PAX: Doll Face, Othello, Black Flag, Spacebar, Wentworth, Stella, Folsom, Ditty, Pigpen, Romeo, Touche’, bloodshot FNGs: Sawblade
It was a beautiful, invigorating morning at Heavy Metal! Spacebar (the hardest working Site Q in the Region) brought some lamps to help YHC set up the field for the THANG. We had a handful of pre-runners and ruckers. Promptly at 5:30 AM, YHC welcomed the PAX, recited the Mission, Core Principals Credo and Disclaimer. No FNGs this morning.
PAX moseyed to the stage and circled up for WOR.
SSH x 15 IC | Cherry Pickers x 15 IC | Tappy Taps x 15 IC | Imperial Walkers x 20IC |Mountain Climbers x 15 IC
We moseyed to the opposite end of the park to use the benches. We did 2 sets of 15 Step ups (OYO) and 2 sets of 20 Dips IC. With our legs and shoulders sufficiently warmed up, we proceeded to the Thang.
THE THANG: 3 Man Grinder
PAX moved to the playground and I explained the format.
There were 2 stations on opposite ends of the field (approximately 75 yards apart.) One PAX would perform AMRAP exercises at each station until relieved by a team member. The 3rd team member acted as the ‘pusher’. The exercises were as follows:
Shoulder/Arms Station—Military Press, Ben Afflecks, Curls for Girls, Chest Press )on back) Chest Flys (on back).
Legs/Abs Station—Alt Lunges with weights, Big Boys with weights, Chillcut Planks (30 second intervals), Goblet Squats. Rinse and Repeat.
Most 3-man teams completed all the exercises at least once when “Omaha” was called at 6:02 AM.
Low Dollies x 15 IC | Box Cutters x 15 IC | Burpees Rancid Style x 11 IC
4-Year Anniversary, Brick Builder, Apex Testing, Blood Drive, and other events. See Slack for Details.
This past Saturday morning, my 2.0, Alex, texted me “The Big 10 Channel is broadcasting a replay of the 2001 Nebraska-Oklahoma game.” And then he followed up with “The Buck Beltzer game.” I got a lump in my throat, because I knew exactly what he was referring to.
In the fall of 2001, Alex was 14 years old. He convinced me to drive down to Lincoln for the NU-OU game, even though we had no tickets, and the chances of finding any reasonably priced seats were pretty small.
As expected, the scalpers were asking high prices, and getting them. But Alex and I enjoyed the game-day excitement in Lincoln. I always treasured the chance to spend 7-8 hours on 1-on-1 time with my son.
Although we couldn’t get in the game, there was a large screen set up on the baseball field next to the stadium (the now-demolished Buck Beltzer field). We decided to stay and watch the game on TV just yards from the stadium. There was a several second delay in the broadcast, so throughout the afternoon, we would hear roars from the stadium that preceded a big play on the telecast.
It was a beautiful, sunny day, and we enjoyed the warmth of the artificial turf on the Buck Beltzer infield, and I appreciated the time together with my son. Midway through the 4th quarter, we heard the loudest roar of the day from the stadium, and a few seconds later watched Mike Stuntz pass to Eric Crouch for a touchdown to ice that game—one of the most iconic plays in Husker history. We celebrated like we were on the 50 yard line. I consider that day one of my best memories of Alex’ youth.
I texted back to Alex on Saturday “I’m turning it on now. That day was a special memory for me.” He immediately responded “It was for me, too.” Now I did cry. I had no idea that he recalled that day as clearly as he did, and that he cherished it as well.
My point is that we never know when a life-long memory will be created. Sometimes it will follow a big event like a vacation, sometimes it will be an unplanned occurrence. I urged the PAX to be open and aware that life-long memories may occur any time.
Wentworth finished with a prayer.