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#Eclipse2017 Part 2


YHC and MDreamliner (Papyrus) travelled to SC this weekend to take-in the eclipse. It was both of our first eclipses and definitely worth the drive … for the most part.

We stayed in Charleston at a hotel on Saturday and then with an F3 friend (Nick) on Sunday evening. Hotels have been sold out for months. A tweet, e-mail, and slack post brought 23 PAX out on Monday to Cyclone which was one of YHC’s home AOs (it is YHC’s assumption that the average is lower). Cyclone was where YHC received his F3 name on Memorial Day 2016. YHC is truly thankful for everyone that came out and it was great to see all of you. Obviously, F3 is more than just a workout.

With a cloudy weather forecast in Charleston, we made an executive decision to move the viewing to an eclipse party at Papyrus’s college roommate’s home in Columbia, SC; great choice. It was 93°F and blue skies. Totality was epic. Darkness, horizon “sunset”, planets, crickets chirping, bats overhead, “diamond ring” on backside of totality, and a potential dragon viewing (this is the only one we are not 100% sure on).

Unfortunately, this was not the end of the adventure for YHC and the M. Departing just before 17:00, the ETA on Waze read 22:10. The comment was made that it would be nice to be back before 23:00. This was not to be. The ETA continued to creep up as one specific mile on I-95 took 20 minutes (that’s slower than walking). We rolled into the apartment just shy of 02:00. The alarm clock sounded off at 04:30 and YHC begrudgingly emerged from the fartsack. This did not even feel like a new day but a continuation of the previous night. Suffice it to say, YHC loves you guys because that is absolutely the only thing that got him out of bed.

The one nice thing about the 9+ hour drive was that YHC had plenty of time to plan his Q which he had signed up for weeks ago not thinking about the return trip from SC.


The Thang:

#Eclipse2017 part 2 (Excerpts from “25 Facts about the 2017 American Eclipse”).

  1. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970.

38 SSH, 19 Imperial Walkers, 79 LBCs, Run lap

  1. Eclipse totalities are different lengths. The reason the total phases of solar eclipses vary in time is because Earth is not always at the same distance from the Sun and the Moon is not always the same distance from Earth. The Earth-Sun distance varies by 3 percent and the Moon-Earth distance by 12 percent. The result is that the Moon’s apparent diameter can range from 7 percent larger to 10 percent smaller than the Sun.

Lap with 3 burpees and 12 squats at 7 to 10 stations

  1. Solar eclipses occur between Saros cycles. Similar solar and lunar eclipses recur every 6,585.3 days (18 years, 11 days, 8 hours). Scientists call this length of time a Saros cycle. Two eclipses separated by one Saros cycle are similar. They occur at the same node, the Moon’s distance from Earth is nearly the same, and they happen at the same time of year.

18 WWII, 11 crunchy frogs, 8 X-factor [all in cadence (IC)]

  1. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse. In fact, if you have clear skies on eclipse day, the Moon will cover at least 48 percent of the Sun’s surface. And that’s from the northern tip of Maine.

48 flutter kicks (2-count).

  1. First contact is in Oregon. If you want to be the first person to experience totality in the continental U.S., be on the waterfront at Government Point, Oregon, at 10:15:56.5 a.m. PDT. There, the total phase lasts 1 minute, 58.5 seconds.

1 minute, 58.5 seconds of Catalina wine mixers

  1. Totality lasts a maximum of 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds. That’s it. To experience that length, you’ll need to be slightly south of Carbondale, Illinois, in Giant City State Park. You might think about getting there early.

AMRAP for 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds: Sets of 10 Carolina Dry Docks around the sun (more on that in next fact).

  1. Only one large city has a great view. Congratulations if you’re one of the 609,000 people lucky enough to live in Nashville. The city center and parts north of it will experience 2+ minutes of totality. Unfortunately, that’s the only large city with a great view.

(DORA style) 200 merkins, 200 LBCs, 200 squats, 9 burpees together. All exercises performed on “Earth” (~6ft. diameter flower bed). Running PAX required to perform lunar gravity assist [run small circle around “moon” (single cone)], then perform one full orbit around the sun (six cones arranged in large circle about 50 yards from the moon and earth) before a direct re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The sun, moon, and Earth were of course in-line so as to create an eclipse.

  1. Nature will take heed. Depending on your surroundings, as totality nears you may experience strange things. Look. You’ll notice a resemblance to the onset of night, though not exactly. Areas much lighter than the sky near the Sun lie all around the horizon. Shadows look different. Listen. Usually, any breeze will dissipate and birds (many of whom will come in to roost) will stop chirping. It is quiet. Feel. A 10°–15°F drop in temperature is not unusual.

10-15 count by Triple Option. FEBA.

  1. The future is bright but long. The next total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. occurs April 8, 2024. It’s a good one, too. Depending on where you are (on the center line), the duration of totality lasts at least 3 minutes and 22 seconds on the east coast of Maine and stretches to 4 minutes and 27 seconds in southwestern Texas. After that eclipse, it’s a 20-year wait until August 23, 2044 (and, similar to the 1979 event, that one is visible only in Montana and North Dakota). Total solar eclipses follow in 2045 and 2078.

20 Freddy Mercury’s, 44 leg lifts

  1. This eclipse will be the most-viewed ever. I base this proclamation on four factors: 1) the attention it will get from the media; 2) the superb coverage of the highway system in our country; 3) the typical weather on that date; and 4) the vast number of people who will have access to it from nearby large cities.

YHC believes this prediction was correct.


Circle of Trust (COT):

Some seriously impressive science and mathematics make the predictions on eclipses very accurate. Our (human kind’s) understanding of this phenomena has grown leaps and bounds from what our ancestors understood thousands of years ago. YHC has come to realize that a greater scientific understanding of this universe does not discount or discredit the existence of a divine creator but further solidifies it. Take the iPhone as an analogy. Most people have a working knowledge of how an iPhone works. A select few have an innate understanding of the inner workings (the hardware, the software, the communication protocols, etc.). If you asked any those select few if Steve Jobs existed, what would be their answer?


Naked Man Moleskin (NMM) and Announcements:

Deflator definitely took the win on answering the trivia questions. YHC hopes SpaceMonkey appreciated the space theme of the workout. Triple Option brought the point home with great follow-ups during the COT.

ReeseStrong 5K/Crab Fest CSAUP in Richmond, VA on 09/16/2017. Contact SubMac for details.


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