Today is Friday and therefore we are doing a Hero WOD at CrossFit Continuum. It’s just the way of things. Usually I miss them, especially when they involve running. Not today.
First, I have the day off. Second, we’re doing “Becky” today to kick off our community efforts for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this month. It’s a serious issue around the world and the #3 cause of death among our youth. We’ve had numerous deaths at area schools in the last year and it’s hitting close to home. One of our box members teaches at an area high school that had 4 suicides in the last year and that’s not the only school fighting the problem.
Here’s what “Becky” is all about:
“Becky was a Navy veteran and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly known as PTSD. She was a coach at CrossFit The Tracks in Erlanger, Kentucky.
Those close to her say she was really good at hiding her pain. Everyone knew she had some struggles — we all do in everyday life — but no one realized the depth of her despair. She had many close friends in and out of the gym and many of them are still in disbelief.
This is a WOD that Becky herself programmed back in July 2014 when another coach was out on vacation and came to be known at their box as ‘Why Becky Why?'”
This is a chance to remember Becky and remind ourselves of the dangers many of us face daily. Depression and suicidal thoughts are far too common these days. As they say over at the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
“Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide. – See more at the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month post at the NAMI site.
So I went with Evelyn today to the 8:30 class. We were joined by a handful of other folks – Sarah, Larry, Todd & Melissa, Jake, and Andrea – along with Coach Bill.
We started with a bit of a loose warm-up to get moving. I rowed 25 calories then did some Voodoo band work on my elbow with Bill before doing butt kickers and a few other things with the group.
Becky is for time:
- 800 m run
- 30 Snatches 115/75
- 400 m run
- 30 Hang Cleans 115/75
- 400 m run
- 30 Push Ups
- 800 m run
- 30 Pull Ups
Instead of 800m I ran 600m and I scaled to 95#. And in the end I fell to ring rows instead of pull-ups for the last 16 reps since I had zero grip in my left hand as my forearm knotted up. Ev did 55# snatches and 75# cleans. She finished in 30 minutes or so. I finished in 34:38. And I did run some of the 2000m, but I walked a bunch too. Focused on form more than anything else but ran into issues with breathing and my right knee clicking on every step, which was interesting. Even with knee sleeves, my hamstrings, calves, and knees weren’t happy.
But I finished – and for me on a Friday, that’s what counted.
Suicide is usually preventable if we watch for signs and help wherever we can. We just need to be more aware. And if you ever want to talk, know that you have friends – I’m happy to help however I can and I bet most other folks at the box are too.
You aren’t alone!
Thanks Bill and everybody else for the encouragement today. You all killed it! We’ll miss the gathering tonight and the team WOD tomorrow due to other activities, but should be at the Labor Day workout on Monday morning.
Have a great weekend folks!