Back Blast : Wisteria @ Pleasantville – 10/11/2019 – #SuperSamuelBirthdayQ

Delayed back blast…sorry, PAX.

I signed up to Q at Pleasantville on 10/11 because this date is pretty special to me.  It really didn’t dawn on me though that it was the morning before the GORUCK Tough event – which was bad ass, by the way.  It didn’t matter – I *HAD* to Q on 10/11 somewhere.

But why?

Every time I Q I find myself pushing harder.  I can run longer.  I can jump further.  I can tolerate the pain a little easier.  There’s a little more spring in my step.  Call it the Q juice if you want – and that may be true for other days, but on 10/11, the driving force to push me a little more was Super Samuel – my late son who passed away in March 2018.  He spent a lot of his little life in a hospital having to fight each and every day.  What he endured and the way in which he was able to overcome those obstacles was, and continues to be, inspiring to me.  I just feel so weak in comparison to the things I’ve had to experience – including a little workout in the gloom with a bunch of other idiots.


65 degrees with 78% humidity.  Otherwise known as perfect.


  • Soft Top
  • Milton
  • Pork Chop
  • Dauber
  • Big Bird
  • Kimble
  • Alexa – IRONMAN X2 BABY!
  • Mama’s Boy
  • Gilligan
  • Le Pew
  • Valdez
  • Captain Crunchberry
  • Jolly Rancher (Q)

In the pre-blast, I announced this would be a run heavy Q – primarily to help preserve the muscles for the GORUCK Tough event.  I reiterated this in the beginning, along with the standard disclaimers.

We started off at the concrete pad up near where we plant the flag.  We started with some normal warm-up exercises.  Can’t honestly remember them anymore, but I know we rocked some side-straddle hops because in the middle of them Valdez rolled in HOT and I felt like we had to keep them going in order to give him a little warm-up on them, too.

The Thang:

Once we were done, we proceeded to the one and only Thang, which was The Cooper.  This is a fairly simple workout and includes taking a mosey around the circle – and, when you finish the lap we completed:

  • Merkins – 10x
  • Squats – 10x
  • Big Boy Sit-Ups – 10x

Then, we did another mosey around the lap – and, when we finished the lap we completed:

  • Merkins – 9x
  • Squats – 9x
  • Big Boy Sit-Ups – 9x

And then so-on-and-so-forth until rep count was 1x.  Unfortunately, time was called short – but in the end we clocked around 3 miles.


For COT, I rolled back to another exercise done on Celebration Day [reference Back Blast on 03/15 at Vets].  For this, we circled up into the plank position and took a turn around the circle with each PAX sharing what they were thankful for.  We don’t do this enough to pause and take a minute and pinch ourselves – because we are all blessed beyond words.  And we need to be humbled by one another to remember that life is more than just all about you.

We ended with the normal:

  • Countarama.
  • Namearama.
  • Announcements.
  • Intentions.

Humbled and honored to lead these 12 other HIMs today.

Jolly Rancher out!


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