IRONPAX Challenge Week 0
AO: The Octagon
Date: August 25, 2020
Weather: 74 F and 8 mph wind 0% precip
PAX: Biff, Polaroid, The Big One, Rollbar, Sparty, Bubbles, Khakis (Respect!), Smashmouth, Chicklets (Respect!), Splinter….cell, Blue Chip, Birdman, Nightcrawler, Wentworth, Slick, Hawg (Respect!), FDIC, Lucky Charms, Brazilian, Folsom
Q/Proctor: Hard Hat
The morning was warm, still, and dark. PAX were showing up as the proctor was setting up. Although warned that the track at the Octagon was short of 400 meters, HH had no idea it’d be as short as it was (66.14 meters to be precise). By golly, YHC was prepared though. Cones were set up for the start and finish of each 400 meter run required for this brutal “practice” workout. With cones, lights, clipboard, and speaker in place, the PAX were welcomed promptly at 0530 for the widely anticipated first iteration of the 2020 IPC in Omaha. Although knowing there were no FNGs, YHC still asked if there were any, which brought about a few chuckles and reminiscing of last year when at least one FNG showed up to and IPC workout, and countless other PAX would show up unsuspecting what they were getting into. The explanation of the routine, some demonstration, and logistics to complete were provided. A couple of PAX spoke up to advise that although this is “you vs. you” to pick up the six, motivate your brothers, etc.
Then the question came… “Do we warm up?” The proctor wasn’t planning a warmup, but since the question was asked, it was considered. At this point, the average time to complete was 31 something minutes. This doesn’t give much time for a warmarama, COT, etc. But, these guys looked like they needed a little something to get them going.
Warmarama: 20 SSH IC–> 20 Tappy Taps IC –> 20 high knee hip twisty things (all counted at an almost Red Bull pace)
- Four rounds for time
- 50 Air Squats
- 40 Big Boi Situps
- 30 Merkins
- 20 Bonnie Blairs (the hard count)
- 10 Burpees
- 400 Meter Run
As the guys were starting to get to the second round (located at the 2nd cone 66.14 meters from the start) the proctor realized that soon, the tunes would be difficult to hear and would need to be moved. Thankfully YHC was planning on proctoring and not necessarily completing the entire workout. The freed me up to move the speaker from cone to cone and still do many of the exercises and laps with the gang. During the explanation of the logistics, I also stated that I’d be at the finish line with the clipboard to help guys get their time recorded (some were thinking “he seems really confident he’ll finish before everyone else”). That didn’t quite work out, as some of these beasts were finishing before I realized it. About 5 or 6 had finished before I got to the finish to work on recording times for everyone.
It was great to see guys finish, catch their breath, then either run with guys still competing, or go do burpees, etc. with guys at the final stations. Everyone was finished by 0611 which timed out perfectly to conclude with our usual stuff.
- Titan Alley AO launching 9/7
- IPC Week 0 being offered again 8/28 at Wild Kingdom, and 8/29 at The Combine at 0600.
- Prayers for Slick and his M with the upcoming birth of their son.
- Prayers for friends and family of one of Folsom’s co-workers that passed away.
Circle of Trust: The IronPAX time of year is interesting for sure. Some PAX love it, some despise it, and many are indifferent. The guys that despise it had the fact that its a competition and believe that is not what F3 is about. They are right. There is nothing about competition in the core principles, the mission, or the credo. But the credo does say “Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you find him.” That tells me that we need to accelerate ourselves and those around us. Competition is one way of doing that. It got me thinking about some quotes about competition, and a couple came to mind (and through a little research).
- “A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.” – Ovid (ancient Roman poet)
- “I’ve seen some of my brothers push themselves beyond what they thought they could do. Never been prouder than watching the stallions, totally smoked, gather alongside the 6 and finish the job with him. Proud for them AND proud for the 6 who never quit. Hell, I’ve pushed myself to the limits on this. It’s all about what you make it, if you’re concerned with cheating or it being too hard, you won’t have fun with it. Make it about blowing up your comfort zone an pushing yourself and your brothers. Then it’s pretty awesome.”
I don’t think I could’ve said it any better. Everyone showed up, completed the challenge, pushed themselves, pushed their brothers, picked up the six. This was a solid example of what the IronPAX challenge should be all about.