14 PAX showed up to Dromedary with their Puma sweatsuits and gold chains. It was a throwback “90’s” edition . . . A time that 2 of our PAX likened to ancient history as they hadn’t been born yet.
Thanks to Red Rider for the takeout prayer
14 PAX came out to see the aftermath of the Bro-Lympics. After last week’s events, the rumor mill was swirling. Would the PAX be met by armed security? Would the Principal be standing in the parking lot with crossed arms when we arrived? Thankfully the only authority figure we ran into was “Redskin” doing his track workout like the boss that he is #HailToRedskin.
WARMUP (cue the boombox)
Thanks to Delta for the takeout
13 PAX made their way to the skyscrapers of downtown Waxhaw in hopes of catching a glimpse of the #BurpeeTrain which has been talked about in the local tabloids. In recent workouts, some “pseudo-BurpeeTrains” have been spotted but no confirmed sightings of the ACTUAL #BurpeeTrain.
Thanks Doughboy for the takeout
The morning started with a
scream bang, literally. As YHC jumped into the family truckster parked in the garage, I noticed the mouse glue trap I set up the night before was “successful.” As I looked down on the passenger floor mat, I saw a little critter squirming around which, ummm, startled me. After a quick high-pitched scream moment to gather my thoughts, I quickly grabbed the keys to my car outside the garage as I didn’t think Moneyball would want to deal with a twitching Mickey Mouse at 0520. More on this later.
Temps in the 20s and the idea of being able to sleep in while off of work has apparently kept a lot of PAX away lately. But 13 PAX toughed it out to measure themselves at the best AMRAP course on Cuthbertson Road. The cold weather also claimed the only participant at EVERY AMRAP thus far . . . Music. Both Hollywood and YHC didn’t bring their boom boxes so the PAX had only their inner monologue to keep their minds distracted from the fact that their fingers were numb.
Mosey along the course to explain to the newbies the 7 different stations. During the mosey, we did various exercises at each location (SSH x 20, MC x 20, LSS x 20, Merkins x 10)
The AMRAP course consists of the following:
7 stations around a 1/2 mile circle. As Many Reps (Laps) As Possible in 30 minutes:
Great performance by all considering the conditions.
|Second AMRAP Course – Behind Middle School|
After the workout, YHC got this awful pit in my stomach knowing I to deal with the twitching mouse when I got home. Thankfully, I had Exterminator Capri (Moneyball) with me to offer “encouragement.” As I prepared to drop him off, he waved me off and said, “Oh no, I’m going to your house to watch the show.” Thankfully, the mouse was still in the glue when I got home. As I pulled the van out of the garage, MB grabbed a shovel. He proceeded to hand it to me at the same time he pressed record on his Iphone. Needless to say, the next 30 seconds will not be showing up in “Tough Man Daily” but somehow I know it WILL show up in the #Playhouse on Slack (oh wait, we don’t have enough space). So just ANOTHER reason to move the #Playhouse back to GroupMe #CheapPlug
As MB and I were wrapping up, I decided to check the other glue trap I placed in the corner of the garage. BINGO. Twitching mouse #2. This time, I didn’t hesitate to hand the shovel to CapriBall and let him do the honor. I have to admit, he was a little more stable but still not exactly submitting his resume to Orkin. Into the trash can for both #ThankGoodnessFridayIsTrashDay
THANKS FOR THE TAKEOUT MONEYBALL
POSTED ON BEHALF OF RADAR:
So I started my VQ a little early to assess the AO and found it a little lacking with the track on holiday lockdown. My alarm was telling me that it was time to grab the PAX and mosey. I must have hit them with the shock and awe of my Christmas pjs because I didn’t get much of a response from my first command to mosey; or maybe they thought VQ meant easy day? We circled up for a rushed disclaimer and a little warm up that turned into a lot when I called on Bottle Cap to continue the mission while Posse and I got the technical components operational. We received the happy tones and we were set to attempt a Santa run with his sack. As a leader I wouldn’t expect the PAX to attempt anything I wasn’t ready to tackle so I took the first go at the dash to the front. #notasprinter #injuredlist It wasn’t pretty so I had the squad return for the Q and we gave it another go. I still didn’t quite like the results so we dropped the (dead body) sack and moved onto the bleachers while listening to a little Trans Siberian Orchestra. We regrouped at the snack shack, where I leaned on BC to take point and lead the team into some Mary while awaiting the 6.
Now that we’re all together and huddled around the sack, we dived into the Christmas revelry. I led off the pain with some heels to heaven in honor of that famous Christmas heel, Mr. Grinch. I heard a lot of moaning about how long the song was and someone crying out to Alexa to end their suffering. Then we planked up and cheered to Santa Claus is Coming to Town with some push ups and plank jacks. Next on the agenda was some slow Freddy Mercurys and LBC while Queen Thank(ed) God for Christmas.
After some push ups to John and Oko #notabeatle wishing us a Happy Christmas we moved on to squats and bomb jacks to Twisted Sister’s take on the classic Oh Come All Ye Faithful. PAX made comments about sacks, balls and the faithful coming but it was all mumblechatter. Posse reminded me not to go over time so we moseyed back to front while listening to Cheech explain Santa Claus to Chong. Sadly we missed some additional songs on the playlist; I was especially excited for Hello Dollys while listening to Mrs. Parton sing Jingle Bells.
