When I set out to start this Black Ops site, I wanted to bring something a little different to the PAX> I wanted to have a post during the week where men could come to get challenged, push themselves and begin to better understand what they are physically and mentally capable of. Plus I wanted something to challenge myself as a leader and an athlete.
This morning began with a rough start. I just got a phone because my two-year plan with my company was up, so I was eligible for an upgrade. As much as I like getting a phone that won’t die by noon, I have to do all this work to get it working back to normal like my old phone. Inevitably, it takes me a while to remember all the things I need to sync and this morning was one of those times. I set my silent alarm on my Fitbit to wake me up at 4:45 AM, but since it was not synced, it never went off. Luckily, I frantically woke up at 5:07 AM and rushed my way to the Poshlands. I came in on two wheels just before 5:30 AM. As I was pulling in I was looking for the PAX, and only when I got closer did I see two guys standing behind an SUV. At first, was bummed, I was expecting a bigger turnout. However, I had no time to mourn over that because it was 5:30 and we had to get moving.
Since it was just three of us, I make a quick modification and we were off to the playground. I did a quick intro as we stretched. I told the guys that I really wanted these workouts to test us and keep us moving for the full 45 minutes. One of my favorite Hero WODs is the Murph and I had not done it in a while, so I thought I would bring it back.
In order to get it one it time, we needed to start at 5:35 and when I looked down it was already 5:37, so we got moving.
Began with some light stretching then we were off from the playground to make our 1-mile loop around the egg lawn. We tried to keep a good pace around 7:30.
Once we got back, I set my timer for 20 minutes and we did 20 rounds of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, and 15 squats. This equals the full amount of 100 pull ups, 200 push ups and 300 squats for the middle portion of the Murph. This allows us to stay together as a group but also keep moving.
Once we finished the 20 rounds, we were off for another mile around the egg lawn. We tried to keep a similar pace but ended up around 7:45.
As soon as we got back, it was 6:15 AM, right on time. We did a short COT and reminded the guys about this posting option and the upcoming Popevergence.
PAX: McAfee (Q), Catfish and Meatball – Thanks to you both for making it out this morning.
Disclaimer: I have to admit I was a little disappointed this morning with only 3 guys. For some regions that may be a normal number, but not for us. When I was approached about taking on this Black Ops site, I was pumped to start something that I thought our group would enjoy, but after two weeks and only 9 guys posting (Props to Catfish for posting both weeks) between those two weeks, it’s not off to a strong start.
If this day is not good for guys near the Posh to come out, then we can change it. Or if guys from other AOs can’t make it to the Posh for a tough challenging workout, then I will bring it closer to you. But I want to challenge this group to push yourself beyond your limitations, whether it’s your physical limitations, your proximity from your home, or whatever is getting in the way.
This site will host the Iron Pax challenge in just two weeks and I would love to see our PAX show up strong for it! I hope the PAX can prove me wrong. Consider this a challenge!