The Choice Is Yours

    • When: 12/9/20
    • QIC: Italian Job
    • The PAX: Darth, Incoming, Reborn, Jester, Roxanne, Ponytail, Herbie, Blueprint, Italian Job

9 men chose to leave the warmth of their homes and vehicles in order to enter the cold (28 degrees) Gloom at BTC. Here’s what we did:

Warm Up

  • 10 Imperial Walkers (IC)
  • 10 Hillbilly Walkers (IC)
  • 10 Good Mornings (IC)
  • 10 Moroccan Night Clubs (IC)
  • 10 Seal Jacks (IC)

The Thang – 1 Mile Loop with Pain Stations (increase reps by 5 each round – starting at 5)

  • Aragon and Roy – Squats
  • Roy and Howard – Wide Arm Merkins
  • Howard and Curtis – Narrow Squats
  • Curtis and Parker – Diamond Merkins
  • Parker and Roy – Low Slow Squats
  • Roy and Mill – Burpees
  • Mill and Curtis – Pistol Squats
  • Curtis and Aragon – Merkins
    • Most completed 3 rounds


Every day we are faced with choices. We can choose the easy or hard thing. Depending on the circumstances, the easy thing is the right choice. As leaders, people want us to do many things. As people pleasers, we often want to do it all. Therein lies the problem. You don’t have the bandwidth to do it all. Think of it as the spinning plates circus act. You can spin plates on a certain number of poles, but if you attempt too many, one will be neglected and fall. Sometimes the right answer is “no.”

Today’s workout featured choices of where to go after round one. Should I backtrack to Burpees or head over to Diamond Merkins? Should I avoid that station because of the loose dog, or go anyway? No one judged anyone’s choices. You did what was best for you. Here was the kicker, every man ran with a partner. Why? So you could collaborate on the choice – strength in numbers, groupthink, two heads are better than one – you get it.

Your decisions are based on your circumstances. There are problems – disadvantages that can and must be remedied (like a rock in your shoe). Then there are conditions – disadvantages that cannot be remedied (like an incoming hurricane). You can control your problems but not your conditions. Conditions require preparation for what is next. That’s why we continue posting in the Gloom. We make the choice to prepare for the next challenge. Address what you can and prepare for what you can’t. Share your burdens with others so they can help you shoulder the stress. Man wasn’t meant to live alone.

Final thought: dig in and prepare or lay low until it blows over. Either way, the choice is yours.


Italian Job

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