Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Old Glory’s Initial Flight at W-Dog


A lucky number 13 warriors of the gloom (some of whom knew what they were getting) broke free from the blissful comfort of the warm sack and posted at W-Dog for a Hump Day beatdown that was an old faithful that has just not graced W-Dog yet….it was an Old Glory.

After a brief introduction, YHC grabbed Old Glory, illuminated his headlamp and headed towards the road and down towards the bridge.  We hooked a right on Pump House Rd. and ran around the back of the AO and up the hill to the field in front of the Carillon – a little over 1 mile for those counting.

Plank for the six and Old Glory instructions were given — a timed exercise (20 minutes on the clock) and the goal was to complete as many “laps” as possible in that time.  Since our field is about 1/2 the size of the fields at NoToll, YHC decided to define a “lap” as follows (forgive the lawyer in me):

  • Perform 20 Merkins at the Carillon-end of the field (near the flag)
  • run the outside line of the field to the far end of the field and perform 20 jump-squats
  • run the outside line of the field back to the Carillon-end of the field and perform 10 Burpees
  • run the outside line of the field to the far end and perform 20 WWII sit ups

When time expired, gather back at the flag and plank for the six.

Unearth Old Glory and form up in a single-file line for a 1-mile (maybe a bit more) Native American run with the front man always carrying Old Glory.  Route was exiting the Carillon field away from the amphitheater to the alternate exercise circle, right to Rugby Road, Right on Rugby Road, Right on Park Drive and quick left on Blanton Avenue, Right on Trafford Road, Right on Spottswood Road (around the VITA Trail area), Right on Shirley Lane and straight across Park Drive back to the gathering spot.

Re-plant Old Glory and have 3 minutes of Mary with LBCs x20 IC, American Hammers x20 IC and Flutter Kicks x20 IC.

COT, Number-rama, name-a-rama and YHC took us out with a blessing for our continued health and the ability to keep getting out into the gloom, for the strength to carry us through our day and for the Sky-Q to watch over all our friend and family and those struck by yet another natural disaster with the earthquake in Mexico City.


For those on Twitter, you knew what was coming and you posted anyway…kudos.  For the rest of you, by the time you posted, your fate was sealed and it was too late.

Strong work by everyone, but Sippy destroyed the W-Dog version of the Old Glory.  Swirly and Tobit were both hot on his heels, but when Sippy lapped YHC he looked to be getting stronger by the lap.

YHC paused for a brief moment to check his watch and a Skinny-Bitch-Bleeder blur went flying past me.  Strong work Bleeder.

Super strong work by WOJO gutting out the Native American run at the end.  Way to push it brother.

When you are LIFO, it is nice to have a partner – Circle K and Ollivander managed to get their opening 1-mile in (albeit different from the PAX) and find the PAX a few minutes into the exercise portion and they jumped right in.  Nice job guys.

Personally, I think Old Glory travels well and worked great at W-Dog!  Nice job men.

No more Gumbo for you!


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  1. YIKES. Thanks Circle K. Apparently a couple hours in the high altitude on the ropes course at UR with my son’s 6th grade class today screwed me up. Highly recommend the ropes course over there by the way – good fun!

  2. Never fear circle k. Bigdata is always watching. There is equilibrium in the universe.

    By the way. Nice Q Gumbo.