Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

An Elite 8 Battle the Darkness at Batteau


What a gorgeous August morning for a beatdown and 8 men posted to Batteau to see what Gumbo had in store. It was dark, but I think it went something like this:

Mosey one lap around the circle to wait for Hitchhiker to get his gear together, then pick him up on the mosey over to the Farmer’s Market lot for COP, including:

  • DQs
  • Helicopters
  • Imperial Walkers
  • SSHs
  • Tempo Merkins
  • Freddie Mercuries

All warmed up, time to work.


Farmer’s Market 11s – in the parking lot, form a line on one edge and start with 10 jump squats and 1 HRM. Lunge across to the other side. 9 and 2. Then, backwards run back. Continue until 1 JS and 10 HRMs. Al Gore for the SIX.

Mosey down the Hill of Ill Repute (all lights on – way to go City of Richmond) and congregate at the bottom.

Proper Dora – Without the Math

Partner up and one partner runs up the hill to the second light. Do 10 uphill merkins and run back. Partner two stays at the bottom doing as many proper dora combination exercises (1 merkin, 2 squats and 3 WWII situps) as possible until your partner returns. No number to get to, just 10 minutes on the clock. Repeato until Q calls time.

Mosey down the path and up the stairs (avoiding holes) up to the Tennis Court where Gumbo had dropped some side dishes.

The Suck with Toys

7 Exercises and 1 rabbit. Rabbit sprints the length of the court, slow/low side shuffle across and backwards run to the endline. Exercises were:

  • APDs
  • LBCs
  • Lunges
  • Plank
  • Jump Rope
  • Goblet Squats holding 35lb KB
  • One Arm KB Swings with 25lb KB

2 rounds through

ROF – Rosie Style

PAX in a circle holding Al Gore. On your turn, drop and do 10 merkins, then on your six, holding six inches until it comes back around to you. Then, do 10 Hello Dollies and back up to Al Gore. No flair, just strong, good-form merkins.


  • SSHs
  • Mark Spitz – Flutter Kicks with hands overhead
  • Rosalitas
  • American Hammers

Back to the Flag for COT, Number-rama, Name-a-Rama and YHC took us out


  • Convergence, Labor Day 0700 at Timberwolf
  • Retreat 9/21 – sign up for cornhole to help Vinny and others get numbers for the event and for food purposes.


It is always great to get over to Batteau and experience total darkness, some brutal hills and the Swiss-like precision timing of Sippy’s arrival. It is a unique AO with lots of painful possibilities. Thanks for working hard and letting me lead this morning men. Great to be with you.

No More Gumbo For You.


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  1. Swirly (F3 Corporate) on

    Great way to start the week. What a beautiful morning !
    Good Q Gumbo!
    Way to work guys.
    See ya’ll in the gloom..

  2. Well done Gumbo and I hope the jump rope makes a few more appearances. Keep up the great work brotha!

  3. Always enjoy a beat down from my stache brother. The circuit pain is a nice change of pace for Batteau. Well done brother!