We’ll get to the title of the backblast later, but first let’s address a seeming oxymoron / paradox / bit of irony:
Cerberus Q for the morning – Kirk
Kirk, known for not venturing too far outside his ankle monitor limit at Hwy 51, was the Q at Cerberus, which is south of 485. Sadly, YHC actually looked to see if it was south of Myrtle Beach, which remains my southernmost post in 6+ years of F3.
So yeah, it happened. Go ahead and drop the Journeyman (yep, looked it up) Award in the mail.
After a remarkably brief seven mile drive in (maybe 10 minutes), YHC arrived at 0523 to find 4-5 others in the parking lot of Viva Chicken – Waverly. Transporter was drinking coffee, which seemed an odd choice. Bets were made as to the side effects. McGee ran in – questioned YHC’s attendance, more cars arrived, fist bumps, stretches, etc. Short disclaimer given, and launched at 0530.
Warm up mosey down some street to another street with under construction townhomes and a roundabout (realize this narrows it down) beside a retention pond (ah, yes…that one). Obligatory COP of SSH, IWs, and Mtn Climbers. Unnamed street is a bit of a hill, maybe 150 yards in length. Run down, 5 burpees at the bottom, 5 more at the top – 5 times. McGee and Laronda were the Larry Birds of the group, one of whom did actual burpees. The other more cavalierly flung himself to the ground, but the jump at the top was sublime. Reckon someone with catlike reflexes could slide a sheet of 24 lb paper under the soles of those shoes. Anyway, as an opener, this always delivers a swift kick to the nuts.
Mary to regroup – something from McGee, toe tap LBCs from Laronda, and Freddy Mercury from YHC, including a “half-way-there” that garnered applause and adulations, or something.
Mosey past the apartments and HUB to the parking deck. Bit of meandering to find the right overhang for pull-ups, but the group arrived safely on the 2nd floor of the deck for a little of the original “Magnificent 7s” thrown out at Casbah a few years back, which thanks to Starfish, has now made it all the way from Winston-Salem to F3Austin.
Normally run a lap, but in this case, take the stairs to the top (unfortunately way shorter than a lap). Original call for 4 sets, audibled to 3.
Recovered back on level 1 with more Mary – flutters, Boone LBCs.
And then, on the mosey out of the deck….it happened. Dude was “cleaning” out a row of port-a-johns on the backside of the parking deck, and…well, Red says it better:
“Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can’t even imagine- or maybe I just don’t want to. Five hundred yards… that’s the length of five football fields; just shy of half a mile.”
Fortunately, there was no crawling, and it was maybe 50-100 yards…but the sentiment remains the same. Bad doesn’t begin to describe it. Words are just insufficient. We stopped in front of the HUB building just to breathe again.
But we had 10 minutes left – not enough time for the original plan, but enough time for a short modification of it.
(This AO is great. Tons of stuff around, but also dense (more the hotel and apartments – lot of people)…unlike, say Uptown at 0530. BUT, it seemingly lacks a short steep hill in close proximity to launch, unless you count 485 exit ramps, which seemed a little too dangerous at 0530, mostly dressed in black. Someone needs to find a safe one. Anyway, close parenthetical thought…)
Mosey back past Viva to the Panera end of the parking lot, which does at least slope upward toward Viva. Mini version of Quadzilla:
Backwards run “up” to a solitary, sad, small tree. 5 jumping lunges each leg. Run “down” for 5 squats. Repeat 5 times.
Mosey back to Viva, and as McGee adroitly pointed out, we were 8 burpees shy of 100, so finished with 8 burpees OYO. Fin.
COT – McGee took us out.
Gents – appreciate the hospitality this morning. Enjoyed the trip south, which remarkably took about as long as winding through Foxcroft to Sharon for Casbah or running over to Charlotte Christian for Joust. This is a really good AO with a lot of possibilities. We covered significantly less ground than most Metro / DMZ workouts, but hopefully everone got their $$$s worth. One of the interesting things with public Q sign-ups is that you may have an interloper volunteer to Q, so with that in mind, direct all complaints to Alf. Oh, and apologies to the lone missing Pax from the Pax list.
