- Bulletin (R)
- Jerry McGuire (R)
- Asian Zing (R)
- Scratch and Dent
- Launchpad (R)
- LePew (Q)
It was a few years ago was when I first saw a video of firefighters climbing the 2,226 steps in full gear, and the image has stayed with me. Today on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary I felt compelled to complete the challenge during our Q and was proud to have completed it with the PAX.
After the disclosure we moseyed for a bit then hit the COP:
- 15 side straddle hops
- downward dog
- 50 hillbilly high knees in cadence (200)
- 50 Toy Soldiers in cadence (400)
- mosey to the Thang
The Thang: (all in cadence)
- 50 Overhead Coupon Leg Lifts (600)
- 50 Mountain Climbers (800)
- 50 Leg Lift Coupon Curls (1000)
- 50 Fast High Knees (1200)
- 50 Overhead Coupon Leg Lifts (1400)
- 50 Mountain Climbers (1600)
- 50 Leg Lift Coupon Curls (1800)
- 50 Fast High Knees (2000)
- 25 Overhead Coupon Leg Lifts (2100)
- 31 Fast High Knees (2224)
- 2 Single-Count Fast High Knees (2226)
- Flutter kicks while yours truly sang “We Didn’t Start the Fire” with Billy Joel
I was one of 9 million people that found themselves in New York City the morning of 9/11/2001, but after the events unfolded that day everyone in our country, arguably everyone in the world, became a New Yorker. There was solidarity across our country that united us in a way that I hadn’t experienced beforehand. Although things seem bleak today, I truly believe we’re not too-far-gone because I know we are a nation of climbers.
There were 2,226 steps in the Twin Towers. The brave men and women of the NYPD and NYFD heroically entered those stairwells with their equipment, their fears, and their courage that day and started climbing. They climbed caring not about the race, background, or religion of the people above them – they climbed to save them. They climbed without regard for the heat, the pain, and the prospect of losing their lives – they climbed to save them. The incredible efforts of those men and women embody the commitment and sacrifice police officers, fire fighters, and military families make every day. I am so grateful for their willingness to climb – we’re all better because of it.
Today, the PAX climbed the 2,226 steps with me. I often heard Hushpuppy and Scratch and Dent encouraging the men to push through the adversity. I saw everyone around the circle with pain in their faces at some point, but no one gave up. Together we climbed. We supported each other, pushed each other, and got better.
When I think of the men and women in uniform, I think of the climbers of 9/11, and will be forever-grateful for their service. Lest we forget.