I posted last week about CrossFit Hero Workout Chad, which is 1,000 step ups wearing a weight vest.
I don’t say this often, but that will be the last time I do that workout.
I love CrossFit, and I love the Hero Workouts, which are meant to push you to your limits as you honor a fallen soldier who fought and died for our country. I love doing these in their memory.
However, I cannot do Chad again.
It’s been three days. My right calf is finally “fine.” My left calf is still locked up and extremely tight. I can’t walk without a limp. It hurts to touch it. This sucks.
Again, my normal CrossFit workouts have been completely ruined.
I’m just too old to do these things, like running a 10k. I’m in incredible shape, but that doesn’t mean I can beat my body up and not suffer the consequences.
I don’t know why I do these things to myself. They are challenging and fun at the end once you’ve done them, but the after effects on my are devastating.
I just can’t keep doing this, and I guess I have to learn the hard way it seems.
That’s the word that can sum up this CrossFit Hero WOD.
The challenge is mental, not necessarily physical.
The CrossFit workout is:
1,000 Box Step-ups on a 20 inch box wearing a ruck sack (45/35 lbs).
This CrossFit workout honors Chad Wilkinson who tragically took his own life on Oct. 29th, 2018, due to the effects of war serving our great nation. He had PTSD and blast wave injuries and was an active duty SEAL.
The Story Behind the CrossFit Hero Workout Chad
At the time of his tragid death, he was training to clim Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America, by doing 1000 step-ups wearing a backpack.
Dave Castro posted the workout on December 14th, 2018, and this workout has taken on a life of its own, becoming an official CrossFit Hero WOD named in his honor. It will probably become a Veteran’s Day tradition in a lot of CrossFit boxes every year. Fitting.
Raising Suicide Awareness
As sad as this it, it points to what is great about CrossFit and what draws so many together. Hopefully, Chad’s death will raise awareness of suicide and maybe save someone else before it’s too late.
No doubt this CrossFit Hero Workout has been one of the hardest I’m done in a long time. It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes with a weight vest. The 400-700 was the hardest of all. Once you get to 800, it seemed easy because the worst was over.
Take the time. Honor Chad. Thank a veteran. And spread the word of suicide prevention.