In my 5+ years of F3, I’ve enjoyed making the journey across Sylvan Park (which today was treacherous, my friends, with ice and a cold chill . . . ) to visit Titan, the world’s only AO with a Parthenon (looking at you, F3 Athens). But I have never Q’d at this impressive locale . . . until today! 8 HIM braved the slick roads to make themselves better, complete with a theme and (of course) a playlist befitting the AO.
PAX: Black Lung, Chunks, Crawlspace, Kervorkian (Double Respect WL from New Bern NC), Natural Ice, Right Said, Tim the Toolman, Vector (QIC)
Conditions: 31 degrees with ice all around (but not in our hearts . . . aww)
Theme: Ancient Mythology (Greek, Norse, whatevs — you try making a playlist that fits 40 mins on the topic . . . )
Patented Cheesy Yet Secretly Good Playlist:
Venus – Bananarama
God of Thunder – KISS
Icarus – Bastille
Zeus – Eminem (f. White Gold)
Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
Way Down Hadestown – Hadestown Original Broadway Cast
Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson (I know it’s about Diana Ross, but c’mon, there’s a Roman Goddess named Diana too)
Venus – Frankie Avalon
Zero to Hero – From Disney’s Hercules
Cupid – Sam Cooke
Carve Away the Stone – Rush
Venus – Shocking Blue
Disclaimer given and then mosey to the side of the Parthenon:
- Warm-o-rama: WMH x 10, Good Mornings x 10, SSH x 20, LBC a 20, RLBC x 20, Squats x 20
- Thang 1: The Story of Sisyphus:
Famous for cheating death x 2, Sisyphus was committed by Hades to an afterlife doomed to push a large rock up a hill for eternity (as the rock would roll to the bottom just as he neared the top).
11s planned for the Parthenon steps (but rapidly changed as we noted the ice slick): Bear Crawl to top of grass/icy hill – Squats – Crawl Bear (trying to not break one’s arm/ankle/ass/etc.) to bottom – Merkins. Somewhat amusing watching the PAX navigate the downhill — but zero broken asses!
- Thang 2: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Mirroring the trials of early HIM Herc, we did 20 reps of 12 exercises: Merkins, Irkins, Derkins, Squats, Jump Squats, Mountain Climbers, Star Jumps, Dips, American Hammers, Happy Crunchy Frogs, Squats again, Burpees.
- Thang 3: Pheidippides and the Marathon.
In 490 BC, during the wars between Persia and Athens, Athenians were certain they’d lose and had sadly planned to burn their city and kill their women and children if they lost the Battle of Marathon, a burg about 40km away. Well, Athens won (“Do You Believe in Miracles!), so ole Pheidippides bolted to Athens to stop the destruction. So, in honor of his run, we ran 3 laps on the circle (4 if you’re Black Lung) and successfully saved Nashville.
- Thang 4: Working for that GOD BOD
20 of each:
- Mary with Alabama Prom Dates, Boxcutters, Some Crazy Plank Thing that Chunks Made Up, Freddy Mercuries to name just a few.
- Prayers for Chunks as he nears some big transitions at home with his mediation
- Prayers for travelling PAX
- Keep pushing all you LeanPaxers!
- A lot of beer drinking planned after LP is over (but don’t lose all of your gains, PAX!)
Thanks, HIM. As always, I appreciate your tolerance for my crazed themes and ’twas an honor to lead you this morning.