• Post Type: Backblast
  • When: 01/26/2021
  • AO: The Storm
  • QIC: Flintstone
  • FNG's:
  • PAX: Virus (R), Dry Rub (R), Linus (R), Dr. Seuss (R), Sausage, Watts Up (R), Dirt (R)

A massive thunderstorm scared off all but 8, who put in work at The Storm of a different kind.  Here’s what I remember:

  • 10 x Goofballs (IC)
  • 10 x Don Qs (IC)
  • 10 x Hillbilly Walkers (IC)

The Thang

Unsure of what kind of conditions we’d be in, the plan was to utilize the cover, so we moseyed to the front door of the school to start things off with

Tammy Wynettes

  • Pax 1 does 10 reps of a ground exercise
  • Pax 2 does 10 reps of a standing exercise, matching the pace and rhythm of Pax 1 (“Stand By Your Man”)
  • Ground Exercise: 10 x Mike Tysons
  • Standing Exercise: 10 x Imperial Squats
  • 2 Rounds, so each Pax did both exercises 20x total

A bluetooth speaker would have been nice at this point, or even just the forethought to actually play the song with the speaker on YHC’s trusty iPhone, but that’s what a better Q would have done.  Anyways, that was quickly done, being only 2 rounds, so we moseyed back to the covering by the side door to unroll the instructions for The Main Event (“Because that was just the warm up.”)

The Main Event was a set of 11s as follows

  • Side Door
    • 1 Burpee
    • 1 Travolta (right arm)
    • 1 Toe Touch
  • On the way from the Side Door to the Front Door, stop for
    • 7 Squats
    • 7 Dips
  • Front Door
    • 10 Hand Release Merkins
    • 10 Travoltas (left arm)
    • 10 Toe Touches
  • Mosey all the way back to the Side Door

And it’s 11s, so you know the drill

For intermission, once the 5/6 round was completed, at the Side Door, complete the following before starting the 6/5 round:

  • 100 Flutter Kicks (Count 1 Side Only)
  • 100 People’s Chair Overhead Presses
  • PAX discretion on how to break these up

Too many instructions, and a lot to remember, but the rhythm of it all was pretty natural after the growing pains of the first round.  YHC made the mistake of declaring that he finally understood what “Single Count” meant, only to be confused again by the discussion that followed.  Surely there is an easier way to describe it.  YHC will stick to “one side only” while calling exercises and will ask for clarification from another Q for the foreseeable future.  No time for a second full round of Flutters or Wall Sits, or even to make up the 5 burpees for the train as we only had time for a few Flutter Kicks at the end of it all.

A quiet COT at the Side Door, either inspired by the intensity of the workout, a lack of sleep from the thunderstorms, or both.


  • The Storm needs Qs, step up and lead
  • New Friday AO to be named this week; Orangeman is Site Q
  • Extinction Run – 2/13
  • Mortimer Ruck – See Watts Up if you’re interested

Prayer Requests

  • Our Country


Outdoors.  Rain or Shine.  Part of what we learn in The Gloom is consistency.  Roscoe will be the first to tell you that “Tomorrow is Thursday and we hit The Pub on Thursday.”  When the decision is already made, it’s just a matter of executing the decision.  I’ve learned not to wait until the morning to decide whether or not to post, because if I did that, there’d be a lot of times that I wouldn’t make it.  No try, only do.

When it comes to consistency, there’s not better examples than Dirt, Watts Up, and Dr. Seuss.  Whether it’s leading EC at 0500 at a bootcamp, first in line to volunteer to Q, or posting twice on a Tuesday, you know these PAX will be there.  These HIMs push me every day.  It’s great to Q on uncertain days like this knowing you’re not going to be the only one showing up.

Watts Up hit 100 miles in January already this month, after getting painfully close during the November Challenge.  It’s not any easier, Watts Up.  You’re just getting stronger.  A well-deserved Most Improved PAX who isn’t slowing down.

Thanks for the opportunity to lead.

Yabba Dabba Doo