Wild Kingdom – “Snowmageddon”
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Lake Zorinsky Park, Omaha, NE
27°, heavy snow and much lighter than typical for the #DarkestAO
PAX: Butterfly (Respect), Hawg (Respect), Cutting Edge, Mufasa, Cheap Seats, Tonight Show, Moonman, Wait Time, Grease Fire, Splinter, Convoy, Chucky, Armbar, Hard Hat
Thomas welcomed 13 PAX to the Wild Kingdom. Started to give the disclaimer, mission and credo but was interrupted by a train whistle, which meant 10 burpees to start the morning. Once those were out of the way, safety was stressed with the falling snow but the PAX were told to anticipate a fun beatdown.
The PAX performed a mosey through the snow to over near the boat launch where we were joined by Splinter running in late from his pre-run.
As we circled up another train whistle was heard (the PAX debated whether it was the same train or not, but nonetheless, 10 burpees were issued for the PAX).
Side Straddle Hop – 20 IC
Imperial Walkers – 15 IC
Tappy Taps – 20 IC
Sun Gods – 10 IC (forward and back)
Heading over to the Pre-Thang another whistle was heard but Butterfly confirmed it was indeed the same train and so no fresh burpees this time.
Pre-Thang: The PAX did a short mosey to the picnic shelter and each settled around a picnic table. Two rounds of dips (15) and derkins (15) were performed to complete the pre-thang.
The PAX took a mosey on the snow covered trail up toward the dam, but took a right at the top of the hill. There they discovered two sleds tucked in under an evergreen tree, which provided the perfect pusher exercise for the PAX. Upon discovering the sleds, one of Omaha’s finest came whipping around the trail in their SUV, but fortunately they seemed uninterested in the 15 PAX hanging around the trees just before dawn.
The PAX were divided into two groups and instructed to have one person from each team grab a sled while the remainder of the PAX stayed back to perform AMRAP exercises. The toboggan riders took a slide down the hill headed south and then ran back up the hill to rotate to the next rider. The PAX rotated through the following exercises during the beatdown while each PAX took a turn on the sled.
- Copperhead Squats
- Big Boys
- Twinkle Toes (Al Gore w/calf raise)
- Bobby Hurleys
- Superman (4-count)
- Alternating Shoulder Taps
- Monkey Humpers
- Flutter Kicks
While the intent of the Snow Grinder was to have the sled riders return quickly up the hill after the ride, some PAX took a more leisurely pace, much to the chagrin of those performing the exercise. We should all remember that these workouts are “you vs you” and not ridicule those walking up the hill, however long it seemed to take.
In general the PAX seemed to be enjoying the beatdown and most all PAX had the opportunity for at least two sled rides down the hill. The fun was nearing an end as Omaha was called and the PAX began to mosey back toward the shovel flags. Mufasa took one more turn on the sled as we progressed down the trail, nearly taking out the Six on our return. Fortunately we all returned safely, though the hidden patch of ice on the trail was a not so pleasant obstacle at the end.
Snowy Sweat Angels – 15 IC
American Hammers – 29 IC
Announcements CSAUP coming up on Saturday at 6:01 AM. Park in the parking lot near Stinson Park. Options available for those not able to participate in the full event. Chucky will be leading his VQ tomorrow at Top Rope. It’ll be open to all men not named Mufasa.
I’ve found that my COTs tend to be a message to myself, but one that may apply to others as well. With the New Year coming up, I often set goals for myself and ways that I wish to improve. I find that my biggest obstacle is often not the goal itself, but the transition. I’ve been through these before. There was a time when I could never have imagined myself running regularly, but thanks to inspiration from friends like Butterfly and Hawg among others, I now not only consider myself a runner but others do too. Similarly, not that long ago I would have never imagined leading a 5:30 AM workout in the snow while on vacation, but it’s become a part of who I am now too. But other things haven’t always worked out that way. In the period between where I was and where I want to be I feel like an imposter, and others may call me out too. An example, I have not historically been one to consistently open the car door for my wife. On the occasions that I do, she gives me crap for doing it since it’s out of the norm. This leads me to not do it consistently, but if I actually just did it consistently she’d learn that’s who i was and it wouldn’t even be a thing. There are other examples like that in my life, and I’m sure yours as well. My message to myself, and hopefully to you as well, is to believe in yourself through that time of transition to become who you want to be and don’t worry about that imposter nonsense, because soon enough others will forget about it too.
– Prayers for those battling illness, financial or relationship stresses
– Prayers to those that had to travel in the snow today and prayers for those workers keeping our roads clear