Backblast: On Tour

Date: 12/3/22
AO: AO Mastodon
PAX: Archive, Berry (FNG), Bloomer, Captain Crunch, Cheetah (2.0), Crack, Hancock, Maniac, Stock Boy, T.B.
FNGs: 1
Q: Crack
Total: 10

It was a chilly 22 degrees at post time, with a 20mph wind out of the south. Gloom Misery Index = 20

Warm-o-rama: SSH, Tappy Taps, Arm Circles, Abe Vigodas, Michael Phelps

Thang 1: 11’s at the lightpoles (merkins/burpees)

Thang 2: Dan Taylors (up to 7)

Thang 3: Brief detour for some Mary – 20 BBSU, American Hammers IC – 20

Thang 4: Circuit of Cootees – Split into 3 groups.
Station 1: 5 Pull-ups
Station 2: 10 Atomic Merkins
Station 3: 15 Picnic Table Presses.
Performed 5 rounds

Mary: Ring of Mary, each PAX calls an exercise. Q said 10 reps, most everyone listened. Captain Crunch had to go to 15…


Several of us then headed to Tredwell for extended coffeeteria

More Coupon!

Date: 10/27/22
A.O: AO Mastodon
PAX: Sparrow, Spokes, Archive, Panhandle, Jolly, Hancock, Babe, Da Vinci, Tortuga, Dilbert, Stock boy, Wet Burrito, 8-Track, Pool Boy, T-bone, Big Mac, Majorette, Jan Hus, Dogear, Jailbreak, Maniac, Crack
FNGs: 0
Q: Crack
Total: 22

Warm-o-Rama: SSH – IC 25, Willie Mays Hayes – IC 10, Mountain Man Poopers – IC 10, Mountain Climbers – IC 10, Bat Wings – IC 10 ea (FW arm circles, BW arm circles, seal claps, OH claps), Merkins – IC 10, Michael Phelps – OYO

Thang 1: Coupon 11’s – rifle carry coupon between light poles, blockees (descending) and derkins (ascending)

Thang 2: Farmer Dora – teams of 3, PAX #1 farmer carry two coupons to light pole and back, PAX #2 Bernie to top of Hoffa and performs 5 burpees then mosey back down, PAX #3 works on reps. Rotate through the 3 stations. 100 hand-release merkins, 200 big boi situps, 300 squats.

Sadly, we ran out of time before we could get to Mary.

Moleskin: I recently listened to a podcast talking with PAX from Metro, one of whom is the AO Q for AO Silver Bullet. This guy is 82 years old and still gets up and works out! Stay motivated, get after it, and hopefully we can still be doing this when we’re in our 80’s.

Podcast link:

The Four Corners of Hoffa – AO Mastodon

Date: 2/5/22
AO: #ao_mastodon
PAX: @Crash@Captain Crunch (AJ)@Bloomer@Hancock@TBTF@Crack
FNGs: 0
Q: @Crack
Total: 6
Conditions: Clear, Frozen. 0*F at post time

SSH – IC 50
Tappy Taps – IC 10
Merkins – IC 10
Abe Vigodas – IC 10
Mountain Man Poopers – IC 10

Thang 1: Bataan Death March – PAX moseyed around the lake clockwise, last PAX dropped for 5 burpees then sprinted to front. All PAX got in two rounds of burpees by the time we reached Hoffa

Thang 2: The Four Corners of Hoffa – 4 pain stations, 3 at the bottom of the hill, 1 at the top. PAX moved from Curls for the Girls (25) to Derkins (25) to Thrusters (25), then ran up Hoffa for Burpees (10) before sledding or running back down. Five rounds were completed before time was called.

COT: Prayers for hiring process for new typesetter at Crossway, @Crack‘s M’s family after the loss of her uncle to a heart attack this week.

Moleskin: We have 0 guaranteed days on this earth, live each day with purpose.

BLACK DIAMOND – “These go to Eleven!”

