All Hero WODs are special but this one is about my friend Glen.
Glen beat me in my first ever Crossfit contest. I took 3rd, he placed 2nd. I remember looking over and seeing him drink beer in between sets of deadlifts. After the awards were given out they realized there had been a mistake and Glen had actually won. He said that it didn’t matter. As long as everyone had fun he was fine with second. He then gave his prizes away to some kids.
Coach Ali and I knew Glen in California. We always used to joke that the girls hated it when Glen would walk in because every guy in the place would run to him. He was the only person who could cock-block an entire bar for both men and women. After all, Glen was amongst other things; hilarious, charming, a pilot, a bad ass skier, a bad ass surfer, a sniper, a paramedic and oh yeah… a Navy SEAL.
I couldn’t wait to talk to Glen. To hear about is latest adventures in third world countries or a hilarious tale of trying to sneak back into the US from Mexico. All of us would line up like kids waiting to hear an amazing story so we could live vicariously through them. But the thing with Glen was, in about 1 minute he had me or whoever he was talking to bragging or telling him their stories. He would listen and tell me how cool it was. He would sound jealous of the knee-high waves I surfed or the lines I skied. He hung on every word. He could have trumped every story I told but never did. Everyone saw him as larger than life and when you got to hang out with him you got to feel that way too. Glen wasn’t the best guy I knew because he was a SEAL or a pilot. Glen was the best guy because when you were with him he made you the best as well.
Glen was killed on September 11th, 2012 at the U.S. consulate in Lybia.
30 Clean and Jerk 135/95
1 mile run
10 rope climbs
1 mile run