Midriff, the bundle of excitement that he is, is hard to say no to when he asks you to take a Q. He doubled down with the offer of Q swapping so there was no way to say no. I’m used to the early starts and an 0630 start is hard for me to swing but I can do them every now and then especially when I bring home breakfast. Chicken or bagels don’t matter to my crew.
I pulled up a little early to an empty lot. 4 more PAX arrived in time for launch. Dwight and Watson were rolling in to take off only a few seconds later. I already knew C3P0 and crew always post DaVinci but are known to be last in. Just for them, I planned warmorama in launch lot. As expected, we took a few strides toward NC Velo and another car pulls in, but wait, it’s not who we expected, it’s Mighty Mite! He caught up to us at warmup and received less ribbing than I expected. Soon after the expected robot gang arrived and joined us.
15x SSH IC
15x IW IC
15x Merkins IC
15x LSS IC
Side shuffle across lot and back
Mosey to the playground and fountains to prepare for the main event. On the way do some high knees and buttkickers.
This week I attended my first WAMRAP and loved/hated it. I decided to bring that awfulness to DaVinci this week. I strongly considered doing a straight 1 hour of a single routine but decided to break the PAX in to it slowly so they will come back for more. We managed to squeeze in 3 15-minute AMRAP routines. The general format being:
15 reps of 3 exercises each, a small lap less than a quarter mile, then a burpee counter. Start with a single burpee for the counter. Repeato for 15 minutes, each round adding another burpee.
Routine 1 – Fountains – Legs
15x jump squats
15x split lunges
15x wall jumps
A lap around the lot to Banana Republic and back
Smuggler was the star of this one. I think he finished 5 rounds while most the other PAX ended with 4. I planned this one first because I wanted to burn out PAX’s legs for the next half hour. It worked well. The explosiveness of all the exercises really killed it.
Routine 2 – Playground – Back
15x pull ups
15x wide arm merkins
15x one legged deadlifts
A lap around Smashburger and the Thai joint
C3P0 really got on everyone’s good side with this one. I had planned to restart the burpee counter for each routine but he insisted on continuing from where we left off. I loved the idea. Nobody else really complained, so we went for it. Later it turned out to make things pretty tough. Those 15 minutes were half burpees.
Mosey back to launch where I was kindly reminded by Mighty Mite that we still had 15 minutes in the workout. Luckily, I already knew that and we had exactly 15 minutes. Let’s do it!
Routine 3 – Bank of America – Chesticles
15x diamond merkins
15x explosive merkins
A lap around Bank of America
At this point everyone was gassed and the merkins were slow going. The mumblechatter had quieted and shifted to “how much time’s left?”, “finish strong!”, and “I can smell the chicken!” Time finished while YHC was starting his final 12 burpees, 4 at each routine. I think everyone else was close to the same.
Announcements / COT
Yesterday, I got the text. You know the one. THE text. Can you substi-Q? OK, maybe I made that a little more dramatic than it needed to be. Anyway, I was on high gravity #2 at Lore for a post-Arsenal HH with One Niner, Cobbler, and General when I received that text asking if I could take the Q because Tag-A-Long had to tag-a-out. I quickly replied, “Yes.” Then I replied, “Who is this?” Just kidding. It’s usually me texting Taco Stand because I need help with a convergence Q, or I have really hard questions about a mortgage, or I just need someone to talk with when I can’t sleep after eating too much ice cream. So, I polished off my beer and maybe another few and headed home to plan another Brave beatdown.
Pulling into The Gibson the next morning there was a lone Wild Turkey. He yelled some unnecessary profanities at YHC that I highly enjoyed. We were getting ready to run off into the sunrise holding hands, of course socially distant holding hands to please Lord Cooper, when Jazz Hands and Soft Pretzel rolled in to ruin our fun. Some required jokes about 3 guys in red shirts and one in black not getting the memo were delivered. Some better ones about looking like a lead singer with a backup band followed. Soft Pretzel showed us later that black shirts are better than red by making us eat his dust for the entirety of the workout.
YHC delivered a pretty solid disclaimer (definitely getting better at those) and we skipped the stretching YHC had planned because it was cold, and the wind was brisk.
A run to the entrance of launch – approximately .04 miles
‘Til next time!
10 Brave PAX showed up for 10 merkins, a whole lot of times.
Run to Legacy Apartments for a warmup. I stole Swift’s active stretching warmup, but it’s been a while since I’ve posted Swift so I had to ask for some help to remember what was what.
Run to Stonecrest, doing 10x merkins at each intersection. Alternate regular, diamond, wide armed. I wanted to turn at Elm but Soft Pretzel and Sweetwater left the rest of us in the dust here, so we went past Elm and had to turn around. No worries, just got in a few extra merkins.
Run to Murderhorn, continuing 10x merkins at each intersection.
At Murderhorn I took a moment to make sure everyone know what BLIMPS were, and then we did said BLIMPS at each street light on Murderhorn.
