A humid summer feel clung to the Saturday morning September air. Archive and Captain Crunch were in Naperville posting as part of a weekend long “GoRuck”event. In the spirit of camaraderie, and due to the fact that we had already completed two other Ironpax challenges, another Ironpax challenge was in order.
Five Pax posted; Gummibear, Banks, TBTF, Jazzhands, & Duckmaster.
Warm Up: Being limited on time, we went for a quick jog around the playground and grabbed some coupons along the way to take with us to the pull up bars.
The Thang: Ironpax Challenge Week Three “Meters 43”
We set our stop watch for 43 Minutes and began doing as many sets as we could of the following:
10 Pull ups
15 Burpees/coupon jump overs
20 Burpee curls
25 Burpee squat thrusts
30 gas pumps
With the morning being surprisingly humid, and in order to better enjoy what could be the monotony of 43 minutes straight doing these exercises, we had a lot of mumble chatter going on during the workout. While we hit it hard, we certainly made time to socialize as well. However, perhaps in part due to the socializing no one completed 6 sets or more, as most of us finished in the middle of our 6th set. We all still viewed this workout as a victory however. Kudos to Duckmaster who was the only one of us who did not have to switch to an alternative exercise on at least one of the sets, as the rest of us did. No fancy pictures were taken today, just 43 minutes of sweat will be remembered by all.
The rain finally stopped and it was a nice clear morning ITG for Ruck Day! After very few HC the night before, we were pleasantly surprised with 5 PAX showing up for the day, (Gummibear, TBTF, Banks, and surprise posts by both Noodles (Fresh off the arrival of his newborn son) & Captain Crunch (Just finished Growruck16 the day before)!)
We warmed up with Motivators and Mountain Man Poopers, then we rucked around 2 miles and completed 25x Merkins and 5x Dan Taylor’s along the way. We finished the workout with 3 sprints up the hill. (It was going to be 2, but Captain Crunch thought 3 was a better number)
Prayers for Noodles and his M as they adjust to life as parents, focus for the upcoming week, and fast recovery for Archive and Captain Crunch after the weekends shenanigans.
It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and with the impending Growruck event and lack of HC’s our Q knew it would be a lightly attended event, so he decided to not do anything fancy and deliver an old fashioned beatdown for whoever decided to show up. Gummibear was the only other PAX to arrive, so the 2 of us set off for the workout.
15x Tin Soldiers
We took off on a run around the AO, and completed a few exercises along the way:
11’s – Merkins & Squats stopping at each lightpole. 1:10, 2:9,…,10:1
Monkey Bar Routine – 1 PAX cross the monkey bars and complete 3 pullups while the other completes 5 burpees.
Dan Taylors 8x – 1 Squat, 4 Lunges up to 8 Squats, 32 Lunges
Thang 2: Coupon Work
We then stopped at the faithful coupon pile and picked our coupon of choice and completed the following:
Thang 3: The Finale
We put back our coupons and moseyed to the hill to complete a round of Jacob’s Ladder up to 7. (Run to the top of the hill: 1 burpee, repeat with 2 burpees, keep repeating until you get to 7.
Finishing right on time, our 2 faithful PAX gathered and said prayers for Noodles as he and his M are beginning their lives as parents, for Captain Crunch & Archive as they embark on Growruck 16 with the Naperville men, and for us all to stay focused in our daily lives and finish the week strong!
4 PAX posted in the warm, slightly misty Gloom. (Gummi Bear, Banks, Crunch, Archive) The day held one simple task, 3 miles in 45 min.
The PAX limbered up with 10x IC Imperial Walkers and then headed S out of the park and due West on Oak for Lawson Field. Then back along on Prairie for what ended up being a decent pre-dawn house tour of the gas-lit lamp, faux French Country section of Wheaton. That covered 2 miles in good enough time that we got our final mile in around the lake, complete with some Scout Run shenangians with the flag that mostly averaged out, pace-wise. Sub 15:00 achieved!
A good day, and some good rucking. Someone forgot his phone, so it was a Casio-only workout.
It was another beautiful day at AO Mastodon, and our Q had 2 workouts planned in case there was an even or odd number of PAX. As we started our warmup, we had 4 faithful PAX, so we started down the path of the even workout. Suddenly Cats arrived and on to the odd workout we went, but then we all heard the usual Saturday morning screeching tires as Jazz Hands came speeding into the AO to put us back onto the even workout!
15x Tin Soldiers
15x 4-Count Merkins IC
The PAX partnered up for a little Tortoise and the Hare B.O.M.B.S. Two sandbags mysteriously arrived at the AO, so two teams used those, and one used a regulation coupon. The PAX ultimately circled the Island-to-Island loop 3x completing a total of 25 Burpees, 50 Outlaws, 75 Merkins, 100 Big Boy Situps, & 125 Squats. We then gathered back up at the flag and finished strong with Captain Crunch’s favorite Old Ironsides (Boat/Canoe with American Hammers mixed in).
