If you've been training for any amount of time, be it weeks, months or even in some cases, years, you are going to have good days and bad days. Sometimes it takes everything you've got to muster the energy to go to the gym and when you get there you're crushed when you see the Workout of the Day. Does this sound familiar? If it does then you're not alone - train hard enough and long enough and you'll find yourself in this situation. If it doesn't then you're lucky and you can go back to trolling Facebook...
So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation? Well there are a couple paths you can take and it's entirely up to you which one you take. First - take a couple days or even a week off. Read a couple books, hang out with your friends, eat dinner and have a glass of wine - anything but training. While this might seem like an extreme choice it's not that big a deal. Think about it this way: there are 52 weeks in a year and you probably train a couple times a week every week. By taking a week off every once in a while you are not going to impact your overall training time and, this is the kicker, you might just end up stronger and injury free in the process.
Second is the one that most of you won't even consider because it's just way too extreme. Really, I hate to even mention it because it may just be too much for most of you to handle. Do you seriously want to know what the other option is? Okay... here you go: ask your coach to scale the WOD for you. See - I told you that you would like this one! Seriously, the WOD is supposed to be a guideline for the days training not the be all and end all. I know that some gyms live and die by the WOD - but it's just not realistic for ninety percent of the athletes out there in most gyms. Think I'm blowing smoke? Do a search on Greg Glassman and Scaling and see what he says (massive paraphrase: main site WOD is for top five-percent of the athletes; the remaining ninety-five percent should be scaling).
Here's the deal: if you are dreading the WOD either take some time away from the gym or get your coach to scale the workout. While the other idiots are destroying themselves in the pursuit of their next PR you will be getting stronger, staying healthier, and moving forward while they are recovering from their next orthopedic procedure. Be smart - scale when and where you need to and don't be so anxious to rack up PR's that mean absolutely nothing to your athletic ability, performance and longevity in the long run.