The Agony of Defeat

The Agony of Defeat

It wasn’t The Murph that defeated one pax this morning, but a rogue speedbump that jumped up out of nowhere (more on this in the moleskin).  The shovel flag was planted and the pax jogged into the gloom for another edition of The Murph – named In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y. – killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.  The workout, which Murphy had called “Body Armor”, was one of his favorites.

The Thang

  • Run 1 mile to McAlpine Elementary School
  • 10 sets x (10 pull-ups, 20 merkins, 30 squats)
  • Run 1 mile back to the shovel flag at Calvary
  • Various exercises as pax return (LBC, flutter, IWs, superman, 1 legged flutters, Freddie Mercury, CCV, among others)
  • Sprint relay – losing team does 15 burpees, winning team planks


YHC was doomed to make the backblast today.  I must have been speeding, because the very first speedbump we crossed proved to be too steep for me and I careened into the asphalt.  It was a picture not unlike the old videos from ABC’s wide world of sports – or at least that’s how I’ll remember it.  While largely unscathed, a devestating injury to the pinky finger caused YHC to lose alot of blood through the workout – but I carried on!  During the COT, Bananas informed YHC that for the low price of about $10 he could own a headlamp.  Thanks for the advice Bananas!

Not long after the pax arrived at McAlpine and dove into the pull-ups, merkins, and squats, a CMPD patrol car pulled into the parking lot.  He parked it just above the playground and sat for a good 5 or 10 minutes.  Perhaps he was thinking about jumping in?  More likely he was wondering why anyone would want to subject themselves to such punishment.  Aye!

Not too much chatter from the pax today, except for maybe a few comments to YHC to “watch your step” or “don’t trip over this wall” (thanks Champagne for looking out).  Strong work by all of the pax, particularly Joker, PBQB, and a few others that were first to finish!  Well done!


  • F3 Dads Camp @ Camp Thunderbird – Aug 16-18 (see info on website)
  • HDHH @ Vintners – 6pm, continue HDHH at “the Lodge” 7pm (speak up in comments if you have more info on this)

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10 years ago

Pretty happy I made that left hand turn to DV vs continuing straight to attend Anvil. Pretty touch decision these days as they are both so good. However, I do wish I could have seen the tumble by Baracas. I didn’t know HDHH at The Lodge was pushed back an hour to 7pm. May need to refer to twitter today and see what’s going on…..

10 years ago

Great workout BA. I hope your cuticle heals so you can post again in the next couple of weeks. The fart off competition was won by the same guy that won the Murph. Hats off to Joker for an epic morning in the gloom.

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10 years ago

I resemble that remark. The Area 51 PAX may need to design a special T-shirt for me… something that says, “Stand Back 50 Feet” on the back.

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