Great weather as a group of mostly regulars launched into the morning. Little semi-circle prior to launch heard the instructions to partner up. Odds. Dang. Then, Shoe rolled into the parking lot at 0529, and all was right with the world.
Mosey up Carmel to Sharon View. Little warm up in the nice soft grass of RTS – Mountain Climbers and Imperial Walkers.
Instructions given (and needless demonstration of power merkins required from the Pax #timesuck) – Run down Sharon View to River Oaks Ln with 10 power merkins and 10 WW2 sit-ups each at every side street on the left.
The pairings of Agony / Hamlet and Cheese Curd / One Eye led the way with Agony leading Mary until the six was in. Then, 20 squats OYO. Second set of instructions given to run up River Oaks stopping for 20 squats at the roundabout, at the top, back at the roundabout, and at the bottom. Time check revealed 0600 with +/- 1.6 miles back to launch, mostly uphill. Giddyup, boys (and unfortunately no time for a stop at Rock Creek). Short stop for Mary and squats to collect the six at RTS, then back to launch. Believe most made it back prior to 0616, though a couple didn’t quite make the time hack. COT with great takeout from Scratch & Win, lifting up Bout Time and Jennings.
It had been awhile since YHC took the group all the way out Sharon View. It remains a long freaking hill. River Oaks was a new addition for DMZ, likely as it’s on the fringe of 45-minute territory for a non-running workout. It’s not quite Horsey steep, but in the ballpark, possibly a little longer. Took SG back to the day. Looked for Ribeye to no avail (check the BB for Diamond Head to make sure he didn’t F/S). Everyone seemed to enjoy the trip up River Oaks, almost as much as the power merkins. Both those and WW2s are big boy exercises, so tried to keep the rep counts lower with the higher degree of difficulty. Squats were included for balance – got to keep it a total body workout. Total mileage was only +/- 3.7 depending on the watch. With Rock Creek included, this was initially named the Sundancer Special – largely due to the WW2s, which inexplicably cause him to spill merlot every dang time…but no Sundancer this AM, and unfortunately no Rock Creek.
Site Q was traveling today, but had one former site Q in attendance (One Eye – apparently, Bushwood only walks across the street to Q). Shoe made his 2nd post to DMZ. Chelms appreciated having a 2nd “Respect” in attendance.
Curd went for a CR on the uphill segment up Sharon View (search “Rock Creek Dr Climb” on Strava). Missed it by “that much”. He got a PR at 4:39, so he just needs to shave 1:32 off that time…
Good to see the clown car still rolling for Lewinski, Scratch & Win, Leprechaun, and Bugeater. All four of those guys pushing hard on a cardio-intensive day. YHC could not convince any of the normal OF clown car to post on a post-Derby weekend Monday.
And finally, Agony was cruising this AM… not gonna lie – it cut deep seeing the 20 lb weight vest come off post-workout. Sorry MapMyRun doesn’t have Kudos.
This was one of those morning when, as Q, there are a few ideas kicking around, but nothing absolutely decided. In short, I was torn. Sundancer was there (first bootcamp of 2017 #truthnugget), but he was without tunes….so by process of elimination, the plan was set.
As all know, the clock stops for no man, so at 0530, 11 men rolled out of the lot at Carmel.
Mosey down to Carmel Middle for brief warm-a-rama: SSH x20 and Mtn Climbers x20. Silent cadence start threw Swiper. Orlando has no idea how to climb a mountain #WTF3?
Mosey through Camp Gladiator set up, slowing to enjoy the irony and sweet tunes. Over to the rock pile to select a “rock you’d be proud of” – not running too far with it. Swiper chose a rock to make SemiGloss proud (IR #iceupson #damnskateboard #kidsneverpickuptheirtoys).
Mosey back through Camp Gladiator, pausing with overhead press x15 and squats x10 to enjoy some more of the free music. Given the music selections, this was mostly group punishment for Sundancer forgetting tunes.
Threw in some different rock holds while running – overhead, straight out…Q was inspired by the music.
Mosey with rock down to the cul de sac on at the bottom of Brandermill Pl for the main event.
5 trips to the top of Brandermill – 5 burpees at the top and 5 rock burpees at the bottom.
Swiper Kirk lead brief Mary (LBCs x50) until all were finished. Move rocks up the hill slightly to the street light.
