Run Club

Backblast: Run Club
Date: 1/6/23
AO: #ao_ground_zero
PAX: @Banks @T-bone @Toto @Tortuga @Topham @T.B. @Shiplap @Beaker @TBTF @Jolly @Panda Express @SAGA @Dilbert @Panhandle @Stock boy @Da Vinci
FNGs: 0
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 16

WOR: Goof balls

The Thang: we ran to the Wheaton College track.
10 burpees, run a lap around the edge of the field. The track was an ice rink. Burpees were optional.
Did a one minute suicide sprint using the 5 yard lines.
Return to the flag.

Moleskin: Cows and buffalo. When a storm approaches from the west, cows run away, to the east. They end up running with the storm and spend more time in it. Buffalo run TOWARD the storm. They attack it. This actually allows them to spend less time in it. They both get wet, but the buffalo have a shorter time of it.
The storms are our problems/ challenges. Yes, they might suck, but putting them off or running from them make them last longer. Be a buffalo and embrace the suck. Do hard things head on.

COT: prayers for travel for Toto and family and for T.B.’s M heading to Mexico for two days.

Santa’s Sleigh

Backblast: Santa’s Sleigh
Date: 12.22.22
AO: #ao_mastodon
@ PAX: @Hancock @Archive @Toto @Big Mac @T-bone @Tortuga @Hershey @Pink Drink @Bloomer @Swish @Jolly @Beaker @LeMond @Captain Crunch @Panhandle @SAGA @Katniss @Dilbert @Aloha @Spit Valve @Noodles
FNGs: 0
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 21

WoR: Goofballs, motivators (7), arm circles, t-bone burpees, leg stretch OYO

Thang 1: Santa’s sleigh
We split into four teams, each with a coupon. As we moved around the AO the coupons had to stay in motion, either curling or overhead pressing.
At each stop we had a pair of exercises: one upright, one down on the ground. We all started with the upright exercise. We started with seal claps and flutter kicks. Everyone started seal clapping. The Q announced, “I’m looking for someone who has worked in a school.” If this was true of you, you remained standing doing seal claps. If this was not true of you, you got down and started flutters. The next statement was, “I’m looking for someone who has working in a school AND has worked for a church.” Any of those standing who had NOT worked for a church started flutters. This pattern continued until one PAX remained. That PAX chose a present from the sleigh or wagon.
Repeato until all PAX claimed a gift.
Some pairings: Thrusters with crunchy frogs, hillbilly squats with leg raises, jump squats with plank jacks.

Interesting tidbits: @Hershey has broken seven or eight bones. There are some cat people among us. Many of us have been thrown up on. @Spit Valve is the world’s best dad.

Moleskine: The God of the universe who knitted you together in your mother’s womb, created all things , loves you so much that he sent his only son to die for you. Don’t forget what an amazing salvation we have from this god who loves us.

COT: prayers for @Archive and family with baby due any day, traveling mercies, and something else that I forgot.

It’s My Birthday!

Backblast: It’s my Birthday!
Date: 12/7/2022
AO#ao_tar_pit#ao_tar_pit
PAX@Bloomer@Tortuga@Pool Boy@Jolly@Panhandle@T-bone@wet burrito@Crack@8-Track@Archive
FNGs: 0
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 10

WOR: 21 (success!), lap around parking lot: mosey, karaoke, butt kickers, high knees, Bernie, karaoke, Abe Vigodas, T-Bone burpees

The Thang: Pearls on a string
53 reps of each exercise, OYO, good form, first to 53 calls out “53”, we all stop and move to new location carrying coupons any way but on the shoulders.
Jumping spiders, crab cakes, block bbsus, thrusters, overhead press, bent over rows, hillbilly squats, curls, hip slappers, farmer’s carry (steps), flutter kicks IC called by @8-Track.

Ended with some stretching.

COT: prayers for @Bloomer’s brother still recovering from stroke.  Praise that he was out at Saturday’s late service.  Still not back to full functionality.  @T-bone has two weeks of business travel.  Prayers that his consulting work would be effective and valuable.  @Archive’s M due any day now.

Moleskin: Age is just a number.  Don’t let it determine your mindset.  Yesterday @Jolly taunted the PAX as he murderbunnied up Hoffa, “How does it feel to get beat by a fat 50 year old?!”

11/10/22 Game of the Year

Backblast: Game of the Year
Date: 11/10/2022
AO: #ao_mastadon
PAX: @Hancock @Giggles @T-bone @Jolly @bigblue @Archive @Pool Boy @Dilbert @Jan Hus @Majorette @Sparrow @SAGA @Da Vinci @Aloha @Shiplap @Panhandle @Bo-Peep @Stock boy @Maniac @Panda Express @Tortuga
FNGs: 0

Q: @Tortuga
Total: 21

WOR: motivators x7, goof balls, Abe Vigodas, T-bone burpees

Thang 1: 30 burpees, up and down Hoffa, line up in order of finish.

