Northeast Tennessee

R.I.P. Joey Ramone @ 49

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

Conditions: THE Definition of The Gloom: 35 and snow/drizzle

As early as Saturday I knew the weather was going to be questionable, and the weatherman did not disappoint. Worried that I might ruin a perfectly good Bluetooth speaker, I planned on moving our workout to the pavilion but an event was being set up in said pavilion so we had little choice but to get it done in the elements. 9 made the hard choice to put their feet on the floor and get to the AO this morning…




  • SSH x10 IC
  • DQ x10 IC
  • IW x10 IC
  • Shoulder Pretzels x10 IC
  • Merkins x9 IC
  • (49 SSHs would have been SO predictable)
  • BDay Present to YHC – A long mosey around the park

The Thang


UPPER: Sponsored by The Ramones (to add a touch of morbidity to the morning, I found that Joey Ramone died at 49 so I let a playlist of Ramones’ hits guide us through the first part of our workout)

5 cycles of the following (5 seconds rest between exercises)

  • 20 seconds – AMRAP Burpees
  • 40 – Bear Crawls in place
  • 20 – Merkins
  • 40 – Rolling planks (sorry for destroying your under armor, guys)
  • 20 – mountain climbers
  • 40 – Break Dancers

LOWER: Sponsored by Every-Song-With-Jump-In-The-Title

  • 40 Seconds – Squats
  • 20 – Alternating Jump Lunges
  • 40 – Lunges
  • 20 – Squat Jumps







When Donatello was interviewed a few weeks ago, the reporter asked, “Why outside?” Donatello’s response was, “Working out in the elements—whatever they may be—not only build physical toughness, but mental toughness and resiliency. When you’re surrounding environment is less the ideal and circumstances are difficult, you can choose the path of least resistance and stay in bed—or—show up knowing that others are doing the same thing. That type of resilience and attitude have life application way beyond actual workout. And they make for funny stories later on.”

I’d say 9 of us built some physical and mental toughness and resiliency today.

I started my 50th year on the planet yesterday. Last night at my parents’, I opened my birthday card and in my mom’s birthday letter to me, I noticed that she had written 40, then marked it out and changed it to my correct age: 49. I joked that it would be nice if her card had supernatural powers to actually take me back to 40. My brother looked up and said  – – first, you gotta understand that my brother and I are VERY competitive, and though we love each other, we don’t show it through kind words, EVER – – so my brother said, “No way you want to go back to 40. You were easily 60 lbs heavier. You are in the best shape in your life right now. You’re freakin’ (maybe he didn’t say freakin’) running a 10K Saturday and a half marathon in 2 weeks. Enjoy what you got.” So I’m going to. That’s my b-day present to me.

STOP looking back in regret. Regret is a trophy of the enemy. Use what you’ve learned from the past to grow. Use what you’ve learned from the past to help others.

P.S. Very sorry, Pythagoras, that we did not have time for my Pi Day inspired Mary.


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