Sven Kramer was on the ice yesterday during the 2018 Winter Olympics.  He was competing in the Men's Long Skate 10k race.  As he was skating, the commentators were talking about his history in this particular race.  This was his third appearance in the Olympics and each time, he was expected to win.  In 2010, he was dominant in the 10k and had been undefeated since 2006.  But in this race, he made a mistake at the halfway point.  He made an illegal lane change before he was supposed to.  And even though he finished the race in a time that would have been a Gold Medal run, and Olympic and Track Record, he was disqualified.  He came into the 2014 Games with a world record and was again expected to win.  But instead, he was beaten by his teammate, Jorrit Bergsma, and came out with a silver medal.  As he comes into the 2018 Games, again he is expected to win.  The other racers expect him to win.  the commentators expect him to win.  The fans expect him to win.  Even the Dutch papers had "TODAYS THE DAY!!" on the front page.  His time was pretty solid until about the halfway point.  he was just a mere half second of.  But with each lap, he got slower and slower.  He just couldn't get himself to get ahead of the leaders time.  and he ended up with a sixth place.  he has many other Olympic medals but not this one.  So the question is, why doesn't he just give it up?  he has other golds so why care about this?  He knows there is a ton of pressure on him and EVERYONE has their expectations.  He let EVERYONE down!  First off, he didn't let ANYONE down.  There will always be people who say that you/they should be doing this/that.  They all have their opinions but that's all they are: someone else's opinions.  They aren't on the ice and pushing with Sven.  OR raining with him and dealing with all the pain and suffering.  As far as pressure, the only pressure is what HE puts on himself.  It doesn't matter a single bit what others think or hope for him. IT only matter what he thinks.  And for the "why even do it if you're not going to win" question, for most elite athletes, they do it because its a challenge, not because its an easy win.  This Olympic medal has eluded him and THAT'S  why he wants it and he wants it for HIM.  These are the things that drive athletes.  Pushes them to new limits.  But also is what keeps nonathletes from even trying.  They don't think they will win so they don't even get in the game.  This is a very short-sighted way of thinking.  There is only one person that should be concerned whether or not you do or don't do, succeed or fail, win or lose, compete or go home:  YOU.  Don't let anyone tell you that it's not worth it.  If it means something to you, then its VERY worth it!!:)

FEEL THE BURN!! 

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INFERNO WARM UP X 2

Complete the following: 

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Front Squats (13 min cap)

2 Rounds:

.......7 reps @65%1RM

.......5 reps @75%1RM

.......3 reps @85%1RM

........1 rep @90%1RM

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then....

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17 min clock:

5 min AMRAP:

.......10 reps Power Snatch (75/55, 30-35UB)

.......10 reps Lat Bar Burpees

3 min REST

4 min AMRAP:

.......8 reps Power Snatch (105/70, 45%1RM, 20-25UB)

.......8 reps Lat Bar Burpees

2 min REST

3 min AMRAP:

.......6 reps Power Snatch (135/95, 55%1RM, wt 13-17UB)

.......6 reps Lat Bar Burpees

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MWOD:   kb external shoulder rotation, banded good mornings, and happy baby stretch