Northeast Tennessee


Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

November 11, 2017

Weather – It felt colder than it was with a slight hint of misery painted in cement and clouds

14 Pax: Deepdish, Coldcall, Swingline, Launchpad, Rite-aid, Crampon(R), Kardashian, Roadblock, Donatello, Doc-Ock, Heisenberg, Pythagoras, Minimus, Refill (no phone, so if I missed you let me know)

COT/Prayer – Roadblock

Warm Up

Side Straddle Hop x 15 (4 count in cadence)

Little Baby Arm Circles Front and Back x 15 (4 county in cadence)

Through the Tunnel x 10 (4 count in cadence)

Merkins x 10 (4 count in cadence)

The Thang

14 men warmed the asphalt and cement armed with blocks twelve (12) each and utility pole, one (1) each.

We took the straight path to pain. 12 Men took their blocks to Tombstone Hill, 2 Men took the Utility Pole to the Top and Back again – rotating Pax repeatedly with each top to bottom loop.

Intended to induce four letter words and build mental toughness, the Way of the Block went to 11 on Tombstone Hill. With Blocks in Hand Pax performed one Block Burpee at the bottom and ran their block to the top of the hill where they performed 10 overhead air presses, Block Pax then escorted their block to the bottom of the hill where they continued their count to 11.

Pax with no block rotated under the pole where they took the Beast O’ Wood to the top and back again….some Pax performed 5 count overhead presses with the Beast to achieve extra manliness.

We mosey’d with blocks over our head for 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off around the park and back to the Circle, Utility Pole on shoulder with Pax rotating under as a team.


Flutter Kicks x 30 IC

LBC x 20 IC


Merkins x 10 IC

Mountain Climbers x 20 IC

Group Count Off Plank – 60 Sec in Theory…more like 120 sec


COT/Closing Prayer – Roadblock

Announcements:  GrowRuck –  Rest and prepare Ruckers.

Moleskin: YHC is at a loss for words. I am very appreciative for you men joining me Saturday on Tombstone Hill, under the log and block in hand. Veterans day is a reminder of many things and many people for me. Thanks to everyone who has served their country. Now I don’t have the words nor wisdom necessary to communicate my full thoughts, but I will share my wishes and prayers for Veterans on this Veteran day. For those of you still suffering, may you find joy again, may you find peace and may you heal and feel whole. For those of you who can help, guide and mentor, get off your six already, war lingers long after the last round is fired.

Finally, in the words of others I will try to further voice my feelings on Veterans day.

An excerpt from a Jewish Prayer for Veterans I saw and liked:

“To the Soldier, To the Veteran
These things I do not know:

The sound of a bullet.
The power of a blast.
The blood of a comrade.
The depth of your wound.
The terror at midnight.
The dread at dawn.
Your fear or your pain.

These things I know:

The sound of your honor.
The power of your courage.
The blood of your wound.
The depth of your strength.
The terror that binds you.
The dread that remains.
Your dignity and your valor.

For these things we pray:

The sound of your laughter.
The power of your voice.
The blood of your yearning.
The depth of your healing.
The joy that frees you.
The hope that remains.
Your wholeness and your love.”

And I will end with a quote:

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur

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