21 warriors rejected the fart sack and blazed a trail into Dogwood Dell for a beatdown that went something like this…
Mosey to Swan Pond and find a location in the neighboring field
COP (All IC)
10 Don Quixotes
10 Imperial Walkers
10 Copperhead squats
Mosey to swan pond at the bottom of the hill
– Partner up
– One does dips while the other runs up the hill and does 10 burpees and returns
– continue until down to 1 burpee, rotate dips & copperhead squats at the bottom
Mosey back to the shovel flag
Numberama, Namerama, YHC took us out.
Today marked the one-year anniversary of my first Dogpile beatdown experience. YHC had never Q’d this noble AO and he was nervous, but ready, for the challenge. The PAX has picked up on YHC’s liking of SSHs and he had plans coming in for the 365 day anniversary. Thanks to the fighting spirit of the PAX, the plans came to fruition.
The mumble chatter was buzzing as the PAX started running into the dark and down the street. “Does this guy know that this is not a running AO?” “There is no doubt that we are going to get lost.” and my favorite one “Is he leading us all the way back up to Mechanicsville??”
The PAX landed in a field and circled up. YHC alerted the PAX that this is where the F3 app showed the Dogpile workout a year ago and he had parked on the adjacent street while looking for the workout. He quickly realized that he was in the wrong spot and made his way over to the real location. YHC decided to bring the PAX to that original spot in order to begin dishing out the pain.
The 100 SSHs were met with the normal groan but the PAX slammed through them. YHC got nervous partway through when he realized that there were houses right across the street. He had already angered neighbors of The Creek months ago and he anticipated another angry women in a bathrobe yelling at the PAX in the same way as that fateful morning. It didn’t happen.
The PAX went to work on the goose poop hill and slayed the burpees. YHC audibled the dips to rotate between dips & copperhead squats. That provided a helpful change of pace in the midst of the fight. The PAX rallied and came alongside the final partners to finish the job and sprint to the top of the hill.
YHC had the PAX turn and look at the sunrise and pond. It was a beautiful scene… for 100 more SSHs… The PAX then bolted back to the SF where YHC had a decision. 4 1/2 minutes with 265 SSHs in the books… Do we go for 35 to round it out to 300 SSHs or fight for the original (insane) plan of going for 365…? What do you think? We pounded out 100 SSHs to cross the finish line with 365 SSHs and a shared experience that will last a lifetime.
YHC cannot thank the PAX enough for the encouragement, inspiration and challenges of Dogpile. All of the AO’s bring a specific flavor but this one is near and dear to my heart because it always takes me way out of my comfort zone. YHC wanted to return the favor to all of those who have almost broken me at the Rusty Cages or in the amphitheater or the field (killing field?) next to Carillon or “Love Hill” or across the bridge (with burpees!). There are endless memories of pain and conquest at Dogpile and YHC sees it as the Super Bowl of F3 RVA.
YHC was honored to lead this crew of men through a fight this morning worth fighting. We are all better and stronger for it. The more that we deny ourselves and fight through these challenges, the more that we will be able to do the same in other arenas of our lives. How great is it that the Today Show featured F3 on the show this morning after a glorious beatdown like this one! YHC is truly grateful to be a part of this band of brothers who is rejecting mediocrity and facing life’s challenges together!