Wednesday, July 17, 2013
As I had written previously, one of my husband's co-workers (Brian Woehlke) tragically lost his life in the line of duty back in May.
Before that, Brian Woehlke had been training for the Tough Mudder by working out with his partner, Tony, and other firefighters doing some CrossFit workouts. Today would have been end of Brian's one-year probation period at work so in his honor, my husband and a few other CrossFitters in the department have organized a "hero WOD" to be done today, and every July 17, in his memory. To explain, CrossFit has a series of "hero WODs" (WOD = workout of the day) to honor fallen military/police/firefighters. Many are officially recognized and are used as benchmark workouts (like the "Murph Challenge" on Memorial Day). My husband (who is also Brian - I know - confusing) emailed headquarters a few weeks ago and is hoping to have the Woehlke WOD added to the list of official hero WODs, and while he hasn't received an answer yet, we are honoring Brian today nonetheless.
Today would have been the one year anniversary of Brian's hire date at the department, and the end of his probationary period (coincidentally, my husband Brian started on the same day that he did and they spent a lot of time training together those first few weeks). A few CrossFit boxes in the area and individual CrossFitters will be doing this workout today. I will be joining my husband and a few of his co-workers and family/friends at the CrossFit gym that their fire department has at one of the fire stations.
A local box (not ours) has posted some background and the workout as today's WOD as all of their classes will be doing it today - link below:
It is a crazy hard workout, with no time limit. I can't do some of the items (like a pull up - so mine will be modified to ring rows) and I can't even do the prescribed women's weights so mine will be much lighter. It doesn't help that the heat index is supposed to be about 103 today so I need to start hydrating now (at lunch time) for the 6:30 WOD today. But I'm happy to do what I can to honor Brian and his family.