September 21, 2003
The United States Air Force has decided that our Greg Amundson has the right stuff to join their elite Special Forces - the "PJ's" or Pararescue Jumpers. These brave men whose motto is "that others may live" provide emergency and life saving services to airmen, soldiers, and civilians in both peacetime and combat.
Greg Amundson is a young man of immense character, boundless energy, and keen wits. His stellar performances and gentle manner have endeared him to the entire CrossFit family.
Posted by lauren at September 21, 2003 8:44 AM
Bravo! Bravo! BRAVO!
Many congratulations to you, Greg! What an outstanding organization to join! I hope they know what they're getting . . . you may be smoking even their PT instructors.
In the meantime, who's going to be posting the "impossible for mere humans, but still cool to aim for" performances on CrossFit? Maybe Derek has some hidden monsters down in Florida?
I've seen them prepare and I've also worked with them in Okinawa where they kept a watchful eye on some of us. You're getting in with an extremely dedicated and professional group of guys. Congratulations and the best of luck.
Wow! The USAF has certainly gained an elite athlete and person. I'll miss your posts...you are an inspiration. Best wishes to you!
I can say that Greg has impressed me immensely. I am speaking not only of his fitness accomplishments but as a person. I am proud to know him and am proud that he will be continuing to protect others. Coach speaks extremely highly of Greg and when you meet him, you realize that Coach is not exaggerating.
Whoooa, Gang! Were not losing him, just loaning him out. He's a keeper!
That's outstanding. You've set a great example. I try to train with the expectation that eventually I will be as strong and fast as you are. Although I recognize the possibility that this may never come to pass, I think will get further than I would have if it weren't for examples like you. Thanks for the inspiration.
I ran a 5k race this morning with my wife. Time was 24:02. I know this is close to the times posted for my last 2 5ks that I ran, but when I started Crossfit earlier this year, I was running 9 to 9.5 minute miles.
After the race, I headed to my basement for alternating ladders (sort of) of HSPUs and pull-ups as I have been disappointed in my performance in these two exercises:
Have a good day everyone.
Congratulations!! Quite frankly, I'm jealous. I always wanted to be a PJ, but unfortunately I have very poor uncorrected eyesight, and that's a big problem, especially for those guys.
I'm sure you know this already, but I've heard the toughest part of the training (besides of course SERES) is the drown-proofing, where the instructors basically do their best to get you to inhale water.
Greg, that's terrific!
As a former wearer of USAF blue I know full well the impact of seeing those maroon berets appearing out of no where. Their motto is a proud one.
Remember, we're just loaning you out for a while. :-)
I wish you the best PJ.
So who sets the "hope to do that some day" standards for us now? Kelly? :-)
You are an inspiration to me and Im sure you will be an inspiration to your colleagues. Good luck and God bless.
Thanks Gary, but I'm not even close to being in the same league as Greg. I would be overjoyed to place within 5 minutes of his posted times! But I will admit to a place in the "what was I thinking" league...this morning is a prime example.
Beautiful morning - cool with a stiff breeze. Just right for an attempt at a one mile bodyweight sandbag carry. I had easily finished a one miler with 1/2 bodyweight not long ago. I threw another 50# of sand into the bag and went to hoist it up. Surprise! I should have used a solid canvas bag; nylon is slippery. Add to that the shifting sand and the struggle was on. After much straining and grunting and dancing about, the bag was finally where it belonged and we staggered off together.
It was slow and difficult but managable until disaster struck a third of a mile out. The bag slipped off my shoulder and ended up down by my behind. Not good, not comfortable, and it looks dumb too. So I'm clinging onto the only strap on this bag walking stooped over and trying to "bump" it back up where it belongs when the strap tears through the nylon and everything spills out onto the ground. I said a few interesting words while gathering up what I could and trudged on. The wind was now blowing sand out of the bag and the tear was leaking sand out of the bag with every step. By the time I finished, it was so light I was able to take it for a jog right to the garbage can and toss the bag inside one handed.
What was I thinking when I filled a cheap nylon bag with sand? I will find the strong canvas bag I know lives somewhere in the basement...
Greg...Congratulations. Im sure your focus will reward those around you. Im sure thats your goal. I look forward to hearing about the challenges to come. Keep the Crossfit reign growing brother.. My motto has been "It pays to be fit...but it saves to be CROSSFIT" ( even more fitting in your case.)
The highest motivation is in watching others obtain incredible feats and achieve their goals.
Thanks for the post, and many congratulations!
CONGRATS! As a current wearer of the USAF blue, I am in awe of what the PJs do. My short time here is enough to see that you'll be an asset and a credit to the USAF's finest.
Did Greg or any other Crossfiter participate in the Pacific Grove Triathlon a week ago?
Congratulations Greg!!! You're quite an inspiration. Be sure to come home safe.
greg amundson is truly a pleasure to know.his fine character and sense of fair play brings a sense of well being to all who encounter him. at the crossfit gym he is an immeasurable asset.the para's are recieving a true man,a warrior complete.enemies beware!