5 trips to the top of Brandermill (running backwards) – 5 lunges (each side) at the top, 5 rock squats at the bottom.
Mosey with rocks back to the rock pile behind Carmel Middle, looking like a bunch of criminals as we passed Camp Gladiator.
Mosey back through Camp Gladiator to the benches at the front of the school – dips x15, incline merkins x10, dips x10.
Ye Olde Moleskine
Little known fact that the guy running Camp Gladiator was actually in NSYNC. No – that’s not true, but there was an inordinate amount of bad ’90s pop everytime we passed by. That combined with Swiper’s infatuation with Natalie Imbruglia to heavily influence this backblast.
Good to finally see Sundancer again #RIPSoFaWIB. Original plan (with tunes) was to run a little short-short-long partner circuit around the church with music in the middle…but no…so rocks it was. YHC hates running while carrying anything and takes an unapologetic No-post-Refusenik every freakin’ time that Chelms even mentions pavers…but it’s good to work on those weaknesses. What doesn’t kill you yada yada yada #noImentionedthebisque. Lot of dadgum leg work today – probably going to be feeling that tomorrow.
Orlando looked like he was skipping up some damn mountain instead of climbing it. Terribly distracting and can never be unseen (and yes, YHC did look like an exploded box of highlighters this morning, which could have been distracting).
Think One Eye and Bout Time were out front along with Swiper on the forward running hill work. Backward running portion saw some changes at the top. With the fancy “import pax” item that eliminated Gummy’s non-paid internship, have to go here to give Respect to Snowflake and Chelms (along with his aka Tatertot) and a hearty Kotters to Sundancer.
Enjoyed it, gents!
Charlotte, NC – MetroCharlotte, NC – South DMZ
The PAX: Backdraft, Agony, Aquafresh, Lovebug, Benefactor, Orlando, Bout Time, Pothole, Dropbox, Rachel, Kirk
Late night email / tweet went out that the scheduled Q had a childhood illness pop up while siteQ was DR. YHC has been teetering on IR for seemingly forever and somehow caught a summer cold last week, but with no other plans, willingly accepted the push to be the backup.
First step – setting two alarms – was easy. Actually waking up proved a good deal harder. The FS becomes more enveloping with time, harder to roll out and get back into the routine. Thankful for the second alarm. (Reminder that the EH’ing process needs to continue on the guys that maybe got onto IR and / or are infrequently making it back out, and yeah, I’m naming a few names – Bugeater, Sundancer, Talkbox, Iron Mike, Santa Maria, Kirk – next time you see that guy, be that other guy with the friendly push to get them back out. The speed with which Dredd coins new acronyms occasionally obfuscates his “truth nuggets”, but that Accelerating Man idea wasn’t wrong. Push those guys to get moving forward again.)
First to arrive at AO. Couple of cars roll in, more runners than cars until 0529. Disclaimer given. Final count was 11, without the scheduled Q, so we roll out.
The entire workout was planned around a partner wheelbarrow up Howland, a short, fairly steep hill in Pellyn Wood.
Mosey left out of Carmel Park, past Bushwood’s, and right into crossing traffic (yikes – close call) onto Thornridge. Stop for Mtn Climbers at Drakestone. Continue mosey with a left onto Broad Hollow. Stop at Kimblewyck for IWs. Mosey up Kimblewyck, right onto Hartmill and to the end of the cul de sac. 50 slower-than-normal LBCs. Backwards run up to Kimblewyck. 50 flutters.
Mosey out to Sharonview. Hang a left and then a right onto Hardison. Stop at the stop sign for SSHs. Continue toward the Hardison half pipe, stopping at Howland for Boone LBCs. Down Howland, AYG to the top, 5 burpees and back down. Backwards run up, 5 burpees and back down.
(Now at this point, the “Q juices” were pretty much zapped. “Running on fumes” may be generous and sadly, there was a lot of time left.)
Stop the Larry Birds who were starting to plank, and head down to Walden Pond for dips and derkins on the guard rail. 10 / 6. 6 / 10. Skipped out on the 8/8. Mosey backbup to Howland for the main event.
Needed a minute to rest the arms, so 20 squats, backwards run up, 5 burpees, and back down. Partner up. Partner wheelbarrow to the top, switching as needed. At every switch, both partners do 3 merkins as penalty. Truly believe this was everyone’s favorite part of the morning.
