With a Q on the same day as the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, at an AO as versatile as Bushwood with its dual land and sea components, you know YHC could not resist planning an Olympics-themed beatdown. Much thanks to Flo for contributing his workout equipment, and to Saint2O for shortening the pre-run and helping set up.
By 6am, fourteen PAX (a possible Bushwood record!) assembled, including several 2.0s, an FNG, and visiting F3 Alpha dignitary Lumbergh. YHC offered the standard disclaimer, and then the PAX were off.
Mosey up the steep hill to the first street, then circle back around, ending at the basketball court.
Turn on an Olympics-themed playlist and circle up for several warmup exercises in cadence:
Side Straddle Hop
Moroccan Night Club
Thang 1: Olympic Circuit
PAX partnered up to work through an Olympic circuit. Partner 1 does an exercise of a specified rep count or distance, while Partner 2 does a different exercise AMRAP. Switch places, then rinse and repeat until the Station #1 timers have each carried the torch (flag). Stations are as follows:
Torch carry (timer)
B-ball court to steep hill
Mosey with flag to first street on steep hill and back (USA! USA! USA!)
American hammer w/shovel AMRAP
Clean & Jerk with long sandbag x 10
Dead lift ruck AMRAP
B-ball court to soccer goal
Sprint to far soccer goal and back
Hold Warrior 1 yoga pose
Bent-over row w/cinderblock x 20
Crunchy frog AMRAP
Squat-thrust-toss Medicine Ball over the net to partner
Air chair while waiting for the return
Bear crawl x 5 steps out
Mountain climber AMRAP
Crawl bear x 5 steps back
Pull-ups x 10
Star Jumps AMRAP
The PAX made it through four stations before we transitioned to the swim portion of the Games. They were left wanting more, and they’ll have to catch it on TV over the next couple weeks.
Thang 2: Swimming, Individual Medley
PAX entered the pool area and donned their goggles for a 100-yd Individual Medley:
25 yd Butterfly
25 yd Backstroke
25 yd Breaststroke
25 yd Freestyle
Early finishers led some interim Mary while waiting for the six.
Thang 3: Triathlon
The Olympic triathlon comprises Swim, Cycling, and Running in that order. At Bushwood we adapted this grueling sequence to the following:
25 yd freestyle
50 Freddie Mercury alpha-count on pool deck
25 yd freestyle
50 High Knees alpha-count on pool deck
Rinse & Repeat
Early finishers moved the water basketball hoop to the deep end while waiting for the six.
Thang 4: Basketball / Water Polo Mashup
With the remaining time the PAX divided into two teams for a 7-on-7 mashup of Basketball and Water Polo in the deep end of the pool. PAX were told the prize for winning Gold was 5 burpees, and the prize for winning Silver was 10 burpees.
In summary, YHC’s team won 4-2, due to no particular contribution by YHC. FNG Hooter Shooter (headed to Kennesaw State University to play on their college basketball team in the fall) knocked everyone’s socks off with precision ability to score repeatedly from Downtown.
When time was called, Silver was awarded 10 burpees, and YHC announced that in a show of solidarity that Gold would actually also be awarded 10 burpees.
Prayers for trust in the Lord’s provision in times of search and waiting.
Prayers for a friend heading to military basic training.
With this being YHC’s birthday Q, the PAX enjoyed some birthday cookies as a parting treat.
Bushwood never disappoints. This AO has everything, and is the perfect spot to commemorate the opening ceremonies of the 2021 (2020?) summer games. Thanks to the PAX for giving YHC the great birthday gift of leading this stellar group of HIMs in the gloom. This beatdown was really fun!