PAX: Silver Medal, Umbrella, Black Widow, Trapper Keeper, Boone’s Farm, Bad Boy and En Fuego
QIC: En Fuego
Conditions: An ideal winter gloom, and 5 degrees sub the 32 degree ceiling we were after
7 HIM got up and got after it this Tuesday morning, taking on (and in YHC’s case being defeated by) the Bert – or at best a modified version of the Bert and at less than best perhaps more aptly coined a workout inspired by the Bert, due to said modification. The Bert is a Hero WOD in honor of U.S. Marine Cpl. Albert Gettings, who died 10 years ago this month while conducting counter-sniper operations in Iraq. 27 years old and survived by his wife, sister and parents – every quarter his fellow Marines honor him in completing the Bert.
0530 – Disclaimer given, and in some instances repeated again for Black Widow due to some headgear layer interference. MC ensues from our Purple Cow brethren and we’re off. Mosey around lot and up to the football field for COP – SSH, WMH, GMs and Scorpion Stretch. Partner up and instructions given for how the next 30-35 minutes are going to go down, with YHC giving the background of Cpl. Gettings and our intent to honor him today.
We kick things off with a 25 burpee and 400mm buy-in (15 burpees and one lap around track; 10 burpees and another lap) – then head to the end zone and find your partner. Begin the following:
- 150 merkins (total combined count between the two partners, approx. 75 merkins per PAX)
- Run 400mm
- 200 walking lunges across the football field (combined count)
- Run 400mm
- 300 squats (combined count)
- Run 400mm
R&R AMRAP for 30 minutes. All PAX got thru the walking lunges of Round 2 and subsequent 400mm run; TClaps to Umbrella and his cheat code partner Boone’s for getting some Round 2 squats in as well before time was called. Mosey back and huddle up for COT / BOM and some tailgate coffee.
- Great to have some III Pillars newbies in attendance this morning, with her charm clearly getting straight to the heart of TK, who HC’d for some future partakes in its Tuesday morning gloom. A win for Ironclad and its Away AO efforts there…
- The Bert proved itself to be no joke – even this partnered-up, watered down version of it. Great effort by the PAX – all in each HIM knocking out 2.5+ miles and approximately 150 merkins, 200 walking lunges and minimally 150 squats along with the burpee buy-in.
- Always good to be able to incorporate a Hero WOD into the workout mix and honor the life of a fallen soldier. YHC also wanted this to serve as a reminder to us all however that it doesn’t take a uniform and a deployment to Iraq to be a Hero or First Responder. We each have a calling in our lives to be the same – be it within our family, our neighborhoods, our 9-5 lives, etc. There are battles taking place all around us within a world that daily doesn’t want us to be all that we are capable of being, and with that we all have our Ms, 2.0s, shieldlocks, blades – you name it, that need someone, namely us, to be that First Reponder in their lives. First Responders that walk in courage, walk in conviction, aren’t waiting for someone else to fight their battles. First Responders that don’t chuck the responsibility or training and raising their 2.0s to the school system, that aren’t waiting on their Ms to be the first to apologize – men that are simply holding themselves to a higher standard of action and accountability than what the world around us might otherwise suggest. YHC is thankful for the service and sacrifice of Cpl. Gettings, and beyond appreciative of having the HIM of F3 around me – ensuring YHC continues to grow in a desire not to accept anything less than First Responder status from the man in the mirror.