Prayers for Noodles and his M over the next few weeks as they welcome a new member to their family, Captain Crunch and Archive as they take on Growruck 16 next weekend, and Jazz Hands Mom and family as they prepare for her upcoming surgery. All photography and video evidence was captured by Captain Crunch and will be posted accordingly.
The Q had an ingenious workout planned for a team competition, but when only three pax posted, that plan was abandoned, perhaps lost forever to AO Mastodon. Worse things have happened I believe.
The 3 PAX; Captain Crunch, Banks, and Gummibear had all completed the ironpaxs challenge the following day. So in the spirit of esprit de corps that they were being swept up in, the Q decided today would be a bit of a victory lap, taking it pretty easy and laying off the coupons.
Warm Up: 2 mile group Jog (crunch mile) (9 min pace).
Thang: One 15 min circuit: Complete as many sets as possible:
-5 Pull Ups
-20 Box Jumps
-25 Sit ups
(5-7 total sets were complete by each pax).
Cool Down: 5 minute Ab workout; misc ab exercises.
Conclusion: This truly was a pretty easy workout. But it is important to adjust the tempo now and again. I think we all had fun and still got some good cardio and were able to work on pull-ups, which no one is terrific at. Also it was good to provide some focus to the abs, and help get the lactic acid out of the legs, through the jog. Overall, it was nice to be outside, together, and getting low intensity reps in.
NOR/COT/Prayers: Banks;Continue to be strong, Gummibear; God would bless Gummi Bear’s business and give him wisdom and long term vision, For Noodles and family and upcoming new member, For Archive and his career, and I honestly cannot remember what Crunch requested…Forgive me Captain Crunch.
With much the Nation registered and hyped up about IronPax 2019, YHC wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So when he got thrown the Q for Saturday this locked and loaded workout seemed too good to pass on. Being a certifiably sick individual, he also felt fine springing it on whoever decided to post that day, sandwiched in between some more extended running than usual.
4 PAX (Banks, Archive, Gummi Bear, Crunch) posted and got Motivated (Pittsburg-style!) and then moseyed over to the track (less than a mile, guys, 1km) to begin the Killer Bs.
5 Rounds (steps 1-5) for time:
10 yard Broad Jump
10 Bonnie Blairs
10 Big Boi sit-ups
(repeat steps 1-4 two more times, ending at the 30 yard line)
5. Bear Crawl 30 yards back to the start
We made a good motley crew for it, with Banks posting to his first time back in almost a month and Archive having a bad back from some unknown (most likely parental) cause. But it did mean that he could take some good pictures for us. Two sub-30 finishers, and called for time so we could mosey all the way back to the flag for a prompt coffee and donuts.
Through a series of unfortunate events, we missed dragging Jazz Hands through this experience, but he did make it out and ad hoc’d his own workout (Route 121s) around the park until we found him on our return.
4 pax ( Archives, Captain Crunch, and Gummibear, and an FNG) posted.
This workout was one of the easier workouts we have done in that the purpose was for each pax to re-assess where he is on basic exercises. This workout was simply to serve as a new baseline.
We moseyed around the playground for a warm-up jog. .
Test: (As many reps as possible for time)
30 Sec -Pull ups
1 min – Inverted Rows
2 Min- Push ups
1 min- Modified Dips
Q forget to include sit-ups in this event. Needs to include this next time.
1 min- coupon squat presses (in hindsight this is not a testable event- no one reached muscle failure, or was even close to reaching muscle failure on this.
2 mile run for time
NOR/ COT: FNG given name Papa Bear. Prayers: Captain Crunch: wisdom in disciplining children. Archive: continued prayers for interview. Papa Bear: for wisdom with housing for his father. Gummibear: mother’s allergies/ wisdom for doctors.
Full credit to Noodles for asking Saturday “So, it’s a holiday weekend… we’re doing something a little extra, right?” With the general agreement of the group, we pushed it a little bit farther, going for a good 5.25 miles before breakfast.
As we assembled in the deep mist of an early September Gloom, Noodles, Triple XXX, and Crunch were surprised to hear a child cry out from the car as Gummi Bear got his gear ready (ruck, stroller and 1.5 year-old FNG-Gummi Worm). Then we settled in for a good stroll and good conversation as the mist rolled by and the sun slowly started to brighten up the morning. On our way back we even got some pictures to turn out!
Everything went well, but YHC forgot to bring the flag along (left in the car). So no bonus points for the Ruck Your Colors September Challenge. Log them with a more competent Q, gents! (I did rep a Goruck American Flag spearhead for the ruck, if that counts.)
Gummi Worm keeping the boys in line back there…
… and being the poster child (Gummi Bear also pictured)
The Sandbag squad passing the foggy moors of AO Mastodon.