Back Blast – The Escalator @ The Abyss – 08/26/2020

Lately, I’ve been waking up like a minute or two before my alarm goes off to get up and post at a workout. I’m not sure I like it, but it is a bit refreshing to not awake to an alarm and to just crawl out of the fartsack. It certainly doesn’t make it any easier, but I knew on a day like today I had to – because a recent time posting at The Abyss I forgot about the time change and showed up at 0530am ready to work only to find the PAX 15-minutes into the workout. So, I conquered the fartsack and hit the road.

I arrived a few minutes early to see Mr. Hat’s headlights early awaiting at the basketball courts – perhaps he was worried I was going to be a no-show so got there early…? I flew by Mr. Hat for a little set-up and when I came back there were a few more cars…sah-weet! And then, of course at 0529am a roaring truck comes barreling down Long Run Road, which is none other than Flip Flop. The man has it down to an exact science. Should he wake in the morning and fart on the way to the car, it may push him to be late – he’s just that good. He’s mastered it. Let’s be honest…we’re all just jealous. Well done, Flop, well done.

Weather was great. It was about 150% humidity and 68 degrees. It felt like I was scuba diving in the lake – it was awful. Sticky. Wet. But, it was gloomy with the fog rolling off the lake. And irrespective of the weather, it’s awesome being in the gloom with these HIMs.

At 0530am time was called and dislaimers were provided. PAX present included:

  • Mr. Hat
  • Uncle Sam (R)
  • Flip Flop
  • Crachit
  • Tidwell
  • Jolly Rancher (Q)

It’s good to see Tidwell hitchhiking [oh, okay…organizing a clown car] his way to different AOs across the Region. If you weren’t at the Taste of the Tough to get to meet him, he’s been busting it over the past few weeks and it’s only a matter of time before he makes it out to you.


We stayed at the basketball courts for a quick warm-up, which included a set of exercises of which I don’t remember at this point [sadly, it’s only been 30-hours or so, but man that’s how quickly it fades].

If I was a betting man, I’d go all-in that it started with SSH and had Downward Dog and Runners Stretches immediately thereafter. After that, it’s a crapshot — probably some Grass Grabbers; maybe some Toy Soldiers, Imperial Walkers or Hillbilles as well. I can’t remember – but, after a few minutes we were warm and those exercises were like teaser trailers at a movie. It’s not really the reason the PAX showed up. They wanted to experience the main attraction.

The Main Attraction – Circuit Work:

I set up three stations:

  • Station A – Down on Long Run Park Road passed the boat ramp access road;
  • Station B – At the splash pad in the park, or what The Abyss PAX refer to as “The Arena;” and,
  • Rally Point – In the middle of the two, which was strategically set to be at the Y in the road for the boat ramp access road.

I split the PAX into two groups – Group 1, which included Flip Flop, Uncle Sam and I, and Group 2, which included Crachit, Tidwell and Mr. Hat. Objective was that we all started at the Rally Point and completed all 5 of the exercises together. Then, Group 1 went to Station B while Group 2 went to Station A. Upon arrival, the exercise for Lap 1 was completed and then we re-grouped back at the Rally Point where we rinsed and repeated the 5 exercises. Then, we flip flopped – with Group 1 going to Station A and Group 2 going to Station B where the exercise for the second half of Lap 1 was completed. When done with the second station on the first lap, we held plank or did some other core work for the six.

See illustration below for those right-brained, visual learners:

All in all, we only made it to the end of Lap 3 – and man, that was good enough. This was a tough one where it always looks better on paper, but the exercises at the Rally Point were challenging having to do it at the end of the half lap and end of the full lap each time. But, we survived.

And, although nobody was counting, Group 1 smoked Group 2 every single time back to the Rally Point.

Mosied back to the flag where I had 30-seconds of the PAX time. And, I didn’t want to short change them so we knocked out a few Gas Pumps until time was called.


Countarama, namearama, announcements and intentions.

The PAX of The Abyss are humble and are a quiet group in comparison to others AOs. But, they are a strong group who continues to push each other and I respect them. Glad to have led the group and I look forward to next time.

Jolly Rancher out!

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