These go to 11 / Spinal Tap: Image Gallery (List View) | Know Your Meme

Date: Monday, 10/11/2021
PAX:@8-Track@Archive,@Banks@Big Mac@Crack@Da Vinci@Katniss@Jolly
FNGs: 0
Total: 8

Conditions: A warm, 70 degree morning with a nice breeze
Warm-o-Rama: SSH IC – 30, Arm Circles (small forward, small reverse, large reverse, large forward) IC – 10 ea, Seal Claps IC – 10, Shoulder/Tricep stretch – 10 count ea, Tappy Taps IC – 10, Quad Stretch – 10 count ea, Merkins IC – 10Brief note: The plan was that all movement between Thangs would involve either Rifle Carry or Murder Bunny. This had to be changed after Thang 2 due to time constraints.

Thang 1: ELEVENS
Working from lightpole to lightpole around the west side of the AO, PAX performed Blockees and Decline Merkins (10/1, 9/2, 8/3,…, 2/9, 1/10). Movement between lightpoles was by Murder Bunny.PAX then moved from the end of Thang 1 to the ball field via Rifle Carry.

PAX performed modified Dan Taylors, substituting Thrusters for squats and weighted lunges for traditional lunges. Final station should have been 11 Thrusters, 44 squats.PAX then moseyed to the end of the road near the pool house.

Thang 3: THESE GO TO ELEVEN! (modified due to time)
The original plan was for this to be performed similar to 5Alive, where previous exercises are repeated at each new station. Due to time, it became just stations
PAX moved from lightpole to lightpole performing 11 reps of a set exercise at each station.

  1. Curls for the Girls
  2. Upright Rows
  3. Skull Crushers
  4. Overhead Presses
  5. Bent-over Rows
  6. Chest Presses
  7. Goblet Squats
  8. Kettle Bell Swings
  9. Grave Diggers
  10. Hodors
  11. Blockees

Time was called before any of the PAX got to station 10.

COT: Combined with the regular Monday crew, see the other backblast.

Moleskin: Murder Bunnying between stations takes a lot longer than YHC anticipated…

St. Crispin’s (a little early)

Date: Saturday, 10/9/2021
AO: #ao_mastodon
PAX: @Captain Crunch (AJ)@Crack@Crash@SAGA
FNGs: 0
Q: @Crack
Total: 4
Conditions: Clear, cool autumn morning, fog dissipating as the flags were planted
Warm-Up: SSH 30 IC, Arm Circles IC small forward, small backward, large backward, large forward (10 ea), Tappy-Taps 10 IC, Abe Vigodas 10 IC, Quad Stretch 10 count each leg
Thang 1: Stations – 3 rounds

  • Pull-ups – 15 reps
  • Atomic Merkins – 20 reps
  • Squats – 25 reps

Thang 2: East side 11’s – working from the traffic circle towards the pool, using the light poles. Burpees and merkins. End near pool building.
Thang 3: Dan Taylors – the PAX moseyed to Dan Taylor Alley, performed DTs from east to west.
Thang 4: The Tortuga Special – PAX moseyed to the monkey bars. Each PAX took a turn traversing the bars down and back while the rest held plank. Touching the ground required a restart.
Thang 5: Assault of Hoffa – as there was a large group of female Wheaton College students congregating at the top of Hoffa, the Q waited till near the end of the workout for this endeavor. The PAX performed reps at the base and then sprinted to the top.

  • 25 Merkins
  • 50 BBSU
  • 75 Squats

As expected, @SAGA was recognized by the ladies…

Mary: As we had 3 minutes left upon returning to the flags, YHC led us in American Hammers (25 IC), Flutter Kicks (20 IC), and Boat/Canoe for time.COT: prayers for recovery from surgery, upcoming surgery, other health concerns of the PAX and families.

Moleskin@Captain Crunch (AJ) closed us with Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech from Shakespeare’s play, with slight adjustments. Read and enjoy:

O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
If we are mark’d to die, we are enough
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from Tar Pit:
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more, methinks, would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.’
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, @Crash and @Crack@Captain Crunch (AJ) and our beloved @SAGA
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in Tar Pit now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

9/13/21 – AO Mastodon: Ruck + IPC

18 PAX showed up for a modified version of the “You do You” Monday workout. 13 chose to post early (0515 startex) in order to have plenty of time to complete this week’s IronPAX Challenge, and 5 chose to strap some weight on and ruck around the AO.

