August 6, 2018

Suicide B.O.M.B.S at the Morg

The Morg. The Gloom. KotB day. No better time than right now.

Pax welcomed.  Mission statement recited.  Disclaimer disclaimed.


SSH x20.  Knowing what was ahead, I opted to skip the “IC/Silent with penalties” routine.

Windmills x15 IC
Imperial Walkers x15 IC
Daisy Pickers x15 IC
Little Baby Arm Circles x10 IC (each direction)

The Phat Patmobile rolled up midway through the arm circles.  He stopped at the edge of the parking lot and tried to EH a civilian with partial success; the guy had just finished his workout out for today, but said he’d meet us on Wednesday.  Time will tell if that was an HC or just his way to get the bearded millennial out of his face.  With EHing complete, PhP ambled over to the circle on his bajankety hips.

Capri Lap around parking lot, and to the big field.

PAX were instructed to partner up.  Because we had a couple FNGs, I took a minute to explain how B.O.M.B.S. works.  Partner 1 performs an exercise while Partner 2 runs to a designated point and back.  Flapjack and continue with Partner 2 continuing the count until all reps of all exercises are completed.

Then I gave the PAX the good news and the bad news.  The good news was that we were not going to do B.O.M.B.S. this morning.  The bad news was that we were going to do Suicide B.O.M.B.S.  I had arrived early and set out cones at 15, 30, and 45 yards.  Instead of running to a designated point and back, the runner had to do burpee suicides.

Running partner:
Run to cone 1 and do 1 burpee.  Run back to start point.
Run to cone 2 and do 2 burpees. Run back to start point.
Run to cone 3 and do 3 burpees. Run back to start point.
Flapjack with partner.

Exercising partner:
50 Burpees
100 Overhead Claps
150 Merkins
200 Big Boy Situps
250 Squats

We circled up with about 5 minutes remaining.  I told everybody to get on their 6 and was all set to start with some flutter kicks, but then I heard Zima say “At least you don’t have your bluetooth speaker.”  So I pulled out my phone, cranked it up to barely audible, and we finished the day with Thunderstruck.

23 (2 FNG):  Animal, Bootheel, Carport, Casio (FNG), Choker (QIC), Flobee, G-String, Gilligan, Green Monster, Imposter, Jasmine, Maverick (FNG), Orange Julius, Phat Pat, Puck, Red Roofer, Sleep Number, Slots, Sundial, UFO, Wall Builder, Woodpecker, Zima

This week’s QSource is on Candor.  When I started reading the article, I expected it to be about speaking difficult truths to people.  And it is, but there’s another component to it that I was not expecting/had not considered.

Telling the hard Truth is only one half of Candor. The other half is hearing it. For a Leader to be Virtuous, he must be able to handle the Truth. If he can’t, than no one will be willing to tell it to him. Handling hard Truth well requires the discipline over one’s emotions that comes from Preparedness.
A Virtuous Leader ensures that he will hear the hard Truth through forceful engagement with the Members of his Organization. The normal approach to engagement is to have an open-door policy and be receptive to people when they want to talk. That’s nice in theory, but way too passive in practice. Open doors and smiley faces won’t get people to spill the beans on things that scare or embarrass them. A Leader committed to getting the hard Truth knows that he will have to seek it aggressively and deal with it maturely when he finds it.

I encouraged the PAX to be the kind of person whose kids/employees/etc. can feel comfortable coming to with things that are difficult to say.

Kotters to Red Roofer and Imposter!

There was some mumblechatter about Maverick being too good of a name for an FNG.  But when a 64 year old (RESPECT RESPECT) former F-16 pilot posts, you name him Maverick.

City Ruck Tour this Friday night
GrowRuck September 21-23