“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,”


Date: 19 March 2020

AO: Breakpoint (Empie)

QIC: Gump

PAX: @Sandbar, @Morpheus, @Seahorse, @Mr. T, @Gump

-20 Imperial Walkers
-20 Copperhead Squats
-20 Merkins
-20 Plank-jacks
-20 Mountain Climbers

Thang One
Hustle north from the AO and out of Empie Park on the Cross City Trail being sure to keep a comfortable distance. First stop just outside the park at the intersection of Caswell and…Caswell? (Google Maps does not lie) Circle up and drop down to do 12 Dive Bomber Merkins in cadence which Mr. T bestows the moniker of Catherine Zeta-Jones in honor of Entrapment. We get up and hustle across Wrightsville and down Rosemont toward Flying Machine. Pause at Farmers for Reverse Pistol Squats, six right, six left. Continue down Rosemont to the dead-end for 12 Spidermerkins.

Thang Two
Run down the hill on the Cross City Trail to the bridge. Drop and do ten Bridge Slides oyo and run back up to the top of the hill. Once there, drop and do single leg bridge lifts oyo, ten right, ten left. Repeat ten times until 100 reps of each exercise. However, after the first round of Bridge Slides I realize that sliding on the wooden bridge was logistically limiting and swap it up to Breakdancer Merkins. After nearly 100 reps, we hold at the bridge in Reverse Plank and take in the first two stanzas of IF– by Rudyard Kipling:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

Thang Three/One Again in Reverse
Consider and Recover after a ten count and hustle back up the hill. At the top, perform 12 Spidermerkins, in cadence, before hustling up the street again towards the AO. Pause again at Farmers for Reverse Pistols Squats, six right, six left. Continue hustling back across Wrightsville to Caswell and Caswell to perform 12 Dive Bomber Merkins or Catherine Zeta-Joneses in cadence if you prefer. Run back to the AO and recover for a ten count. Then we drop to our six to hold in Boat/V while we complete the meditation of the last to stanzas of IF–:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Recover and stargaze for a ten count before Countarama, Namearama, and CoT.

I was reminded by a neighbor that we often talk of how we are so busy, how we never have time to complete tasks, how we wish we had space to do the things we want to do. “If-” only we had the time for perfection or to make better decisions. Even though it is under less than ideal circumstances, this is our time to take stock and to reflect. How do we react to a lack of control? How do we use what we have be gifted and granted while others barely struggle to hang on? This time is a reminder that no one is in ultimate control except the Maker.


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