A chilly end of January Friday with temperatures in the low teens, mild winds, and fairly clear skies.
As Site Q for the day, I arrived around 5:05 A.M. to survey the grounds and make sure it was safe. Clearly although the three rows nearest the Tennis courts had been plowed earlier in the week, there were still considerable ice patches in all three lanes. Pi was scheduled to be QIC and I had no doubts that he had a safe plan in mind for the beatdown. The PAX were a little slow to gather around the flag (planted in the usual spot) being that the temperature was still pretty cold out. By around 5:12 most of the PAX had carried their coupons over near the flag and were stretching out in anticipation of start. YHC jokingly mentioned that the QIC was not yet here, but never fear, he comes in hot often times. At 5:14 I again joking mentioned that if Pi didn’t show up, I would have to step in and offer a much harsher beatdown that anything he had planned. Low and behold, at 5:15, there was no Pi to be found, so we sprang into action and called the appropriate audibles.
I asked Skinner to take site Q duties and begin a WoR while I ran back over to survey the parking lot and get a beatdown plan together. The most obvious choice would be to construct an impromptu 4 corners that was simple, yet challenging. I then remembered that I had promised the PAX they would pay if the original QIC didn’t show and I had to step in. So, I gathered my thoughts and ran back to the circle. Skinner had the other PAX doing some good morning’s, I believe some SSH’s before that, and then some OYO stretching. Still trying to complete the plan in my mind, I had to simplify due to the fact, I couldn’t throw out a bunch of exercises that were not already written out and expect the PAX to remember all of them. So, I settled on a simple painful circuit.
We grabbed our blocks and headed over to the parking lot area near the tennis courts for the instructions. We used the middle lane along with the far lane closest to the courts for the one and only thang. Believe me it was more than enough. The circuit would start with reps or mini routines of 50 reps at each corner and finish at the chain link fences around the tennis courts.
50 Coupon curls, then run down to other end of middle lane.
25 Burpees / 25 Big Boy Sit Up’s = 50 total reps, then bear crawl over to far lane
50 lunge walk (25 out and 25 back), then sprint down the other end of 3rd lane closest to the tennis courts
50 Squat Jacks, then mosey over to the fences by the tennis courts.
Complete wall routine – Balls to the wall and 10 shoulder taps, back down for 10 merkins. Repeat 5 times for a total of 50 Shoulder taps and 50 merkins.
That completes one full circuit. The challenge was to try and complete 3 full circuits, which NO PAX were able to do.
Not much mumblechatter as about half way through the PAX were all pretty smoked.
Circled back up at 5:55 for 6 MoM
Flutter kicks x 40 IC
Swimmer ankle touches x 12 IC
modified merkin ring of fire. We alternated in upper plank and the down merkin position while each PAX took a turn counting to 10.
CoT we prayed for a few families dealing with cancer and death of loved ones. I shared about the difference between Facts and Truth. While facts seemingly lead us to the truth, they are not the same. Facts and circumstances can be negative or bad, but the truth of the matter is that we can still have and achieve success even in the midst of a set of challenging facts, whether that be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
Special thanks once again to Skinner for stepping up and taking on Site Q responsibilities.