AO: Abduction

When: 07/02/2022

PAX:

Number of Pax: 6

Pax Names: Bootleg, Bots (F3 Downrange), Bunsen, Disco, Flo, Forest Gump,

Number of FNGS:

FNG Names:

QIC: Flo and Downhill


The BackBlast:

Intro:

EC Ruck fellowship was strong.  Flo kicked us off with disclaimer reminding us that like the soldiers of the Revolution all PAX showed up because they heard the call to come out and push themselves to improvement, and like those soldiers they were free to modify as necessary including not continuing forward with specific exercises as often entire militias/companies would choose not to participate in campaigns due to harvest, lack of payment, etc.

Warm-o-Rama:

To simulate the warfare of the revolution we lined up on the sidewalk, on pax would drop to perform AMRAP merkins for the duration of their partner performing 4 lunges.  This simulated the up and firing soldiers and the transition to reloading while moving forward the line.

Crossed back across field with partnered Cannonballs* i.e. PAX got on knees and elbows grasped hands with partner and rolled on their side across the field.

The Thang:

Flo kicked things off with a beatdown telling the tail of Henry Knox arduous journey from Fort Ticonderoga to Washington outside of Boston.  During the course of the beatdown rests were provided in order to read through the Declaration of Independence.

Knox, a 25 year old book seller turned military officer took the initiative to travel to Ticonderoga to pick up recently captured British artillery.  Boston was besieging the town but was out manned and out gunned and it appeared the siege would be broken once spring weather came to the region.

At the fort Knox selected 58 mortars and cannon in good shape weighting over 120,000 pounds and hauled the weapons for over 300 miles over lakes, through muddy forests and freezing rivers, up and down steep slopes.  A journey that should have taken 2 weeks ended up taking 3 months.  Despite ice breaking and losing one canon, Knox led recovery of that cannon and insured that all 58 weapons made it to Washington still in perfect working order ready to strengthen the American position and force the British out of Boston.

Carrying 2 60lb and 1 80lb sandbag PAX moseyed, stopping for 20 Mountain climbers and then went up the stairs where half pax engaged in “excessive hard rowing” via 15 bent over sandbag rows while partner performed slick Scotty Bobs.  This was in memory of Knox crossing Lake George at the beginning of his journey with the canons, hoping for wind power but receiving none and needing to rely on his men rowing.

Continued our journey until we reached a field where YHC explained to PAX that once back on dry land Knox had been counting on snow to assist in moving the artillery via sled; however, instead he was faced with a “cruel thaw” which caused him to move the cannons by sled over muddy dirt roads up and down steep mountain passes.  In memory of this PAX split up on doing crawl bear sand bag drags while the other did squat jumps until they switched to relieve the men with the sandbag.  When done completed 20 Mountain Climbers

Finally in Knox’s final leg of the journey he had multiple river crossings including the one mentioned above where the canon went in the river and had to be recovered.  Had PAX cross creek in Twin Silo park 4 times at each end completed 10 Mountain Climbers then passed off sandbag to another PAX .

Headed back to shovel flag where the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence was read aloud.

Downhill led the “1776”

The “1776” in honor of General Francis Marion

4x 400m mosey w/ exercise between

  1. 5 Burpees, 10 BBSU, 15 Copperhead Squats
  2. 5 Burpees, 10 BBSU, 15 Copperhead Squats, 20 Mercans
  3. 5 burpees, 10 BBSU, 15 Copperhead Squats, 20 Mercans
  4. 10 BBSU, 15 Copperhead Squats, 20 Mercans

176m mosey followed by Mercan AMRAP

6MoM:

13 x American Hammer (IC)

COT:

youtube.com/watch?v=izSz9_DHXkc

Naked Man Moleskin:

  • Had to be partnered up for maximum effectiveness, PAX ended up soaking wet, definitely a crowd favorite

Speaking on behalf of both the Qs this was an honor to lead, and as always was a privilege to suffer through with such fine men