So I had been reading the “Living With a Seal” book about a wealthy business man ultra-athlete who hired a Seal he met at a 100 mile relay race (the business man was on a 4 guy relay team; the Seal was on a 1 man team lol) and was so amazed at his mental and physical toughness, he hired him to live w/ him and his family for 31 days. Pretty easy fast read – super entertaining, w/ plenty of good training ideas, but even better, perspective.
I told the Pax this wouldn’t be easy – in fact it was going to suck. There was a Beyond Black Diamond in Tega Cay the same day, so I figured we’d do a little Lake Wylie Black Diamond at Palisades. I gave the Pax two quotes to get it started from Seal: “To truly get better, you have to be willing to get uncomfortable. You have to push your limits”. Check. “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done”. I love that. Let’s go.
Ran behind the school in the middle of the outdoor track and started the warm-up:
- Quickest ever – windmill, moroccan night club, squats and mountain climbers. That’s it.
Next up – Tabata w/ music (if you want an awesome tabata app that you can add your own music to and adjust times, etc – get “Seconds”). Great playlist was in store for the following:
- Every Minute, we had to do 40 side straddle hops + 10 merkins. 5 minutes. I was surprised – we finished each of the 40 and 10 with about 10 seconds to spare each minute. 10 seconds of break, and then do it again. Fun stuff. (total 200 side straddle hops, 50 merkins in 5 min)
- Nickels & Dimes – ran to the playground and did something similar – each minute do 5 pull-ups and 15 merkins for 5 minutes. (total 25 pull-ups, 75 merkins in 5 min)
Next up was some awful partner work. Size mattered. We started on one side of the back parking lot. Partner 1 would chase Partner 2, but here’s the wrinkle – Partner 2 gets a 20 yard head start and has to back pedal. Partner 1 was to sprint and catch him. When he catches him, they do an exercise together, then have to get back to the starting line by way of whatever I say. So it matters how fast you catch your partner as it’ll make the trip back to the starting line shorter if you fly (or longer if you take your time). Here it is, in order:
- Partner 1 catches Partner 2 then…30 merkins. Then…broad jump back to the starting line. Yikes
- Partner 2 catches Partner 1 then…20 big boy sit-ups. Then…bear crawl back to the starting line.
- Partner 1 catches Partner 2 then…20 jump knee tucks. Then…crawl bear back to the starting line.
- Partner 2 catches Partner 1 then…50 seal jacks. Then…partner carry back to the starting line.
- Partner 1 catches Partner 2 then…25 diamond merkins. Then…other partner carries back to the starting line.
- Partner 2 catches Partner 1 then…10 burpees. Then…just run back to the start. There’s your break.
Don’t underestimate the suckiness of that many sprints, both forward and back pedals. I was smoked.
Next up, track time – the way it works, you sprint the straight aways, you jog the curved ends of the tracks. Starting on the side we were closer to, we sprinted the length, jogged the curve, sprinted the length then exercise of my choice when you hit the second curve.
- 50 crab cakes
- Jog curve, sprint, jog curve, sprint, 50 squats
- Jog curve, sprint, jog curve, sprint, 25 Robin Venturas (each side) (side plank w/ upper arm punching under your body, as if you were Nolan Ryan and had Ventura in a head lock)
- Job curve, sprint, jog curve, sprint, 50 speed skaters.
Ran back fast to COT just in time to close it out. Almost had one splash of merlot, but he saved it. Everyone crushed it that day – it was a bear but they all finished and fought through each step of the way. Love how everyone handled the pain – I reminded them all whatever we have going on, someone else has more pain. You have to learn to fight.
Closed out in prayer and went about our hump day. Thanks to Bones for the chance to lead.