Driving into the Smoke

I heard a gentleman talk about a small detail of auto racing that shook me with clarity. Imagine, you’re speeding around a race track an inch from the ground in one of the most technologically advanced machines on four wheels. Careers, championships, and millions of dollars are separated by fractions of a second on the race track. 

Naturally, the margin for error is small and the level of danger is relatively high in the peak expressions of IndyCar and Formula 1 racing. When there is a crash on the course and smoke destroys visibility in the raceway, drivers are instructed to drive directly into the smoke. The logic here is that deviating from the driving path comes with its own unforeseen risks of crashing into something and the risk of losing position in the race. Holding the driving path into the smoke shares the uncertain chance for a crash, but maintains the opportunity to maximize position in the race. 

Thought experiments are fun and all, but I would imagine driving triple digit miles per hour directly into the smoke not knowing if you’ll experience a head on collision or a clear path is completely maddening in reality. The metaphor holds, nonetheless. Uncertainty isn’t a great reason to give up your position. 

Life will dish us all unforeseen moments where the future becomes opaque. Don’t let fear put you in a position to concede your desired outcome for uncertainty is true whether you proceed or not!

4/7/21 WOD


Complete 4 rounds for quality of:
8 Kneeling 1-Arm Landmine Presses (ea)
8 DB Chest Supported Rows
25 Face Pulls

Then, complete the following for time:
10, 9, 8.. 1 DB Thrusters(50/35)
100m Run


Complete 3 rounds for quality of:
10 RDLs
10 Alt Archer Ring Rows
:60 Superman Hold

Then, EMOM 6
Even: 5-7 Strict Chest-to-Bar Pull Ups
Odd: 15 Hollow Rocks

Then, complete the following for time:
30 Cal Row 


3 Rounds:
12 Overhead Squats (115/85)
12 Handstand Push Ups

– Rest 3 Minutes- 

Then, complete the following for time:
30 Cal Row 


3 Rounds
12 Deadlifts
20 Pistols


Pause Front Squat

Then, perform 3 rounds for quality of: 
12 Staggered Stance DB RDL (ea
10 DB Windmills (ea)
:20 L-Hang

Then, perform 4 rounds for reps:
:40 Max Deadlifts (155/105)
-Rest :20-
:40 Max Wall Balls (20/14)
-Rest :20-
:40 Max Lateral Skaters
-Rest :20-