At the top of the Murderhorn, turn in to the circle on the North side. Partner up. Run opposite directions on the circle and every time you see each other do 10x socially distant hand slap merkins (so only regular merkins). Repeato the loop x3.
About 12 minutes left to get back to launch. We take the route through Thornhill. Stop at every intersection for 10x more, you guessed it, merkins.
We make it back to launch with a few minutes for some Mary.
PAX – Happy Meal, Eat More Chicken, Soft Pretzel, Atlas, FNG Periscope, Brexit
YHC hasn’t been posting much since the birth of 2.2 (third boy) and renovating / moving into a house big enough for this larger family. When YHC does post its pretty much only Thursdays at Arsenal, and the occasional Friday at Brave. It’s always good to see The Arsenal regulars, but what’s this? An unknown vehicle pulls up and it’s an FNG. Later named Periscope, we’re told he found us on the website after a co-worker told him to check us out. Great stuff, let’s make this a fun one! Disclaimer given and we’re off.
Mosey around the school, taking the route for the hilly pre-run. This is called foreshadowing. Take a break on the back side of the school for
Continue the hilly pre-run path, just waiting for Atlas to call me out on it. Surprisingly, he either didn’t realize we were going there, or he was busy mumble chattering with the other PAX until we were crossing the road into the neighborhood. Too late! No turning back now, mwahaha!
Lately, I’ve found that the simpler the Wienke the better. If I can recap it in a sentence it’s a good one. Here’s this Q’s sentence – “Do triple nickels on the hilly run until time”. Can’t get much simpler than that.
Turn around and use a little trick I learned at a Thin Mint Brave Q – sprint up the hills, recover down them. This might have been a little aggressive. I forget how serious these hills are… not your average Murderhorn (pat on my own back for a NoE dig #ThursdayAOs). Everyone managed to make it back to ILES in one piece though. PAX then use the wall in front of the school to monkey over and do five merkins on each side, eight walls and forty merkins by the end of it. We’re nearing time now so one more lap around the parking lot and a few minutes of Mary and plank until time.
COT, Announcements, FNG Naming
4 PAX showed at the re-opening of The Arsenal. It’s been a pretty wet and rainy week, so YHC planned a Wienke that would avoid the grass and mud and what I’m sure was a swamp of a practice field. The disclaimer was delivered, this time I remembered the new bits too and we were off at 0530 on the dot.
From launch, take a lap around ILES stopping in the bus parking lot for a warmup.
COT / ANNOUNCEMENTS
5 PAX HC’ed and 5 PAX showed. Funny, it wasn’t the same PAX that HC’ed that showed but I won’t go in to that. *non-COVID cough* Panda *non-COVID cough*.
Monday, YHC posted the newest virtual workout Garage Band and was voluntold to take a virtual Brave Q by Fire Hazard. I thought I was already on the schedule for Thursday, but when I found out it was double booked with Bucky on Q I decided to do Tuck the solid and take Friday. I had a plan in my head for the vQ everyone has been accustomed to over the past couple of months, you know the drill – the 1 or 2 min out and back run, a chair, a lifting rock, EMOM or AMRAP, OYO counts, yada, yada. I hadn’t fully fleshed it out yet when I got a message from Tuck mid-Thursday asking if I wanted to take the first SOB in person workout since the SIPO! Because phase 2 is starting today, he and Mario had decided on opening The Brave. I, of course, happily accepted with a “Hell Yeah”! I drew up a Wienke that would honor COVID distancing and would still live up to The Brave standard of 4 miles and some grueling work.
I tried to turn in early because I haven’t gotten up at 0445 since before the SIPO and did NOT want to miss this (especially since I was Q). I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned and ran variations of my Wienke through my head trying to decide on the perfect 1st return workout. I probably got 4 hours total when my alarm went off and I was off like a shot. Couldn’t wait to get out there.
I arrived at The Gibson and Taco Stand was already there. Wingman and Tuck joined us soon after. YHC delivered the disclaimer, including half of the new COVID parts of it. Tuck reminded everyone if they were sick to go home. Mario came in hot, his first steps out of the car were to run with us down BC toward Stonecrest.
Warmup? It’s The Brave. We ran! Warmup…
With very wet shoes from the hill, take a run to those first building in the giant Stonecrest parking lot. I think there’s some restaurants there? Here we did 7 of diamonds around the entire Stonecrest lot. It was more of a 7 of long rectangulars, but you get the gist. From that corner, to the end of Target, to the far end of the lot from Target, back to the steps coming down from Firebirds, and back to start. Each loop was over a half mile.
The last loop we had to cut a little short for time. Instead of running all the way back to the start end of the lot, we ran back to the corner of the lot nearest Target.
We finished with about 10 minutes to get back to launch. YHC was the 6 but would have been on time had his shoe not come untied on the run back.
5 men met in the Zoom just before 0530, was good to see the turnout including an FNG! Props to MAD for the EH. At 0530 YHC took a few minutes to explain the format of the workout and how counting wasn’t going to be done in cadence. YHC would announce the number and the exercise and it would be done on my count as a reference. Because of the format, this only really took effect for the warmup.
