Planetary Telescoping

Planetary Telescoping

Workout Date:





Bling, Boxcar. Valvano, Flop, Hoser, Lombardi, Headgear, Brady Bunch (#WR Virgin), OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

Clear skies, beautiful meteors, stars galore

Well, what started as a brief comment during a pre-ruck yesterday, turned into a completely modified #WaveRucker that was incredible!!!   Sure the workout was good, I mean, I was on Q.  But the meteors we saw were pretty darn cool!!!!

There was a ton of chatter in our Ruck Slack Channel that has 484 members, 14 of who actually ruck (rarlely at the same time).  Started with Valvano pointing out the best times and date – which happened to coincide with #WaveRucker…so we were trying to figure out where there was less light pollution, where we could park for free, whether we should just lay around and watch the meteors, and on and on.  Lots of great ideas.  I decided to just call for it to be at Forbus like usual and we would stay on the bottom floor of the parking deck and see nothing!  Ha…kidding.  We moved the start point to Springmaid to get on the beach and try to get away from some light pollution.  That wound up being a GREAT idea!!!  Valvano posted AN EXACT PINPOINT to where to park.  Still, 4 men had some trouble finding us.  Through some texting and calling, we got the 4 wrong parking people to the correct spot and although a few minutes late getting started, we put in some work.

Before the location move, I had some completely random ideas on the #weinke – nothing really stuck out for the original Q as far as the usual military theme.  So I pulled interesting facts together and used em for some basis of a workout.  Then some stuff on the meteor shower.  Those things, and it is the M’s bday!!!!!   So we did stuff to honor the date!

August 12, 1975 – the M was born
John Walker of New Zealand became the first person to run a mile in less than 3 minutes and 50 seconds, clocking in at 3:49.4 in a meet at Gothenburg, Sweden.  So, we would do the same!!!!  HAHAHAHA.  No.  We aren’t Handy Manny.  Instead, the original plan was to ruck 1.1 miles sub 15!  Valvano as our pacer – Who clocked the pier to pier beach walk at 0.85.   We did that – crushed the 15 minute mark.  Saw some meteors.  Cool stuff and good getting back in the sand and water.

At the MBSP Pier:
1898 – The Hawaiian flag is lowered from Iolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the United States flag to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.

As Soto knew (from his Portugese, and apparently Hawaiian roots)….Hawaii was the 50th state!
25 merkins with ruck
50 squats with ruck
25 merkins without ruck
50 squats without ruck
25 second Mississippi (or Maine for Hoser, Iowa for Lombardi, and Czechoslovakia for Boxcar) ruck OH hold while in full 90 degree wall sit mode; drop ruck and another 25 second wall sit hold
Semi-circle up so we can all look at the sky – TURN AROUND BLING
All PAX hold low Al Gore with rucks on, while 1 at a time, the 9 PAX each did 5 full ROM squats
Legs now burning.  Let’s make it back to starting pier.   A little more time:
1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.  Making that time, it is 15:32.  We again crushed this time hack even after smoked legs.  Brady Bunch was feeling this, but as usual and as this group always does, we picked up the 6 and all stuck together to the finish!!

Let’s now go get our sandbags in the cars for PT
Bling asked yesterday and was hoping that PT was only Planetary Telescoping.  But no, it was our normal type PT!!!
Wow, this softer sand it a lot harder to walk on, especially after our legs are beat – we grabbed the sandbags and got situated back on the beach

Meteor information:

The Perseid meteor shower – The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

In his 1972 song “Rocky Mountain High”, American singer-songwriter John Denver (thank you as always to Hoser who literally knows everything) refers to his experience watching the Perseid meteor shower during a family camping trip in the mountains near Aspen, Colorado, with the chorus lyric, “I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.”

In 1835, Adolphe Quetelet identified the shower as emanating from the constellation Perseus.  In 1866, after the perihelion passage of Swift-Tuttle in 1862, the Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli discovered the link between meteor showers and comets. The finding is contained in an exchange of letters with Angelo Secchi.

