Escobar 1 Year of Gloom

QIC:  Escobar

Date: 01/10/2020

PAX: Bernie, Anny, Toe Tag, Speed Trap, Snow Patrol, Deep Dish, 9volt, Mrs. Baker, John Doe, Clothespin, Mayhem, Peanuts, Vila, The Count, Ducktales, Chavez, WuzntMe, Moondance, Vaccine,  Money Ball, Cold Play, Red Tees, Fast Lane

AO: Hacksaw


Moon was only 99.8% Full, but the 56 degrees in Mid January made up for it.


Warm up? 3 PAX rucked for 75 min and 6 other PAX ran a 5k before the start.

Introduced the PAX to the Trinity of Titan 80lb sand bags. After disclaimer given, told PAX to grab and bag and Mosey. The Trinity of bags gave insight to the direction we were headed. Moseyed across Apison Pike, past police station down Swinyar Dr instructing PAX every 100 yards to swap out carrying the bags. Stopped halfway down Swinyar for 20 SSH, then continued to… HOLY HILL.

The Thang

Arrived at the bottom of Holy Hill where 10, or 11, or 12, definitely 12, cones were placed 15 yards apart traversing the hill. Set Trinity Bags off to the side for The Thang.

Inspiration came from my first post, Deep Dish VQ on 1-12-2019. The road was our greenway and the cones were our light posts.

Starting at first cone perform called exercise, run to next cone, perform same exercise decreasing by 1.

Burpees: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1

Arrived at top of HOLY HILL for 45 seconds of Crunchy Frogs.

Let’s Go Down:

Reverse Lunges (facing top of hill at each station): 20, 18, 16… 2, 2, 2

Arrived at bottom for 45 seconds of Leg Lifts.

Let’s Go Up:

Monkey Humpers: 20, 18, 16… 2, 2, 2

Arrived at top for 45 seconds of Reverse Crunches.

Let’s Go Down:

Decline Merkins: 20, 18, 16… 2, 2, 2 (20 felt great, 18 didn’t, and by 16 I regretted the number)

Grabbed the Trinity and moseyed back to Domino’s parking lot (again calling for bag swap every 100 yards)

Arrived at parking lot with 1 minute left and gave the PAX what they wanted, 1 minute of 100s.

TIME (whew)


COMMITMENT: After all the commitments we make as men (wife, children, friends, church, work, etc.) where do we take the time to commit to ourselves? These early morning workouts are a perfect time to commit to ourselves. No one else is awake and needing us in this moment. “But, I’m too tired.”-Me. I’ve learned that I get as much sleep now as before by going to bed just a little earlier. It’s easy to be ready for bed at 9:30 P.M. when you have been on the go since 4:30 A.M.

ACCOUNTABILITY: “I don’t need accountability, I work out on my own.”-Me. I did go through a stretch (a month or two) where I did a decent job working out at home. But man that sure is boring. I did not push myself to the same level as when working out with others. I fartsacked far too many times. Even to this day, if I plan a 5 A.M. workout at home, I rarely make it out of bed. However, here at the hack, we have made 5 A.M. run club the standard before every workout. I haven’t missed any day that I planned on being there early.

BROTHERHOOD: “I don’t need more friends, I don’t have enough time for my current friends. “-Me. 5:30 A.M. doesn’t take away from your current friends (heck invite them to join and then you will see your friends even more). But if we are being honest, you will forge relationships with the men around you. There is a bonding power between men, when we struggle together. Pushing each other, mumble chatter, and going through the suck of an early morning workout, will all bring you closer to the men around you.

COMFORT ZONE: “I’ll never lead/Q” and “5:30 A.M., that is insane”-Me on both accounts. Now, I love the leading aspect. It challenges me in more ways that I would have imagined. You don’t want to be the guy whose workouts are, uhhhh… easy.


One goal/hope was for some Merlot Splashing to occur. It didn’t happen that I’m aware. However, at least 2 of the PAX (in shape fellers) complained of being lightheaded, so I’ll take that.

Ducktales came to breakfast afterwards and ordered a trayfull of breakfast burritos… for himself. Vila also knows the ins and outs of the Chick-fil-A app better than you.

Oh yeah, 2ndF at Heaven and Ale later the same day was awesome. 9volt has more style that you and Mrs. Baker saw a GMC Yukon go airborn.


Gloomies, OTB North GA on Saturdays at 7, Volunteer on the 3rdF channel to help with the weekly Tuesday gathering at Chubby’s BBQ.

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