MURPH EXPLAINED…

The weather has turned, Memorial Day is almost here, and school is almost complete! There’s a lot of transitions in play, so as you’re working through those, be sure to not neglect your fitness. Make it a priority to attend a couple times this week; you’ll be more productive, stay on track, and it’s always therapeutic to be around like-minded people who care about you and want to see you succeed.

We’ve been setting aside time for a lot of murph-prep during class times, but even if you haven’t done any of it; your fitness is strong enough to carry you through. Take a look at the levels we’re planning— you can definitely do one of those and still be challenged enough to pay tribute to Murph and all of the other service men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

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What is a HERO workout?

CrossFit has a number of “Hero,” workouts that are done to honor a fallen service member or important person. It’s not the same as a named workout (Fran, Annie, Diance), mostly because of the intention. Hero workouts are supposed to create a moment where the challenge is so large that you most summon motivation from the deepest parts of your being. Keeping in mind the intention of paying tribute to that individual is often all it takes to get you through the next hard rep or set. The difficulty, the suffering, the intention, and motivation all contribute to a powerful experience on a wide variety of levels.

Why is MURPH a big deal?

BTWB has an excellent write up about it. Here’s an excerpt about what went down in Afghanistan in June 2005:

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire.  This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy.  While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in.  Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight.  By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.  The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

—Murph Foundation “Biography”

Crazy story right? Now it’s all starting to make a little more sense on why CrossFitters make a big deal out of Memorial Day and Murph. It’s the least we can do to honor the courage and selfless sacrifice that was made that day.

OUR MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE:

7am – 8:30am – 10am

*If you plan to borrow one of our weight vests, you must reserve one!! If you borrow one, you must wear a shirt and spray it when you’re finished. — The registration for Memorial day is already open, so if you want to organized your friends, do it now. If you want to bring a friend, you may! They’ll just need to email me ben@thestandardtoledo.com what time they will be attending.

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