December 7, 2018

A Workout That Will Live in Infamy

Rolled up at 0450 for a pre-workout Ruck, because Patches.  Forecast had me expecting low 30’s and rain, so I came layered.  Instead we got shorts weather and no precipitation – thanks, Backseat!

Waivers were signed in triplicate.

SSH x25 IC
Imperial Walkers x15 IC
Daisy Pickers x15 IC
Little Arm Circles x10 (each direction)

BOMBS seemed appropriate for Pearl Harbor Day, but we tweaked it a bit and ended up with Suicide Kamikazes.

Cones were placed at 15, 30, and 45 yards.  PAX partnered up and completed the following exercises as a team.  PAX 1 would do burpee suicides (1 at cone 1, 2 at cone 2, and 3 at cone 3) while PAX 2 would perform the listed exercise.  Flapjack and continue until all reps complete.

K:  Kraken Burpees x25 (see below)
A:  American Hammers x50
M:  Merkins x75
I:  Iron Squats x100
K:  Knerkins x125  (knuckle merkins)
A:  American Hammers x150
Z:  Zebra Butt-Kicks x175
E:  Enola Gay Situps x200  (WWII situps – YOU FIND AN EXERCISE THAT STARTS WITH ‘E’!)

*Kraken Burpees: do a regular burpee, but replace the merkin in the middle with 3 hand-release merkins.  RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

Sprinkled throughout.

6 PAX:  Bob Ross, Choker (QIC), Flobee, Ragequit, Tiger Lily, Zima.

I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor last year.  Highly recommend.  Two things really stuck with me from that visit:

1. Tears of the USS Arizona.  The attack on Pearl Harbor was 77 years ago today, but there is still a very slow oil leak coming from the ship.  As you stand on the memorial and look out onto the water, you can see little drops slowly appear on the surface.  They refer to this as the tears of the Arizona, as though the ship is still mourning the loss.  It is very moving to see this in person.

2. Attack survivors buried with their shipmates.  1177 men lost their lives on the Arizona that day; 335 survived.  Over the past 77 years, 43 of those survivors who subsequently passed away chose to have their remains interred on the ship with their fallen brothers.

Shared hardship really strengthens the bonds of brotherhood.  We get a little piece of that in the Gloom, at at CSAUP events like GrowRuck.  It is nothing compared to what the men of the USS Arizona experienced of course, but it serves as a good illustration of one of the reasons we do what we do.  Doing hard things together makes us stronger, both individually and as a team.

Kotters to Flobee!