Twelve men gathered in the gloom, wait……no. It was really kind of nice out this am. I wouldn’t call it the gloom-if you weren’t there, you should have been. We had really nice weather-a little chilly but overall was very pleasant. We also had some good music at Defib’s suggestion once we got to the Thang (sorry PainLabbers, you missed out on some quality tunes-keep reading). We talked a little about the Sept 11 Flight 93 events-something I heard on a podcast this week. Basically it was a recap put together from phone calls and the flight recorder from both the patriots on Flight 93 and those evil hijackers that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11/01. I was reminded of the need to make each day our best so that the people who have both served and died for our country (military and otherwise) did not do this in vain. Their families have gone through more than we will ever know. Knowing about a small part of their suffering should be enough motivation for us to really try to be the best versions of ourselves EVERY DAY. For me, this needs to start with getting out in the gloom and exercising with my brothers who make me a better person. Busting my butt to keep up with the guy next to me (I know, you vs you, blah blah blah)-I cannot turn that competition switch off and it is what gets me motivated to push on the last set(s?) when I really just want to lay down on my 6 and rest. Anyway, if you were not there this morning, you missed out. All around, I think it was a great start to the day-DRP really helps, especially when you are chasing after Dolph and Defib.
Four of us started with a ruck at 6am (1 actually started earlier on a brief run but not sure how long-up before the enemy Roscoe-good work). This ruck thing is great for a warmup, helping to get some weight off, really nice for those able to mosey but because of back or other issues need to avoid running, or really if you just want to get to know the guy next to you a little better. We got back with about 5 minutes to spare and then got to work.
WU: 5 burpees, 10 SSH, 10 burpees, 20 LBCs, 5 burpees, 10 squats, 5 burpees. The burpees were for Rudolph-not the 100 that was threatened but that’s ok-it did the trick. After some minor taunting, we split to PainLab and BootCamp.
Mosey to the flag for the Pledge then to the PAD at FPC. Run up the stairs (touching every step)-at top do 5 Hip Slappers and at the bottom do LBCs. The LBCs were 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 reps with 5 HS at the top. Mosey on the stairs until the 6 finishes. I love me some HSers. We talked about Flight 93 here briefly.
We moseyed to Sherwood Elementary School for some partner work. P1 does the exercise while P2 moseys across the soccer field (short distance-width of the field) then flapjack. 3 rounds of each: Hang from the Bar, Australian pull-ups, and hip and thigh extension. During the hip/thigh thing, there were a lot of……let’s just say “sounds” that should not be repeated (especially at an elementary school) until tonight with my M (I wish). This led to suggestions of “special music” that then led to Defib’s suggestion of some Barry White tunes….Being the Q that I am, I could not pass this up so I quickly pulled up “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” and we listened to that for waaaaaaayyyyyyyy too many times. I’ll be trying that on my M tonight. If I don’t post at Coconut Horse tomorrow, you will know why….
Once we recovered, we took off for the next exercise-Mosey to the hill in the end zone and run up the hill 5 times. At the top, touch the fence. At the bottom do 5 deconstructed burpees: 5 squats, 5 burps, and 5 merkins. That hill moved way up on my list of things I love. It basically sucks-no other way to describe. We then moseyed to the PAD again for another stair workout. We did 5 merkins at the top then escalator flutter kicks at the bottom in reps of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 (no, only count your right leg). We then moseyed back to start where PainLab was in full swing with some Mary. We jumped in, burned the abs a bit, then finished with COT.
During the COT, I brought up the podcast (JockoWillink) about Flight 93. Definitely worth listening to at least the first 15 minutes of podcast 119 to be reminded about what happened that morning. It will likely impact how you leave your house each day to go to work and what kind of attitude you have if you pay attention. Hopefully, it will also get your butt out of bed on those days when you are considering fartsacking. JK2 reminded us about the significance also with Easter and the sacrifice that was made for us to have the lives we have-another Q fail-thanks for reeling me back in to what we really should have been focused on.
Prayers for those traveling, for family members with health issues, aging relatives with other issues, and all the Pax with recovery from injuries and general soreness. Hope to see you in the gloom soon so we can make each other better.