More LBCs at the top to regroup. Then begin the mile mosey back home. Finish with an extended plank until the clock hit 0615. COT.
Good morning out in the gloom. Little sticky from the humidity but otherwise pretty nice. Writing this from the back deck, where it feels awesome, which may impact that assessment.
We covered exactly 3 miles with a healthy dose of core work and just enough arm work to keep some balance. Q was leading from the middle most of the day. Think everyone was ahead of the Q at various points of the morning. Benny, Lovebug, Agony, Rachel, and Bout Time mostly. File away for future reference that Rachel isn’t a huge fan of the backwards runs uphill.
Chalet – prayers that all is ok with your daughter
Thats all! Appreciate the opportunity, enjoyed it gents!
There once was a young Bushwood
who dreams of a girl from his boyhood
what a beautiful lass
with a memorable
remembered well into adulthood
It was a warm and humid morning that greeted all of us, particularly the unfortunate soul that happened to visit the Carmel Park port-a-jon after SemiGloss made his pre-workout visit.
After a legally thorough and air tight disclaimer was given to a group of 16 regulars (no FNGs), we departed at 0530.
Slow mosey out the side lot, through the Church @ CLT Breezeway, hang a right on Colony down to the guard rails (+/- 3/4 mile). Dips IC x 25.
YHC being the only one with a headlamp (planning) lit the way for all but Agony, who blazed his own trail through the poison ivy. Rachel took a spill on the steps, of all places, at the bottom #disclaimer. Mosey across the oddly placed football field (complete with uprights) to the play ground at Mountainbrook Swim and Racquet Club and partner up.
P1 – 7 pull-ups, 14 merkins, 21 squats, 28 LBCs (no burpees)
P2 – run a lap (+/- 0.2 miles)
At +/- 6:04, slow mosey back up the trail to Colony. Dips IC x 15 at the guard rail. AYG back to Church @ CLT breezeway. 5 minutes of Mary (flutters #26, Boone LBCs a few times) to close it out at 6:15. Slow mosey back to the Carmel parking lot for COT.
Ye Olde Moleskine
The timing wasn’t quite right on this. Pace of exercises slowed more than running pace, and as the AMRAP progressed, most partners made it back from the lap sometime in the middle of the LBCs (if done in order). Lots of folks picking and choosing when to do pull-ups or omitting them entirely. Collectively, we don’t do enough pull-ups – lots of Nibs-esque sounds from the group at the playground. Also lots of questions on time, when to head back, that’s not enough time to get back, remember it’s uphill back, etc. Nothing too egregious, though several regulars, noted fine purveyors of mumblechatter, were MIA. Bushwood also didn’t walk across the street to post, but it was noted he never attends DMZ now that his site Q responsibilities are over #marathontraining.
Relatively quiet and hardworking group once we got to the park, where we really could have used some tunes, SunDancer #batguanorap. Most groups appeared to get in 7 laps, if not more, which would work out to 49 pull-ups, 98 merkins, 147 squats, and 196 LBCs during the Main Event. That’s roughly half a Murph plus a fair amount of core work and 3.3 miles (per YHC’s watch).
Agony took an early lead, which I don’t believe SemiGloss gave up #oddcouple. Chelms with the veteran move to grab Leroy and bolt early for home base. Agony and / or Rachel seemed to make it back to C@C first, though that Colony uphill is deceptively long #falsefront #TWSS. Agony led Mary (seemingly more LBCs?) while YHC ensured all made it back safely.
Apologies for the minute of OT moseying back to Carmel for COT, and for somehow calling Aquafresh “Gas-X” for most of the workout. Thanks to One Eye for the invite to Q, and hopefully all got their money’s worth.
It’s freakin’ cold. Many of you knew that last night, apparently, as a crowd of only seven slowly detached themselves from their car’s heated seats for this week’s edition of Hydra.
Most were disappointed to learn that SemiGloss would not be leading today, but he put a call into the bullpen, which YHC reluctantly answered.
Clock struck 0530, and the greatest disclaimer in the history of disclaimers was given. It may have included, “you all know I’m an idiot with no clue what I’m doing, so if you follow me, try not to get hurt”. Check.
