After getting my scores last month for the “Work Standard Test Battery” (WSTB), comprised of five timed and scored physical events,  I proudly wrote about the progress I’d made between the 17 months that transpired from when I first took it.

Event August 26, 2011 January 26, 2013
99-Yard Obstacle Course 19.4 seconds (179 points) 18.3 seconds (193 points)
Solid Fence Climb/Sprint 13.6 seconds (87 points) 7.3 seconds (177 points)
Chain Link Fence Climb/Sprint 8.2 seconds (75 points) 7.7 seconds (80 points)
Body Drag 5.2 seconds (55 points) 4.5 seconds (57 points)
500-Yard Run 129 seconds (25 points) 103 seconds (33 points)

Well, me and my fellow classmates did it all again on March 9 as something of a mid-term, and I’m even more proud to report I bettered my January scores, like so:

Event January 26, 2013
March 9, 2013
99-Yard Obstacle Course 18.3 seconds (193 points) 17.6 seconds (202 points)
Solid Fence Climb/Sprint 7.3 seconds (177 points) 6.9 seconds (183 points)
Chain Link Fence Climb/Sprint 7.7 seconds (80 points) 7.1 seconds (87 points)
Body Drag 4.5 seconds (57 points) 3.9 seconds (58 points)
500-Yard Run 103 seconds (33 points) 99 seconds (35 points)

We do it all again next month, and that WSTB will differ in that these first two were basically practice runs. That one will be our Final. When we do it in April it’ll be pass and continue or fail and get kicked out of the program. Frankly, I’m confident I’ll pass (hell I had more than the required 384 total points to pass when I first did it in August 2011). My goal instead is to beat my March 9 times.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."