Still waiting on the Hawk’s Nest shovel flag….clowncar’d it with Lewinsky & Leprechaun, arrived on time which was nice. 21 pax, including one FNG – “Hightower”, mustered for a Tuesday downpainment at one of Area 51’s best AO’s; even if the Q/Site Q still isn’t familiar with all it has to offer. More on that later. A fairly weak disclaimer (#cobains Mermaid) was given, and the pax launched into the gloom.
the Thang & Ye Olde Moleskine:
We jogged through the Latin Labyrinth of porticoes, covered sidewalks, ill-placed walls, etc. and made our way in front of the gym for COT
Low Slow Squat x 15 IC (might have been 20 IC, but already can’t remember)
IW x 15 IC
Slow Flutter x 15 IC
H-R Merkin x 15 IC (pretty sure Gummy was already complaining at this point)
Rockhopper x 15 IC
There was some mumblechatter about no SSH’s. That was not an inadvertent omission men. They’re terrible for you.
Jog down to one of the front lots near Providence entrance.
Lunge walk 30 yards, Burpee Broad Jump 40 yards
Jog over to the new field hockey (I think?) turf field. Split into 5 groups.
One group runs perimeter of field with 5 Carolina Dry Docks at each corner while the other 4 groups do a smorgasbord of plankorama, Al Gore’s w/overhead press, Mary, etc. Much mumblechatter about this is going to be a lot of plank work. What they were really saying is: “Where is my 3+ mile bootcamp with way too many bad form merkins?!!! We got through that with Bulldog leading the final group while YHC ran the CDD circuit. By the way, be sure to wash all the carcinogenic astroturf pellets off fully.
At this point, we ran over to what I thought would be the high terraced wall & steps outside the auditorium. Despite my 2nd Q at Hawk’s Nest and the fact that I’m a site Q as well….I couldn’t find that particular building. Drat. So we found some walls and did Walthar N’Djaye’s x 13 IC. We then did some People’s Chair, except for Bulldog, Thunder Road and a few others who either were refuseniking fully or too lazy to find an adequate wall?
Dollywood & Hollywood. Just wanted to say both those nicknames in succession. Try it. It’s fun. And they were both part of the pax this morning…both in really good shape, too.
Another observation: the # of Clemson alums among the pax seems to be increasing or perhaps Hawk’s Nest is becoming somewhat of a fan club meeting every Tuesday morning. Not only do they seem to post as a group, they all seem to wear orange….a lot. Today’s Clempson orange-wearing pax were: Busch, Lewinsky, Revlon (full Tiger paw). Marge & Gummy were more understated in their allegiance. That’s a lot of Clemson “nowledge” in the gloom, some might say too much…
Ok, what else did we do? Did I mention the Q got lost? So we moseyed to the “middle school”/”recess” field for some work. Incidentally, I think this is the field where our hosts thought we would do all of our workouts, in their entirety. Negative.
We did some down & back AYG runs with H-R merkins, CDDs, Jump Squats & LBC’s at the far end. We then did 10’ish minutes of Mary, finishing with 13 6-count burpees in the parking lot.
We did a lot of plank work throughout the morning’s downpainment. Good form plank work is some of the best exercise you can do. You can thank me later.
Some other sundry obervations before I list a couple announcements and prayers lifted this morning:
Love Q’ing the pax. I’ll do better next time….but you loved the burpee broad jumps and Walthar N’Djaiye’s…plenty more where that came from.
Announcements & prayer concerns:
Sat., May 26th – 7am Area51 & SOB (DaVinci, for sure) Memorial Day convergence at RockZero (Calvary Church) — Q’ed by Purple Haze and Rachel (Marine veteran). Be there – the best convergence workout of the year.
Mon., May 28th – Patriots Day Festival in SouthPark. Charlotte F3 convergence workout (NoCoTope, Fort Mill/Rock Hill, Metro, A51, SOB, UC, Gastonia, etc, etc) followed by 5K with 8 SpeedForNeed chariots carrying veterans.
Continue to pray for: Utah’s father to heal & Jennings (Bout Time’s 3 year old son) battle with cancer
Thanks to Haze for taking us out in prayer and giving thanks for the friendship that exists among the pax. I’m thankful for you men. This fellowship is a gift that I didn’t even know I needed until it found me.
“Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’… It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.” – C.S. Lewis in “The Four Love”
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