Following that Lombardi worthy speech, we launched into the gloom.
Slow mosey behind the school to the basketball court for warm up – 10 SSH and 10 Imperial Walkers.
Slow mosey out of the school and down not Summerlin to Foxworth for modified version of the Foxworth Forty.
P1 – Up the hill with descending burpees each trip (9)
P2 – 40 merkins (trip 1), then 40 LBCs (2), 40 squats (3)
Flapjack. Continue with descending burpees for P1 with P2 rotating through exercises.
Made it through two sets of each before calling it (to applause that apparently woke the neighbors). Slow mosey back up the long hill to the school Bball court.
COP for close to a true Six minutes of Mary – flutters, Boone left, Boone right, LBCs, etc.
Mosey through playground (head fake) to back of the school.
P1 – people’s chair on school
P2 – run to playground for 10 pull-ups
Flapjack. Think we did this 5 times mixing in a round of plank for active recovery one set.
Mosey back to launch with 5 minutes left – more Mary, including Rosalita en Espanol por favor.
Warm car Moleskine
Been quite some time since I had to lead and actually call cadence. We suffered through it. Warm up was for Gummy, who turned out not to be War Daddy (Jet Fuel), and he didn’t even do the SSHs.
Rest of this was two basic WIB workouts with Mary interspersed to break it up. Quite a bit easier that way. Foxworth Forty doesn’t disappoint, which Gummy correctly pointed out is really only 20 IC. We used to getting through 13-14 trips up that hill plus a full mile in and out, so today was a scaled back “amuse-bouche” of that main course. R.I.P. Baby WIB.
Queen was killing the hill sprints. Don’t think it was quite Strava CR, but he’d have knocked a few guys down the list. Not sure who was out front in the Gummy / Marge / Arena group.
A lot of interesting commentary today. Check out @HeardatF3
And swing by The Lodge tomorrow whenever you can to join your F3 brothers for fellowship while watching the NCAA Tournament.
Click bait title? Check.
True? It would pass the Snopes test.
What was intended, in jest, to be a first person narrated BB provided from the point of view of fictional Pip (Great Expectations) succumbed to Fake News, though it is true that Agony temporarily “stole” my “well hidden” car key #AirQuotes #NoItWasNotOnTheTire.
So what happened? It was frickin’ cold, ice hole. We all ran 6 miles and then 3 of us stuck around for a Decaf version of coffeeteria. Decaf because Retread got takeout (declining the fellowship component), YHC was the only one to eat a donut, SemiGloss bought them to take home, and Agony is going through some kind of caffeine (substance, not the workout) detox, and enjoyed smelling his Decaf way too much. Probably easier for YHC to give up beer than coffee….but, right..back to the story.
As is the nature of this thing, it is almost impossible to keep up with everyone, so YHC can either make up hijinx that occurred to others (not the first time), or discuss at length some minutiae of a relatively uneventful run. Decision is to wax poetic about how Frasier kindly hung back to keep YHC on pace, refusing to let him die (metaphorically speaking) on that final hill like planned, all while not breaking a sweat as he practiced his conversational French (oui, c’est arrivé), which was surprisingly clear of Southern twang for an App guy. Suppose one easy day was warranted after a sub-18 5k this weekend while also gearing up for P200 Ultra, but who among us hasn’t done those back to back? Not all roses, though, as he somehow managed to confuse Prohibition for SemiGloss – don’t take that the wrong way as it was from at least 100 yards away in a blinding wind storm, surely strong enough that Whore’sHead’s eyebrows couldn’t break it. Run finished with Frasier encouraging some guy (thought to be SG, turns out to be some Rando) to “Come on, sprint the last 1/4 mile” to the “finish”, and then let YHC “win” #MoreAirQuotes. Yep – just a typical Donut Run.
Thanks to SemiGloss for the takeout, complete with a “boom – knowledge dropped” closing. Yep, that also happened.
Smokey Mtn Relay team (April 21) may be looking for one more – contact Cheese Curd
BRR Ultra team with pimped out “van” (cough illegal camper cough) may need a Sixth – see Agony.
Sundancer is almost “old”.
That’s all, folks.
