PR for Pat

Jul 30th, 2015

Category: CrossFit

PR for Pat

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Reminder: Endurance class takes place today at 6:00pm. Class is FREE and does not count toward your membership!

PR for Pat
One year ago, we completed this workout in honor of our dear friend, Pat Padgett. Pat has been a close personal friend of Amy and Goose since long before CrossFit Southie even existed. He has been a mainstay at the gym since it opened and has been a vibrant member of our community since then. He’s a great athlete, a fierce competitor, and an even better friend.

Last year, just a few short weeks after helping CrossFit Southie’s team lock down a 6th place finish at the Northeast Regionals, Pat was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer. He underwent multiple surgeries, the most invasive of which removed about 70% of his tongue, along with several other glands and lymph nodes. After that, he began the grueling process of radiation and chemotherapy. Doctors were unsure if Pat would ever be able to speak or eat again, but he shattered their expectations. Pat was back in the gym shortly thereafter, working on regaining the strength he had lost during his treatment.

We were hoping to be celebrating Pat’s remission one year later; however, that is not the case. Pat’s cancer has returned and he is still fighting his fight. Please keep Pat in your thoughts today as you complete this workout. We will have donation jars out at the gym if you would like to donate to Pat and his fight. Use the comment section today to send a message to Pat if you’d like. We want to show him that everyone at CrossFit Southie is behind him 100% in this fight.

Here are some important words that Pat recently posted on his Facebook page:
“It was all good just a week ago, month ago, year ago, two years ago.

Things happen and change so fast. Two years ago I had very normal and reasonable concerns and stressors in my life. Paying bills, what to do for the future, my fantasy lineup. It’s getting tough to remember those days. It’s funny how our memories work. My concerns and stressors now are not normal; nor are they reasonable. They’re not even fair, but no one ever said life is fair.

I love my family, my friends. The people who love me, I love them.

Speaking from a place of pretty deep and significant insight, I can offer this one piece of wisdom I have learned through my experience: The ONLY things that matter in life are your family, friends, experiences, and love. Everything else is just fluff.”

Handstand Walk

20 minutes AMRAP
6 Power Cleans (185,135)
12 Burpees
14 T2B
50 ft Handstand Walk*

Level 3 (155,105)
Level 2 (125, 80)
Level 1 (95,55)
* sub= 3 wallclimbs

Conditioning Class: WOD
Every 3 minutes for 24 minutes
20/15 calories on Airdyne
100m Sprint

Conditioning Class: Core
3 Rounds
10 Banded Isometric Pushouts/side
10 Strict knee or leg raises

DISCUSSION 14 Comments

  1. Alec 07/31/2015 at 1:50 pm

    Pat, despite your being sick, you always see the positive in life and have a smile on your face, along with making everyone around you laugh. It’s so great that you have a great attitude and are spending so much time with friends and family. We’re all sending you good vibes and hope you keep up the good fight.

  2. biscoe 07/31/2015 at 1:58 am

    4+1 rx

    Thinking bout you lots Pat.. Prayers are with you brother.. Stay strong

  3. Mike Quigley 07/30/2015 at 11:30 pm

    Pat, the amount of positivity you display is really a big inspiration. I wish you the best and all of CFS and my family are in your corner. Keep up the fight. Lots of love, Quigs

    WOD – 3+32 RX. Just as hard as I remember it last year, but I loved it.

  4. Brendan D 07/30/2015 at 10:30 pm

    3+14. Had to sub GHDs for T2B but did the handstand walks for the first time in a WOD. Was chasing Taylor and Nick B the whole time.

    Pat, I only met you briefly at regionals this year, but felt your presence long before that, in the kind words spoken about you as an athlete and person. You are in my thoughts.

  5. KA 07/30/2015 at 6:39 pm

    Wod: 5 + 18 with 25 foot handstand walks, rest Rx.

  6. goose 07/30/2015 at 4:35 pm

    Hey gang, want to share some words from Pat P with everyone after he saw the post last night. I will re-post this tomorrow for those that don’t check the comments along with the donation site – since some of you have asked.

    From Pat P…..

    I just popped onto Facebook and scrolled through caught the southie blog post and of course noticed the “pr for pat” workout is on the docket for tomorrow.

    I read through the little write up on the blog and watched the video. It took me right back to that day. A day that I was just so so overwhelmed with positive vibes and love and support, from all my southie fam, and extended CrossFit fam all around the state and region and some other parts of the country.

    It was a day where I saw some really cool things happen, talked (as best I could) to a lot of people, made some new friends and really just had a great hopeful uplifting day.

    The coming days and weeks and months were tough, I started my chemo and radiation shortly after that day and it was a grinding process. Radiation everyday for 6 weeks topped off with huge doses of chemo (up to 5 hours at a time) every other week.

    I was beyond optimistic, I was 100% certain that I would be overcoming this illness and my story would be one of inspiration, and hope. A story that people could look back on and draw encouragement from, and something that I would look back on and say something about what doesn’t kill me etc etc.

