26 PAX braved the mid-January morning weather for a little fun at F3 Hydra this morning. A brief disclaimer was given to the 3 or 4 guys listening and then we were off.
To celebrate Clemson’s dominance over the past week (on the hardwood, of course), we circled up at the OPE basketball court for a little warm-up.
That’s 59 total warm-up reps for those keeping track at home in honor of the great Luke Kuechly, who announced his retirement earlier this week. Cheers to one of the best linebackers to ever play the game.
From there, we moseyed over to Windyrush and Summerlin aka Evelyn’s Rock. Everyone’s favorite Hill/Rock combo east of Death Valley meant it was time for some 11’s. Start at the bottom with 1 squat jump, head up the hill for 10 burpees, and so forth. Maybe the PAX listened to the disclaimer more than I initially thought because there was certainly a lot modifying here. The tag team of Sprockets and Cheese Curd led us in planks while waiting for the 6, which included YHC.
Mosey to Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot – split into groups of 2. Grab a lifting rock. Partner 1 runs to opposite corner of the church parking lot and does 20 merkins. Partner 2 stays back and does rock curls until P1 gets back. Flapjack. Next set was 20 Carolina Dry Docks for P1, while P2 did overhead presses with the rock. Flapjack again. The plan was to do this until each partner had done 2 sets of merkins, curls, CDDs, and overhead press, but we had to modify before the last half of the rotation due to time. Sorry Partner 1’s. Or Partner 2’s…I’m not sure who complained more.
Mosey back to the starting point and count it off.
26 PAX was nearly a record at Hydra. Like Gummy said, the 11’s was one way to quiet them quickly.
Tripp, like Austin Powers, had some trouble controlling the volume of his voice by the houses at Evelyn’s Rock. He apparently thought he was in the Astros’ dugout. In his defense, he was merely trying to encourage the PAX, but was quickly told to hush. I think the only acceptable yelling this week would have been “LUUUUUUKE.”
Per Hopper, the circuit finished just north of 3 miles. A handful of guys ran in and probably doubled that total. Respect. Claim your extra credit below.
Sprockets used a lifting rock about the size of the WUMC parking lot. It’s a good thing he wore a bright highlighter vest so nobody even noticed.
No announcements other than the standard beer run announcement from Gummy. Details are on Slack apparently. I’m with Puddin – don’t drink and run.
Sprockets/Gummy – Thank you for the opportunity to Q this morning. Always an honor at Hydra. Especially when the weather is in the mid-60s in January.
Boys, the calendar turned to August this morning. After reading FSU’s brilliant (and since deleted) tweet earlier this week, I knew that August means football season is upon us…some time in the next 15 or 4 or 154 days or something like that. Apparently my internal clock knew that too as I woke up shortly after midnight. But I was reminded of the Alabama football facility which has a wall that reads “No Excuses.” 18 PAX including 1 FNG were counting on me to lead them in a football-esque workout this morning so I knew I had to suck it up.
After a quick disclaimer and waiver signing by our FNG, we took a quick mosey to the freshly paved bus parking lot at Olde Providence. I’ll tell you what – Sprockets and Gummy have really taken action since becoming site Q’s here. Sprockets even had his face molded into the new pavement Michael Scott-style.
Mosey to football field, partner up at the 50 for ALL IN
Then we’d perform partner carries where partner 1 carried partner 2 from the 50 to end zone, flapjack back to 50, flapjack to the other end zone, and flapjack back to the 50. This was followed by one more round of ALL IN and partner carries.
Count off by 4 – corner 1 does 16 merkins, 2 does 16 LBCs, 3 does 16 Carolina dry docks, 4 does 16 squat jumps. After each corner, you’re meeting at the 50 for 10 burpees. Run Stopper led us on some planks while we waited on the 6. Mosey through the hidden trail to intersection of Foxworth and Windyrush. Inside voices were not used.
Catch me if you can – Partner 1 does 10 merkins and sprints to Partner 2 who has been running backwards. Flapjack. Do this all the way to Rea Rd and then mosey to the Wesley UMC parking lot.
At the church, we did some rock workouts with our partners 110% may or may not have been given. Partner 1 runs to corner of the parking lot and does 16 merkins, while partner 2 does rock curls. Flapjack. Next rotation – P1 runs to corner and does 16 Carolina dry docks, while P2 does overhead press. Flapjack. One more rotation of merkins/curls before a mosey to the starting point for some mary (Freddie Mercury, Heels to Heaven, planks).
Welcome to FNG Foghorn. A Boston native who recently moved from Chicago and is a friend of Sprockets. Queen suggested “No Sox” as a name, which Sprockets quickly nixed for some reason.
Speaking of names, Run Stopper may need a name change to Fun Stopper after a brutal blow to the midsection by the gate at the bus loop.
