Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

The Million Merkin March


11 extraordinary men dominated Dogpile on a beautiful Saturday including one FNG. The conditions were optimal for success.  We took full advantage of those conditions.

The thang:

COP  – 20 X SSH, Imperial Walker, LBC, Freddy Mercury, +10 Merkin.  Homage paid to Gnarly Goat.

4 Rounds – Run up stairs at The Carillon, lunge across, back down, bear crawl to flower pots and run back to stairs.

Ladder Of Domination – Picking six trees of semi equal distance apart in the field in front of The Carillon, run to the first tree to perform 5 merkins and 5 LBC.  Run back to start, then to the next tree line for 10 merkins and 10 LBC.  Repeat this to 30.

Even Steven – Perform the following 10 pull ups (by any means) then run to the fire hydrant to perform 10 two count American Hammers.  Sets decline in volume to 8, 6, 2, 4

Dora’s Valley Of Doubt – With a partner complete  50 burpees, 100 merkins, 200 dips, 300 SSH.  While one partner exercises the other runs the valley behind the amphitheater.

Mosey back to the flag.

COT – numberama, namerama and The Carpenter graciously lead us out.

YHC is happy to report this workout produced a soreness that still lingers as a pleasant reminder. Without confirmation from the USGS, YHC is lead to believe that the sides of the hill got steeper and longer with each rep of Dora’s Valley Of Doubt. Bleeder has the best bear crawl on the planet.  YHC has it on good authority that the Maymont bear has hit him up on Twitter for tips.  Oyster is the F3 version of a pool shark.  No person at anytime should challenge him to a footrace.  He will pretend he has never run before, present you with an aw shucks look and then proceed to run so fast that his hat will catch on fire.  Welcome Bypass and congrats on the new job.  The Carpenter is so good at closing the COT he should look into doing that as a profession.

It is with great intention that I present challenges that are just hard enough to have the little voice inside your head say “you have got to be flipping kidding me”.  Perhaps it’s one of those things that I really want to learn and that’s why it’s so important to me.

Life is full of challenges and doubt.  For better or worse, I don’t know that you can live any kind of life you’d be proud of without either of those two things.  So rather than avoiding them, what I do think you can do is learn how to respond. When things look a little overwhelming and you aren’t sure you have what it takes, you have a couple of choices.

You can throw your hands up in the air and tap out like normal people.  Or you can look at the pool of your own sweat and will your body to come back for one more rep.

I say, one more rep.




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