Cold morning. Several cars in the lot upon arrival, so what would have been a great joke wasn’t going to happen. YHC intentionally didn’t pre-blast the planned workout because it’s generally pretty awful. Anyway, a group of 8 heard the plan and took off into the Gloom:
Partner up and run the HT Mile.
Run past the school to the fire hydrant. Partner wheelbarrow the length of the sidewalk to the bus lot.
Mosey to the back playground. 10 pull-ups, 20 merkins, 30 Russian Twists (each side)
Mosey to the bull ring (baby track). Burpee broad jump the turns and sprint the straightaways.
Lather, rinse, and repeat until 6:06 – then run the HT mile again.
I believe everyone got in at least two, and most got in three, complete laps of the circuit. Fewer exercise reps than normal, but the burpee broad jumps make up for it. YHC had 3.78 miles, so not a bad day.
Talkbox came up with this workout, probably 18 months ago back when we were still unofficial #WIBHD and had a little street cred. It was truly awful. I think it’s +/- 1/4 mile of cumulative burpee broad jumps. Anyway, he ran it that first time, and now, he’s missed the only two other times we did his workout. TWO – and we’ve run several of these at least 5+ times in only 18 months – which is at least partially a function of it being the only workout that has made me curse. Anyway, T-claps on coming up with what I considered the most awful of all the idiotic stuff we attempted, which I’ll note also included a workout that incorporated dizzy bat #beginningoftheend #jumpedtheshark #tooyoungtorememberthatHighTide.
Indulge this trip down memory lane searching for other options aka reading material (also leaving this to make searching for decent older workouts much quicker):
Sundancer messaged around 10:45 that he was “sick as a dog”. Relaying this started a discussion on colloquialisms providing legitimacy to excuses. Then, we all noted the missing tunes #bongos #batguanorap #SturgillSimpsonhasgrownonme.
Brushback – 1) is still alive, 2) was actually there, 3) tripped a girl walking her dog on the opening mile, and 4) never apologized for it. She went flat on her face / stomach. I almost got hit by a car looking back to make sure she was alright. And Yes, that all happened in the first 7ish minutes of the workout. Brushback was quick to note that he felt uncomfortable being judged, as he’s now accustomed to Planet Fitness’ “Judgment Free Zone”. Despite the cocoon, we’ve noted your absence and judged you in absentia. Surely it was Voodoo slowing you down, but maybe try the treadmill some days #lunkalarm #nailedthepullupsandwheelbarrow. Seriously, good to have you back out for the finale!
Swiper once again pulled me around, and topped it off with a humble brag, one up. YHC was still feeling the 8-mile run from Sunday, noting that as an excuse for being slow today, when he broke out the, “yeah, I know what you mean. I ran 12 with Fishwrap on Sunday at 7before7 and Caffeine” #ouch. The mind was willing today, but the body couldn’t keep up. It almost went off the rails when Swiper nearly popped his elbow out on the partner wheelbarrow, causing YHC to nearly careen into his grundle #itgotweird. Fortunately YHC was wearing pants, so there was no touching #nttawwt.
One Eye and Cold Cuts probably lead most of the workout. Just an impressive Furyk-esque consistency from those two. Appreciate both of you continuing to come out after all this time.
Gas-X with possibly the funniest (to me) line of the morning, when he said “it’s only my second time coming to this workout”. That’s two more than most, so thank you.
Hopefully for those that posted consistency, you got faster and stronger as a result. Hopefully there was some accountability – someone there to call you out and pick you up and drag you along when you weren’t at your best. And hopefully, despite the at times possibly brutal / probably funny commentary, there was an unspoken knowledge that the guys there had your back. That’s the part that was hardest to build, so the hope is that as this door closes, new ones open that are able to build upon that. And ultimately, hopefully, several of you were driven deeper in your faith from the time spent around each other.
With the Bataan Death March (great book on the subject) of SoFa WIB, it’s been hilarious (to me) that several people have already reached out to say that they’re waiting for the come back tour. YHC is still a believer in the workout format, but for likely a multitude of reasons, this workout never took off. So, YHC is stepping aside, and the door is wide open for someone else to pick up the torch and carry it in another direction.
It was truly an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to lead this site – to fail, several hundred times over, learn, and grow as a result. Thank you!