Thursday, October 29
F3RVA
Always 70 and Sunny
F3RVA
Always 70 and Sunny

Tres Amigos Climb the Stairway to Twin-Team Heaven

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Two towering Redwoods and YHC gathered at Bettie Weaver ES in the comfortable early darkness. Johnsonville planted a SF and took the Q. This is how it went down, more or less:

THANG:

Mosey out to James River Road and take a left toward JR HS. Turn left in front of JR HS and head back toward the football and baseball fields. Mosey around that loop counterclockwise to the intersection with Robious Road. Wave to Gumbo, who was almost certainly snug in his cozy FS.

Head east along Robious Road, crossing over to the cul-de-sac at the terminus of Twin Team Lane. Triangle up for a brief warmup, including ssh, don quiote, reverse pole smokers.

Stairway to Twin-Team Heaven — 1 F3 count jump squat, ascend to the top of Twin Team Road (looks ~1/2 mile on paper), do 1 burpee, return, plank sequence. Rinse and repeat 4x in all increasing the counts for jump squats and burpess.

Triangle up for merkins and LBCs. Mosey back to SF.

COT with Rosie taking us out.

MOLESKIN:

Rosie was consistently and comfortably the hill-run leader. McRib and I went along at similar speeds to one another, with McRib ascending first on legs 1 & 4.

The hill is so steep and painful that the burpees feel like a comfortable rest. Next time I run a Stairway to Twin-Team Heaven, I will probably cut the hill down to its steepest segment and increase the jump squats and burpees.

I gave Gumbo a poke above in jest. He has been under the weather, and we look forward to his return.

As we concluded with a COT, the skies opened. It was nice to get it done early today.

I will close by paraphrasing what David Dwight, my pastor (http://hopecentral.com/), pointed out in his sermon yesterday (who, I believe, was himself paraphrasing C.S. Lewis):

Humble men do not think less of themselves; they think of themselves less.

Great job men!

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  1. Nice job Jville. Those hills were tough and much needed by me who is not in good running shape right now.

    The quote above is spot on. There was a point this morning where I was struggling mentally and I had to remind myself that I was not in control and am not here for myself but for the men that I share the gloom with. It was a very freeing moment to realize that I just needed to relinquish the control and worry, and just follow the lead.

    Thanks for leading us today.

    McRib

  2. Thanks for the reminder that the Twin Team hill is not to be taken lightly, especially with repeats. You are right, I was happy to stop and do burpees, they let me catch my breath before rolling back down the hill.

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