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Becky – A WOD For Mental Health Awareness

The CrossFit community lost one of its own recently to a tragic culprit: suicide.  Becky Sefscik passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015 after taking her own life.  This is very sad.

The point of this post is not to judge Becky, but to be real, try to honor her, and hopefully help others.

Becky was a Navy veteran and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  She was a coach at CrossFit The Tracks in Erlanger, KY and according to her CrossFit Games page could do Grace in 1:45 (Wow!!).

Those close to her say she was really good at hiding her pain. Everyone knew she had some struggles like we all do in everyday life, but no one realized the depth of her pain. She had many close friends in and out of the gym and all of them are in disbelief.

CrossFit The Tracks is performing a WOD this Monday on Labor Day in her honor and is encouraging other boxes to do the same.  This is a WOD that Becky herself programmed back in July 2014 when another coach was out on vacation and came to be known at their box as “Why Becky Why?”  After co-worker Matt Plapp performed the workout, he said to Becky, “you’re not coaching the next class, you’re doing this crazy WOD!”  Which she did and crushed it.

Here is the WOD:

“Becky”
For Time complete:
800 meter run
30 squat snatches 95/65
400 meter run
30 hang cleans 95/65
200 meter run
30 back squats 95/65
400 meter run
30 push ups
800 meter run
30 pull ups

That is a whole lotta work!!!  If you or your box would like to perform this WOD in Becky’s honor more details can be found on Facebook.

Here at FitnessHQ, we’d also like to take this opportunity to honor Becky by trying to help those who may be in similar circumstances.

Life Lessons
Life is hard.
Life is stressful.
We see things we’d rather not see.
We do things we wish he hadn’t done.
This hurts us inside and cuts deeper and deeper.
On top of this we sometimes feel alone.
And we feel overwhelmed.  Unable to cope.
The only way to make it through sometimes is to get help.
There are always people who care and want to help.

Two Final Thoughts
1) If you are at the end of your rope and feel like letting go, please ask for help.

2) If you are not at the end of your rope.  If you are living a normal life and would never consider of letting go of the rope of life, do your best to look out for others that may need help.  You may be able to see something no one else sees.  You may be the person who can save a life.

To Becky
We are sorry that you have left us and wish we could have helped.  But we hope that your life will now in some way help others dealing with the despair you felt.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Fitness
800 meter run
30 thrusters 75/55
400 meter run
30 front rack lunges per side 75/55
200 meter run
30 back squats 75/55
400 meter run
30 push ups
800 meter run
30 ring rows

Performance/Black Belt
“Becky”
800 meter run
30 squat snatches 95/65
400 meter run
30 hang cleans 95/65
200 meter run
30 back squats 95/65
400 meter run
30 push ups
800 meter run
30 pull ups

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