16 thoroughbreds arrived full of spirit and ready to get the day started off on the right foot (hoof). BT planted the shovel flag and we were off to the races. Here’s how it went down.
Mosey to the circle at the top of the amphitheater for COP:
Helicopters x 10, Abe Vigodas x 10 (nice and slow, baby), Merkin x 10, Leg lifts x 15, SSH x 20
Mosey to the Paddock (Rusty Cage on any other day) to showcase some strength. Partner up and perform 5 pull-ups, 5 chin-ups, 10 partner dips each, run together to Carillon and back. Repeato x 3. Al Gore until all PAX is finished, then 2 quick burpees for fun.
Mosey to Amphitheater for a Mint Julep. 5 box jump burpees on the bottom step. Run/walk/climb up 15 steps. Complete 10 merkins on 15th step, then run down to the bottom of the amphitheater. Repeato x 7 to complete one Mint Julep.
Mosey to the Winner’s Circle at the top of the Amphitheater. Complete ascending lateral curb crawl to 3 and back down to one. Retire to the grassy circle for a mini-Mary of Freddie Mercury x 20, cross-legged leg lifts x 16 (each leg).
Native American run on the Yellow Brick Road back to the flag to complete mini-Mary of LBC x 30, finished with a Ring of Fire. Circle K took us out.
HDHH: May 16 at Independence Golf club for range balls and cocktails. Gumbo has a key to the range ball machine and knows the secret handshake. Not sure if it will be a hostile takeover or a gentlemanly occupation of the range, but it will most certainly be fun. Come out and get some practice in before Wilson’s annual golf tourney on May 19. Get on a team and come out: it’s ALWAYS a good time and for a great cause.
Shakedown is shaving his head and raising money for children’s cancer. See his backblast and follow him on Twitter.
Offshore is donating (not accepting!) fluids to VCU today. If you’d like to join him, have at it.
Lots of witty heckling welcomed YHC before we got started today, with encouragement and excitement over my “VQ.” Yes, it has been a minute since I led these seasoned steeds, and I had to get that 0% off of the column. #bigdata. Lab Rat then commented that he’d never done an Old Glory at Dogpile. Touche, #onetrickpony. It is the week of the Kentucky Derby, so the theme was a no-brainer. The Mint Julep was a hit the last time and proved to be so again. As with the beverage (and nipples), the exercise holds true that one may not be enough, but 3 is too many. We kept it at one and will get to 2 next time. EF Hutton left some shin skin in the amphitheater, but it was really to let the “other crew” know that the AO is ours, and cones, clipboards and yoga mats are better used elsewhere. Loved having them camp off to the side, watching us while we got to work. On the run back, I half thought Swirly was going to circle the yoga mat crew a couple of times just for good measure. Deep thoughts with Lab Rat: how much does it cost to get to sleep in? The Offshore/fluids banter has impressive staying power and never gets old. Good to hit the cage with Shakedown, and as always the brotherhood in this group is a powerful force. Nothing better than starting the day with that kind of energy. It was a pleasure to lead, men, and I am grateful for every second. Aye! -BT