10 PAX emerged from the gloom for YHC’s 2nd Q. To say I was prepared was an understatement but we put something together that would cover the three food groups — legs, core and upper body. Gratitude and disclaimer given, we launched our way from the Gloom to the Doom!
Warm up – Jerry World arrived just as we were settling in to make our group 11. He was working on yet another post-draft trade to a division rival to help them lose earlier in the season so us Cowboy fans don’t have to worry about false hope. Side-bar — Dak Prescott cannot block, run the ball and catch the ball at the same time. Get us some better protection please!!!
Anyway — warm up of SSH, IW, Hillbilly and Big Arm circles (need to work on the Q Pivot to avoid dizziness).
The Thang –
“4” Corners – Mosey to the medical corner for some “4” corner work featuring 25 reps of Squats, 25 Bonnie Blair’s, 25 Bobby Hurley’s, 25 Sister Mary Catherine’s and 25 Lunges. Wait a minute, that’s five exercises! Only the late great Dean Smith can make five positions work in four corners. Let’s reset the PAX, cut Bobby Hurley and go a second round — Squats, Sister Mary Catherine’s, Bonnie Blair’s and Lunges. One Star called marry while we waited on the six. 2nd round completed successfully, PAX confusion reduced and we mosey to the back of Target.
“LBC Ladder Match” – Start with 5 LBCs at the first street light and add 5 more LBC to the count at each light while travelling travelling through the gloom. One stipulation, at least one bear crawl AND one crab walk must be done between a set of lights. Lot’s of inaudible mumble chatter due to my heavy breathing indicated the task was challenging. Circled up and waited for the six in the parking lot with more LBCs. Anonymous quote – “what are we doing here 65 more LBCs?” Yep — followed my a Mosey to the Doom.
“Merkins of Doom” – Circled up for Moroccan Night Club, Little Arm Circles and Windmills to warm the shoulders. 3 reps of each Merkin variation called by each PAX. Only stipulations provided were no repeats and one round of Seal Merkins not called by YHC. Teddy lead off with Diamond Merkins to set the tone followed by One Star’s call for Star Merkins (wide are and wide feet)…Tonyatine’s Criss-Cross Merkins (now known as OMG Merkins) blew out any remaining arm strength but Sweetwater brought us back on task with Regular Merkins (so refreshing and soothing!) and re-established mental focus. Left Arm Forward Merkins (Jerry World)…Right Arm Forward Merkins (Noonan)…Right Leg Up Merkins (Mic Check)…Hand Release Merkins (Patent Pending- who almost ran out of ideas)…Carolina Dry Docks (Loogie)…Wide Arm Merkins (Point Break) completed the circle of 30 reps! Leaving YHC to call the last round of SEAL MERKINS with a tacked on 2-rep penalty to raise our total to 35. Thoroughly impressed and gassed, we took the long Mosey back to launch to sluff off some time and recover.
…But still arrived a minute early according to Point Break’s time check so we dropped and held a plank to see the round through.
This was my 2nd Q and despite zero prep time compared to my VQ this felt comfortable and relaxed. That confidence comes from F3 and knowing we are all there for each other. The shame of the fartsack is a real thing, but the real pull to get out into gloom is knowing that one will be out ready to lead all who show up. The biggest fear of a Q is not knowing who, if any, will show up — so we pay it forward by getting out of the fartsack to go stand beside the one. Thank you for showing up and following YHC through the Gloom and Into the Doom.
Future blood drive, The Maul needs Qs, Wingman still recovering, too many new AOs to list but go check them out, we need a shovel flag building party.
14 Pax showed up in the gloom to dance between slaps from Laura all wondering what this VQ was going to be. After consulting with assistant Q Gilbert into the late hours of the evening, the winkie was appropriately covered in packing tape then placed with spectacles, KEYS, wallet and watch. (were you expecting another W word?) Sleep was very restless and I should have never looked at the Exicon page for that long in Q prep! Some visuals you just cannot get out of the head before falling asleep. The final, conscious, thought before waking ahead of alarm was — “just lead them through the first exercise and the mosey to the second. Gilbert can drags you through it from there.”
Upon the 6:30 am chime from the clock tower a chatty, and overly detailed disclaimer was given while a late arriving Fiji secured his vehicle (something other than on top of the tire would be a better hiding spot for those keys!) Then off we went.
Circled up across from Best Buy to roll out an extended warm up that started with 20-count SSH and IW. Q quickly because self aware of voice cracks on the cadence and slight dizziness from an over-aggressive attempt to observe the PAX. Surely nobody noticed, right? 15-count Mountain Climbers, Peter Parkers and “Parky Peepers…err…Peaky Perkers…err…Party Peekers…NO…PARKER PETERS!!! concluded the active portion of the warm up. A 15 count “plank with knee in your ear hole stretch” on each side finished the warm up and started the Mumblechatter.
