The First

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With fire in his heart, steel in his backbone and vomit running down his chin, Bob slumped his shoulders across the finish line at exactly 10 minutes.  Running 1.5 miles in 10 minutes is not a spectacular feat unless it means you have just earned the LDP Black Shirt.

Robert “Bob” Lozar-McDonald is the very first LDP member to meet the Black Shirt standard. The standard is the same as the lofty average entry requirements to try out for the U.S. Navy SEALs.

  • Swim 500 yards in 10 minutes, 10 minutes rest
  • 80 pushups in 2 minutes, 2 minutes rest
  • 80 sit ups in 2 minutes, 2 minutes rest
  • 15 pull ups, 10 minutes rest
  • Run 1.5 mines in 10 minutes

While Bob doesn’t have any military service plans, the LDP Black Shirt challenge was inspired by a Navy SEAL who is a dear friend of the LDP.  Four years ago, William Bushelle presented to the LDP his leadership principles that he learned from his service in the SEAL teams. This talk was so inspiring that it made me realize not only should the LDP have minimum standards for all of our activities, we need to have aspirational goals that can only be reached by the most dedicated.

In the LDP we try to recognize every personal achievement, but this one a special. Over the past 4 years, there have been many individuals with much more physical talent than Bob who have attempted to earn the Black Shirt. The reason I feel Bob succeed where all others failed is that he developed a small team of peers who all pushed towards the goal together—that’s a leader

A short time after Bob caught his breath and wiped the puke off his chin, he announced to his celebrating peers “I’m not one and done, I will repeat them several times before the end of the semester to encourage you guys”—that’s a leader.

It is that kind of dedication to his team and his goals that makes Bob an excellent example to others in the LDP. Now to tell you more about this great achievement and all the work that went into it, here is the Robert “Bob” Lozar-McDonald.

I have been attempting the “black shirt” challenge since my second semester in LDP. I was first introduced to it by a senior member, Nate Lightle, who spoke to me after I earned my yellow shirt. He encouraged me to attempt the black shirt challenge and gave me a brief rundown of the requirements. To me the black shirt represented the next level of challenge in the LDP workouts and I was eager to try. On my first attempt I failed in every single category and felt exhausted by the end of it. This is the point where I decided this was something I wanted to strive for. In order to achieve this, I began training every day over Christmas break, I quickly discovered the swim would be one of the most difficult portions of the event. To meet the bench mark for the swim I applied the principals from a book I read called Grit. This taught me the value of setting goals for each practice and how to implement procedures to set goals. Through my goal setting method, I began reaching the required bench marks in each of the categories, ticking them off one by one.

Finally after nearly a year worth of determination and grit, it was time for me to attempt the black shirt challenge again. We started with the swim and I was able to set a personal best, knowing I was fully capable of completing the challenge I gave my best effort at every category. One lesson from LDP that I applied to black shirt was the ability to rely on my team. My fellow LDP member Nelson is an exceptional runner and he helped me keep pace during the final leg of the black shirt. In the end I was able to meet the requirements and earn my black shirt. I accredit my goal setting and planning to part of my success and I will always remember how setting goals helped me achieve this. I know I can apply these principals to any aspect of my life in order to succeed.