10ish Pax for DMZ this morning. Disclaimer given (kinda). Mosey down to the grass field at Carmel neighborhood park
Mosey via field short cut across colony to Castellaine Dr cul-de-sacs for 7’s
One Eye lead some Mary until 6 was in (Freddie Mercury and Flutter).
In an honest effort to give a cardio breather after the nearly 1.5 mi in 7’s we lunge walked to the corner. The burn didn’t make up for the planned cardio break – #mybad
Mosey south on colony to the church parking lot to grab some wall for people’s chair overhead press 30x
Dora 1,2,3 – Partner up with a social distance
Mosey back for COT
PSA – One-eye warned of doing much ground work on the field since it’s all tore up. Glad I didn’t have much planned
Aquafresh with the quality voluntold last week and then a no-show this morning. Questionable leadership
Chappy asked me early on in the 7’s if 13 y/o Pinoli would be able to keep up the speed and maintain first place. My answer was proven correct by the sight of Pinoli casually stretching/relaxing in the cul-de-sac as I struggled to finish my last rep
We witnessed a local neighbor trying to impress us with some heavy sandbag work in the street as we lunged by, and I overheard a comment about someone carrying their ‘natural weighted vest’. Props to you for the built in extra effort! #nosandbaggingallowed
The biggest challenge in Dora 1,2,3 seemed to be the counting and social distance handoff so it’s safe to say we included our brains in today’s full body workout
Congrats to all the over achievers that actually finished their 600 exercises in time
Lastly, according to Hops’ fancy intelligent watch, we logged 3.14 mi, so it’s above his allowance and we may not see him at DMZ for another year #sorrynotsorry
One Eye, Uncle Phil and Snowflake all shared that Bout Time’s M Lauren has been nominated for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2020 Man & Woman of the Year to raise funds for crucial blood cancer research and cures. I’ve included a 2 links to summarize what was shared today in COT:
A quick disclaimer and reminder that Giants QB Daniel Jones learned his craft (of throwing interceptions) on these grounds.
Mosey over to the Lax field for warmup (IW, SSH, MC all 16x)
Mosey to the end line for full field suicide with 3 merkins at each line (18, half, 18, full)
Mosey around the Latin Lake back side trail to the Ultimate field. In route @spackler suggested that we should have done a few more suicides.
Partner up and do 25 WW2 sit-ups per partner. Then each partner split off and ran opposite directions around Lake Latin, upon meeting each Pax did 10 burpees before continuing their lap back to Ultimate field. Partners did another 15 WW2 sit-ups each
Mosey down to the rock pile at the bridge. Partnered up in groups of 3’s and grabbed 1 running rock per threesome…. Mosey up to the track for some circuit work
I think we almost got a full lap in before people got scared of the dark bleachers and changed their route.
We then changed the routine course up and moved over to the curved hill by the tennis courts.
Mosey to the rock pile for deposits, and finally an ‘all you got’ up the hill led by @leprechaun to the parking lot for 90 seconds of Mary (Flutter and LBC)
In the gloom behind Lake Latin, @semi-gloss thought he smelled a uniquely Brut smell from the front of the Pax. I commented that it was my new grundle paste. The record should show that no grundle paste was worn today, but I am now accepting business partner applications to create a line of scented grundle pastes.
Speaking of smells, someone cleared the Ultimate field with something that was said to smell of straight lead…. Get yourself checked @whoever dealt it
Smells aside, this Clemson grad was just trying to bring some excitement to the morning with a rock atop a hill and running down after giving 110%. My view was limited, but I only saw 110% from a select few…. @hammer, @deepdish, @marge, @revlon. I wonder what they have in common….
Thankful for the opportunity from @hops and @hopper to Q this morning. Quality take out from @purple-haze
Quick disclaimer and acknowledgement that I gave bad directions to a PAX joining us for the first time at Hawksnest #thanksgoogle
Mosey down the hill for everyone to grab a running rock and continue the mosey up to the Lax field.
Circle up for 15x SSH, 15x MC, 15x IW, and 10x Lion King’s
Mosey to the line for full field suicides with the rock and 5 merkins at each line
Indian run around the Latin Lake back side trail up to the field house.
Partner up for modified Dora 1-2-3’s:
The extraordinary number of Step Ups (or Jumps Ups for those scoring extra credit) seemed to cause the most complaint….
Some groups finished and time was flying by so we collected our running rocks and continued the Indian Run to the track (placing our rocks back where we found them @hops).
We did one Bojangles Biscuit lap (mosey corners, sprint straights) and finished at the bleachers for a single file snake up and down all the stairs to run out the clock.
From there we kept pace with the fast twitch shirtless runners back to COT
@scratchandwin asked how @huggiebear was doing, and @spackler confirmed he was doing well.
