Just don’t let go

AO: The Ridge

When: 04/08/2021


Number of Pax: 1

Pax Names: Den Mother, Dilly Dilly, Hanger, Happy Camper, Neil Diamond, Ozark, Sparkler, Woody,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: Ozark

The BackBlast:

Full disclosure, until my calendar reminder popped up the morning before, I was thinking that this Q was next week. Never to worry though, a good beatdown doesn’t have to take weeks to come up with, and it’s always good to have a store of fun in your back pocket. I thought about warning the EC guys that the hill would be in the beatdown, but I figured it wouldn’t change anyone’s plans, and it would just make the hill work I had planned more fun later.

The EC guys rolled in just in time for….


Motivators from 6 (I remember having no idea what was going on the first time someone dropped these at an RC, and I remember thinking they were the worst thing ever–I still hate them from anything north of 12 though…)
Tappy taps IC
Arm Circles IC

With the pax warm and loosened up it was time to change location, and with the extra coupons that meant Farmers carry KB & Coupon to base of Hill. I think just about everyone made it with no more than two set downs, and maybe just one.

Thang 1 – 4 “corners”

“Corner” One – at base of hill 10 clean and press each arm (total 20 reps) then run to 

“Corner” Two – playground 10 pull ups

“Corner” three – back at hill 10 one handed swings each arm (total 20 reps) then run to

“Corner” Four – at top of hill 20 merkins

The pax attacked this one with gusto I believe we got a full 3 rounds in, and one or two hard chargers may have gotten in four before it was time for….

Thang 2 – Sorta Lazy Dora

(had to cut reps in half due to time)

Both partners do reps until someone needs to break the set or reps for an exercise are completed, then partners confirm their rep count and run up the hill, do 3 burpees and return to continue cranking reps which consist of:

  • 100 50 “Abyss” erkins on your two coupons (had to take advantage of the extra hardware!)
  • 200 100 Coupon American Hammer
  • 300 150 Goblet Squats

BONUS: Deconstructed getups

Coupon overhead, Reverse Lunge with side bend (touch the grass with your downside hand) 10 each side

Half Get-up 10 each side

Farmer’s Carry back to the flags and hold plank/squat for the 6. Definitely a few more set downs on the way back, so I guess we did some work. The “6” arrived at the flags at 0600 on the nose, so I was glad I had worked a bit of Mary throughout the beatdown.


Coming into today, I was feeling buffeted about by events and the demands I needed to meet. As I was doing the farmer’s carries I was reminded that much of the time progress is not easy to see, the path is long, and somedays progress is slow. The thing is, if you just don’t let go of the weight and keep putting one foot in front of the other, at some point you turn around and realize that you’ve come a long way. So remember, don’t let go today and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Though your forearms feel like they’re full of battery acid, you’ve got more strength and tenacity than you realize. Keep doing the work.