AO: Vineyard

When: 02/13/2020


Number of Pax: 8

Pax Names: Doddy, GoDaddy, Gut Check, Lizard King, Mouth-2-Mouth, Narco, Tiny Tat, Trill,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: Gut Check

The BackBlast:


YHC showed up early to ruck… alone again… and swept away 5 deer and what he hopes was a fox. The smell of pending rain was in the air. A 0515 check of the radar proved this was going to be a beauty. Squall line approaching by 0600. YES!


Mosey to the front of River Ridge, where YHC saw the fox (or coyote). Tiny Tat asks, “Is that yours?” when we circle around the fire hydrant up there. (He still has nightmares of Matchstick.) I remind him those are permanent hydrants.

14 SSHs
14 Weed Pickers (Trill mumbles on about how YHC’s family picks weeds for him while he chills in a rocking chair…)
14 Imperial Walkers IC
14 Windmills

The Thang:

Mosey over to the coupons YHC stashed away in front of the school–2 Suck Buckets, 2 40-lb sandbags, a 20-lb weight plate (for Foosball, who sacked his HC).

Tortoise and the Hare BOMBS for 2 rounds of 5 Burpees, 10 Outlaws, 15 Merkins, 20 BBSs, 25 Squats.

  • Tortoise: Carry coupon as fast you can (safely)
  • Hare: Do the exercise and then chase the Tortoise

YHC loves this routine for the constant fast/slow and exercise/carry. One day we’ll do all five rounds.

Enter the rain… and by rain YHC means… RRRAAAIIINNN and wind. Perfect time for a Flaming Hot Cheetos ring of fire!

Round 1: Plank in line around the traffic circle. The first man bear crawls the traffic circle and returns to do 10 Nipple Scraper Merkins. The next man goes until all have suffered. NOTHING in the world like taking a cold rain/wind shower while holding a plank for about 5 minutes.

Round 2: All men perform 20 Pickle Pounders IC then group Karaoke around the circle.

At this point, YHC calls an audible after a lightning strike in the distance.

Undercover DORA: Partner Up. 50 Merkins, 50 Squats, 50 Imperial Walkers. Repeat until time.


The cover of the bus lanes provided no respite from the water… they leak like a sieve. But at least we weren’t going to die by a lightning strike and could continue the workout.

COT under the cover was a new twist. Prayers for Narco’s dad (depression), Doddy’s mom (Heart), GoDaddy’s sister (praises for her recovery), The Pruitt family as they carry on after such a devastating loss, Bandcamp and the M’s labor (May he never say “we’re pregnant” again!)

Naked Man Moleskin:

The Vineyard has a true soft spot for me. Thursday has been a hard day for me to get out in the Gloom, but when I do, there’s no other place I want to be. Aside from the fact my kids go to school there, I love the place… such a great place to ruck and also for beatdowns. And the PAX that frequent are pretty alright too.

Marriage can be a mixed bag. Sometimes you’re moving fast and life is good, tons of momentum. And suddenly the world sacks you with a huge burden to carry and everything slows down. But your M and your brothers are there to pick you up. Let today’s workout be a reminder of that.

And also your reminder that Valentines Day is TOMORROW, fools, the 14th!

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