The Gloom

15 PAX answered the call this morning and got better because of it.  

QIC: Squirrel

The Pax: FroYo, Aruba, Fragile, Vault, Bowtie, Samsonite, Rafiki, Uncle Jesse, Guinness, Moneyball, Scout, Kaffee, Sparky & the ever chatty Wrangler

Warm Up:  SSH, Windmills and Good Mornings

The Thang:

Partner up. There will be eight exercises called. We will do 100 reps OYO of each

exercise. After each couple exercises we ran around the AO (~¼ mi.)  If you add that up that’s a total of 1600 reps and we ran about a mile per team. You are responsible for all 100 reps of each exercise, as partners.  You each suffer alongside, encourage and run with one another. The exercises were:

  1. Squats
  2. Merkins
  3. Regular Situps (partner holds feet)
  4. Bulgarian Split Squats (50 ea leg)
  5. Incline Merkins
  6. Flutter Kicks (count 1 ea time L leg goes up)
  7. Mtn. Climbers (count 1 ea time L leg goes fwd)
  8. Little Baby Dips

Announcement/Praise requests:K   Kaffee (Captain Nick Allen) made the Major list….which means a promotion!!!!  Sadly Kaffee will be leaving us to be re-assigned to a base in Virginia. That’s a bummer.   But another praise is he takes a piece of each of us with him to spread the Good News.  


Rise and shine.

4:52am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of the fartsack.

Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move.

A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland.

But you didn’t ask their opinion.

The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance. A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.

Welcome to The Gloom.

For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way, 10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, Each one promising the path of least resistance.

Thing is, you’re headed upstream. And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and what’s safe and what some would call “common sense”, well that’s day 1. From there it only gets tougher.

So just make sure this is something you want. Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away, all you have to do is pick up your feet.

But you aren’t going to are you? With each step comes the decision to take another.

You’re on your way now.

But this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come. You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see.

Oh but you can feel him on your heels can’t you?

Feel him breathing down your neck.

You know what that is? That’s you…Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky.

But don’t lose heart.

While they aren’t easily defeated, they are far from invincible.

Remember this is The Gloom:

The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder who’s telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you.

Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat.

Burn away your self doubt with the fire that’s beneath you.

Remember what you’re fighting for.

And never forget that the Jester is cruel.  He can turn on you with the smallest mistake.  He is ever searching for that weak place in your armor, that one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for.

So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains,”is that all you got?”, “are you sure?

And when the answer is “yes”. That you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle THEN it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within.

Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory.

You’re a lion in a field of lions. All hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive.

So believe that voice that says “you CAN run a little faster” and “you CAN push a little harder” and that “you CAN dig a little deeper”.

Luck is the last dying wish of those who wanna believe that winning can happen by accident.  Luck doesn’t scale! Sweat, on the other hand, is for those who know it’s a choice, so decide now because destiny waits for no man.

And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you you’re not ready for it, listen instead for that lone voice in dissent the one that says you are ready, you are prepared.

So rise and shine and welcome to The Gloom.


Red Productions originally created the above for the TCU Baseball program (YHC took liberties to change The Grind to The Gloom)

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