Day 59 Saved the worst for last

I finished this on Memorial Day. I seen it coming up and thought there is no better way to finish then on that day. The reason these hero Wods were made was for this reason to honour those who have died. So I do a couple extra two a days and it works perfect. I am now writing this on June 6, D Day. With a little more then a week to reflect since I have finished. The question I get the most, or not even as much as Question but a statement "must be nice to be done."

 I am not even sure how to answer that. I am happy that I got it done, or did it, yeah, but even then when I said I was going to do this, I knew I would get it done as it is for them. It wasn't like me saying I am gonna eat right and workout in the new year, then 3 days later I am hungover eating fast food. This had a purpose and I knew I would do it. I have never really felt like that before. Even now that I am done, I miss it. It consumed me for two months. I will continue on and try to do a hero wods every once in awhile. This last wod when I looked at all the wods jumped out at me as wow that would be terrible. I actually never met anyone who has done it before, and I knew what would be the bad part. I knew it would be bad and it was worse then I imagined.

 Hero WOD: Servais

WOD Type: For Time

Run 1.5 miles
Then, 8 rounds of:
19 pull-ups
19 push-ups
19 burpees
400-meter sandbag carry (heavy)
1-mile farmers carry with 45-pound dumbbells

 I get to gym, and I am excited. I feel great and I am wondering what that farmer carry is gonna be like. That middle part makes Murph look fun. 152 pull ups, push ups and burpees. The burpees are the worst. The push ups and pull ups weren't that bad. Just in case your shoulders aren't gassed enough take that 50lbs sand bag for a 400 meter run, which actually takes anything you had left in your shoulders. Wow, ok that is all done. Now comes the scariest thing of all 61 hero Wods a mile farmer carry with no strength left in your shoulders. I grab the 45 lbs Dumbbells. Haha are you shitting me, this is not gonna be good. I don't get far, take a break, repeat,repeat, repeat, repeat, etc. It was the perfect way to end. With nothing that has to do with a weight you can't do or a gymnastic movement you can't do, but just pure pain and a mental exercise because it is so long and the end is never close. Then with about 600 meters left my coach Nat comes out to cheer me on, and after awhile the end seems near, but as bad as it is, I don't want it to be done,(the journey of 61 hero wod,  yes I want this farmer carry to be done!!) 1:21 done 61 hero Wods. Forearms hurt for 3 days after. Once again thanks to all the troops that gave the ultimate sacrifice, the reason we have these hero Wods 

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Servais, of Onalaska, Wisconsin, died Aug. 19, 2006, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle came under hostile fire. The 23-year-old was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Servais is survived by his parents, Peter and Susan; and sister, Laura.






Day 58

Got my boys ball tournament all day, and no open gym. I would of liked to to a bigger one, as there is only 2 left but maybe for the best, as I have saved what I think to be The biggest and worst for the last one. So a home wod today:

Hero WOD: Rahoi
WOD Type: 12 minutes
12 box jumps (24 inch box)
6 thrusters (95 pounds)
6 bar-facing burpees

Like anything, don't let the time fool you, anything short always means it's gonna be full out pain, and that's what it was. 7 rounds and was gross like fran. 60 done and one to go. I had picked the last one along time a go cause it seems so bad, and I can't wait.

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U.S. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Gregory J. Rahoi, 38, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team, based in Quantico, Virginia, was killed on December 6, 2006, during a live-fire tactical training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, near Bowling Green, Virginia. He is survived by his parents, Natalie and Richard, sister Teri, and fiancee Paula Paulk.

Day 57 Let's hit the track

It's Saturday and my boy has a ball tournament, and I can't make the two gym times so will have to figure out one to do. My brother in law is in town and he is good at running so let's do one of those track Wods:

 Hero WOD: Loredo

WOD Type: For Time

6 rounds
24 squats
24 push-ups
24 walking lunges
Run 400 meters

We guess or actually aim for 25 mins will be a good time. This is fitting too, as the first two workouts I did on the road in Battleford with him so nice to do one with him at the end. I am terrible at running so was good to get pushed. The lunges were the worst, finish 23:10. Only 2 left.