Big and small bidirectional arm circles, windmills and toy soldiers prepped the joints, and brief explanation of the exercise was given.
“Jog from here to there, then crab walk to first tree, bear crawl to the next, lung walk like a squatch to the next, repeat the pattern to end of parking lot, reverse direction but start with the bear crawl so you don’t repeat a section (confusion in PAX taking hold; but War Eagle understood and shared his knowledge of the order) then jog back to base when you get to end…Y’ALL JUST FOLLOW ME! PAX to call Mary while we waited on the six.
Debate on crab walk styles could be heard through the early mumblechatter but the preferred style is clearly forward. Q was pleased to hit first goal of maintaining lead but wasn’t sure if it was by using the ground as the great equalizer, or through mental confusion of the drill. Probably some of both but “sounds” of hard work in the breezy air led me to believe the winkie was holding.
Q Goal 2 achieved by leading PAX on the mosey but I quickly started looking for Gilbert for backup. PAX arrived a starting point and received much more concise directions – 1 Merkin/4 Plank Jacks then a lap up and over the stairs. Round 2, 2 Merkins/8 Plank Jacks then a lap up and over the stairs. Continue adding by 1 and 4 until 5 Merkins/20 Plank Jacks achieved. Top it off with a final lap up and over the stairs. Mary while we waiting on the six.
Note to self — remind PAX next time to travel in the same direction to avoid possible awkward COVID contact at top of stairs.
Round 1 completed and I was gassed, but reports of Olaf dry heaving at the bottom of the stairs gave me encouragement for some reason. Round 2 concluded with Mighty Might doubled over at the stairs then away from the stairs to modify. “It’s not the sight of vomit, but the smell that gets to me,” he said. Guess Olaf has a site of vomit issue! PAX calling Mary provided me and introduction to the J-Loe (thx Midriff). In my oxygen depleted state, I introduced to PAX to the “Suzanne Sommers” when I unknowingly modified a Hello Dolly and let my heels drop to my hamstrings (good luck getting that visual out of your head).
Time check revealed that I had blasted through the second of three big sections too quickly and sought out Gilbert to call an audible (drag a heavy chain, throw out a boat anchor before heading to the fountains. Tagged my partner in.
Gilbert stepped up to lead the PAX through an assortment of air squats, jump squats, 5-burpees then 7-burpees (Kirby didn’t like where that was headed). But his spirits were quickly lifted by encouraging words from Mighty Might – “I’m not afraid to say this but Kirby has a very flat butt.” Laughter and more mumblechatter ensued as we got back on schedule.
Somewhere along the way War Eagle divulged that he has family genetics of a pregnant worm! You can follow up with him individually for more details.
“Whoever’s vomit that was sure ate a lot, it’s even down here” – anonymous “Probably had too big of a breakfast burrito before hot yoga” – Trickle.
Grabbed a section of wall around the circle and did 15-count single leg calf stretches before a double-cafe stretch for 15 that allowed my blood to re-oxygenate (that was not on the winkie). PAX then did 5 Derkins/20 Dips for round one, counting down by 1 and 4 until last round of 1 Derkin/4 Dips — yes OneStar, opposite of what we did at the stairs. Fair question!!! More PAX called Mary for heading for home.
Intended to have PAX call Mary until the end of time but rain started to set in and Q got rattled. Raid (from Area51) was reminded that the top to his car was open so another audible was called to run around Best Buy and Petsmart while I figured out what to do next. Probably should have headed toward Raid’s car like a good friend would have, but I panicked and went to the Best Buy side first. Raid rolled with it was heard saying “I don’t think the heavy stuff is coming down yet, let’s keep going.” Suggestions of “He should park it under the bank awning to get out of the rain” followed by “watch security come swarming at the site of a getaway car parked in the drive through” continued through the PAX
Rain increased rounding the corner of Petsmart so we pulled a 3rd (maybe 4th or 5th) audible and did curb step ups, step downs and downward lunges while Raid moved the car under the bank awning. Calf raises were optional and footwork coordination was minimal. A good sign the effort was strenuous enough for the group. Raid’s car secured me got home and finished off with more PAX called Mary — including a formal round of Suzanne Sommers in cadence. VQ complete – raining heavily now and Chickenteria threatened (first time ever according to Soft Pretzel)
Raid shared that Area51 is hosting a competing Blood Drive (but details were drown out by roaring mumblechatter). Mighty Might reminded us of the SOB Blood Drive (details on Slack channel). Kirby shared F3 board insight about stressing that F3 is open to all men and ways to consciously reinforce that message. It’s on each of us act upon that goal individually and naturally.
Thank you to Raid for coming to support Q and for the takeout. Oddly enough the rain stopped during his takeout.