It was a rather humid morning for 21 men, who set out to battle against themselves and attempt to conquer “The Crescent Moon Hopper”. The name is a mix of two existing WIB workouts, which were combined, modified, and adapted to the AO at Olde Providence. It was originally to be named “The modified and adapted Crescent Moon / Island Hopper…of death”, but due to character restrictions in the title (way less than 140) and legal concerns from having “of death” in the title, it was shortened. Censorship!! Fortunately, no one actually died, which is always a good thing. I know that the puppet scale technically goes to 5, but no one wants a 5-puppet workout.
Quick digression into the history of the “Puppet scale”: Months ago Ben Franklin Q’ed Ranger. I happened to be there. It descended into chaos when he wanted to push the pace and get in 4+ miles, while an FNG was struggling to keep up. The workout split. The comment fall out (LONG but definitely worth the read – see here: http://f3nation.com/2013/10/16/another-off-campus-adventure/ ) sparked the idea of a rating system for workouts, named after BF – the Angry Puppet – himself. Dredd established that 5 Puppets = someone died, 4 puppets = merlot splash, etc. I’d put today around a solid 3.
Part of why you post a Pre-Blast is to keep from typing it twice, so here it is:
I’m happy to report that, in addition to zero deaths, everyone completed two full cycles. Most got in between 2-2.5. I don’t think anyone got 3 full cycles. So totals were:
Ran 1.9 miles (felt like more…just saying)
80-100 knees to elbows
80-100 jump ups
80-100 partner derkins
80-100 partner LBCs
80 jump lunges
All in, not an awful use of 45 minutes.
First off, props to Bugeater who’s given me a bit of rope to hang myself / try out some WIB-like workouts at Hydra this month. Hate you’ve been on the IR for it, but I do appreciate it. Hopefully everyone that’s been out for a few of these has figured out whether you love it or hate it – normally not a lot of in between.
I learned an important corollary to an old staying today. It’s been said that, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS”. Well today, I offer this sage advice to Q’s across F3, “If you can’t overwhelm them with exercises, baffle them with math”. Doubling up the exercises at the ends of the circuit (moving from 20 to 40) confused everyone. I have no idea how many burpees everyone did, so be sure to sound off below with your claims of 200+.
Egypt invited an FNG (no show), then he overslept and rolled in sometime at the end of our first cycle. Welcome to Hydra!
Lots of Larry Birds out there – hopefully everyone felt pushed today.
I’ve been at this for a little over a year now, and it’s good to see guys that are pushing themselves and have moved from surviving the workouts to leading the pax. Waterseal, Bushwood, and Steinbrenner being a few that I’ve noticed recently. Keep it up!
Several out there made it to my Monday and Thursday Qs this week. Much appreciated, gents. Hopefully you got your money’s worth. If not, I’m offering free refunds! Exclamation points at the end of a paragraph!!!
Until next time,