After a brief Warm-o-Rama (SSH IC – 20, Abe Vigodas IC 10, Arm Circles IC – 10F, 10R, Michael Phelps OYO), the IPC group headed to the base of Hoffa where YHC had measured out the required 160ft distance.

Thang 1: IronPAX Challenge – Week 2: 4 Rounds for time
Round 1: 8 burpees, sprint to other end, 8 burpees, sprint back, repeat for total of 11 sets of burpees. Total of 88 burpees.
Round 2: 8 Squrls (squat curl combo), block carry to other end, 8 Squrls, block carry back, repeat for a total of 11 sets. Total of 88 Squrls.
Round 3: 88 Overhead presses, Rifle Carry block to other end, 88 Overhead presses, Rifle Carry back. Total of 176 OHPs.
Round 4: 88 X-Factors, Bear Crawl to other end, 88 X-Factors, Crawl Bear back. Total of 176 X-Factors. (most PAX chose to Crawl Bear first, then Bear Crawl back)

Thang 2:
Since we finished so “quickly,” @Tortuga helped YHC decide that we should run up Hoffa. So we did. Twice. The second time up we circled up for some You-Call-It Mary. We went around the circle with each PAX calling out an exercise to perform for 5 reps. Time was called, and we collected our coupons and moseyed back to the flag.

The Ruckers arrived at the flag at about the same time. They finished with about 2.5mi total distance.

COT: @Cookies (ruck), @Minnie (ruck), @Bloomer (IPC), @Big Mac (IPC), @8-Track (ruck), @Hotbox (IPC), @Jolly (IPC), @Zoro (IPC), @SAGA (IPC), @Panda Express (IPC), @Sparrow (IPC), @Panhandle (IPC), @T-bone (IPC), @Jailbreak (Ruck), @Tortuga (IPC), @Shiplap (IPC), @Banks (IPC), @Crack (IPC, Q)

ao mastodon, 9/4/21

Since our Weasel Shaker kindly reminded me Friday afternoon that I was on Q for this workout, the creativity was not flowing. Regardless, I think we managed to find a solid workout in the midst of our wandering. 15 PAX showed up to explore the AO with me.

Side-straddle Hops IC – 25
Tappy Taps IC – 10
Arm Circles IC – 10 small forward, 10 small reverse, 10 large reverse, 10 large forward
Merkins IC – 10
Michael Phelps OYO while Q explained Thang 1

Thang 1 – Bataan Death March
PAX started to mosey clockwise around the AO. Last PAX in line dropped and performed 5 burpees then sprinted to the front. Repeat. We worked our way to Dan Taylor Alley in this fashion.

Thang 2 – Dan Taylors
PAX spread out across the width of the field, and then headed east performing Dan Taylors (1 squat, 4 walking lunges, 2 squats, 8 lunges, 3 squats, 12 lunges, etc.) until we reached the east end of the field.

Back to Bataan Death March – we continued our trek around the AO, stopping at the COOTIES station

Thang 3 – Station work
The PAX split into 3 groups. Each group started at one of the three stations, then rotated. The group at station 1 dictated when to rotate.
Round 1: Pullups (20 ea, 100 total), Atomic Merkins (AMRAP), Picnic Table Presses (AMRAP)
Round 2: Merkins (50 ea, 200 total), Dips (AMRAP), Super Mario (picnic table step-ups, AMRAP)

Thang 4 – Mary Hoffa
(At this point YHC was making things up on the fly, so the following may not be 100% accurate…)
PAX moved to the base of Hoffa and spread out.
Round 1: 50 Big Boi Sit-ups, run to top of hill, 50 Little Baby Crunches
Round 2: 50 American Hammers (2=1), run to top of hill, 25 WWI sit-ups
Round 3: YHC does not recall what reps were done, but all PAX were required to Bernie up the hill.