Viewing Tips shared yesterday – we did them and saw quite a few throughout this workout

  1. Once the sun sets, expect to see a meteor or shooting star every few minutes. If we can get enough clearing tonight, the better the experience.
  2. Step outside and let your eyes adjust. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the nighttime. Once they adjust, you will be able to see the best show possible.
  3. The meteor shower will be the best from 2 AM to dawn Wednesday morning. You’re better off to wake up early and see it rather than stay up late.

Random date related information:

1914 – World War I: The United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit

1953 – The first testing of a real thermonuclear weapon (not test devices): The Soviet atomic bombs project continues with the detonation of “RDS-6s”, the first Soviet thermonuclear bomb

1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released

PT – 8/12 – use sandbag or ruck

Curl sandbag and then squat it while holding in curl position – 8
Tri extension and then squat it while holding in extended OH position – 8
1 legged good morning/deadlift – 12 per leg
Front load good mornings – 12
Straight leg deadlift – 12
Bear hug squat – 12
OH Chop – 6 each side for 12
Lateral throw of sandbag – 6 each side for 12
1 arm on bag pushup over and back – 12
Bag squeeze press out in front – holy cow shoulder smoker – 12
Bag squeeze Bench press – 12
Immediately into Merkin bag pull through – 8
Basically a clean – Flip up from ground and hold up by handles OH – 12
Clean and press/toss/throw (with summersalt if you wish!) 6x up and 6x back
Total Body Destroyer – 3:30 OYO

Ruck up, sandbags, back to vehicles.  Pass drunk lady walking dog.  9 men say good morning.  Lady responds ZERO times.


Count-O-Rama – 9
Prayer requests for teachers and students and schools are getting geared back up
Prayer requests families in general, travels, country and leaders
Prayers unspoken
Praise for Valvano’s Brother – AWESOME news!!!!

– Wow.  3 days in a row of hard brutal work by many of these dudes.  Thanks to all for the push constantly!!
It was great, good, nice….we acknowledged Hoser being back after being gone for a few weeks.
1st time for Brady Bunch – who was introduced to the greatness and pain of rucking.  Kept up strong.  We are glad to have you joining us man.  And Soto is glad to deflect some of the cultural banter away from himself!!!  All in good fun.  We love you Soto.  Don’t go all #SotoChaos on us.  BTW, Soto is staying in a back room of a tattoo parlor in Fayetteville this weekend for some GR FAD training.  Who knows what he will come back with.  But the betting odds are in favor of a Bling portrait somewhere where the sun don’t shine!
“I am not rolling in the sand.”  Bling, August 12, 2020
Always great when Flop joins us.  He’s got some stiff competition, but his 1 liners are top notch and always great for a few laughs
Lombardi refused to share his breakfast secrets.  Just posting pictures making us all jealous.  But as usual the man was putting in the work, AND snapping amazing pictures.  Guy needs to set up a modeling agency.  I am sure the former charges against you were dropped and you can use a legit camera again
Watching Valvano strip down to his thong in the parking lot was interesting.  Long long white white legs on full display
Boxcar – ALWAYS wants to know if he needs gloves.  We all need to tell him no.  Then just do nonstop bearcrawls on broken glass!
As always with this group, amazing work and fellowship

– #FreedToBleed – October 30 – it is LIVE!!!!  App, website, whatever.  GO sign up.  12-6pm – slots wide open.
– GrowRuck in March/April 2021 – Weekend of Leadership Development Training – No experience needed.  Read some BB’s or AAR’s on these things.  They are amazing opportunities for each of us to grow personally as leaders and to help our region reach new levels!  Nothing to be scared of non-ruckers.   You can handle it with a little training and guidance from the ruckers.  #AnythingSotoCanDoEveryoneElseCanDoBetter
– Weasel trying to set up (FINALLY) some #2ndF date nights/lunches/get togethers whatever!  Check it in Slack in #2ndF channel.



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