5 frozen fighters (no FNGs… I wonder why?) and their cars slid into the partially frozen parking lot this morning at DaVille and fired up a beatdown to try to stay warm. The sunny and 70 degree fun fest went something like this…
Mosey down the Atlee high school road to the back near the football field and circle up on the side of the road.
100 SSHs, 10 merkins IC, 20 imperial walkers, 10 merkins IC, 20 don quixotes, 10 merkins IC, arm circles (10 small / 5 large – reverse), 10 merkins IC
Mosey to the road for curb crawls – 1 merkin, bear crawl across the road and increase the merkin. Continue back-and-forth up to 5 and then continue back-and-forth while descending back down to 1 merkin.
Mosey to the middle of the parking lot for Touch a (Frozen) Tree. 10 werkins in the center of the parking lot (spot 525), run to a tree, 10 merkins. Repeat for 10 trees.
Mosey around the long loop on the road by the elementary school, middle school and then back to the start while stopping for 20 merkins at 4 different locations along the way.
Numerama, Namarama, Announcements. YHC took us out.
YHC shook his head as he realized a few days ago that he had signed up to Q a few days after Daylight Saving Time (aka Death). He shook his head again last night when he realized that it was going to be right at freezing with rain coming down. He then had a vision of Abacus saying, “THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC AND GLORIOUS!” and that fired up the engines!
YHC showed up to an empty parking lot and it stayed that way until 5:28 am. Spit sent a text message indicating that he had been up most of the night with his sick daughter and that he was fighting a cough. He made the right call and we missed him. Three cars then came flying into the parking lot and everyone waited until the final 20 seconds before getting out. We then took off running into the wind. Mumble chatter was light as the wind and rain pounded our faces. YHC did have the thought, “This is the dumbest and greatest idea” as the rain bounced off his face.
The theme of the beatdown was “Making the MERKIN Great Again.” YHC has missed the insane amount of merkins that went down in November for the monthly challenge so he decided to bring back some love and respect for the merkin. The PAX did not disappoint with their tireless commitment to this exercise.
The “normal” 100 SSHs warmed up the troops well and then we dropped for what YHC termed some “sloppy merkins” as we put our hands down into pools of water in the grass. There was no hiding from the bitter cold this morning! Most of the PAX turned away from the howling wind and faced away from that exponential pain. This was a scene that YHC had never witnessed.
After getting loose and ready, Phonics found us after running all over DaVille to locate us. T-claps to this man for not giving up and going home to embrace the delayed fart sack!
The PAX pushed through the workout and strangely seemed at home in the midst of the insanity as we ran around the long loop. Pleasant conversations popped up along the way and encouragement was shared by all.
YHC experienced THE fastest namerama and numberama in his almost year of F3. The announcement from Circle K was simply, “It is cold. Let’s pray and get outta here!” YHC agreed and threw down a prayer to finish up the adventure.
T-claps to these men of men who showed up and fought through the beatdown together. We definitely made the merkin great again and we will have this freezing rain memory for many years to come!