Crosby was welcomed as a new Area 51 transfer from Greenville SC. Despite the poor directions, he powered through and joined us just after moving to town over the weekend.
@puddin-pop warned that dark gravel roads are dangerous for runners that only shuffle their feet
@scratchandwin was asked by@revlon why he shaved his beard after returning to America from a 10 day trip through the beautiful country of Italy, and his response: “it was high maintenance”
@spackler caught YHC shifting the running rock in order to check our time on the uphill return and assumed I had stopped to walk, so he shouted “IF YOU CANT DO IT, DONT Q IT” #hatersgonnahate
@marge commented on the lack of ice cream parties that UofSC will be having in the near future #GoTigers
Thanks to @hops for allowing me to Q (and likely surpass his 3 mile limit) while he is on vacation somewhere not exercising
Today is a BIG day in the Lewinsky household, so I was thankful for the opportunity to Q Hydra on this fine Thursday morning.
Quick disclaimer and foreshadowing was given to the vets. I assured the Pax we would have a little fun since we’re celebrating my little girl’s first birthday today.
From there we mosey’d to the bus loop for some warm-up:
Next we crossed the street and partnered up at the Church with a running rock and lifting rock per pair. Partners took off for a lap around the Church in opposite directions. Upon meeting, do 4 burpees, switch rocks, and complete the lap.
Rinse and repeat but now 8 burpees. This is the ‘fun’ many people thought I had planned…
We gently replaced the lifting/running rocks and did a nice easy ‘No Heros’ Indian Run from the Church to the back OP football field where the fun really began.
In a plank circle I shared that 8 years ago on this day, my little brother passed away after a wakeboarding accident with family friends. For 7 years, June 27 was a day of sadness and mourning in my family. Until last year when my first daughter was born, and God turned this day into a reason to celebrate! So in perusing the Exicon, I found a workout/game that is intended for around the holidays and today I chose to play Ultimate Football.
We split into teams and @Queen quickly volunteered our team for skins. Shirts team scored twice very quickly in what looked to be a sure runaway victory. The tides turned after @gummy took a rogue ball straight to the sack. Remember this is a gentleman’s. The skins team bounced back with a elite performance of ball movement and team unity resulting in two unanswered scores. At this point we moved from calling burpees to calling merkins upon each score. Let me highlight a couple ESPN worthy Top 10 plays before scribing how this clash of the titans finally ended:
One more score is awarded to each team, as Shirts tied it up with 90 seconds remaining. With zero of these red blooded Americans wanting to end in a tie, the ball was kicked off to determine a victor. Tempers were hot and so was the ball movement. More turnovers were accounted for on this final series than any other. @lazboy was anything but lazy as him @one-eye, @clover and company worked the ball up field as easily as Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and the Clemson stable of WR’s.
SKINS team claimed victory and bragging rights with mere seconds remaining on the clock!
Fast cleanup and mosey back to the parking lot for COT.
Happy Birthday to @hopper, @snowflake, and my daughter Charlotte!
Announcement: Convergence at Hydra AO on 7/4 with @gummy and @wareagle on Q **Note the 0700 launch**
Thanks @sprockets and @gummy for the opportunity to Q on this special day
Full Blast: YHC and the WSP Clown Car joined a solid 16 Pax for a soggy field workout morning. Upon emerging from the truck, one Pax noticed YHC’s Clemson shirt and asked “Oh, Clemson… didn’t they just do something important?” which I replied in my best Kevin Hart accent: “You gon learn today!”
Quick disclaimer and let’s roll. Mosey around front of OP to warm up in the bus loop with:
You might ask, “why 11?” But I need you to focus on the bigger picture here. 11 reps 4 times is the same number of points Clemson scored against Alabama in the recent National Championship beat down.
From here, we mosey’d down the dirt road to the back football field. Multiple comments about ‘wet holes’ were mentioned while focusing on foot placement dodging potholes.
Pax circled up on the field and poured out a measly 16 burpees to represent the few points Alabama was able to obtain against the stout Clemson D two Monday’s ago.
The real beat down was about to begin. Pax partnered up to model the B.O.M.B.S that Sir Trevor Lawrence was dropping to Clemson wideouts.
Partner 1 did exercise while Partner 2 ran endzone to endzone. Swapped out and continued until each of the of reps were completed:
No call out’s, but there was a drastic difference in some of the counting across the teams getting through their 750 total reps.
After about 30 mins of B.O.M.B.S, we moved on to a little Braveheart action. Split into 4 groups of 4 and took positions at each corner of the field for an exercise called William Wallace.
