particular movement because it doesn’t feel good, that is just fine. If it bothers you not to do something ask yourself, “Why?”

I want you to understand the difference in training to go to the CrossFit Games and training to enjoy life. If you are training for the latter, you should not be in pain daily. Taking time off from WODs to do rehab or mobility to fix your issue will allow you to continue training long term AND feel good every day.

Remember, just because someone else is doing it, doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you. Always consider WHY someone is doing something and then think about WHY you want to do it before jumping in.

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It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career. I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring. A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather. Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining 3 fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen. Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER! I always say, “Never give up!” So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going… I need to tell you that I’m not giving up! I’m just starting a new chapter. Don’t lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you’ll be happy no matter what the outcome. Thank you for the amazing years, for always supporting me, and for making my job so fun. Can’t wait to see some of you in the finish in Åre where I will give it my all one last time. Love always, Lindsey

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Workout for Thursday, February 7
Back Squat
5X2 @ 80% to 90%

Dumbbell Box Step Ups
5X5 Each Leg
*5 Reps on One Leg, Then 5 Reps on the Other Leg

10 minutes of Handstand Practice
Handstand Progressions, HSPU, Handstand Walking.

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