We circled up for namarama and announcarama. Posse reminded us of the Joe Davis Run for Recovery. https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ff3southcharlotte.com%2F2017%2F11%2F13%2F2018-joe-davis-run-for-recovery%2F&data=02%7C01%7CLou.Nali%40ccbcc.com%7C53df56b8c4ba42f1a4c308d546edd4a1%7Ca7ecaa8d48804bcd8c427d53d21b35bb%7C0%7C0%7C636492909654959204&sdata=o%2BGa2IveH9aPyyxozHD9mF2LyAe018ZozGdMDaHxCeU%3D&reserved=0
After a strong message from a keynote speaker a week ago, YHC had it on his heart to relay the message, albeit in a much different way to the PAX. Keni Thomas was a US Army Ranger in Operation Gothic Serpent, which was the mission in 1993 in Mogadishu depicted in the movie “Blackhawk Down.” While he recounted stories of that horrible night where the USA lost 19 soldiers, he spoke of some tenets of leadership he learned. Most importantly, “Leadership” is not about a title or a position but rather about stepping up with action right where you are at.
With that in mind, YHC wanted to honor Keni’s inspirational thoughts along with the 19 fallen soldiers during the workout. A shovel flag was planted at COP as well as in the field where PAX would gather later.
BACK TO THE THANG
ANNOUNCEMENTS (Frack’s favorite):
Yet again at Impromptu a lot of new PAX (8) and old PAX (22 including a young-looking Recalculating in his newish “athletic fit” plaid shirt) took to the best AMRAP course this side of 12 Mile Creek. The weather was a little cooler which hopefully contributed to some better performances as well.
To get the PAX fired up for the day, we had a Motivational Speaker take us through warm-ups. Foley kicked us off with his VQ – Nice Job! He apparently had been preparing for days by the looks of the small pad of paper he brought with him for cue cards.
Mosey to front of middle school. Disclaimer given. SSH x 25, Merkin x 20. Mosey to the back of the high school for the action.
AMRAP challenge. Consists of about a 1/2 mile lap with 7 exercise stations along the route. 30 minutes to complete as many laps as possible. Stations included:
After 30 mins, we gathered up the PAX and slogged back to COT
Great effort by all today . . . every PAX got at least 3 laps in. Nice work. 8 PAX took to the course for the first time while 18 returning PAX either met or beat their previous best performance. Great job by Goodfella leading the way and matching his course record. Shout out to Rockwell for being the only PAX to make all 6 AMRAP workouts. Here are the results:
THANKS DAMASCUS FOR TAKING US OUT
Come on out to Cuthbertson Middle at 0530 on Friday to measure your progress in the best AMRAP course in Northeast Waxhaw.
What is AMRAP? The challenge consists of about a 1/2 mile lap with 7 exercise stations along the route. 30 minutes to complete as many laps as possible.
BONUS: Foley’s VQ on warmup . . . In a van down by the river!
RESULTS THUS FAR:
POSTED ON BEHALF OF JINGLES (IN THE QUEEN’S ENGLISH):
14 men gathered at the Weddington campus for an auspicious occasion, Jingles’ VQ. Wrestled with the original theme for the workout of “Life of a Six” or “View from the back of the pack” but with Posse’s encouragement went with Deck of Death.
Warm Up :
The Thang :
Proceed to cafeteria (ED. NOTE: Snack Shop) across the bridge by the track for a fun time playing cards. Took a small detour enroute to get in some air presses and Moroccan Night Clubs whilst doing the wall sit.
Card activities commenced (ED. NOTE: Began) with the following guidelines, cards were picked and face value of card denotes the number of reps.
Plank between sets whilst waiting for Q or until the PAX regrouped
With 8 minutes left and a few cards in the deck Ace of spades miraculously appeared at the top of the pile and PAX did 1 last lap before heading back to COT for some LBC and flutters in honor of BC – (note – dealer always wins)
Pre run particpants Hollywood, Damascus, Goodfella surprised by an early Jingles setting up the main event.
The Watchtower PAX pushed for the attendance record with a 14 man turnout. I’m sure all were apprehensive about back to back VQ’s (well done Xerox). YHC normally arrives post disclaimer and so, much to the PAX surprise we started on time.
The usual musical interlude was not available but next time will try to have varied musical selection of differing tastes, Scottish tunes, reggae etc. Anyway, it all served to encourage some usual banter amongst the PAX.
Moneyball closed in prayer.
It has been an honor serving with this group for a while and was nervously excited when voluntold by Posse but could not say no (even though he Q jacked Foundation)
Great work by PAX today who are all now very fond of cards and will be off to Vegas soon
Isabella Santos event – 9/30
Susan G Komen race – 10/7 (SFN event)
(EDITOR’S FINAL NOTE: AWESOME JOB TODAY BY JINGLES AND YESTERDAY BY XEROX ON THEIR VQs! WAY TO STEP UP FELLAS. KNOWING HOW I’M FEELING AND BY ALL THE TALK AMONGST THE PAX, EVERYBODY REALLY ENJOYED BOTH WORKOUTS. WELL DONE! FOR OTHER PAX WHO HAVE NOT Q’D YET, DON’T HESITATE TO VOLUNTEER. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW MUCH YOU GET OUT OF IT . . . AND EVERYBODY IS THERE TO SUPPORT YOU . . . WITH SOME JABS ALONG THE WAY TO ENSURE YOU DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY.)