Men’s Health Fitness Editor Andrew Tracey Takes on 24 Hero WODs in 24 Hours

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Men’s Health fitness editor Andrew Tracey is about to take on a monumental task. He will complete 24 CrossFit Hero WODs in a 24-hour timeframe for the fourth year, but he will add in an ultra-marathon as an extra challenge, according to a profile originally published in Men’s Health.

The details: Tracey will start the Herculean endeavor in rural Essex at 10 a.m. local time on Saturday, November 20. He will complete all 24 Hero WODs by 9 a.m. local time on Sunday, November 21. Tracey will tick off miles between each of the CrossFit workouts to reach his ultimate goal of completing an ultra-marathon. 

  • Tracey will not simply complete these workouts in a gym. Each portion of the ultra-marathon will continue a journey between Stansted and Stratford. His Hero WODs will take place at different locations along the route. 
  • Tracey’s final workout — Murph — will take place in East London’s Olympic Park. 

Tracey will start with the 100 muscle-ups of James Prosser before taking on Nate, which includes even more muscle-ups. The schedule continues with Hidalgo, Jerry, DT, Ricky, Mead, Bert, Joseva, Oz, Burgess McLaren, Bolger, Smudge, and Jordan.

Tracey will complete nine more Hero WODs on Sunday to cap off the schedule. The list is The Chief, Heidi, Jones, Jay, Sham, Jenny, Randy, Joseph Grzelak, and Murph. 

Raising money for charity: Tracey will complete this task to raise money for Pilgrim Bandits, the organization whose motto — “Always a little further” — originally inspired this task in 2018. Those who want to support Tracey as he takes on the Hero WODs can donate directly to Pilgrim Bandits.

Pacing is critical: Tracy’s past efforts to complete 24 Hero WODs in 24 hours have always included a mix of longer workouts and shorter, intense ones. The mix would provide him with extra time every few hours to refuel and recharge. The 2021 iteration is a different beast.

  • Tracey will have to complete two or three miles between each workout to chip away at the ultra-marathon distance. If a Hero WOD takes 50 minutes, he will only have 10 minutes to get this distance in before starting the next workout. 

“Discomfort is not found within the four walls of a gym,” Tracey told Men’s Health. “That’s just a

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New CA law takes aim at long wait times for mental health care : Shots

When Greta Christina heard that Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians were staging a protest on Oct. 13, 2019, over long wait times for therapy, she made her own sign and showed up to support them. She’s had to wait up to six weeks between therapy appointments for her depression.

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When Greta Christina heard that Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians were staging a protest on Oct. 13, 2019, over long wait times for therapy, she made her own sign and showed up to support them. She’s had to wait up to six weeks between therapy appointments for her depression.

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When Greta Christina fell into a deep depression five years ago, she called up her therapist in San Francisco — someone she’d had a great connection with when she needed therapy in the past. And she was delighted to find out that he was now “in network” with her insurance company, meaning she wouldn’t have to pay out of pocket anymore to see him.

But her excitement was short-lived. Over time, Christina’s appointments with the therapist went from every two weeks, to every four weeks, to every five or six.

“To tell somebody with serious, chronic, disabling depression that they can only see their therapist every five or six weeks is like telling somebody with a broken leg that they can only see their physical therapist every five or six weeks,” she says. “It’s not enough. It’s not even close to enough.”

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Then, this summer, Christina was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything related to her cancer care — her mammogram, biopsy, surgery appointments — happened promptly, like a “well-oiled machine,” she says, while her depression care stumbled along.

“It is a hot mess,” she says. “I need to be in therapy — I have cancer! And still nothing has changed.”

A new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October aims to fix this problem for Californians. Senate Bill 221, which passed the state Legislature with a nearly unanimous vote, requires health insurers across the state to reduce wait times for mental health care to no more than 10 business days. Six other states have similar laws limiting wait times, including Colorado, Maryland, and Texas.

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Long waits for mental health treatment are a nationwide problem, with reports of patients waiting an average of

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