Ages ago, I was training to be an economist. Being an economist is kind of like being a performance artist. You can gyrate wildly wearing a tutu and facepaint, making wacky proclamations in the public square and everyone will nod politely and agree with whatever you say. Don’t provoke him! He’s wearing a tutu!
My professional ambitions were derailed, but I still think about economics a lot, especially in the context of CrossFit.
Here’s a problem that fascinates me: the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility says that as you increase consumption of CrossFit you will encounter a tipping point at which a good thing becomes a bad thing. Beyond that point, every additional “unit” of CrossFit results in diminished utility to the CrossFitter. This is how people burn out from overtraining. They went past the point of Diminishing Marginal Utility. It’s very similar to overeating at the Chinese buffet. Gadzooks, my stomach hurts but those cream cheese wontons are delectable! Just a few more units!
The tipping point is different for everyone. So here’s a question for all of you CrossFitters out there. Do you know what your tipping point is? How much is “too much” for you?