5/12/17 Friday’s Hero WOD- “Weston Lee.”
We always talk about Hero WODS and how important they are to the CrossFit community. CrossFit honors fallen heroes, whether they come from the navy, military, police, firefighters, even teachers, that unselfishly gave their lives for others and/or for our freedom.
Here’s one that has ties to our community. Coach Jeff Bates’ cousin, Tyler Kaplinger’s, a Specialist in the 82nd Airborne, platoon leader, 1st LT Weston Lee, died on April 29th during a security patrol on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated.
As with all hero WODS, it will be difficult. You may want to quit. When you feel like you can’t go on- remember Weston and his family. Remember his fellow platoon members. Most importantly, remember all of the brave men & women that have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Although CFHQ has not officially named “1st LT Weston Lee” a hero wod, 30+ boxes will be throwing down this week in honor of Weston. Let’s show him and his family how much of an impact one person can have.
Jeff will be coaching the 5:30pm class on Friday, so come on out and show your support!
“If you don’t work hard towards becoming what you want to be today, you won’t be it tomorrow.”
– Weston Lee
35 minute time cap
800m Burden Carry (up to 70# for me, up to 53# for women) *
29 Burpee Pull-Ups
4 Rope Climbs
29 Ring Dips
4 Rope Climbs
29 Burpee Box Overs (30/24)
800 Burden Carry*
*any object: sandbags, plates, KB, D Balls, Dumbbells, it should be awkward and uncomfortable.
Here are a few words from one of Weston’s friends, Hugh, who does CrossFit in Iowa:
“Weston and I met in 2012 while in ROTC at NGCSU. He was one of best guys I’ve ever had the privilege to know- an amazing person. He wouldn’t hesitate to take the shirt off his back for someone in need. The epitome of an athlete, he was always killing it in the gym or on the drill field. An inspiring leader, he was the kind of person who pushed others to strive for their limits and beyond. I, and so many of Weston’s friends, had built up this idea of invincibility around one of the closest representations of a real-life Captain America…someone who we never thought would come home lying under an American flag.
Weston died on April 29th during a security patrol on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The one thing that gives me solace in Weston’s death is knowing he died doing what he loved. He had a passion for this country and being the best leader for his soldiers….leading from the front. That is how he lived his life and that is how he gave his life. This workout is a great representation of Weston because it’s going to push you to your limits…. something he lived out daily.”
********To donate to Weston’s family & help ease the burden of this tragedy, visit their GoFund me page here: