It’s been a brutal week. The fartsack kept me from posting Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Knowing I had to Q forced me out of the sack despite poor sleep (teething infant + challenging 4, 6 y/o daughters). 4 pax made it into school before the bell rang at 0530. Go time!
9 men showed up at the Brave for Midriff’s birthday bash basketball Q. We’re not just going to throw in a basketball for a few exercises, we’re going to play the game
A few stretches in the parking lot while we wait for Right Turn to make his turn into the lot. Mosey down Community House to the British International School. Nice full court tucked behind the actual gym. Match up for rock-paper-scissors. Losers on one side = shirts, winners on the other = skins. Team skins is Wingman, Wild Turkey, Sweetwater and YHC. Team shirts is War Eagle, Right Turn, Cold Cuts, Picasso and Frehley’s. After about 2 possessions, realize this court is way too dark and need to find a better location. Mosey to other side of the school to play half-court on single hoop with only slightly better lighting. Team Skins nearly takes Game 1, but Team Shirts makes a vicious run to take the first game 7-6. Burpees and suicides after each game. Game 2 is a decisive win for Team Skins, taking it 7-1. Mosey back to launch, arriving a minute late.
I’ve always wanted to launch a basketball workout in the heart of Ballantyne. Is there enough demand for it? Does anyone have access to the full court in the BCC neighborhood? Are there any lighted courts to use in the gloom? Hit me up if you want to help make this dream a reality.
Ghosted is a master of Q headlocking. In the euphoric finish of WTF 5 months ago I agreed to make my way south to Q my first running workout of Pursuit. Fast forward to October and it’s time to Q YHC’s first-ever running workout.
Being my first time at the site and unfamiliar with running workouts my veteran move was to copy a prior workout. Far enough in the past Pax wouldn’t know I ripped it off completely. Thanks to Tuck for a solid backblast that detailed the route and founding of Pursuit. We’re going to run one of the first loops and revisit the roots of how the site got the name Pursuit.
1.1 mile loop from the clubhouse through Nesbit Park. Roughly 60% road and 30% gravel path. It was a great little course. Allowed you to see your pals more due to the short length and still had a lot of variety.
Challenge the pax to pick up the pace on each consecutive mile. Ghosted shoots off like a cannon and ghosts all other pax. Dasher and Hollywood dash into the dark, twisting trails of the thread trail. YHC settles in with Rubbermaid and Wahoo. Slow first few miles, then pick up the pace for the final three. Run just about 6.5 miles over the course of the hour. Ex-Lax joins us all back in the lot.
6 pax did 6 warmup exercise and 6 sets of bodyweight work while exploring the expansive Calvary Church parking lot
Truly a pleasure to lead. Thanks for the invite Point Break
YHC thinks of Qing a little bit like throwing a party. The initial excitement – What will the theme be? How do I make it unique and exciting to stand out from other parties? Then the fear in the back of the mind – What if no one shows up? Will I get laughed at if I say/do something stupid?
IPC is on the horizon and even being considered for workouts in SOB land. So I wanted to give the pax the flavor of an IPC workout. I took 2020’s Week 0 workout and modified it as follows. Here’s the original workout if you’re curious: https://f3greenwood.com/2020/08/23/2020-ironpax-challenge-week-0-workout/
Ever had that nightmare when you show up to the first day of school and then realize that you’re not wearing any pants? That’s exactly how I felt at 0629 on Saturday morning. I had just arrived at Da Vinci (SOB’s PREMIER Saturday workout) for Frehley’s BD, when Strawberry looked over with a quizzical expression – “Aren’t you Qing Rock Zero today???”
I promptly checked my phone to realize that I had confirmed the date with Hoover. Just as Frehley’s and crew took off, I frantically hopped in the car and sped up north to my real destination. Stop at the house for a watch, grab a weinke off the shelf and start mentally rehearsing the main event that would be starting in less than 15 minutes.
Roll into the Calvary parking lot with 2 minutes to spare, strutting my stuff like I’ve been preparing this beatdown for weeks. Let’s see how this goes….
Always a pleasure to lead
Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you’ve got
Taking a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you wanna go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
Rolling into Bagpipe in the gloom reminds me a lot of the opening song of Cheers. Tagalong’s steady bearded strut. Cooter’s 4Runner parked in the same spot each week. The squealing of Rousey’s two tires and reverberations of heavy metal music. Scattered cars in the dark from runners already launched. Upon arrival YHC instantly feels at home. A place where everybody knows your name.
YHC wanted to take the pax on a wide-reaching tour through the corporate park while keeping the exercises simple. T-claps to Wild Turkey (who stole this from Premature) for leading a similar format at the Brave weeks back that provided the inspiration. Four (called exercises), three miles, while working together in cadence. Every half-mile we did all four exercises starting with five and escalating up an additional five to 20. Then back down to five. We ended up not doing the final set of 5 of each exercise, so ended up with 75 reps of each called exercise.
Is the game of golf dying? Is it a rich, old man’s sport? How have One Star, Big Ben, Smuggler and the crew not being kicked out of the Firethorne Country Club yet? We may never know, but one thing I knew going into this Q was that I wanted to utilize as much of
The Golf Club at Ballantyne Ballantyne Backyard as possible over the course of 1-hour and 4 miles. Because how many other AO’s literally have a prestigious 18-hole golf course within walking distance???
The G-O-L-F Thang