Tuesday 100810


Kipping pull-ups

For this skill session, we'll work on the kip. For those who have it down, give an attempt at a max-rep set!



For time:

150 wall balls, 20#/14#

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Today was Austin's last WOD until Christmas break – he's on his way to Purdue to start his MBA! We'll miss you Austin, it was a pleasure to have you in the box. Because of the hectic weekend we were unable to send Austin off properly but we've agreed that we'll make up for it when he gets back in town for Christmas. Good luck Austin!


Dustin and Jon

I learned a lot about the will of a man this weekend. We've all been told at one point or another that we can do anything we put our minds to. It's a great cliche, but it seems it's seldom practiced. Most of the time we don't come close to our potential, maybe because we don't realize how far we can actually go. I was reminded how far a person can push themselves by Dustin.

We had spoken at length about the training that goes into something like this. How can somebody train for a 200-mile run? When you look at how the majority of marathon runners do it, they put in an unbelievable amount of mileage to run 26.2 miles. Most of the time, as a result of their training, they wind up running their event with an injury. So put in that perspective, what do you do to get ready to run 200?! Dustin decided that he would buck the norm, hit the WODs hard, and put in some longer runs when he could. He told me that based on his experience running the Leadville 100 last year, this wouldn't be about the body, it would be about the mind.

When I met up with Dustin just before midnight on Friday, he was just west of Walden and his spirits were high. Gino had been with him for several miles, and before that he had pacers since about mile 50. After he got some much needed rest, I headed out on the next leg with him. We talked about how he was holding up, and he told me what was aching, what might need attention during the next exchange area, then finished it with "…but whatever." I heard this phrase from him several times over the next day.  Dustin fought a lot of battles during that night. We had discussed how there would be a point, likely somewhere between miles 50 and 100, where it was no longer about the body and physical training, it was about the mind, about his will, and his perseverance. He knew his body would be broken long before he finished, and he accepted that. So whenever he was asked about his swollen ankle, or his blisters, or his GI, he would tell you what was going on, and then finish it with "…but whatever." If you know Dustin, you can hear him say that. What it meant was, these things were slowing him down, but it wasn't enough to stop him. And that's the thing. From when he set out to do this, it was never in the cards to not finish. At mile 160 when it was about 40 degrees, pitch black, and the wind was blowing, he wasn't going to stop. When he was dragging himself up Rabbit Ears Pass, he wasn't going to stop. When the rain came at the west side of Rabbit Ears, he wasn't going to stop. He knew before he ever started that he would finish.

At the end of it all, after 199.75 miles, Dustin RAN the last 1/4 mile to the finish line. 68 hours, 45 minutes, and he RAN in. That right there is the definition of what his spirit is all about. The shining example of the will of a man to accomplish what he set out to do. So as I drove back home after, I tried to sort through all the things I saw and heard during his journey. Gino was right about the emotional impact of it all. You see one of your close friends go through this, and you know he's hurting, but he's walking tall as can be because he's fighting to get through it with grace. And then he does it. And the reality sets in that he's done something that when you tell people about it, they find it unbelievable. And you were there to see it, and you find it unbelievable.

We talk a lot about pushing yourself past your comfort zone. About letting yourself go there. Well, Dustin showed us how far we can go. We all have it in us. It may not be a 200 mile run. It may be something else, but we have it, we just have to find it. One thing I remember telling Dustin was that after finishing this, pretty much any other challenge life throws his way will feel pretty insignificant. He laughed and said he didn't know about that. I do. 

14 thoughts on “Tuesday 100810”

  1. Reading your post helped relieve the knot in my stomach that I got when I read about the 150 wall balls Karen has planned for us tomorrow. It will also help to think about the experience we shared with Dustin every time I’m faced with an overwhelming challenge. I don’t know if he realizes how much he impacted everyone around him, but I know your coaching phrases, “Do something great today,” and, “No quit,” took on a whole new meaning after this past weekend!

  2. Austin, we will miss you buddy and we wish you the best and know that you will acheive what ever you want to do. It is always sad to see not only an athlete, but a friend leave, but we know you are leaving to do great things. You will always be an evolver and we expect you to take on life as hard as you hit your wore. Keep in touch buddy!

  3. Great post Jon, and I had a blast pacing Dustin with you.
    You know what is cool about Dustin? He is just a normal dude. A normal dude capable of unnormal things. Individuals who would take on something like he did are normally professionals who would have had a fancy support vehicle with an ESPN or Outdoors Magazine crew with them and a professional support team. That wasn’t the case. He had his wife in their Toyota that had a dead battery days before the race packed full of stuff and a support crew made up of old High School friends, co-workers, some of their wives and kids, and drinking buddies. No special equipment except for what God gave him and the people in his life. How freakin’ cool is that.

  4. Rx-ed all the way… 150, #14 Wall Balls… why did I run 7 miles after the WOD on Monday!?!?!?!?
    I love you Crossfit Evolve! 🙂

  5. That should be “WODS” in my post to Austin not “wore”. Wanted to get that in there before Jill starts to grade my post. I will stay afer class and write WODS on the board 100 times Mrs. Barela!

  6. Austin, It was nice getting to throw down with you in the box on occasion. You’re a cool dude and have fun at Purdue.
    There’s not much to say about Dustin but that you’re an inspiration. You’ve got some serious toughness and it’s awesome to see it in action.
    I miss you guys in hot an humid Florida (heat index is around 100 during the day, and it’s 82 at midnight right now.)

  7. I was going to comment on your “wore” post, but then you corrected it and made another error in that post. Now you can stay “afer” class and write “after” on the board 150 times. It never ends with you.

  8. I need to stop sending late night posts. Or buy the Hooked on Phonics tapes!? Jill they always say to write how you speak, right? Well that is how I say after, I am from the hood!

  9. Great post Jon! Dustin, you are truly an inspiration. It’s hard to complain about any WOD after what you just did.
    Austin, it was fun working out with you! Good luck at Purdue and I hope to see you when you’re back!

  10. I’ve enjoyed reading this weeks posts and comments. I ‘support’ everything that has been said. Thank you, Dustin for the gifts that you have given all of us. You’re a rock star!
    Good luck and safe travels, Austin!

  11. Dear Kelley,
    Thank you for choosing the 20# med ball today…..I detest Karen and wall balls but that just means I need to work harder on them. You, inspired me to pick up that ball, stare at it, and then just SUCK.IT.UP……..good work! That is why we are here….to push one another….even when we don’t know it….but today, I wanted YOU to know…..
    CrossFittingly Yours,

  12. Great post Jon, it must have been very emotional to be with Dustin towards the end of the race. I think we can all try harder, not only in the box, but in every part of our lives. I’m headed back home from Wyoming tomorrow, and can’t wait to get back to Evolve!

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