YHC set up a workout of 7’s, but with bear crawling between exercises instead of running a hill. This worked well for the virtual workout because you can pretty much guarantee PAX would be in a place where they could bear crawl 20ish feet. Between each set of 7’s would be a 5 minute OYO run.
7’s w/ bear crawls about 20 feet, or 10ish crawls
5 minute mosey
7’s w/ bear crawls
5 minute mosey
7’s w/ bear crawls
5 minute mosey
Diamond merkins and dips were on tap, but we ran out of time.
YHC’s internet dropped right after name-o-rama, when FNG Popeye was getting his name. After getting reconnected Fire Hazard was helping Popeye with the FNG onboarding – Slack and such.
Great work from everyone. There’s self accountability in F3 even without our newest challenges of going virtual during this pandemic. Switching to a virtual workout where there’s OYO moseying and during the 7’s nobody was on camera, every PAX really needs to have the self-discipline to do the prescribed work and hold themselves accountable. This turned out to be a great 1st F and I will be feeling it in my shoulders all day. Based on the grunts and huffs and puffs I was listening to during the 7’s, I’m pretty sure everyone else was killing it too. Thank you for the opportunity to lead, especially during these difficult times.
11 PAX in all showed up at The Arsenal this morning. 6 for the prerun, where we did the Swift prescribed 4x 800m’s at a 5k pace. The high school track was great for it for obvious reasons. 5 more arrived for the main event and Happy Meal had to bounce out. If he hadn’t had told me yesterday he wasn’t going to be able to stick around, I’d think it was when he saw Fire Hazard and I pulling the sand bags out.
Disclaimers given, sandbags shouldered, and we’re off to drop them off at the large student lot. Warmup on arrival, 15-20x of each IC
The Main Event
Leave the sandbags for a minute to head up to the smaller lot for 7 of diamonds. Starting in center, run out to each corner of the lot for called exercise, run back to center between each of 4 corners. Plank for 6 between rounds.
Return to the sandbags. PAX form groups per sandbag. 1 PAX starts as the timer and begins to throw the sandbag to the other end of the lot. The rest of PAX sprint to the end that the throwing PAX is headed toward and do as many of called exercise as possible until throwing PAX makes it to them. PAX then rotate sandbag throwers, and turn around to head back to starting point of lot. We had 3 per group and ended up doing 3 rounds.
Carry the sandbags back to launch. With about 10 minutes left we ran 3 laps around the parking lot doing burpees at the start. 10 after first lap, 5 after second, none for last. Plank up for final minute of time. Bounty Hunter really tried to stretch it out, but couldn’t figure out his fancy new GPS watch.
Thanks, Fire Hazard, for taking us out.
4 Prerunners on the hills, 2 on the flats. Shout out to One Niner and General for pushing me to run the hills, and One Niner for slowing his pace to roughly half his regular and running with me. I PR’ed the damned thing and he was barely even breathing hard. That hilly prerun is something else. You’ll get about 250 ft of elevation in the mile down and back Point Carpenter.
Back for the main event YHC popped the tailgate to reveal several stacks of pavers, roughly 10 pounds each. PAX grab a paver each and make sure to treat it nice because you’re spending the next 45 minutes with it. Disclaimer given and we’re off.
A mosey to the basketball court. PAX are thinking, “These pavers aren’t so bad. This will be a piece of cake.” At least that’s what I think they’re thinking. So, on my call we lift them above heads and hope nobody drops them on their skull. We’ll pull this trick for every mosey during the workout. Arrive to the courts and the first 3 exercise are the only time that paver was put down.
Mosey to the front of the baseball field, alternating pavers overhead and held in front. 7’s on the hill with
Mosey to the playground, with a little backward running with a paver overhead, and partner up. Dora with running PAX holding the paver overhead, and exercising PAX using the paver for core work.
We had about 5 minutes left so a mosey back to the launch, picking the pavers overhead again.
Finish time with 4 rounds of Jack Webb with the paver.
COT & Announcements
This might have been my most fun Q yet. I feel like I say that every time, but this one I prepared for with practice laps and exercises with the pavers around my hood the night before to tweak the beatdown just right. The Newton’s cradle was a tough one and worked well for 7’s because you do max 6 of them. I’m glad to be able to give back to this group with not only this Q, but taking over as site Q as well. Thank you all!
4 men understood that my #tweetandmeat advertising was less about saving Stonecrest from an already passed and downgraded tropical storm and more about a sandbag beat down. YHC brought a bluetooth speaker, a weinke, and some sandbags. The speaker only worked for the first couple songs off Offspring’s Ignition album, and YHC gave up on it. The wienke was mistaken for a high school essay, and to be fair it was a full college ruled paper filled from top to bottom. The sandbags didn’t disappoint.
Disclaimer given with emphasis on keeping the sandbag under control and not overextending yourself. We don’t want injuries out in the gloom!
Then on to the essay. 10 of each exercise for a set. About 30s of rest between sets. Every 5 sets take a lap around the parking lot.
COT & Announcements