AO: The Patriot
The PAX: Dr. D.; Hightower; Jenner; Maj. Payne; Noodle; Pierogi; Prenup; Rainmaker; Subprime; Lucius.
The Scene: Nearly perfect—low 40s, dark, light fog.
Warm Up: Social lap; Windmills; Arm Circles; Cherry Pickers; 8-Count Body Builder; Willie May Hayes
NO-BURPEE* BLIMPS: Six stations of 8-Count Body Builders, Lunges, Imperial Squat Walkers, ‘Merkins, Plank Pivot-Wiper Things, Squats with Overhead lift. Pyramid of 8-10-12-10 reps, punctuated by 50-yd runs. Skipped the last s8-rep pyramid step, so PAX could get to coffee on time.
PAX split into two teams for parallel exercises:
– NO SANDBAGGING: 50-lb sandbag clean and throw; supported by bear-crawling comrades.
– LIFE IS BETTER WITH COUPONS: Cinder block curls and shoulder-to-shoulders
ABBREVIATED MARY: LBCs; Flutter Kicks
We often question why we wake early to lift cinderblocks and throw sandbags. Many of us define goals to motivate and structure our exercise. But goals can obscure the enjoyment of simply doing the work itself.
Teddy Roosevelt, work-out fanatic and proponent of the strenuous life, wrote that during his time as a rancher in the Dakotas “[w]e knew toil and hardship and hunger and thirst; and we saw men die violent deaths … but we felt the beat of hardy life in our veins, and ours was the glory of work and the joy of living.”
As you continue to work toward your goals, do not lose sight of the joys of the work. Carry this with you from the field of the Patriot as you work the other areas of your life.