One of my firefighters got accepted to detail on to a ashville interagency hotshot crew in North Carolina. They are a crew that weighs the fit to work standards heavily(1.5 mile in 10.5 minutes, 25 pushups in 1 minute, 50 situps in 1 minute, for him 4 chin ups). The ihc I spent most of my career on did not weigh much into this, but we did do it. For me the mile and a half was mental toughness if in good shape. Back to my firefighter, I've been working with him for a year getting ready. He's a 6'3" played tackle at a juco kind of build, and a young 24. Hes been doing s&s, now q&d, deadlifting, pullups , running nose breathing pace, and weekly sprints. He has his easy nose breath pace down to 1030 ish, from 1445 a year ago. He is getting nervouse about the mile and a half that he hasn't passed yet at 5200 feet elevation. Do any of you runners have some advice? He has until January 5th to get there.