Thang 2: Partners were determined by finish order. Top two, next two, etc. One partner is on team A, the other is on team B.
Good form, add-on challenge:
Pick an exercise. Start with one rep. One goes, the partner demands good form. One warning, next break from form ends attempt. Next guy does two. First guy does three. Go to failure or agreed upon max reps. May choose to add two or more each time instead of one.
Alternate who chooses the challenge. Can be a “Who can go the longest?” and just do it together. Wall sit, handstand, plank, farmers carry, rifle carry, be creative.

Two Kubb sets set up to knock down. Winner gets three tosses. Loser gets one. Max reps gets one throw each. Pin knock down earns one broad jump burpee king move. Farthest king wins.

Whole group started with thrusters. @Bo-Peep and @Stock boy went forever.

Team B was victorious.

Mary: Flutter kicks IC, 40 (4 count) holding coupon up then with chest presses. One minute of block bbsus – coupon touches the ground above your head and then the ground between your feet.

COT: Thank God for bodies that work, men to push us to get better, and a beautiful morning. Prayers for @Hancock’s M and 2.0 flying to Maine for a college visit, @Shiplap trying to sell his house, and the persecuted church in Iraq.

Moleskine: Ask, listen. remember. Ask people about their lives. Listen to what they share and remember it. Don’t listen with only one ear while waiting for your turn to speak. Invest in other’s stories. Especially your M and 2.0’s.

Run Club

Backblast: We ran
Date: 10/21/22
AO: #ao_ground_zero
PAX: @Pool Boy @Beaker @Tortuga @8-Track @Toto @LeMond @Topham @Crack @Spokes @Humpty @TBTF
FNGs: 0
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 11

Warm-o-Rama: Stretch OYO

Thang: we ran south.

Moleskin: “Love me when I need it the least, because that’s when I need it the most.” This quote hangs in my parents house. My mom had an affair with a black man when I was in fifth grade. My sister is black. My dad didn’t bail on the marriage or family, even though he had every biblical right to do so. He chose, with God’s help) to love Mom when she deserved it the least.
When you want to wring someone’s neck, that’s when they most need your love. Pray that God will give you that love in that time/ season.

COT: @Crack is traveling to Michigan this weekend to spend time with his oldest 2.0, Carissa.

Iron PAX Challenge, Week 4

Death by Skinny Runner
Date: 9/28/22
AO: #ao_tar_pit
PAX: @Tortuga @Double Dip @SAGA @Jolly @Spit Valve @Carsten Schumm (First Gear) @Panhandle @8-Track @T-bone @Crocket (FNG welcome, Respect, respect!)
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 10
FNGs: 1
WOR: Arm circles, Michael Phelps, goof balls, walk, jog, around the track.

The Thang:
100 Gas Pumpers (Knees to Chest)
50 Jump Rope
1 mile run
25 Hello Dollies
25 Burpees
50 Jump Rope
400-meter run
25 Hand Release Merkins
25 V-Ups
50 Jump Rope
400-meter run
25 Leg Raises
25 Jungle Boi Squats – 2 spoons style
50 Jump Rope
400-meter run
25 4-count flutter kicks (watch the video)
25 Bonnie Blairs (hard way – right leg and left leg counts as 1)
50 Jump Rope
400-meter run
100 Big Boy Sit-ups
50 Jump Rope
1 mile run

@T-bone substituted the rower for the laps. Top time 38:30.

COT: prayers for injured PAX: @Banks @Da Vinci @T-bone @Big Mac. Big Mac’s doctor’s appointment went well. They think it’s a torn abdominal muscle. Rest should make it well.

Moleskin: Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. This doesn’t just mean dying. We can give up what we want: a great score for IPC, a night out with friends, a place in the checkout line. These small sacrifices for others also show the heart of Christ who gave up everything for us. Be willing to give up some of your wants for others’ benefit.

Iron PAX Challenge, Week 3

Backblast: Mrs. Burns, IPC week 3
Date: 9/21/22
AO: #ao_tar_pit
PAX: @Tortuga @LeMond @SAGA @Jolly @wet burrito @Carsten Schumm (First Gear) @Panhandle
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 7
WOR: Walk, skip, stretch around the parking lot, T-bone burpees.

The Thang:
This WOD is dedicated to Kathleen (M of Burns from F3 Puget Sound), who courageously battled pancreatic cancer for 571 days until August 21, 2022.
(5 Rounds, 7 Exercises per round + 1 additional run)

Repeat 5x
20 Overhead Coupon Presses
20 Burpees
20 Curls
20 V-Ups
20 Goblet Squats
13 Man-Makers
Run 400M

After the 5th round, run another 400M, for rep #571.

