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T-Cell and YHC Harvey Updyke (VQ)
22 (including 1 FNG) gathered together in the early dawn, commenting on the beautiful cool morning; by some unexplainable mystery of nature, the temperature seemed to rise by 15-20 degrees over the course of just a few minutes…
Co-QICs T-Cell and Harvey Updyke educated the pax on the history of the University of Tennessee and University of Alabama football programs, two of the most storied and successful SEC schools in history. T-Cell got things started with the disclaimer and led the first 15-20 minutes.
- Mosey to the small parking lot near the McCabe roundabout on the golf course side
- SSH x25
- WMH x20
- Merkins x10
THANG, PART 1:
Mosey down the greenway past the driving range, 3-4 minutes or so to a fairway with a hill. T-Cell proceeded to commemorate the “Voice of the Vols”, Tennessee sportscasting great John Ward, one month to the day since his passing. Ward was widely known for his trademark touchdown call “GIVE…HIM…SIX!” As such, we honored his memory with Sixes: 1 Merkin at the bottom, run up the hill, 5 Jump Squats at the top, back down the hill – each round, adding one Merkin and removing one Jump Squat from the count until we fully inverted to 5 & 1.
T-Cell brought the tunes along, blasting Rocky Top at the bottom of the hill. Counterintuitively, the pax were noticeably faster running up the hill away from the music than they were running back down. T-Cell also reminded the pax that the goal line at the bottom of the hill was the speaker; some mumble chatter may have arisen about purposely stopping a little shy, as this was the UT portion of the workout, after all.
THANG, PART 2:
T-Cell turned over the ball (hehe) to Harvey Updyke to take the pax home. Wise decision, as you never want to count on UT in the second half. YHC led the pax in a mosey back to McCabe community center, and took them on a quick history lesson: the day was October 21, 2006, and YHC was a freshman at the fine University of Alabama. Head Coach Mike Shula was in his final season at Bama, and unfortunately the Tide could not get it done against Phil Fulmer’s Vols in Knoxville. Fortunately, this was one of the final straws that led to Coach Shula’s dismissal, and as most of us know, his replacement turned out aight. So aight, in fact, that that sad day was the last time that UT downed Bama. It’s been 4,290 days since the Vols have found success against the Tide.
As such, we completed a total of 42 Burpees, along with 90 second intervals around an 8-station Ring of Fire, in the following order:
- 21 Burpee buy-in
- Ring of Fire, 90 seconds AMRAP at each:
- Ranger Merkins
- One-Legged Calf Raises
- Lt. Dans
- Low Country Crab
- Imperial Walkers
- 21 Burpee buy-out
Back in the parking lot, we celebrated each of Bama’s National Championships with a rep in a pax-determined core exercise – so 17 of each:
- Freddie Mercuries – YHC
- Scissor Kicks – Vector
- Crunchy Frogs – honestly don’t remember who called this one, the pain was too great and my glasses are usually fogged at this point
Count-O-Rama, Name-O-Rama, and welcomed FNG Carlos Shivers aka Dewey Decimal (he’s a librarian). Great to have you out with us man, be sure to come back! Reminders about TN Can Ruck – meet at Fat Bottom Brewery at 1:45 tomorrow – ruck starts at 2 sharp. Prayers for:
- TK’s wife’s grandmother Marie is in the ICU, prayers for healing and peace among the family
- Reveille’s cousin continues her recovery process
- Reveille’s dad and brother both ship out soon, prayers for safety
- Right Said’s friend getting the ole’ wisdom teeth yanked. Prayers for no dry sockets but maybe some YouTube-worthy pain med vids
It was an honor to co-Q with T-Cell, take on my VQ, and celebrate my 30th birthday with such excellent men. Thank you for the opportunity.