February 2, 2021

The Great Pyramids

THE SCENE:   0445 pre-action got us warmed up.  Dark and cool, quiet with a few dog walkers and one guy in UT orange from head to toe wearing a headlamp by the chin up bars.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Welcomed. It’s a pleasure to know you and to be known by you (not in the biblical sense).

WARM-O-RAMA:   Motivators (7), Butt kicks x 10 IC, High Knees x 10 IC, Indian Run around the facility, Merkins x 10 IC, High Jumps x 10 IC, Burpees x 10 OYO.

THA-THANG:   Pyramids

Three exercises (Merkins, High Jumps, Burpees).  High Jumps= 3 count: hop, hop, JUMP (1); hop, hop, JUMP (2), . . .

Start with 1 rep of each, all IC

Merkin x 1 IC, High Jump x 1 IC, Burpee x 1 IC

R&R increasing 1 rep of each exercise.

……..  up to 10 reps each

……. back down to 1

MARY:  Box Cutters x 50 IC, Boat Canoe (3 minutes), Catalina Wine Mixers x 10 IC

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA:   7 PAX; Shy Guy, Chef, Snookie, Beauty Shop, Tomb Raider, Vengeance, Prince Ali

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:  Henry David Thoreau recognizing ‘Sadclown syndrome’ nearly 200 yrs ago (circa 1832):

“Men come tamely home at night only from the next field or street, where their household echoes haunt, and their life pines because it breathes its own breath over and over again; their shadows, morning and evening, reach farther than their daily steps.  We should come home from far, from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day, with new experience and character.”

All too often we fall into the ditch of ‘the day to day’.  Survival mode sucks us in like quicksand.  I think what HDT recognizes is that the men of his day are zombies, not truly living life the way it should be lived.  This realization pisses him off, so he builds a shack by a pond, a happy place from his childhood, and rebels against the social ills of his time.

The same ills effect us in the present age.  Each day should be lived as an adventure, dangerous, novel, fulfilling, rewarding, and risky.  Do not walk down that worn out path from home to car to work to car to home.  Maybe you need a career change? Are you living out your childhood dream?  Maybe we just need to wake up with a sense of wonder.  Filled with wonder that are hearts are still pumping and our lungs our filled with breath and we don’t deserve to be.  Each day we are called to slay a dragon and rescue a damsel.  Live it, love it, and bring it home as one worn out from one great adventure.  Then fill your wife and kids full of stories (embellishment is encouraged) about what God set before you and wild speculations about what tomorrow will bring.

MOLESKIN:  Once Beauty Shop learned I was on q 10 minutes prior to bootcamp he leads us in a 1 mile run (8 minute pace) to wear me out.  All I have to say is that I’m glad he didn’t know earlier.

I like introducing the exercises in the Warm’o’rama prior to the Thang so that we are all on the same page.  This decreases explanation time and maximizes work time.

For q’s:  lead everything IC to push yourself.  Only constant (and annoying) mumblechatter equates to IC breathing control.

I deeply regret missing 1 rep of Merkins.  I think it was the beginning of up 6.  We stayed on track for the others.  Dudes were bent over, I thought some were breathing too heavy.  After rep 10, at the top, I called a 30 count break.  Part of me regrets doing so but what’s the point in leading if no one follows?  Mentally the respite was necessary.

You also don’t need music to keep things in a rhythm that distracts one from the fatigue.  By leading IC you are transported to a different mental state where you can almost zone out and just robotically follow the cadence.  We found this place by up reps 8/9.  After down 8/9 we were able to pick up the pace until completion as if a switch was thrown in the mind.

Pyramid archaeology gets all the funding.  I hate pyramids.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:   Get your meditation in today and log it for accountability.  Prayers for Millenial and his M and their unborn baby as they recover from sickness.  Prayers for O’Reilly’s neighbor the wife and son he left behind.  Prayers for the Hill’s as they continue to morn the loss of Traveon.

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