This was as close as I could get to bringing that image to life.
#3: Skill Mastery. This is tied in closely with number 2, but around that same time I also decided that I got more enjoyment out of trying to master movements and make it as perfect as I possibly can. Can this be done in a metcon? Absolutely. It's just a lot harder, especially after a few years of Crossfitting when things start to get pretty heavy. This is why you hear the coaches at BARx constantly preaching movement quality over speed. Something about cranking up the music and letting the clock run down makes your movement quality degrade. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing overall depending on your goals. And practicing perfect movement while you're not under that stress is what keeps things from degrading entirely and to a point that becomes dangerous.
#4: Conservation of Energy and Resources. Let's face it: I'm an old man. We all know this. And it holds true both in spirit and how I'm built (the only place it doesn't hold true is actual age). After years of beating my body into the ground and my head against the wall, I began to realize that I have a very set amount of what I will call "workout juice." Unfortunately my total level of workout juice is much lower than most people. Said another way, I have a pretty limited amount of work capacity, and crossing the line quickly results in injury, insomnia, random aches and pains, and other ailments that I won't mention. This means that I have to be extremely selective about where I expend my workout juice. There is still a part of me that wants to throw down a heavy clean and muscle up workout once in a while .... but for me that means deciding between that conditioning work and doing Snatch Pulls and Presses Behind the Neck. I choose the latter because I feel like I get more out of it, and I'm too fragile to choose both.
Let me break this down visually: if Tim spends energy to ride a bike up a hill ... wait a minute that can't be right.
#5: Metcons are not necessary to stay "in shape" and keep body fat down. This is where I might shatter some illusions. There seems to be a belief floating around out there that without heavy conditioning, we'd all turn into big fat Jabba the Hutt slobs. It's as if nailing down your diet and coming in and lifting weights for 2 hours is just fine, but it's really that 6 minutes of heart-pounding burpees that's keeping you from wearing a moo-moo and washing yourself with a rag on a stick. It's just not true. Your energy intake (food) needs to balance out with your energy output (exercise). The type of exercise simply doesn't matter. There are myths about what "burns fat" being perpetuated everywhere you look, so I'm sure I'll hear plenty of argument on this.
Aw dang it, I knew I shouldn't have skipped that last round of burpees.
#6: Hilarious that this article ends up in my Inbox about 3 minutes after I finished writing. Leave it to good ol' Rippetoe to summarize exactly what I'm trying to say, but in much finer fashion.