December 11, 2019

Da Bears, Da Crabs, Ditka? Is F3 soccer a sport?


I went to my M’s Work Christmas Party last night. We had drinks. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. I didn’t want to pre-ruck. But I had to Q. (Note to self…double check the calendar before volunteering). Drove over the hill next to Arcadia and was greeted by a full blast warning on my radar detector. 2 of Germantown’s finest were sitting there chatting (I assume). They both took off when I parked. Thank goodness, because I was about to get out of my car, put on a backpack, and walk around the neighborhood dressed in a dark jumpsuit with a hoodie, at 4:50AM in the morning. (There have been a string of car break ins in Germantown recently) Also, Clear skies and 26 degrees.


WolfPax were welcomed and disclaimed (No FNGs)

Since it was ball shrinking cold we got it started off right, 15 burpees OYO. Then we did 20 SSH IC, 10 arm circles forward, 10 backwards IC, 20 high knees IC, and then 30 seconds of stretching whatever you wanted to.

We started off with a 2/3 mile loop stopping along the way. Poaching from Choker’s workout from last week at the Annex, we had several stops adding new exercises along the way.

Stop 1 – 5 burpees

Stop 2 – 5 burpees, 10 merkins

Stop 3 – 5 burpees, 10 merkins, 15 BBS

Stop 4 – 5 burpees, 10 merkins, 15BBS, 20 Squats

Next we did the Merkin Wave. Like a wave you see at a stadium, but merkinized. All agreed and were thankful we had a small group this morning. We circled up and everyone held plank. We went clockwise, each WolfPax completing 1 merkin while the others held plank, then 2, then 3, then 4, then 5, then 6, then 7, then 8, then 9, then 10. My arms were smoked after this one.

Next up we played soccer…F3 style. We are fortunate to have District 5 (Roller Hockey Rink) at Arcadia. Since there were only 5 WolfPax we decided to play half court soccer. We used 1 hockey sized goal and since Chuck-E-Cheese currently has a knee injury, he agreed to be full time goalie. We split into 2 teams of 2. Da Bears had to use bear crawls as their modus operandi while the Crabbers did the crab walk. Scoring team does 10 merkins and the other team does 10 burpees. Da Bears (lead by Ditka) scored first. Then we swapped modes and Da new Bears scored the 2nd goal. I gave the WolfPax a choice to continue playing or do Elevens. They chose Elevens. I don’t blame them, this sounded like it would be fun (and maybe it would be if more WolfPax were present) but half court soccer is tough.

So then we did Elevens. Squats and Carolina Dry Docks.


We did 20 Flutter Kicks IC (slowing down for the burn on the last 5), 20 American Hammers, and 20 Box cutters. 6:15 hit. As I lay there stargazing, I saw a star moving at a significant rate of speed. When I was a kid in the boy scouts, we took astronomy merit badge and from that I was able to determine that what we were seeing was either a satellite or the International Space Station. Something cool an unexpected.

In order of appearance: Landline (QIC), Black Diamond, Chuck-E-Cheese, Oscar, Innuendo.

For the Advent season, last week we studied Matthew 25: 31-46 which challenges us to love one another and care for the “least of these”, our brothers and sisters who are hungry, thirsty, alone, and otherwise burdened or suffering. Each time we help someone in need we add a straw to the manger in hope that by helping many, we will build a soft bed of straw for the coming Christ child to rest upon.

Random thoughts: It was cold. I don’t like cold. At least its not wet. Compression layers are better than standard long johns. I need warmer gloves. Ugly Mug Butter Moon coffee is pretty tasty.

There is an opportunity to add some straw to the manger this Saturday from 2-4. 2019 Santa Ruck will start at Appling Middle School at 2PM and will ruck 3 miles (round trip) to Youth Villages Bartlett campus, where participants will deliver donated toys and ruck back to startex. The event is open to everyone including 2.0s. Donations will be given to a group of 11-15 year old boys whom half have been diagnosed with a learning or developmental disability. They are asking for toys such as fidget toys, playdoh, legos, hot wheels, stuffed animals, board games, etc.

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