It is also very important to take days where you give your body a complete rest. As professional cross-country skier Dasha Gaiazova told me, gold medal rest days are the key to balancing rigorous training days. The idea behind gold medal rest days is at the end of your day evaluating how well you rested. Ask yourself, would I give myself an Olympic gold medal for this rest day? Whether you need to lounge around the house all day or get outside and enjoy the sunshine did you rest as well as you would climb if you were vying for a gold medal? If you train when you’re exhausted you are at a high risk for injury since your muscles are tired. So make sure to listen to your body. If you are feeling weak take a few days to recover. Without a doubt you will come back stronger and ready to crush. Gripped.