Time was called, PAX headed to the flag.

COT: Archive, Bad Debt, Captain Crunch, Cookies, Crash, Da Vinci, Dirty Laundry (FNG), Heist, Jailbreak, Jazz Hands, Minnie, SAGA, TBTF, Wet Burrito, Crack (Q)

Doughnuts kindly provided by Captain Crunch (penance for arriving late?) and Tortuga

Friday Run Club, AO Ground Zero, 8/27/21

It was a humid morning, and the gloom is returning. Not quite full dark at post time, but almost time to break out the headlamps.

8 PAX posted this morning for a slowish run. After the usual disclaimer, we headed north and west on the Prairie Path. The PAX split into 3 groups, with YHC, Dooley Dog, and Panda Express in the lead. We made the turn at 20min, and finished with 4.5 miles.

CoT: Toto, Panda Express, Panhandle (respect!), Big Mac, Tortuga (respect!), Cheese (respect!), 8 Track, Crack (Q), Dooley Dog.

Back to School – 8/14/21, AO Mastodon

18 PAX (including 2 FNGs) posted this morning for K-Pop’s last workout before heading off to college.

Side Straddle Hops – IC 30
Tappy Taps – IC 10
Shoulder/Tricep Combo Stretch – 10 count each arm
Abe Vigoda – IC 10
Merkins – IC 10

Thang 1: Elevens!
PAX moseyed around the short loop, stopping at each light pole. Starting with 10 burpees, 1 merkin, working to 1 burpee, 10 merkins.

Mosey to playground

Thang 2: Billy Madison
Since K-Pop is heading off to college, we needed to remind him of all the years of school he’d already completed…
Each “grade” consisted of a lap around the base of Hoffa followed by an “exam” which consisted of 12 reps of the given exercise. The previous “grade” exam was added to the new grade each time.

1st Grade: Little Baby Crunches
2nd Grade: Air Squats, LBCs
3rd Grade: Merkins, Squats, LBCs
4th Grade: Flutter Kicks (4=1), Merkins, Squats, LBCs
5th Grade: Big Boi Sit Ups, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
6th Grade: Lunges (2=1), BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
7th Grade: American Hammers (4=1), Lunges, BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
8th Grade: Mountain Climbers (4=1), AHs, Lunges, BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
9th Grade: Ranger Merkins, Mountain Climbers, AHs, Lunges, BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
10th Grade: Dips, Ranger Merkins, Mountain Climbers, AHs, Lunges, BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
11th Grade: Atomic Merkins, Dips, Ranger Merkins, Mountain Climbers, AHs, Lunges, BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs
12th Grade: Burpees!, Atomic Merkins, Dips, Ranger Merkins, Mountain Climbers, AHs, Lunges, BBSUs, Flutters, Merkins, Squats, LBCs

Sadly, none of the PAX were able to complete high school. Maybe next time the Q will leave out the Elevens to make room for the final grades?

Final Thang: AYG run up Hoffa, hold Al Gore for the 6.

CoR, NoR, CoT: Crash, K-Pop, Tortuga, Doublemint, Pick-a-Brick (FNG), Banks, Jolly, Jailbreak, TBTF, Bloomer, Cheese, Bad Debt (FNG), Noodles, Minnie, Wet Burrito, SAGA, Sparrow, Crack (Q)

Run Club – 7/9/21

After a week of hot, humid weather, the chill of the gloom was a welcome change. 10 PAX plus our four-legged buddy posted for run club this morning, some nursing the after-effects of what sounded like a fun 2nd F evening at T-Bone’s last night.

The Thang: Run
We headed north by northwest on the prairie path, starting all together and slowly splitting into 4 groups based on speed. At the halfway point (~5:55am) we turned around and headed back. The fast group ended up with 5mi, and the slowest group with 4.5mi.

NoR: Tortuga (respect), Dr. Phil, Cheeese (respect), Da Vinci, Whittler, Babysitter, T-Bone (respect), Jolly, Katniss, Crack, Dooley Dog (Q)