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