Several months ago, maybe even last year, a group of EXAIR employees started joking and talking about trying to get a team together to do the Tough Mudder in 2015. After several months of joking, things got serious and 4 of us signed up to do the event at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. You may have seen a few of my blogs that involve Mid Ohio but they normally also involve a motorcycle. The event was held on Saturday, May 9th, and was my first official “race” at Mid Ohio. Prior to a few months ago, if you asked if I would ever “run” (I use the term run very loosely here.) a 10 mile race, I would have laughed in your face and said no way. Let alone a 10 mile race with a whole slew of obstacles. Never underestimate the power of co-worker’s friendly chastising aimed at one’s toughness…
For the team, an Application Engineer (me), our CFO, and two from Shipping & Receiving. As soon as we hit the first obstacle, which was a 6′ wall you had to clear in order to get to the starting line, our EXAIR mind-set kicked in. There was no discussions on who would go first, who is going to take what position, or who is going to be the weak link. It was simply teamwork. We each helped where we knew our strengths were, anytime we needed a solid ballast, or good step off point, I was the man. If we needed upper body strength, it was obvious that the handling of heavy freight found in shipping and receiving provided the necessary muscle – most definitely not me.
Needless to say, we made it through the entire course in less than three and a half hours which was absolutely shocking. Not as shocking as the last obstacle, where we got shocked with 10kV before the finish line (see below).
The fact of the matter is, we went there as a team, we conquered each obstacle and didn’t only worry about ourselves, but helped many others clear the same obstacles, and each one of us faced and conquered a personal fear. For me, it was being able to complete a 10 mile run, and a slight fear of heights. (You can see here that we had to jump out and grab onto a pendulum then swing and hit a bell, after which you would fall 12-15 feet into a pool of 15′ deep water. )
The fact that people from three different departments in EXAIR worked so well together on something only one person on the team had ever done before speaks volumes to the environment and the way we conduct our day-to-day business here.
From the front offices, to the shipping dock, EXAIR is here to help you tackle any obstacle and face any fear you might have (involving your compressed air system that is).