10/15/20 – Backblast: Where Love & War Meet @ AO Mastodon

17 PAX showed for a Thursday Bootcamp inspired by the call to battle from Mars and for the Venus love of F3: Archive, Crack, Tortuga, Double Been ‘n Chedder, Da Vinci, Banks, Hotbox, Shiplap, TBTF, Bloomer, Panhandle, Noodles, Katniss, Smokey, Jolly, Sparrow, SAGA (Q)

The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

~ Psalm 19:1 ~

WoR: We entered the gloom with a rousing call to a beatdown via Hotbox’s recommendation: Mars, The Bringer of War. 7 Motivators / Squats / Tappy Taps / Sun Gods / Half Moon Push-ups (aka Iranian Twist Push-ups, aka Nipple Scraper Merkins)

“I don’t want a minute of easy happiness until this earth knows that God is alive! We must bow down before the living God and weep aloud for having killed him up to now. We are born for trouble, born for battle. Shame on us Christians who are always wanting to have it nice and soft, with a bit of God in our lives!…God calls out to us, “Share in my business!” and we are fooling ourselves unless we do this.” – Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Thang 1: Mosey – orbit to the “asteroid belt” – halfway we paused for 5 half moon pushups on an asteroid.

Thang 2: Shooting Comet – 100 yard dash on road in triads — there and back

Thang 3: Asteroid Belt

  1. 10 Half Moon Pushups
  2. 10 Dips
  3. 10 Derkins

Thang 4: Death Star (modified) – 5 stations out in shape of star. Run to each point of the star and perform 30 merkins at each, for a total of 150.

Thang 5: Ursa Minor aka Little Bear, aka Little Dipper (Bear Crawl 360) – i.e. bear crawl while spinning.

Thang 6: Ursa Major aka Big Bear, aka Big Dipper – Bear crawl for 14 and then burpee into a star jump (in honor of Polaris in the ursa minor constellation).

Thang 7: Moon Gods – Start in side plank on elbow and edge of lower foot. Bring top foot into the air as high as comfortable and move in circular pattern. Switch sides and repeat!

Thang 8: Mosey to Manrise (x2)

Mary: Heels to Heaven – heels up at 90 degrees. Count cadence lowering the heels down to 6 inches, then thrust them back up to 90 degrees bringing your 6 off the pavement, thus shooting your heels to heaven.

CoT: Archive’s baby is on the way in a week! Noodle & Smokey schools have kids coming back on Monday.


O extravagant God,
in this ripening, red-tinged autumn,
waken in me a sense of joy
in just being alive,
joy for nothing in general
except everything in particular;
joy in sun and rain
mating with earth to birth a harvest;
joy in soft light
through shyly disrobing trees;
joy in acolyte moon
setting halos around processing clouds;
joy in the beating of a thousand wings
mysteriously knowing which way is warm;
joy in wagging tails and kids’ smiles
and in this spunky old city;
joy in the taste of bread and wine,
the smell of dawn,
a touch,
a song,
a presence;
joy in having what I cannot live without —
other people to hold and cry and laugh with
joy in love,
in you;
and that all at first and last
is grace.

—Ted Loder, Guerrillas of Grace

Recover: Venus, Bringer of Peace