Workout Date:





Geno(RESPECT), Boxcar, Lombardi(RESPECT), Baggage, Manziel(RESPECT), Flash, Billboard(RESPECT), Weedeater, Snips(RESPECT), Doesn't Show, OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

Mid 70’s, muggy

Today is National Megalodon Day.  Totally irrelevant, but interesting.  Facts below.  Workout had nothing to do with this “holiday”.   Yesterday was National Bourbon Day.  Rumor was some of the Plantation Lakes (Geno and Boxcar for sure, and probably Lombardi) crew fully engaged in the celebrations!!!  Bling couldn’t even make it to the workout..making false claims about shoulder bursitis.

1 minute warning.  Flash and Weedeater come in from a 12 mile pre-run – strong work dudes (they didn’t go that far, but they were trying to brag). Manziel has a sweet Jeep – Lombardi is in the market for one….in case you wanna upgrade.  Snips was there ready to roll, but worried Doesn’t Show wouldn’t show.  But he did!  And Baggage rounded us out sporting a 2016 Spartan shirt (when Baggage was like 14) that Rousey probably made him wear.

SSH x 20 IC
IW x 20 IC
Merkins x 10 IC
Flutters x 20 IC
Heels to Heaven x 15 IC
LBCs x 25 OYO
Diamond Merkins x 10 IC

AND……………….BILLBOARD shows up!!!!!  SWEET!!!!!  Great having him back in the gloom!!!

We will run for 5 minutes around the track.  Go as hard as you want, don’t lollygag, push yourself, but don’t die.  Remember where you finished.
Back to start.  Circle up.
10 perfect reps each of: Merkins, BBSUs, Squats, Wide Arm Merkins, Prisoner Squats, Sumo Squats

Do it again – 4 minute run.  Back to start – everyone have a quicker pace?  Yep!  Mentally you are running a shorter amount of time, so you push yourself harder.
Exercises.  We did some chatting about a good Q.  Encouraging VQ’s.  Form.

Do it again – 3 minute run.  Exercises.

Last chance; time was running a little short, so we jumped right to the 5 minute run again rather than 4 and then 5.
BEAT your first distance!!  Dudes really pushed it here.  Legs were tired and heavy and lungs working OT (for most).  Geno participated fully in this round (1st one he did).
Back.  Most beat their first time, but there were some honest ones who were tired and did not.  So we penalized them, and all of us!!  5 burpees to pay our punishment.


Count-O-Rama – 11
Prayer requests for V and Soto who will be mostly MIA as they are in active recovery mode to earn their BOLTS week after next after training like mad men for several months

– Not a big fan of running.  So need to do more of it.  We did.  Just about everyone got over 2.5 miles in with some topping 3.5 I believe.  And keeping reps low while tired ensures (hopefully) that our form is perfect and we don’t cheat just to hit some arbitrary number.  Everyone pushed super hard and there was a lot of sweat.  Had a great time!!!

– Freed to Bleed July 16 and every 56ish days thereafter until 2050.  Sign up for all of them.  #Warthog will again win the challenge.  Soto will be sure of that.
– Fill Q sheets – Flash mad.  Fill Sheet.
– Check out Rousey’s Spartan Channel and go do these races – they are a blast. Manziel  informed us some are going up super early with Rousey to volunteer and do free 2:30 race.  Manziel is doing 12:30 so leaving later.  ClownCars and such!



On the 15th of June, National Megalodon Day teaches us about the most massive shark that ever lived!  The Megalodon swam the Earth’s oceans for 20 million years during the Cenozoic Era. Their mouths spanned 8 to 11 feet wide and were filled with rows of sharp teeth. With a bite force of over 40,000 pounds per square inch, a maximum weight of over 60 tons, and serrated teeth measuring near 7 inches, their prey did not stand a chance.  Megalodon’s dentition consisted of 276 serrated teeth.  They also had up to 6 rows of teeth called files.

Megalodon ruled their watery habitats, eating large marine vertebrates. The phosphate deposits currently mined near Aurora, North Carolina (also known as Lee Creek), produce some of the finest and well-preserved examples of fossilized Megalodon teeth in the world. Numerous other Miocene and Pliocene aged fossils, including the whales Megalodon hunted, are also found along with the Megalodon’s magnificent teeth.

Dentition describes the typical arrangement, development, number, and kind of teeth in a species’ mouth at any given age.
Teeth help identify a fossil and are of particular interest where the Megalodon is concerned.

Megalodon’s Extinction

At the end of their era, the Megalodon grew to enormous sizes and dominated the oceans. Food was likely plentiful. As the Ice Age came, however, competition for survival may have become fierce. Their prey began to dwindle, and other species, like carnivorous whales, put up a good fight. It is also possible that the rise of its rival, the modern-day Great White Shark, was the catalyst for Megalodon’s extinction. Due to Megalodon’s large size, it could have been out-competed by the smaller, faster Great White Shark.

Based on tooth size, the Megalodon Shark grew to 60 feet in length which is longer than a school bus!

The Megalodon disappeared from the fossil record near the end of the Pliocene Epoch (some 3.6 to 2.58 million years ago), and when it did, amazing things began to happen. The fossil record and modern history show that whales and other sea animals grew larger. Without the mega predator, perhaps favorable conditions permitted survival long enough to thrive and grow to their larger sizes.

What does all this mean for today’s sea life? Will another predator grow to dominate the seas? Or has the Megalodon’s time come and gone, leaving behind only a fossil record for us to explore? Celebrate and explore National Megalodon Day to learn more!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMegalodonDay

National Megalodon Day encourages you to learn more about the “All-Time Alpha of Apex Predators” by visiting fossil and dinosaur museums near you, especially ones like the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, North Carolina. Other ways to learn more include:

  • Take a trip to visit the Aurora Fossil Museum and Dig the Pastin the museum’s Fossil Park.
  • If you live in North Carolina, sign up to get the AFM license plate.
  • Engage with the Aurora Fossil Museum by liking their social media pages.
  • View the AFM’s website (org) for more information on the museum and the North Carolina State Fossil, Megalodon.
  • Read books or watch a documentary about the Megalodon.
  • Discover paleontology and the science behind fossils.

Share your celebrations by using #NationalMegalodonDay on social media.


Aurora Fossil Museum – Aurora, North Carolina, USA –

The 15th of June is designated as National Megalodon Day to honor the day that the Aurora Fossil Museum (AFM) first opened to the public, the 15th of June, 1978.

The Aurora Fossil Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science museum and education resource center whose mission is to educate the public about paleontology in an engaging manner while emphasizing the natural and cultural history of Eastern North Carolina. The AFM educates the public through exhibits, interactive inquiry-based activities, outreach programs, summer camps, events, field studies, and the Aurora Fossil Festival. The main museum houses a wide variety of Miocene and Pliocene fossils discovered in the neighboring phosphate mine, including some of the best Megalodon teeth in the world! The Megalodon is also the ‘Flagship Fossil’ of the AFM, as the mighty Megalodon Shark’s fossilized tooth adorns the museum’s logo!

Dr. Bruce Worf, a longtime supporter of the AFM, with the help of Senator Bill Cook, spearheaded the effort to get the North Carolina Legislature to designate the Aurora Fossil Museum as a North Carolina State Attraction and enact a state attraction license plate featuring the AFM logo, a Megalodon shark tooth. AFM Executive Director Cynthia Crane, with the support of the Aurora Fossil Museum Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, and Dr. Bruce Worf felt that the 15th of June would be the perfect day to celebrate the Aurora Fossil Museum with the designation of National Megalodon Day.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Megalodon Day on June 15, 2021.

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