Final count, 15 pax chose to make RockZero their source of long weekend downPAINment. Coming in hot, YHC made it in time to announce “30 seconds” before launch, while Runstopper wheeled in even later. We did a few obligatory SSHs while he adjusted his tights (with over-shorts – much obliged) and then joined us.
Disclaimer – not a pro; it’s your choice whether to follow my suggestions or not; don’t hurt yourself – #lawyerspeak
Just the 10 SSH IC, noted above.
Follow me – long mosey, out entrance 4 (?), left on Rea, left on 51, left into the far entrance back into RockZero, stopping at the playground.
“You know, we could have just cut right through the parking lot.” “Hey, High Tide, you don’t have to get all 3 miles in at once.” #colorcommentary
Playground Superset 1:
“pullups suck” “should this be something Alabama related, like with the number 17” #morecolorcommentary
Mosey to parking lot
“you know, this is kinda like a deconstructed Murph, with the pullups and merkins and squats” #wileypax
“this is ruck friendly?!” (just not ruck easy)
Mosey back to playground
Playground Set 2:
“let me guess, we start with 9 pullups this time?” #theyaregood
At this point, some pax were nearing failure, while others were just plain refuseniking. Mermaid stepped in to calm the savage beasts before things got ugly, leading the mutinous pax outside the fence, onto the sidewalk, and assuaged them with assorted Mary. #thatswhyhesNantan
Finishing up, exit the playground enclosure, and
resume your own navigation, scratch that, jog back to the cars the long way around that we began with.
Discussion ensued of: “that was a deconstructed Murph” “how many reps of each?” “100 pullups, 200 merkins, 300 squats + 1 mile on either end” “we did waaay more than 200 merkins” #overdeliver #ciphering
Once back to the cars, “Mary, to kill the time?” Nah.
About 3.25 miles, but your mileage may vary
Yeah, that’s definitely gonna leave a mark. Several of us have already discussed that. It was more brutal than recalled from last time; perhaps YHC was in better shape? Definitely weighed less, even without the 20# ruck that Hoover had – but he’s a small guy and needs the challenge.
Anyway, yes, it was to be a deconstructed Murph, which as prescribed is: 1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, 1 mile run – all with a 20# body armor (or weigh vest or ruck). Therefore, YHC announced it would be ruck & weight vest friendly and offered his own weight vest, should anyone want it. (no takers) Hoover did wear his ruck. Yes, YHC was truthful in saying it is “ruck friendly” (since it is Rx’ed that way), albeit not “ruck easy”.
YHC knew we’d exceed the 2 miles for Murph – there is a 3 mile Rock Zero requirement, after all – but among the afternoon conference calls, the merkin count planning went awry. We hit the desired 200 merkins on the Alabama Slammer. Calculated that one right. No recollection of why the additional merkins were planned during the 2nd playground set. Maybe it was that one annoying email? Regardless, we overdelivered on merkins.
On a separate note, some were surprised and asked why today’s workout wasn’t Alabama themed. Sure, YHC could have worked in Alabama trivia as part of the exercises, like an Alabama Slammer, or as counts, “why didn’t you use 17?” While Icky, Jet Fuel, and YHC would have certainly enjoyed it, it’s not as easy to work in:
as it was for Tua Tagovailoa to toss the winning touchdown pass. Or, who could forget:
but what do they have to do with F3, beyond providing fodder for conversation and building relationships? So, YHC won’t go there.
Instead, in all seriousness, being an Alabama fan has been easier the past 9 years than it was from 1992-2009, that I like to call “the Wilderness”. And despite the number of past championships, I appreciate each one, knowing how close it comes to be or not to be, and so, I’ll enjoy them while they last and until Coach Saban hangs up his straw hat. Meanwhile, there are some great budding rivalries with Clemson and Georgia, and that’s what makes football fun. (and, it gives Dabo some good experience for when “Momma calls” down the road)
Oh, Mermaid, on another note and back to our discussion of Leg 35 of BRR – the run you shared with me two years ago was a PR for me. I ran it again last year, better conditioned I believe, but I failed to match the time we set. I attribute that to the Iron-sharpening encouragement you gave me along the way. Thanks, brother. (but, I don’t want to run that Leg again – 1000 foot climb in 2 miles. Twice was enough.)
Thanks, guys, for the opportunity to lead. And, for tolerating my AL nonsense.
It’s always an honor.
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