Mind Games

QIC:  Prosciutto

Date: 02/23/2021

PAX: A-A-Ron, Friday, Gusher, Hambone, Holy Kiss, Joanna (Makn Dem Gainz Makn It Rayn ErryDayAllday AllGasNoBrakes LaserShow), Mansiere, Pomade, Pound Dog, Recycle, Red Raider, Shank, The Count, Truck Stop, Zima

AO: Smackdown


For what it’s worth, the Q’s wardrobe selection was not calibrated with the degrees on Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit’s temperature scale this morning. Short pants in sub-40 (by the measurement) is perplexing with regard to ‘The Steve’. While I could chalk it up to oversight or to knowing the thing that the rest of the crew didn’t know beforehand: constant movement and activity increases blood flow and we can all speak from experience on what blood flow does for our *ahem* limbs cardiovascular system (forgive the unintended sophomoric reference, Nopeton; we are all there are adults, here)

And so went the 1“Disclaimer” and pronouncement of events to follow

1 Disclaimer maybe missed the target, and words like ‘love’ and ‘feelings’ were inserted and therefore it was effective as (spoiler alert!) no one died. Add a notch to the ‘W’ column


Word association time!

Stretching = midwife noises = soft tortilla = absent = silence = golden


Fwd Fold / WMH / Windmills / Good Mornings / SSH / Mtn Climbers / Plank Jacks
Warm-up Lap

The Thang

Circle-up at each corner and await for six and next instruction
4 Rounded Corners
At each rounded corner of our more or less non-standard track, exercises will be performed to a total of 70 reps, broken down incrementally. 20-10-5, 20-10-5 or some variation thereof

First Rounded Corner: Block Curls (20-10-5, 20-10-5)
2 lines for a Native Lap around, at the 3/4 mark of the lap – line up and 50 yard sprints; continue running past first rounded corner and proceeding to the next rounded corner

Second Rounded Corner: Merkins (5-10-20, 5-10-20)
2 lines for a Native Lap around, at the 3/4 mark of the lap – line up and 50 yard sprints to the 3rd rounded corner

Third Rounded Corner: American Hammers (20-10, 20-10, 5-5)
2 lines for a Native Lap around, at the 3/4 mark of the lap – line up and 50 yard sprints to the 4th rounded corner

Fourth Rounded Corner: Squat Jumps (10-20-5, 10-20-5)
2 lines for a Native Lap around, at the 3/4 mark of the lap – line up and 50 yard sprints to the start

One more lap around making stops at each rounded corner; perform 20 reps per corner and mosey OYO to the next rounded corner
1: Burpees (20)
2: Merkins (20)
3: American Hammers (20)
4: Squat Jumps (20)

4 minutes of mary
Leg Lifts
Flutter Kicks until time


Struggled at times with confidence and losing the mind game. This poem helped me. Don’t let yourself lose the battle in your mind before the battle ever begins.

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
For out in this world we find
Success begins with a person’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;

But sooner or later the person who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

“Thinking” by Walter Wintle


Pre-beatdown playlists are just as crucial as the actual beatdown playlist. Don’t lose that opportunity to break out some Color Me Badd or New Kids on the Block. Conjuring images and scenes about 8th grade dance or ‘this was my first cassette tape’ builds bonds faster than the actual boot camp.

I can’t think of a better soundtrack to rep 20 burpees after 270 reps and suicides than the dulcet tones of Alice in Chains. Fitting for the mood. Recycle is a winner amongst winners in this category of playlist curation.

Still on the topic of Recycle – he shows up wearing his Prosciutto gold beads. Which then, begs the question, ‘Who do you have to kill to earn those gold beads?’

How about my guy Gusher interrupting his pre-F3 rounds on the track to help with the block setup? Get the picture, I show up, start blaring NKOTB and Color Me Badd and he still sticks around and then humors me with Gusher trivia; indeed an exceptional HIM.

If you need a great pizza-making song, let me know. I got you.

Mansiere’s part of some fine Greek royalty (East Ridge Portofino’s); Who said Meds can’t bake? Love it when the Greek’s feign Italiano.


Upcoming Q’s; Whittler @ Smackdown Thursday, Blue @ Convoy this Saturday; Several options off-mountain to support your Signal Mountain bros!

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