    I was prepared to document my recovery and my progress as I got back into shape, got my life back together and began a new chapter with a new title to my name “Pat Padgett: brother, son, friend….. Cancer survivor”

    However life has a way of throwing everyone’s plans out the window. So things haven’t exactly gone the way I was expecting them to. My very first MRI post surgery and post treatment showed an abnormality. A few weeks later another more conclusive MRI showed what everyone feared. My cancer had come back, almost immediately once treatment ended it came back and it was making it very obvious that it wouldn’t be going away no matter how many kitchen sinks we threw at it.

    So my story won’t end the way I had hoped, and it will be a shorter book with less chapters than I planned on.

    I’m still trying my best to live my life to the fullest. If you’re friends with me on fb you know I’ve been traveling a lot. Some big trips with huge groups of family and friends, some trips with small intimate groups, and everything in between. I’ve also been trying to organize as many social gatherings as possible to spend time with as many of my friends as often as possible. As I recently said and was quoted the only things in life that matter are friends, family, experiences, and love.

    Yesterday was my birthday, and I’ll admit it was a pretty tough day. Aside from my general daily challenges and struggles, my mental battle, my hugely alien looking swollen face, and the constant relentless pain, this was my birthday. It’s a very strange and hollow and haunting feeling to know almost for a fact that, that will be the last birthday I ever see alive. I don’t say this to be dramatic or draw sympathy, I’m only trying to give an honest update and a glimpse into my day to day.

    So things for me are tough, really tough, and they get worse almost daily, certainly weekly. There is no relief in sight. There’s no pot of gold at the end of my rainbow. But I still LOVE my friends, I still LOVE my family I’m so thankful for the life I have enjoyed, the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve shared my life with, I still find reasons to smile everyday even if I force it (I might cry almost everyday too but I smile damnnit!)

    I can’t say this is how I pictured things turning out for me, but this is the hand I’ve been dealt and I do my best to deal with it and make the most of things everyday.

    I haven’t been by southie in a while, truth be told I haven’t even worked out in about a month. I miss the gym, I miss my friends, I miss a lot of things, but I recently ordered some weight and a barbell for my moms house where I’m living now. I’m going to set it up in the back yard and hopefully find some motivation to at least lift heavy errrrrrrrryday.

    I hope to make a trip over to cf southie sooner than later to check in and see some friendly faces, maybe even break a sweat.

    Thank you to everyone for your support no matter how you show it. Even if you just try really hard in the workout, that is support all day.

    Thank you to southie and of course special thanks to the coaches who I consider friends as well as my other good friends from the box.

    The specialist thanks to goose and ames. Some of my best friends on earth. Two people who have helped shape the person I am and have become. I wouldn’t be who I am without you guys and I couldn’t have done all this without you and the cf community.

    So do me the honor of living your life like you really mean it. Go out and conquer your goals, do things that you’re a little scared of, make awesome memories that give you cool stories to tell, and love, love as much as possible, freely and genuinely. Love people, love activities, love scenes and ideas, and material things, and songs, and just love as much as you can. Enjoy your life you only get one, and value your time, you never know how much of it you really have.

    Thank you everyone, and thanks for reading this.

    Pat p

  7. Michael Byrnes 07/30/2015 at 3:17 pm

    WOD: 5 rounds at 185#, sub wall climbs
    Keep up the fight, Pat!

  8. Jule 07/30/2015 at 2:47 pm

    WOD: 3+16 w/ 155# and GHDs
    We love ya, Pat! Thinking of you.

  9. noBeantown 07/30/2015 at 2:33 pm

    WOD: 4 @65#, 25ft walks

    Really fun, really HOT, and really hard. But nowhere near as hard as what Pat’s going through. Happy to get my ass kicked in this one.

    Is the fundraising site for Pat still up? If so could someone post the link?

  10. Petra 07/30/2015 at 1:54 pm

    Pat, your attitude and your adventures are an inspiration! I’m thinking of you.

    WOD: 5+4 L3, wall climbs

  11. Eddy 07/30/2015 at 1:13 pm

    PR for Pat: 3+28 Rx
    Post-WOD: Mile run with Mase, Frawls, and Michelle
    Pat – Keep fighting. In the words of Stuart Scott, “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

  12. Kara 07/30/2015 at 12:48 pm

    I’m thinking good thoughts for you, Pat.

  13. Diana O'Neil 07/30/2015 at 12:37 pm

    Keep fighting your fight Pat. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    PR for Pat: Total sweat-fest. 4+15 @ 135# and 3 wall walks

  14. JonesMike 07/30/2015 at 2:05 am

    My favorite Padgett moment thus far. During this years opens, I tried to talk smack to Pat before we start saying; “sorry, I’m going to have to show you what’s up”. Pat looked at me and in all seriousness goes; “I hope you do”. I was a bit taken back after because I realized that Pat really is that good of a person. He really would be happy if I beat him because he likes to see people being better and doing better compared to the day before…That mentality is something I’ve been trying to work on more since that interaction, and I realized I never told you how much I appreciated it. So thanks I guess big cat… Oh also Pat and Goose left me holding my hat, watching them dumbfounded as they destroyed the workout and I looked for my inhaler. Keep kicking ass and being awesome.