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OAK HARBOR, Wash. -- The next time you re at the gym thinking you re carrying around a little extra weight about, think about Mike McCastle.

On Friday, McCastle got a light workout in at Oak Harbor's North End Fitness before his big day Saturday. Of course, light is a relative term.

It's all about setting goals, said the NAS Whidbey sailor, as he put on a 25 pound weight vest and hooked a 62 pound iron kettle bell to his 200 pound frame.

It's all part part of his astonishing training regimen.

I can t describe to you the kind of pain that goes into doing that many pull-ups, he said.

On Saturday McCastle will try to set the world record for the most pull-ups in a 24 hour period.

He'll need to do a total of 4,031.

The only thing I m really thinking when I'm hanging on the bar is one more, he said.

McCastle is attempting the Herculean task to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps America's injured veterans.

He's carrying the burden for those who can t do it themselves. Some of them are the sailor's own friends who have been wounded in combat.

I ll recover. A week from now, I ll be fine. These wounded vets live with this for the rest of their lives. Their families live with it every day, said McCastle.

As with any extreme feat there is always an X-factor. In this case, it just might be Mike s mom. She's flying in from New Mexico to be at her son's side to offer encouragement, but he hopes her motherly instincts don't get in the way of his mission.

She can be a little protective, he said. I hope she doesn't try to throw in the towel for me.

McCastle s strategy is to do 4 or 5 pull-ups per minute, relaxing the rest of the time with occasional 20 minute breaks.

He recently did 2,000 pull-ups in six hours. The entire feat will be recorded and submitted to Guinness where it will be considered for entry in the famed Book of World Records. McCastle said it will be a three month review process. The current record is held by Navy Seal David Goggins, with whom McCastle trained earlier in his Navy career.

What's most important to McCastle, however, is encouraging those wounded at war to persevere and for everybody else to just keep your chin up with whatever weighs upon them.

Don't be afraid of a little pain and suffering. That pain and that suffering can actually empower you, he said.


McCastle begins his quest at 6 a.m. Saturday at Fort Nugent Park in Oak Harbor. He hopes to raise $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. If you'd like to contribute visit the McCastle's Wounded Warrior Project page

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