A few weeks ago, Pelican offered up his Q for today to help assist me in the Iron Horse Challenge. When I took it, I didn’t know it was on Jolly’s Celebration Day. It is a day to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives.
It was a cold windy morning with a chance of rain. With the time change and earlier start, Abyss was dark. 5 PAX were there at the start. For those who have been to Abyss, know that Flip Flop rolls in right at start time of 515am. He showed up 30 seconds late. When asked about it, apparently he got stuck behind a slow driver coming out of Persimmon Ridge. Who could that have been? It was Dauber, his brother in law, who drives the speed limit regardless of circumstance. Having seen this in action, Flip Flop gets a pass this morning.
All the PAX wore red to the gloom to bring awareness to the American Heart Association. Even if they didn’t, I really don’t think anyone would be able to tell the difference given the lack of the lights. The only time there are lights in the Abyss is during a Backflop light show.
Here were the PAX who participated: Mr. Hat, Squid, Kitty Litter, Flip Flop, Uncle Sam (R) and Meter Maid (Q).
At the start, I gave the disclaimer and we moseyed to the boat dock. There were strong head winds going toward the boat dock. For COP, I started with grass grabbers IC, Toy Soldiers (A Jolly and County classic), strict downward dog and stuff (if you perform it non-standard, it would be downward dog and stuff “style”). Next, we did mountain climbers IC. Then, we finished off with Kendrick Newmans and Michael Phelps OYO.
The workout would be running the loop and periodically stopping for core work. At our first stop, we did gas pumps IC (another Jolly classic). At other stops, we did Flutter Kicks IC, Boxer Sit-ups OYO, and hold plank. We repeated a few of those exercises on our lap around. Before competing the lap, we ran toward the Abyss entrance and then back to the basketball courts.
Next up, I wanted to do a celebration merkin waterfall like Jolly had done last year. Each PAX said what they were celebrating and we did a merkin before moving onto the next PAX.
Some of the mentions included: the gift of life, young kids, twins, adult kids, family, F3, COVID vaccines, and the flag.
We still had time left so we finished with some additional core work. I pulled out the elevators and went around several times. Thankfully, no one called out penthouse. We did some more gas pumps IC and flutter kicks before time was called.
We did the COR. For NOR, I ran it twice. The first time we did it with everyone being “Super Samuel”. During this first time, Uncle Sam said he was 62, but he is actually 61. He got it right the second time when we did the official NOR.
For announcements, the monthly ruck is Friday. The 3rd F component benefits water challenged areas. YHC is leading the Foundry at the County on Wednesday. I plan to bring out my toys. Just don’t expect as many toys as last week during Focker’s Q.
We shared intentions. I had mentioned in closing divine providence. This is basically where good comes out of something that may not to appear positive on the surface. Think about COVID, you may have had more time to share with family and some of the vaccines developed may have future uses for other diseases.
I would also like to thank the other PAX across the region who wore red today as well.
Always humbled to lead,