4:41 am – my alarm goes off. I lay in bed a few extra minutes, thinking a 2nd alarm will go off. It never did and I woke back up in a panic about 5:06 am. Rush to brush my teeth, throw on some clothes, and rush to Folsom. I arrived with about 3 minutes to spare, which is good considering I had the Q. Our esteemed 1st F Q has been known to stand-up the good men of Folsom from time to time but that was not happening today! (OK, he did it once or twice, we all know Short Sale is a HIM. I’m just busting his chops)
I took a few minutes to decide on a weinke and we clock in to do some work at 5:30 am. Spackle joins us as we get rollin’. Just in time brotha!
Sidestraddle Hops – 17 in-cadence
Toy Soldiers – 10 IC
I made sure to announce there would be no burpees of any kind today. I feel like that was a popular decision. My back has been hurting me the past week so I can’t do it…so I won’t Q it. Speaking of my back, I needed a little extra stretching time this morning and, from the looks of things, the other guys needed it too so we did some various stretches and some Yoga poses to get things loosened up and get the blood flowing. Now that we were properly warmed up, we hit the streets! Let’s mosey.
We took the long way to the flag and did 17 more Side Straddle Hops in cadence at each light and then finally 17 at the flag pole. We then did 5 more. Along the way, someone caught on that there was probably some significance to the 17. These men aren’t as dumb as they look! We did 175 total Side Straddle Hops in honor of my fantasy football team putting up 175 this week against HIPAA! I’ve been badgering Huck for 2 days straight about his teams struggles so we also did 2 extra reps in honor of Aaron Rodger’s performance this past week. Pledge to the flag and mosey back across the entrance to the parking lot.
Elevens – Merkins and Sumo Squats. Stogie was kind enough to remind me of the proper Sumo Squat form so curtly pointed out by Wirenut during my last Q.
About that time, Stogie had to check out and leave to get his kids ready for school. We had a quick 10 count and then proceeded to run him down on our way back to the parking lot. It appeared to me that our mosey pushed him to switch from his Connor McGregor Flamingo Walk to a mosey as well so we’ll count that as a win!
To the courts for some Four Corner Escalators. I let each Pax choose an exercise along the way and they counted the reps. Corner 1 – (Ball Joint’s choice) 10 Mountain Climbers IC. Corner 2 – 10 Mountain Climbers IC and 20 Merkins (Spackle’s choice). Corner 3 – 10 Mountain Climbers IC, 20 Merkins, 30 LBCS (Sarlacc’s choice). Corner 3 -10 Mountain Climbers IC, 20 Merkins, 30 LBCs, 40 American Hammers (Purple Haze’s choice). Nice work, we had 5 minutes left so we mosey back to the parking lot for some Mary.
Montross called 10 Cocks on a Bike in cadence (an exercise Wojo made up that looks like a cross between a Dying Cock Roach and a Freddie Mercury)
Sarlacc called V-ups, Haze called Oblique Crunches, and Spackle called the exercise (can’t remember the name) where, while on your 6, you lift your legs up and then back down, then go out and back to center…similar to a box cutter). I don’t remember what Ball Joint called either but I’m sure it was awesome.
We talked a little about men carrying stress and struggles in different ways and that’s something we can all be watching for and helping support guys as they’re going through struggles. We prayed for a few of you Kotters (and a few guys in particular), Pappy and his family, Barrel Racer, and all the families grieving death right now. It just seems there are so many people dying around my circle of friends right now…some COVID-related but lots of other things as well.
My weinke wasn’t as planned and polished as usual. I had a general direction to take us and figured I could lean on the rest of the guys to help fill in some blanks on the Four Corners work. I was surrounded by a group of good men and leaders this morning and they stepped up just like I knew they would. Appreciate you guys!!!