4 years ago on a similar, snowy Thursday morning YHC led a workout at Dawn Patrol in 5-6 inches of snow. Getting there was a challenge, but one met head on by 6 determined Pax, including 2 who ran 5 miles to the AO. 4 years later and today showed much the same determination and commitment. 3 arrived on foot, 4 on wheels. It was cold and we couldn’t feel our toes by the end. But, we had a blast. We accepted the challenge of posting on a day most wouldn’t, and faced Mother Nature’s best efforts to stop us. This post, like the one 4 years before, will be one of my favorites.
It all started on my way to the AO, when I encountered Friar Tuck jogging up the road. He was happy to jump in the Mystery Machine, even though he had to sit in the back, VIP style, because both of the passenger doors were frozen shut. Upon arrival at Green, we found Tinactin awaiting, steam rising from his truck. Hacksaw slid in seconds later, a smile on his face from ear to ear. Azul walked up next with his bookbag, ready to work. Then came The Captain running around the corner, followed closely by Waldo. The gang was all here. Without a site flag, the True Grit colors were planted in the white ground and it was time to go.
Quick jog around the school, judging the depth of snow and suitable locations for exercising. As we rounded the front, YHC attempted a chest slide down the big hill, but ended up simply flopping into the snow in a slow motion face plant. The following Pax wisely just kept running. The snow was sticky and offered great traction. We circled up on the crisp, white basketball court, and proceeded to do some Side Straddle Hops, Imperial Walkers, Merkins and Windmills. Then we moseyed over to the fence and lined up facing the school.
YHC called Plank on the Fence, which was really just Balls to the Wall, but with a fence. Next was a set of Dirkens, or Firkens? Back on our feet we Broad Jumped across the field. With 6 inches of fresh powder, every jump was clearly marked. No cheating today! Then came BTW with a 10 count from each Pax, except Azul. Then a handful of Burpees and Broad Jumps back across the snow. Some more Burpees and Merkins, a Peoples Chair or 2, and more to and fros across the field with lunges thrown in for good measure. I can’t remember exactly what we did, but at some point during all this, YHC presented the Pax with the second reciting of The Conundrum. The first being 4 years ago in 2014. You’ll have to post at my next Snow Day Q if you want to hear this powerful ode in person. The video above does it more justice.
Mary in the Middle
Leaving our bizarre tracks for school security to figure out later today, we moseyed back around to the front of the school. Bear climbed the hill and found a spot with only a light covering of snow and ice for some Mary: LBCs, Makhtar N’diayes, Freddie Mercuries, Squats and Flutters were included.
Search for Stairs
YHC had spotted a set of stairs at a previous post and wondered if they would be useful, so we broke snow over to find them. Unfortunately, they were not the stairs I had hoped for. We did a quick set of Irkins and backtracted to the school where there is a great set of stairs, all covered in snow as they were. Partner up. P1 runs up stairs, performs 5 Burpees and returns to P2. P2 AMRAPs an exercise until P1 returns. Flapjack. We did several rounds with Prisoner Squats, Merkins, Monkey Humpers and Cotton Pickers. Then threw in some Copperhead Squats, and possibly something else, before bear crawling back up the stairs, and Christmas Bearing down (formerly known as Crawl Bears). There was another exercise or two while we discussed the Christmas Bear. I recall laughing too hard to be able to finish the set of whatever it was.
With time running short, we returned to the flag and circled up for Sumo Squat Jumps, Wide Grips, Sumo Squat Jumps, Diamonds, and 10 Burpees OYO. Here too, there may have been something else, but it doesn’t really matter does it? No one in their right mind is reading this far anyway.
We did a quick name-o-rama, and YHC invited the Pax over to the Mystery Machine where I had hidden the sacred thermos. There was just enough for everyone to have a decent cup of hot coffee as we continued with announcements and prayers. To cap it off, Azul took us out with a solid word of thanks and prayer to the Lord.
It was an honor to Q today.