Your score is your time.

Our times ranged from 35:35 to 42+ minutes. @Carsten Schumm (First Gear) broke Tortuga’s respect coupon on his first round of blockees. @Jolly graciously sacrificed his coupon for him to finish.

COT: Prayers for First Gear’s grandma who is still working through the death of her husband of 57 years. Lemond’s M is at week 18 in her pregnancy. Prayers for continued health.

Moleskine: Be an encourager. Write a note to someone you care about. Pens and post its were provided and utilized.

Iron PAX Challenge, Week 2

Backblast: Belle Ringer, IPC week 2
Date: 9/14/22
AO: #ao_tar_pit
PAX: @Tortuga @LeMond @SAGA @Big Mac @T-bone @Jolly @wet burrito @Da Vinci @Carsten Schumm (First Gear) @Panhandle @Bo-Peep @Spit Valve
FNGs: 0
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 12


WOR: arm circles, Michael Phelps, etc. OYO

The Thang:
Belle Ringer
Format: AMRAP for 45 minutes
Set-Up: Make a 5-point star with each point of the star being 25 yards away from the center.

Five Blockees. Rifle carry to cone 1 and perform 10 “We’re Not Worthy”. Farmer carry back to center.
Five Blockees. Rifle carry to cone 2 and perform 15 Goblet Squats. Farmer carry back to center.
Five Blockees. Rifle carry to cone 3 and perform 20 Overhead Triceps Extensions. Farmer carry back to center.
Five Blockees. Rifle carry to cone 4 and perform 25 KB Swings. Farmer carry back to center.
Five Blockees. Rifle carry to cone 5 and perform 30 Curls. Farmer carry back to middle.
Each round is 125 total reps.

@Big Mac got in 632 total reps. @Jolly was right on his tail.

Workout was completed with a background of non-stop nineties music. Thank you, @T-bone.

COT: Prayers for Ivy, and Tbone’s neighbor with cancer. Praise for the job offer coming @LeMond’s way today. We look forward to hearing how sweet the deal turns out!

Moleskine: Write a note to your wife. It’s easy, and encouragement is so important for our M’s. Post-its and pens were distributed and utilized.

Iron PAX challenge, Week 1

Backblast: IPC Week 1
Date: 9/7/22
AO:#ao_tar_pit
PAX:@Tortuga , @Spit Valve@T-bone@8-Track@Panhandle@wet burrito@Jolly@SAGA@Big Mac@Sparrow@LeMond @firstgear
FNGs: 0
Q:@Tortuga
Total: 12

Care Bear Squared
WOR: ssh, goof balls, copperhead  air squats, arm circles
The Thang
Four cones in a square, 25 yards apart.
Start at cone 1, bearcrawl to cone 2 and perform 25 air squats.
After the squats, bearcrawl to the left to cone 3 and perform 25 merkins.
After the merkins, reverse bearcrawl to cone 4 and perform 25 big boy sit-ups.
After the big boy situps, bearcrawl to the right to cone 1 and perform 25 burpees.

AMRAP for 45 minutes

COT: prayers for @LeMond’s job search, @T-bone’s 2.0 in Costa Rica, Sweet Treats turns 23.

Moleskine: Philippians 4:6+7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Luke 6:25: Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Proverbs 18:6: A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.

IPC Week 0

Date: 8/31/22
AO: #ao_tar_pit
PAX: @Tortuga , @Katniss @T-bone @8-Track @Panhandle @wet burrito @Jolly @SAGA @Giggles
FNGs: 0
Q: @Tortuga
Total: 9

WOR: goofballs, mountain climbers, arm circles, slow merkins
The Thang:  Hauled coupons to far side of the track and lined up.
Coe – 5 rounds:

20 thrusters

20 merkins

Brenton – 3 rounds:

100 foot bear crawl out

100 foot burpee broad jump back

Perform 3 burpees and then 5 broad jumps

Coe – 5 rounds:

20 thrusters

20 merkins

Final finisher was under 30 minutes.  Perfect thruster form was hard to maintain over the course of 200 reps.

Moleskine: From Kirk Franklin:
“The biggest fear is that the resurrection was not complete.
The biggest lie is that this life is all that there is.
And so we live in a fear of believing that God’s work is not complete.
The problem of not having confidence in the resurrection is that we don’t know that in the end we will live again.
But I want you to know that the pain you face is temporary.
The cancer  you face is temporary.
The disease  you face is temporary.
Because every believer that’s washed in the blood of the lamb will live to live again.  How many of you know that this is not the end for the child of God?
This is only just the appetizer for the main meal.”

This life is only just the Warm O Rama for the main Thang.  Live in that freedom.

COT: Prayers for @Banks and his surgery today,  @SAGA‘s 2.0, Stupe, going through some hard things, and Tortuga’s 2.0, Anna, at college with Covid.