February 16, 2021

Human Iditarod Challenge

Temp in my car immediately started dropping as I pulled out of the driveway.  About halfway to Swicket it was down to 8 degrees.  Didn’t take a final look when I pulled into the lot at 0445, but I figure it was close to 5 degrees.  I was pre-occupied on my drive over as I thought I had forgot to shut my garage door when backing out (I didn’t!).  At 0450 3 of us stepped off for a pre-ruck (Carver sent a message out that he couldn’t make it because his car wouldn’t start).  At 0452 lights from the park entrance were seen and it was Carver – his car did start!  We turned back and picked him up, then rucked over to the LAX field to set up cones for the BC.  We took the opportunity to ruck through the woods where the Disc Golf Course starts – beautiful.  We all agreed that at least 1 additional PAX would show up for the BC.  When we got to our cars, it was still, silent, and dark – except for the flock of 30 Canadian Geese flying in perfect V-formation up above.  Very cool.


Done.  It was stressed to be extra cautious due to the conditions.

We all lost the bet – nobody else showed up.  Today’s BC was going to be conquered by the 4 of us.

  • SSH x 15 (IC)
  • Daisy Picker x 10 (IC)
  • Tempo Squat x 10 (IC)
  • Tempo Merkin x 10 (IC)


QIC brought some sleds for a 2-team challenge.  Since it was just the 4 of us, we grabbed one of them and took a mosey to LAX Field for the Human Iditarod Challenge:

  • Challenge 1:  Modified Quarter Pounder with Cheese
    • 25 Merkins, 50 Squats, 75 Mountain Climbers, 100 SSH
    • One PAX took turns riding in the sled there and back; while the 2 other PAX pulled and 1 pushed
    • The PAX in the sled performed WWI Sit-ups while the team completed said Quarter Pounder exercises
    • We switched PAX after returning to the start line after completing the exercise
      • Oneder was the first to ride
      • Carver was the second
      • Hoya was the third
      • QIC was the fourth
        • We were so out of breath running in the snow, pulling a 190lb (86kg) individual that we needed 20 counts each time we returned to the start line.  For the final segment (100 yd pull there with 100 SSH and 100yd pull back) I seriously thought Hoya and Carver were going to die – it was funny.  Carver was on his knees, arms outstretched and up above his head leaning on the chain-linked fence, breathing as hard as I’ve ever seen.  Hoya was bent over and couldn’t speak…
  • Challenge 2:  5 Point Harness.  5 Cones were laid out on the field, 1 in each corner and 1 in the center.  PAX took turns rifle-carrying the sled to a cone of their choice.
    • Rocket Launcher to Corner 1:  15 Merkins
    • Carver to Center Cone:  10 Body Bag Builders
    • Oneder to Corner 2: 15 Squats
    • Hoya all the way down to Corner 4:  10 Imperial Walkers
    • Rocket Launcher back across the filed to Corner 3:  10 Bobby Hurleys
  • Challenge 3:  No man left behind
    • PAX at start line start doing Burpees while 2 PAX pull the sled full of snow approximately 25yds
    • One PAX stays at 25 yard cone and starts doing SSHs while other PAX goes back to start line with sled
    • 2 more PAX run to 25 yard cone, drops 1 PAX off to start SSHs, and one returns to start line with sled
    • Continue format until all PAX have been transported to 25 yard cone doing SSHs
    • Repeat the same format to bring PAX back to starting line, where PAX would do burpees until all PAX returned

Just enough time:

  • LBCs x 15 (IC)
  • Heel Taps x 15 (IC)
  • Flutter Kicks x 15 (IC)

4 studs:  Carver, Oneder, Hoya and Rocket Launcher

Paper Cut sent out a list of inspirational quotes last Wed (I love these things).  I copied and pasted and sent to my family via text and asked them to tell me which was their favorite and why.  Personally, I was drawn to this quote by John Lennon:  Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.  This was the same quote my 17 year old daughter selected.  As to why, she simply stated that you only live once!  And I agree, we only live once – how many times will you be able to say that you experienced an F3 workout in 5+ inches of snow in Memphis?!  Take advantage of the opportunity and go live!

Absolutely loved the fact that these PAX showed up to do the work.  We had a great time and it really would have been fun to actually have teams compete against one another in the challenges above.  This will be a workout we won’t forget.  Wicket seemed a lot brighter this morning with all the snow on the ground.

We prayed for Hoya’s M’s colleague and a close friend of mine that each are going through cancer.

Baltic Burpee Challenge here on Friday

Rocket Launcher
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