|Jeff and Trayce at the opening ceremony|
|Writing out the WOD|
|Crossfit Family and Team RWB|
|Three veterans representing Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)|
|Jeff, me, and Paul|
Box Jump Burpees
|Firemans Carry Squats|
This was also a reunion of sorts for me. Two of my good friends showed up to participate in the WOD.
Lisa, in the picture with me on the left, participated in my physical fitness bootcamp named “HOOAH Camp” in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006. During HOOAH Camp we would do all the workouts outside in order to build mental discipline and toughness. She and I were joking about the time where it was around 25 degrees and the class was low crawling through the icy mud on the football field. It was a great workout, or at least I thought so, but is a great example of the bond formed over shared, challenging experiences.
Both these friends were critical to my recovery after I had surgery due to injuries from my tour in Iraq. While I was in the recovery phase they were both very encouraging of me and supported me. It did not matter that I was not a fast runner anymore; all that mattered was that I was out there CRUSHING IT with them. Being out there with other community members sharing an experience helped me identify with them and the rest of the community. It was one HUGE step on the road to recovery.