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Where was everyone?

I was allegedly the Q today; Hopper does not know this but weeks ago I was going to switch with him to take April 9th, and had a pretty legit workout planned.  So thanks, Hopper, for demonstrating how to switch Q dates properly.  There will surely be a report next week on how awesome the workout was for me.

98-96 (OT)

Another Monday, another Base Camp.  A very detailed work-out plan with signature clover insignia via satellite imaging was scrapped due to cold weather, very soggy fields, and construction machines lying in wait near the baseball fields.  12 PAX were lucky to endure a very on-the-fly regimen instead.

The theme of the day was 14, i.e., the number of points scored by the winning team on Saturday.  Secondary theme, Brad Pitt is dreamy (I think that’s what was said?)


SSH’s x 14 (almost messed that up due to zero execution on the cadence)

LSS x 14

IWs x 14

(perfectly executed turns to face each PAX for each rep on the above three by yours truly)

Mountain Climbers x 14

Plank Jacks x 14

Fully prepared for it, but no revenge-demonstrations requested by Hopper (thanks!)

Mosey to Rosecliff with 14 CDDs at each speed bump.

Triple nickle time: 5 merkins at bottom of the hill “by the mailbox on the right”), 5 squats at top o’ hill, plank for those finishing early (clarification by Geraldo as to “if you finish early” vs. “if you finish” noted).

Mosey to Fairway Downs Ct to partner up for core work.  Partner 1 runs to cul-de-sac (translation: bottom of the bag, which is what this workout plan felt like), Partner 2 LBCs.  Flap jack.  Second round, Freddy Mercuries.  During said runs, Sardine and I discussed the finer points of both koozies and running lights.

Mosey to the rock pile (on the way, PAX noted again that the lights on South Fork’s fancy car were still on).  Same partners, grab a lifting only rock.  Partner 1 cycles through 10 x curls, shoulder presses and tri extensions, Partner 2 does “that run, you know, the angled route towards the bleachers and then back via the stairs”, flap jack.  Two rounds total.

Mosey to the front of the school for 14 x step-up and dips.

Return to launch for overtime of 14 x American hammer aaaannnnndddd time.

My Steve Jobs watch – which tends to exaggerate – had us at 3.6 miles.  Is that possible?!

Announcement: Christmas Party (probably) October 2020, be on the look out for tickets soon.

There is a crazy 100 mile relay race from Hickory to Boone on March 14.  Mailman mentioned a 50K’er on Feb 22 as well – but the 100 mile relay race info is at:    A group of Boone F3ers are running and raising money in the 100 miler.

The 50Ker info is at  – several Charlotte folks have talked about getting together for this one (the legend Mermaid one of these people apparently).


Nailed It.

14 PAX took on the sub-freezing weather at The Hydra commemorating Notre Dame’s 11 National Championships and Duke’s 5 National Championships.

The Thang:

Head down Rea to the back parking lot – you know the one, it was recently repaved with the proceeds from the last referendum for a quarter-cent sales tax increase that actually passed. (NOT A BIG DEAL, but I was at Selwyn Pub while Tariq Bokhari had his victory party last Tuesday, so I have inside info on where the tax money goes.  #MakeSelwynGreatAgain)  I practiced the workout to be sure it was both challenging and fit within the 45 minutes, and 60% of the time, it worked every time, so I was feeling pretty good.


  • Sharon Towers x 11 IC (can’t explain why but this is easily my favorite exercise)
  • Imperial Walkers x 12 IC
  • Low Slow Squats x 13 IC (rotation techniques to sync with the other 13 PAX totally on point here)
  • Mountain Climbers x 14 IC
  • Flutter x 15 IC

Mosey to the area in between the 4 baseball fields and partner up.  

Round 1: Partner 1 runs around one baseball field while Partner 2 alternates11 step ups and 11 dips.  Partner 2 then runs around one baseball field and Partner 1 alternates 11 step ups and 11 dips.  Repeat until each partner has run around all 4 fields (8 total laps).

Round 2:  Continue with laps around the fields, but alternate 11 Carolina Dry Docks and 11 squats.

Head on over to the wall in the back parking lot and find your partner. Partner 1 sprints makes his way across the lot, 5 merkins, then heads back, while Partner 2 holds the Peoples’ Chair.  Flapjack and repeat for 5 rounds.

Some much needed variation: Partner 1 then bear crawls across the lot, 5 merkins, then runs back while Partner 2 holds the Peoples’ Chair.  Flapjack.

Finally, Partner 1 backward runs across the lot, 5 merkins, then runs back (forwards) while Partner 2 holds the Peoples’ Chair.  Flapjack.

Mosey over to the track for 11 merkins and 11 squat jumps, and one all-you-care-to-give (AYG’s less successful little brother) lap around the track. 

Finish with Mary 15 LBCs and 15 high flutters.


  • I tried to keep it quiet that it was my first Hydra Q but HIPAA blew my cover with Gummy and Sprockets.  A text message from a (919) number then flashes “Call me”.  No emojis.  No gifs.  Who communicates like this? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ He then put the fear of God in me that I better practice “talking out loud” and “time management”.  Like Duke down to Kentucky with 2.1 seconds on the clock – it was all under control.
  • Puddin’s lunges blew away everyone’s bear crawls.  Just FYI.
  • Hydra’s motto, at least in the MCU, is “If a head is cut off, two more shall take its place”.  Apparently, if one PAX holds in his gas, then two more PAX shall take his place and expel their own gas.  There were some noxious emissions throughout the morning that wouldn’t pass an NC DOT test.  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me. Good news: Christmas is right around the corner:
  • If people were complaining, they did so behind my back so I couldn’t hear, which is much appreciated.
  • My first Hydra (Bugeater Q) started on the track with a lap, so the *only* certainty for today was ending on the track, so it’s come full circle.
  • Kudos to those PAX for figuring out that the work around the baseball fields outlined a clover.
  • The take-out was outstanding and delivered by YHC because, no, no, don’t anyone else worry, I wouldn’t want you to have to do any work.
  • 2.8 miles give or take.