No Man Left Behind

Sea Bass —  March 4, 2012

After much thought and even an inner battle of what some might call selfish motivations I had a chat with our insightful pastor and came to the conclusion that the sole emphasis of running this event should be no man left behind.

There is no one timing this race but ourselves.  When we originally discussed the notion of participating in the Tough Mudder we came up with the idea that completing the race as a group is in itself a great accomplishment.   On top of that the unity and friendships we would build in the process would be priceless and in my opinion is already proving to be.   I have to say that the first 60 days of training has already forever changed my life for the good.

On a personal level it has given me the strength to make some personal growth changes as well as be a better example/role model for my family and my patients.  I not only practice what I preach but at a very high level.  As a group I believe we have already become a T.E.A.M…and they say…

  • Together
  • Everyone
  • Achieves
  • More.

I feel we have all been very supportive of each other in this process aside form a little ribbing form time to time to keep things lively.   Come race day I would like to see us stay together as a group and with Gods grace defy the odds.  I would like 100% of us to cross that finish line rather than the 75% average given. (Tough Mudder Statistics saye 25% WILL FAIL – 3.75 of Team Uppercut)

To succeed at the task in hand everyone involved needs to combine their efforts. If everyone does their job well, then it increases what the team can accomplish. This teamwork has to be recognized by everyone and know that great things can happen if individuals master the fundamentals and work together as one unit. Everyone has their own unique role, but each person’s individual role must be recognized and appreciated.

Everyone of us needs to understand how important it is to work smoothly together if we want to be successful. Each participant must be dedicated to the whole team and be willing to act unselfishly. When challenges arise (and rise they will), the team needs to have the resources, accountability and commitment to deal with them in a constructive and positive manner. A sense of teamwork will play an integral part in this.  Teamwork not only amongst us but also with God.

Check out this video of team work

As much as God is infinitely greater than us…

““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  – Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

The TEAM is greater than any ONE of us.  I encourage each of you to post your thoughts and experience so far in our journey together in particular the personal impact it has had on each of your lives.  I believe this will give us better insight to the positive influences we are making in each others lives as a TEAM.    Leave no man behind in life let alone on race day!

Sea Bass

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Kelly is a Chiropractor in Austin, MN and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. When he is away from the office, you will find him fishing locally or in his native town of Grand Rapids a.k.a the Iron Range, and training with his fellow Team Uppercut cohorts. He has ambitions to build a "Ninja Warrior" obstacle course in his backyard...approval pending with wife.

9 responses to No Man Left Behind

  1. So happy you guys are committed to helping me finish! I feel much better about having that second bowl of ice cream now. JK – great article!!

  2. Dude! Great article. I think it is my favorite yet. Joining team uppercut has been HUGE for. Hanging with a bunch of guys several times a week has been GREAT! It is has effected a lot of areas in my life not just my physical health. Looking forward to our next adventure…

  3. Speaking for myself this very similar to the thoughts I have recently been having. The team feeling, camaraderie, and new friendships. The motivation I have not only for Tough Mudder but in my everyday life increases every day. I am really excited about where we as a team will be going, beyond Tough Mudder.

    • You have come a long ways Matt in a short period of time. I thought you did real great this Sunday and look forward to seeing you improve more. You are setting a great example for your kids.

  4. Glad you guys like the article. Aaron you did a great job with the video and the pictures to go with it. I have to say my energy is insane now. Which translates into every aspect of my life. Reading a book called Toxic Fat and even the amount of fish oil I take is not enough. Bumped it up to 6 of the EPA/DHA capsules per day. Also I drank three liters of water yesterday as instructed by Aaron and my soreness is almost non-existent today even after carrying the ten pounds on my back. Keep up the great work everyone!

  5. Couldnt have said better

  6. Smd-ckaab what I was looking for-ty!

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