Saturday, December 3
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The Grand Excursion – Freeman’s Revenge


“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Jefferson

On a cold blustery December day at New Boston High School a pax of 1 showed up.  The call to arms was made.  In the air was equal parts rain, doubt and determination.

The Thang

COP:  3 mile run on rural dirt road with the M. Then take vehicle to the New Boston High School football stadium for a solo beat down.  Wait a minute, that came out wrong.  I mean, getting after it by myself.

Usain In The Membrane:  100 yards of broad jump burpees.

Fantastic Fours:  Exercises were merkins, heels to heaven, Freddy Mercury, squats.  Start with 10 count of each exercise (two count FM) and run 100 yards.  This is a round.  On each successive round add 10 count.  Round 2 is 20 count of each.  Round 3 is 30 count of each. Round 4 is 40 count of each.

Lindsey’s Softball Playing Sister, Bertha – Start with 1 tire flip. **Please note this was the biggest tire YHC has ever flipped.”  Run approximately 50 meters to another tire and complete 10 decline merkins.  Back to the “Big Ass Tire or BAT” for 2 tire flips.  Back to the other tire for 9 decline merkins.  ETC till 10 tire flips at the BAT and 1 decline merkin.

Burpee Ladder Emmit Smith Style – Perform one burpee at the 10 yard line, back to goal line and run to the 20 yard line and complete 2 burpees.  Back to the goal line then to the 30 yard line for 3 burpees.  Etc till the entire field is completed with 10 burpees at the opposite goal line.

Namerama, numberama, Hardywood lead us out.

Moleskin – This was a self preservation effort.  After two days of driving across the country and a stop in Hot Springs, AR YHC was in dire need of a solid workout.  Let it be know that doing this crap by yourself is 10 times harder without the rest of the pax.  On every single workout YHC wanted to quit or cut it way back.  However, completing this solo and in 40 degree rain lead to a huge feeling of accomplishment and connection back to the friendly biosphere of the RVA mothership.  I have the deepest gratititude for the outstanding men of F3 Richmond. There is zero chance I do this workout in these conditions without the incredible guidance and support I have received over the past year.

The title of this post is in reference to fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson.  During the same time as the Lewis-Clark Expedition, Jefferson had sent Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis to explore the Red River in what he called “The Grand Excursion“.  It was labeled as a scientific journey, but he was really laying the ground work for westward expansion.  He knew that if he didn’t do it another country would.  Despite a well outfitted team, they were turned back by the Spanish on the Red River.  This spot is only a few miles from the NBHS stadium and is now known as Spanish bluff.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the great Yankee Aggressor and his family.

Please see Lab Rat’s “Appalachian Vacation“.  This is a trail running adventure on 12/28 on the AT.

Be super.



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  1. This crap is hard by yourself. Be sure to make a big ass list of men to get out to a workout to kick of 2017. Motivation will be high and we have the secret sauce.

  2. Swirly (F3 Corporate) on

    Excellent BB Hardywood ! Love the quote a quick history lesson.. We miss you around here dude – looks like solid solo work this morning buddy..
    Merry Christmas to you and your family – safe travels ..

  3. BT (Big Tennessee) on

    Well done, Hardwood. You would think everything would be easier without Lab Rat’s constant banter and TYA’s tights, but alas, it’s not!