We finished up as a Pax in the center of the field for a little mosey back to the landing zone for a little Mary
COT, Counterama, Namerama, Announcearama and the Ball Of Man for a take out from YHC
Only one Announcement shared by Scratch and Win where he notified the Pax that YHC will migrate from HATE HATE to only HATE age on the 28th of this month. Thanks Scratch!
I didn’t have enough fingers to count the number of complaints paid to the soggy and cold field conditions, but IMO they don’t put championship rings on smooth clean hands…
When I overheard Marge and Gummy stargazing and pointing out neighboring planets while running I was concerned the beatdown wasn’t up to snuff.
Shortly after, that concern was alleviated with several compliments paid during the endzone to endzone routes. The greatest of which was from Bugeater: “You know it’s working when it gets quiet…”
Thank you Marge and Queen for the opportunity to Q Hydra.
“Every man dies, not every man really lives”
TLDR: Successful VQ with only one minor spill
Full Blast: YHC and WSP Clown Car arrived early to lead the circle of mumblechatter in a discussion about the origins of “if you build it, he/they will come” with FieldofDreams.
A very basic Disclaimer was given to the 23 PAX signing up to endure today’s activities. No FNG’s, only a couple Metro guy’s coming down to DMZ for this special occasion. Always great to have the Clemson allegiance rolling deep with representation from FratGirl, Cashback, and Hammer.
Partner up quickly (similar speed) so we can leave the parking lot without stretching. Only CheeseCurd seemed to need a stretch. We show up to put in work, stretch OYO. Mosey down Carmel and turn to go North up Colony. We hadn’t even made it to the first stop before one of the Metro guys was gawking at the homes on Colony and lost his footing, sending him to the pavement in a graceful tumble and roll. Upon his recovery, we learned that this happens to him on the reg (careful running in his proximity).
Halt at the Ballencourt cul-de-sac where first partner runs to the man hole cover and back while other partner does 10x Carolina Drydocks and 10x LBC’s OYO on repeat. Flap Jack for 2 cycles
Mosey to Amyington cul-de-sac where first partner Bear Crawls to the non-existent man hole cover and Lunge Walks back while other partner does 10x Merkins and 10x Freddy Mercury OYO on repeat. Flap Jack just once this time. Looking up from our Merkins, Leprechaun announced that the oncoming herd of lunge walkers resembled a dark and gloomy zombie PAX from the Walking Dead.
Mosey hallway to Sharon View before halting to give explanation on laying the Railroad Tracks: Single file line. First pax drops to low plank, second pax jumps over first pax runs 5-10 yards and gets in low plank as well. Third pax jumps over both pax runs additional 5-10 yards and gets in low plank. After all pax have gone, the first pax jumps over all the pax and returns to low plank. We cycled through 3 times before YHC requested Aquafresh to take the PAX to the corner for Plank until the 6 was in.
After everyone had enough of the plank, we crossed Sharon View to Indian Run up the hill to Town and Country. At this point I was concerned the prescribed beat down was not what the PAX ordered as the Indian Run took off in a steady pace up the hill. After a half mile of it, I feel we accomplished a proper tribute to the original occupants of our land.
From Town and Country we partnered back up to do a variation of Catch Me if You Can. 5 Merkins were the ‘catch up’ exercise. We stopped at each of the 3 intersections to do 10x WW2 sit-ups each. Plank was led again by Aquafresh upon reaching Carmel as YHC raced the 6 in. 10 count from Fratgirl before moseying back to the parking lot to complete our 3-mile loop (plus some cul-de-sacs).
Here we obtained 1 running sized rock each and headed off into the ball field where we circled up.
After the PAX accepted my VQ ability to call exercises in cadence we did a mosey with our beloved rock back to the original pile (some folks offloaded early thinking we were done) so we can line it up and sprint it in. Plank to fill the last 30 seconds because ‘nothing is wasted’
We ended with 2 announcements from AquaFresh about Memorial Day convergence and DMZ 5 year Anniversary on 6/11 with celebrity guest Q’s.
Blessed by the anointed take-out from ScratchandWin to close out COT.
Moleskin: Laying the Railroad Tracks was a risky strategy that started off fairly bumpy due to the resistance or inability to hold low plank (with the exception of CheeseCurd in fine form). PAX ultimately following his leadership and straightened out their varying forms of low, medium and high planks for a successful railroad track. Someone wiser that I once commented on proper form when building tracks: “If a railroad is bent, the train shall turn over; if a man’s character is bent, he shall turn over just like that train.”
First times are rarely what you might expect in your preconceived notions. Our normal PAX size in the low teens was nearly doubled today. Was it the fresh blood at the helm for VQ… one may never know. I’m just thankful I didn’t overhear anyone saying, “finished already?”
Let me close with one inspirational quote from our Nation’s 42nd President: “I may not have been the greatest president, but I’ve had the most fun eight years.” –Bill Clinton