Another day at Diablo. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Diablo. This week Sledge reached out and I just could not say no. Woody strolls in compliments of Flintstone. We reminisced about the GoRuck event we did a few years ago with Boudin and Freight-good times and great memories.
We started with a quick disclaimer and then the pledge. Before moving, I wanted to get some warm up stuff in first. We used our rucks and did sets of chest press, upright rows, bent rows, squats, and flutter kicks while chest pressing on our six then took off for a bank tour….
We rucked down Union Road towards Waffle House and stopped at a few banks along the way. We also stopped at some places that were not banks….”Hey, this isn’t a bank” was heard multiple times but we pressed on. At each stop we did some exercises with the rucks. Eventually we reached a point where we were going to stop, do some exercises, and then turn around, but unfortunately a pack of wild rabid wolves chased us off. They came running up to us growling and barking. There was gnashing of teeth everywhere. They got so close I could almost smell their breath. Most of them had blood on their faces, likely from a fresh kill earlier in the night. There must have been 30 or 40 full grown wolves all around us. I think they would have carried Wide Right off but thankfully we moved on before they got to him.
We headed back and did more exercises along the way and unfortunately I got us back about 3 minutes late. We finished with a COT and were thankful to be alive.
During the COT, I mentioned that (insert Jocko voice) BACK IN THE DAY when guys like CSPAN would Q for us here in GasHouse, he would work us hard for a bit then while we recovered he would spend a minute or 2 teaching us something that he learned that week or maybe something about F3. I don’t remember many specifics, but I do remember feeling like I got better each time, not only physically but better as a person. It was usually something I would think about that day then sort of chew on it during the week and try to apply it as much as I could to my life especially that week. One topic I remember is the concept of ACCELERATION. I brought this up during the COT. I know AOs like Diablo and Pain Lab are multi-purpose workouts (aren’t they all???)-some guys go because they enjoy rucking or weights and others go because they hate running and don’t feel up to boot camps (yet). It doesn’t matter which AO you go to though. What matters is this: ARE YOU IMPROVING? ARE YOU ACCELERATING? I don’t care whether you have 2 pounds or 200 pounds in your ruck. But you should care. You should care if you had 2 pounds 6 months ago and you are still carrying 2 pounds now. Are you walking the same distance at the same. exact. pace. every. single. Thursday? This pandemic stuff has kicked my butt and I don’t think I realized the extent until this week. I’ve been exercising……some. But I have not been posting which means I have not been around most of y’all. And because of that, I’ve not been doing other things that kept me accelerating like I was. I slacked off on my reading. I have been eating way to many cookies at work (dang, they are good). I’ve been sleeping in or spending too much time at work instead of paying attention to my concentrica. Well, that shit stops now. I’m back on track and will again be a pain in the butt the GasHouse pax for the foreseeable future. Thanks to Sledge, ? Easy Rider, and Wichita for letting me Q a few in a row to get me re-focused. Like we all know, life is too short. I enjoy this F3 stuff and it makes be a better person.
See you soon-Whoopee