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Edwardo Loredo, 34, of Houston, Texas, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed on June 24, 2010 in Jelewar, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his wife, First Sergeant Jennifer Loredo; his daughter, Laura Isabelle; his stepdaughter, Alexis; and his son, Eduardo Enrique.


Day 56, 6 hour drive straight to gym

I drive back from Edmonton and head straight to the gym, so I can be done to get kids from school. I feel like a grinder, nothing with big weight but something that is gross and just keep moving type wod, and I have wanted to do this one for a long time and better get it done as there isn't many left:

 Hero WOD: Morrison

WOD Type: For Time


Wall balls (20 pound ball)
Box jumps (24 inch box)
Kettlebell swings (1.5 pood)

 Why did I want to do this one? Box jumps are terriable after wall balls. But it was a fun vibe in the gym, all the coachs are working out and it's Friday. I finish 28:48. 58 done, 3 to go.

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U.S. Army Specialist Scott Morrison, 23, of Blue Ash, Ohio, assigned to 584th Mobility Augmentation Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, based out of Fort Hood, Texas, died on September 26, 2010, from injuries suffered on September 25 when insurgents in Kandahar, Afghanistan attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his father Donald, mother Susan, brother Gary, and sister Katie.




Day 55 another double up

Got all the wods done in 59 days, but am late blogging about them. I pushed to finish on Memorial Day, which I thought was very fitting.


 Hero WOD: Johnson


20 minutes
9 deadlifts (245 pounds)
8 muscle-ups
9 squat cleans (155 pounds)

 Should of warmed up more, I missed my first four muscle up attempts. Everything was a struggle, and that is a big weight for me for squat cleans. Not the best one for me 2 rounds 17 reps. I am heading to Edmonton for a show and I think I have a leg infection, so I head to Dr right after workout. Yeah leg infection, which sucks as it is on my shin so I can't rope climb and a few of the last Wods I wanted to do have rope climbs. I finish at Dr's and have a little time not much before I have to hit the road so I race back to gym and do a fast hero wod full out.

 Hero WOD: Maupin

WOD Type: For Time

  • Run 800 meters
  • 49 push-ups
  • 49 sit-ups
  • 49 squats 
  • I go full tilt, finish 7:37, whoa nice back to back double days, looks like I will be able to finish on Memorial Day. Wod 56,57 done, 4 to go.
  •  U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Keith “Matt” Maupin, 24, of Batavia, Ohio, disappeared on April 9, 2004, when insurgents south of Baghdad attacked his convoy with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. His remains were found on March 20, 2008. Prior to his disappearance, Maupin served as part of the 724th Transportation Company in Bartonville, Illinois.

    He is survived by his mother, Carolyn; father, Keith; a brother and sister; and many other friends and family members.

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    1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, 25, of the U.S. Marine Corps 7th Communications Battalion, 3rd Marine Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, died September 8, 2009 while supporting combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife Durinda Johnson.


Day 54 Double up

I have never done weighted pull ups with a 20lbs med ball so this workout intrigues me. I am also only a few  Wods away from running with that med ball too. I don't have my boy with me so I wanna do one that has some running so I go with:

 Hero WOD: Del

WOD Type: For Time

25 burpees
Run 400 meters with a 20-pound medicine ball
25 weighted pull-ups with a 20-pound dumbbell
Run 400 meters with a 20-pound medicine ball
25 handstand push-ups
Run 400 meters with a 20-pound medicine ball
25 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Run 400 meters with a 20-pound medicine ball
25 burpees


U.S. Army First Lieutenant Dimitri Del Castillo, 24, of Tampa, Florida, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, died on June 25, 2011, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He is survived by his wife Katie, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Carlos E. Del Castillo, his brother Carlos Andres and sister Anna.

 Good hard hero wod, perfect choice for how I feel today. 26:57. 54 done and 7 to go. Gonna go home rest a hour and head to the pool to do: 

 Hero WOD: Rocket


30 minutes
50-yard swim
10 push-ups
15 squats

 I got 12 rounds plus 50 yards done. My legs were beat from yesterday but I can do 15 squats at a time, and push ups are good. Then it hits a hour later at home so beat. Now it's four hours laters and walking isn't easy. Well 55 done, 6 to go.

