Blocks and Bears

AO: The Wood

When: 02/03/2021


Number of Pax: 11

Pax Names: 1040EZ, 5-Putt, Binford, Bunny Hill, Cyclone, Fish Sticks, Hanger, Ned Ryerson, Pi 3.14, SoccerMom, Tee Ball,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: 5-Putt

The BackBlast:

Intro: There was zero chance of a big turnout at The Wood this morning! With the Patriot Challenge underway, everybody wanted to hit up the run club at the Ridge.  This meant we would have a small group for the Wood…perfect!  Cold morning, 4 degrees, but no wind so it was just fine. My plan was to keep everybody moving the entire time, so I wasn’t too worried about the temp.  Arrived at 4:46 and was able to honk at Fish Sticks as he was departing for his EC run.  Pulled into the parking lot and saw Binford, Tee Ball and 1040EZ taking off for an EC ruck.  Pretty exciting to see everybody pushing themselves down in Shorewood.  Threw some cones down in the parking lot to mark off 50 yards and then went over the plan with Soccermom.  We had been in touch throughout the day yesterday checking parking lot conditions, but everything was clear so we didn’t need to modify anything.  Was ready to go by 5:00, leaving us 15 minutes to stretch and talk about how successful Soccermom has been at using junk mail…I mean direct mail…to advertise for his insurance business.  Everybody was ready by 5:15 which was good because I was ready to move…

Warm-a-Rama: Good Mornings (10), Goofballs (10), Tappy Taps (10), Arm Circles (10/10)

The Thing: Leave coupons in the main lot.  Run to the south parking lot (0.25 miles).  Circle up.  The next exercise is…Captain Therkins (Captain Thor’s with 5 merkins in between rounds).  In cadence…exercise!  1 big boy, 4 American hammers, 5 merkins…2 big boys, 8 American hammers, 5 merkins…up to 5/20/5.

Run back to coupons (0.25 miles). Blocks and Bears.  Start at cones.  25 coupon curls.  Blocks and Bears 50 yards down to other set of cones (bear crawl position with coupon between your feet, reach back and pull coupon in front of you–past your head, bear crawl until coupon is between your feet again, repeat for 50 yards).  Arrive at other set of cones, 25 curls.  Blocks and bears back (50 yards) to starting point.  25 curls.  Everybody go back to finish with the six.

Run back to south parking lot (0.20 miles–cut short because there was a guy with a dog in our spot).  Circle up for Chumbaburpees.  Played that one song by Chumbawamba and every time they say “…get knocked down…” we did a burpee.  Roughly 27 burpees.

Run back to main lot (0.20 miles). Block and Bears.  10 alternating merkins: left hand on ground, right hand on coupon (merkin) followed by right hand on ground, left hand on coupon (merkin).  5 each hand.  Then blocks and bears down to other set of comes (50 yards).  10 alternating merkins.  Blocks and bears back.  10 alternating merkins.  Return to finish with the six.

Two minutes to Mary…so…the next exercise is…Blockees!  In cadence! 10 blockees…

Mary: American hammers (30), LBC’s (30), Freddy Mercury’s (30), plank for 5 seconds until 6:00am.

CoT: For CoT I like to discuss what I am thankful for on a given day and today I am thankful for difference and change. I purposely selected a few different exercises today (Blocks and Bears, Captain Therkins, Chumbaburpees) to stick with this theme, as I have been thinking about how different almost every aspect of my life has been lately.  I am always amazed at how different the world looks, and how my perspective changes at various ages of my life.  I see the world differently now that I am in my 40’s…definitely different then when I was in my 20’s and 30’s.  But I also notice differences in how I have to act with my children–I have to parent differently than I did years ago in the attempt to communicate certain values to them.  I notice differences in my relationship with my wife–I cannot act the same way as a husband as I did years ago.  I notice many differences at work–I cannot interact with co-workers the same way as I did years ago.  I notice differences in my friends–I am very happy to have so many new friends…and sad that old friends have grown distant.  I am not trying to be overly deep or profound here, especially because I believe most people realize these changes in their own lives.  But I do want to point out how genuinely grateful I am for these differences.  They make life interesting.  They make life exciting.  And I am thankful for them.

Naked Man Moleskin: All in all, the PAX seemed to appreciate the workout.  A number of people modified the Blocks and Bears, and in hindsight I wish I had suggested a modifier so there was consistency.  But it tuned out just fine because everybody pushed themselves.  There was some solid mumblechatter, especially from Fish Stick who has a new appreciation for his coupon after Blocks and Bears.  “My coupon smells like gunpowder…and shame.”  Final thought from today is how exciting it is to hear how the PAX from Shorewood are pushing themselves.  1040EZ knocked out THIRTEEN MILES yesterday because of the Patriot Challenge!!!!!  Good things are happening down in the southern part of Crossroads…