The Wolves of Wally World

    • When: 11/02/17
    • QIC: Italian Job
    • The PAX: The Riddler, Big Fundamental, Mr. Big Stuff, Bill Nye, Anchor Bar (R), Schrute, Blueprint, Ponytail (R), Italian Job

I had the privilege this morning to lead eight other men on something I dubbed “Boot Loops.” Though my Loops plan was hampered by the presence of loose dogs in the Silver Lake neighborhood, I like the name too much to abandon it. Anyway, conditions were perfect – 59 degrees and no rain. Disclaimer was disclaimed and we were off. Here’s what we did…

The Thang
· 15 SSHs (IC)
· 15 MNC (IC)
· 15 Imperial Walkers (IC)

Mosey through the parking lot
· High Knees
· Butt Kickers
· Karaoke
· Power Skips
· Nur
· 15 Irkins
· 15 Derkins
· 15 Dips

Mosey behind Wal Mart
· People’s Chair
· 10 Merkins per person
· L over R Stretch
· Middle Stretch

Mosey to Church entrance
· 6” and Plank holds (x5)
· 10 Good Mornings
· 10 Peter Parkers (IC)
· 10 Parker Peters (IC)

Mosey through neighborhood
· 5 Triangle Partner Merkins

Mosey through Miller Pond
· 15 MNC (IC)
· 15 Overhead Claps (IC)
· 10 MNC (IC)
· 10 Overhead Claps (IC)
· 20 Shoulder Taps
· 5 MNC (IC)
· 5 Overhead Claps (IC)

Mosey up the big hill
· 10 Squats (IC)
· 10 One Legged Squats (IC) – left
· 10 One Legged Squats (IC) – right
· 10 Low Slow Squats (IC)

Mosey back to COT following Mr. Big stuff.

Big thanks to The Riddler for allowing me the opportunity to lead. We covered 4 miles this morning and did all exercises together. Great job staying together, men. I shared the following story with the PAX this morning. In 1995, 14 wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park. No one expected how this one act would affect the ecosystem. It started with the wolves hunting the deer. This led to a rapidly decreasing deer population. The wolves presence made the deer avoid parts where they were an easy prey. Thanks to the deer’s absence, those parts started to regenerate. Forests of aspen and willow trees started to flourish. With the trees and bushes came more berries and insects. That led to various bird species moving in. Then the beaver, previously extinct from the region, returned. The dams they built provided habitats for otters, muskrats, and reptiles. The wolves again became the apex species, forcing the coyote population to decrease. This led to more rabbits and mice, which meant more hawks, red foxes, badgers, and weasels. The bald eagle and raven population then rose. This trophic cascade led to a more balanced ecosystem – allowing other species to thrive. This one act of re-introducing the grey wolf led to the strangest thing – the physical geography changed. There was less erosion because of increased vegetation. The riverbanks were stabilized, the channels narrowed, more pools formed, and the rivers stayed more fixed on their course.

So here’s my challenge for you. What is the one thing you can do today to change the future? What small thing will change your tomorrows? How can you change the world? That’s what we are to do. Find where your dolphin (the task you were born to do best) and daffodil (the group you were born to serve) intersect (D2X). Make a difference today because you aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.

Italian Job

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