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron “Rocket” Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), died Oct. 2, 2012, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device in Zombalay Village, Afghanistan. Henderson is survived by his mother, Christine; brothers, Bob, Corey and Sam; sisters-in-law, Leisa, Holly and Kiley; and nephews and nieces Kurtis, Kaitlyn, Davis, Dallas, Mia and Daniel. He is preceded in death by his father, Dallas




Day 51,52,53

Had 2 days banked from doing two a days, as I knew I was gonna be gone to the lake,so I am now even for 53 in 53. This wod I have had circled for awhile:



Hero WOD: Justin
WOD Type: For Time


Body-weight back squats
Body-weight bench presses
Strict pull-ups

 I weigh 205 so I know this wod is gonna wreck me tomorrow chest and leg wise. The nice part of this one is when your done the first round you know your half way done. 29:35, 53 done 8 to go.

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Justin M. Hansen, 26, of Traverse City, Michigan–assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina–died July 24, 2012, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He is survived by his parents, Vickie Hayes and Richard Hansen; stepmother, Shawna Hansen; stepfather, Steven C. Cornell; sisters, Adrienne Russell, Morgan Compton and Veronica Compton; stepbrothers, Jeremy Borey and Adam Cornell; and stepsister, Jessica Borey.


Day 50, I got time

I don't really have time as we are leaving to the lake for a couple of days, but like anything You can always make time. I know I will be taking the next two days off as I will be away for equipment so don't wanna miss today. I look for a 20 minute amrap and decide on:

 Hero WOD: TK

WOD Type: 20 minutes
8 strict pull-ups
8 box jumps (36 inch box)
12 kettlebell swings (2 pood)

Boy that's a high jump, but actually after a couple rounds you get used to it and it's not that bad. But I will tell you what is bad .. kettle bell swings with 2 pood. I have been doingAmerican swings for all as it doesn't say so I wanna make sure I do it RX'd. I find a huge difference between 1.5 pops and 2. 52 done 9 to go.

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U.S. Army Major Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, New York, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado, died on August 8, 2012, of wounds suffered when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest in Kunar province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife Kami, son Brody, daughter Margaret, parents George and Patricia, and brothers John and George.




Day 49, Late Nite

Mad at myself. Had a show last night, and stayed out longer then I should of, ahh drinks till 2 up at 5 for work. Well you made your bed you gotta sleep in in it. I feel a bit fuzzy, and wonder what I can get done. As I know there is no easy hero wod, they all take you into a dark place all in different ways. But I want an amrap as I want to be able to know when it's gonna be done. So I lean towards towards an Amrap. Gym owner Scotty jumps in with me, and we push it and it becomes as hard as any other wod:

 Hero WOD: Harper


23 minutes
9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
15 power cleans (135 pounds)
21 squats
400-meter run with a 45-pound plate

 I would of never worked out today if I wasn't trying to do 61 in 61. It worked out great though as me and Scotty went hard and almost got 4 rounds done. Thanks for the push Scott. Felt like death right after but 20 mins later, all good. 51 done, 10 to go.


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Phoenix Firefighter Brad Harper, 23, of Peoria, Arizona, died while on the scene of a two-alarm fire on May 19, 2013. Harper loved being a firefighter and had worked with the Phoenix Fire Department, where he was assigned to Rescue 21, for two years. He is survived by his wife, Lena; three younger brothers, Ryan, Daniel and Jacob; and parents, Bob and Cyndy.


Day 48 Biggest so far

This will be the 50th hero wod, and I want a big one, just at that the look of this one I guess 1:36


 Hero WOD: Gaza

WOD Type: For Time

5 rounds
35 kettlebell swings, 1.5 pood
30 push-ups
25 pull-ups
20 box jumps, 30-inch box
1-mile run

 That's a lot of running for someone who doesn't like running. Feels good to being a big one I wanted to knock off, and on the last half mile I realize I can push and be under my time I guessed. 134:13. 50 done 11 to go.

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U.S. Navy Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas Spehar died Aug. 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his helicopter was shot down. The 24-year-old, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit and served during Operation Enduring Freedom. Spehar is survived by his parents, Patrick and Annette; and siblings, Luke, Jacob, and Lisa and Marie Mielke.