Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Back to the Basics?


Seven warriors who care a little bit less about what the neighbors think posted to their backyards for a virtual beatdown, and another hopped in the shower to prepare for the COT.

The Thang: Mosey around the house/property and circle up for COP IC: 20 SSHs, 1 OUAPD (online upright APD), 10 DQs, 20 IWs, 10 Merkins, 20 LBCs.

Four corners. From the most public corner of your yard to the most private, 10 Merkins, 20 WWIs, 30 Squats, 40 MHs.

Partner up for a Dora. Each PAX does exactly 1/2 of the reps. Alternate with partner to run a lap around the house. 100 Merkins, 200 LBCs, 300 Squats.

Traveling Lindsay around the back yard. Freddie Mercuries and Broad Jumps.

Triple Check. One PAX does Step Ups, one PAX does WWIIs, one PAX runs a lap.

Upchuck joined us for COT.


Zoom happy hour at 6pm. Password is on Slack, or message Shakedown or YHC: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/995173694?pwd=YndqVUNwWnU0a0EycXhzODVuRFJIZz09

Prayers for Doublemint, Honeymoon, Marmaduke, Shakedown, Upchuck’s friend.

NMS: YHC wanted to keep things real simple, and did some research. First, posted with BoBerry with South Wake, where YHC kept getting disconnected during AMRAPs (this seems like a long set!). Some preparation is needed – see the pre blast.

Then YHC looked in the archives back to seemingly simpler times for inspiration. According to this BB, https://f3rva.org/2015/04/28/merkinfest-2015-2/, there were 25 Don Quixotes performed – YHC believes Wilson could fill 45 minutes with 25! In this BB, https://f3rva.org/2015/01/01/f3richmond-brings-in-2015-at-45mom/ TYA and Jville Q’d a Triple Check with a “repeat x4” – WTF3?! According to the same BB, there were 24 Wilson’s Wifes performed, defined as a “partner inverted military press”. So YHC went back to his fuzzy recollection of beatdowns past to conjure things we could do without thinking or seeing (as if in the gloom) – a classic COP, 4 Corners, Dora, Triple Check.

YHC asked PAX to check in after completing each exercise which seemed to work well. The Dora and Triple Check went pretty smoothly, though with more PAX may have been challenging to coordinate.

What caught YHC off guard were the disclaimer and COP. Cadence is very awkward due to a delay in the audio. YHC would hear the PAX when it was time to start the next rep, so would delay. PAX advised carrying on instead of waiting, so YHC would call “1” while hearing the PAX give the count. Perhaps we can consult with Lockjaw for best practices here.

Still hoping this is temporary, PAX worked on a name for this new AO. Candidate names were, “Wish I Had Picked Up the Dog’s Poop Last Night”, “Smell Like Your Own Dog’s Pee”, and “Splinter’s Shoe”. Sticking with the dog theme, and for memories of WDog, the PAX settled on “VR, Dawg”.

Upchuck joined us for the COT.

See you next Wednesday in the gloom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82270057337?pwd=dzhnV0RMalpVSXFzck1ZVzFFTVJOdz09 Password is on Slack, or message YHC.


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  1. Thanks for coordinating Offshore. Great to be back with the group, even if virtually.

  2. Thanks for leading today, Offshore. Good times.

    Appreciate the prayers for my friend.

  3. Good to be back in the gloom. Thanks for coordinating Offshore. Didn’t expect to be doing that much running around the yard, will have to clean up the obstacles next time.

  4. I kept wondering if a neighbor was going to see me (dressed in dark clothes and wearing a cap) running around the house and call the cops.

  5. Also, according to the pre-blast, the Q recommended we bring/find a chair for dips, decline merkins, etc. I guess I’ll have to wait until next week.

  6. It was for the step ups! I had nixed the dips and decline merkins in part in anticipation of Shakedown’s shoulder.

  7. Off Shore, Thanks for Organizing! Biggest social distance COP in RVA Ever! If Fudd and DTH zoom in, I think we’ll have the globe covered.

  8. Handshake (aka Elbow Bump) on

    Great job, men! Very creative. I’d love to see a helmet with an IPad mounted on it for maximum virtuality.

  9. Great solution for Social distancing! Something my 2.0’s could manage as they are glued to their phones! Like your idea of evenly spitting reps so everyone gets a proper beat down! Awesome Offshore!

  10. Awesome time this morning. Thank you Offshore for organizing this. The most challenging part was figuring out how long the run should take or how long it should be. The first time I ran in place. By the last run, I was running to the end of the street and back.