Ten Pax joined yours truly for the pre-dawn tee time at the area’s premier concrete golf club this morning. One police officer also joined us at the end at CoT – likely as a result of a concerned citizen calling in a report of eleven grown men cavorting around in a school parking lot while listening to Miley Cyrus. Thanks for the tunes, One Star.
We mosey for a short loop in front of the school to circle up in the big parking lot. Quick warmup of SSH, Imperial Walkers, Moroccan Night Clubs, Potato Pickers, & Calf Stretches, and some Merkins. No easing into today’s workout – after the warmup, we go directly to the rock pile to grab our own Goldilocks rock (not too big, not too small). We head back to the big parking lot.
What our U.S. military accomplished over the last couple of weeks in orchestrating the safe exit of 120,000+ people from Afghanistan is nothing short of incredible. However, 13 U.S. service members did not make the return home alive as they lost their lives in last week’s cowardly terrorist attack. These brave men and women risked their lives for not only their fellow U.S. citizens seeking to exit Afghanistan, but also for tens of thousands of Afghan nationals that were fleeing the Taliban regime. THANG 1 for today’s workout was designed to honor these fallen U.S. soldiers.
The individual rocks we plucked from the rock pile for THANG 1 were a representation of our unwavering appreciation and respect for those 13 U.S. service members that lost their lives outside of the Kabul airport last week. Just like our appreciation and respect for our service members should never leave each of our spirits, our rocks today never left our sides. The workout consisted of thirteen rounds of performing an exercise at one end of the parking lot, then running to the other end of the parking lot and back while carrying our rock. The exercises performed for each round follow:
Rocks were returned to the rock pile. We partnered up on one end of the big parking lot. We had 10 minutes remaining until we needed to get back to CoT. For those 10 minutes, we did a partner circuit that consisted of running a lap (with one burpee half way around the lap) while the other partner did Mary exercises until their partners return to the starting point. The Mary exercised performed for each lap consisted of the following:
We headed by the CoT right on time for the closing bell.
Count-O-Rama and Name-O-Rama completed. Announcements then One Star took us out. A Marvin Sherriff was in the small parking lot right beside CoT facing the Flag. We chatted with him and thanked him for his service. He joined us for our family photo, then promptly pulled over a speeding car before any of us drove away from the parking lot (true story).
This was a great total body workout that everyone absolutely crushed. I know for yours truly that, while THANG 1 with the rock was brutal, the fact that the workout was to honor our fallen service members made me forget about the temporary pain of the moment and filled my heart with gratitude and appreciation for these men and women that selflessly put their lives on the line for our country.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton