Leaky Performance & Error Margin

Can we agree that as performance nears its peak that the margin for error becomes smaller? I’m open to finding an exception, but I’ve yet to find one. After all, there’s much more margin for error in a fun game of bowing with beers and friends than if you’re on the pro tour. On your you likely can’t afford a frame that isn’t a strike or spare, while with your friends you could easily recover from a few gutter balls to win the bragging rights for the night. There are countless examples like this, including the fact that you can kinda-sorta-maybe hit tight turns on your drive to work and get the result you need in your car, but the margins are much smaller in Formula 1. 

Now, I may be making an assumption here but I find that many people are specifically interested in increasing performance and getting more positive results. This, of course, would trend toward a kind of outcome that allows less slack in the system or less margin for error. 

If that’s where you want to go, wouldn’t it pay to reign in your efforts now? Just because you can win now with leaky performances and a certain margin for error, should you? After all, which comes first?


Logan Gelbrich


10/25/19 WOD

CrossFit Open Workout 20.3


Complete the following for time:

21 Deadlifts (225/155)


15 Deadlifts (225/155)


9 Deadlifts (225/155)


21 Deadlifts (315/205)

50’ HS Walk

15 Deadlifts (315/205)

50’ HS Walk

9 Deadlifts (315/205)

50’ HS Walk


Time cap: 9 min.