Queen took on Proehl in a last minute sprint at the starting point. He lost, but apparently covered the spread.
Lots of questions about the 16 references including several by Hannibal who was in a group with YHC, Lewinsky, and Deep Dish at one point. There’s several answers including a certain quarterback competing for the starting job in August camp.
Good to see site FNG Crosby this morning. Another Clemson grad added to the Area 51 PAX, which will be met with mixed emotions.
Thanks to Sprockets for the strong close out. And one last big shout out to he and Gummy for the opportunity to Q at #F3Hydra. Always an honor.
Spring (fog) was in the air this morning as 13 PAX, including 1 FNG, came ready to get in shape for the season. YHC was honored to lead and gave a quick disclaimer which included a waiver reference for our FNG. The mosey began and took us around the front of the school over to the bus parking lot.
Circle up in the bus parking lot.
Mosey to center of 4 baseball fields
SEVEN OF DIAMONDS
Mosey to cafeteria wall of school for a few minutes of wall sits
Mosey back to starting point for Mary
Recover and count em off.
Clover, after pointing out multiple times that the mud hole at field 1 looked like home plate, promptly slid his face right into it.
HIPAA and Puddin made some comment at field 2 of the squat jumps that they liked workouts that were more entertaining than tough. I took that as a compliment for a second before realizing it probably wasn’t. Welp.
Good to see the Wessex Square clown car in action with Lewinsky, Scratch & Win, and Leprechaun. Though I’m not sure how Lewinsky convinced them to show up early for a mile run prior to the workout, and then leave early forcing them to have an extra run back in. Heck of a sales pitch.
I heard a couple mentions about Dabo claiming Trevor Lawrence would have to earn the starting spot this year. Equally, FNG Davis had to earn his nickname today. We tossed around some ideas based on the name Davis, the Citadel background, etc., but because of some PI experience in his background, the PAX landed on Nancy Drew. Welcome aboard, Nancy Drew. Glad to have you!
Thanks to Gummy for the strong takeout.
Thanks to Marge and Queen for the opportunity to lead #F3Hydra today as well. Always an honor.
19 PAX came ready to rock this morning for a VQ beatdown. After a brief disclaimer and announcement that it was my VQ, a round of applause followed. They didn’t know what was about to hit them…Let’s mosey.
Circle up in the bus parking lot.
Mosey to the corner of Windyrush and Banfield, or as Gummy called it, “where?” This is the intersection with the hill and Evelyn’s Rock, which YHC learned of a couple of months back with Purple Haze as QIC. I found it only fitting that our workout would start with a hill and a rock. Here’s where we hit some 7’s, with burpees at the top of the hill and squat jumps at the bottom. When we finished up, Marge led us in some planks while we waited for the six.
Mosey to Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot – split into groups of 2. Grab a rock. Partner 1 runs to opposite corner of the church parking lot and does 16 merkins. Partner 2 stays back and does rock curls until P1 gets back. Flapjack. Next set was 16 mountain climbers for P1, while P2 did overhead presses with the rock. Flapjack again. We did this until each partner had done 2 sets of merkins, curls, mountain climbers, and overhead press.
Mosey back around the school to the starting point for some Mary. YHC wasn’t too polished with the calls just yet so I summoned some help.
Recover and count em off.
#F3Hydra was my first post so I was honored to have my VQ experience here as well. Thanks to Marge and Queen for making it happen, and thanks to Lewinsky and Jet Fuel for doing so as well in a roundabout way.
Some mumble chatter that stuck out – “This is BS” someone shouted while climbing the hill during 7s. I believe there was also a “This guy loves to take the long route” or something along those lines.
Jet Fuel, who was supposed to be in Japan today, made a special appearance as his trip was delayed. I believe I heard him say he was trying to learn Japanese so he could gather some PAX over there. Jokes aside, Jet Fuel was the Q on my first post, so it was great having him there as well.
It was good to see Flo Jo yet again and he told me he really enjoyed the workout. Hey, as long as 1 did, I’m good with it.
I think it was Hannibal that asked what the significance of the 16 was. As I was donning the orange and the tiger paw, of course it was another tie to Clemson, and the National Championship we won in 2016 (as well as Trevor Lawrence, who wears 16 now). I’m not sure if Jet Fuel picked up on that or not, but it was ironic that he broke the cadence of 16.
Sprockets was out in front of the PAX seemingly all day. That guy is a machine.
T-Claps to Lewinsky for helping me plan this thing out.
No real announcements other than Lewinsky letting everyone know I turned 30 today. When scrolling the Lexicon recently, I learned that PAX in their 20s are “Hate Hate” and PAX in their 30s are “Hate” so becoming less hated is the highlight of my 30s so far.
There’s no better way to start the morning and no way I’d rather enter my 30s than being at #F3Hydra this morning. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement this morning.