The Burpee Six
Aye, 17 pax posted for the weekly running of the Sweet Six route.
Inspired by Pinch, the majority of the pax added a new wrinkle to the usual route through uptown, stopping every mile for 10 burpees. The burpee points were: 1) The Providence Shell station; 2) The 3rd Street Kangaroo station; 3) The top of Sayonara Hill, at the corner of Third and College, next to Stagecoach Center; 4) Across from the Dowd Y on Morehead; 5) In front of the Ronald McDonald House on Queens; 6) Where Cherokee T-bones into Providence, just below Myers Park Pres.
As posed by Pinch, the challenge came from the SealFit.com site and was to run six miles, doing 10 burpees at the end of each mile, in under 60 minutes.
Not only did everyone who attempted the feat easily clear an hour (despite the course measuring 6.4 miles), many finished in under 50 minutes, including a couple under 48. Strong. As Pinch tweeted after being informed of the results, “I will keep searching the internet for workouts that might actually challenge the F3 crew.”
Spreadsheets from the Gloom
_ I’m told that leaders included Dredd, Madonna, 5-0 and Swamp Fox. Not that YHC had a visual on any of them after about mile 1.3 …
_ Ben Franklin delivered a strong FNG Sweet Six post after hard-committing sometime around 2000 Wednesday night, midway through HDHH.
_ Kotters to Costello and My Little Friend, both back after absences from the S6.
_ T-claps also to Hitman for posting behind the wheel of TD’s ‘Rado and then grinding out a tough run in the humidity. Hit’s been under the gun with work and a move, so it was a pleasant surprise to have him out with us.
_ And final T-claps to Belk and Little John, who launched at 0500 to get their runs in, causing confusion for poor 5-0, who pulled in at 5:00:15 and thought he had been left behind by a new start time.
_ The debate over proper burpee form rages on, with RW leading a post-CoT discussion of differences between Spartan burpees (squat thrust, no pushup), Cross-Fit burpees (hands in the air and a full jump; unclear whether you clap your hands or not) and various forms, the extremes being the TD/Dredd-style “flying squirrel” launch and the more considered OBT “Mr. Roboto” style. The Mr. Roboto is undoubtedly slower, as YHC is made painfully aware every time we do a set of 10 in a CoP, but RW allowed as to how he (also a practitioner of the Mr. Roboto) thinks it might actually represent a greater effort and thus a better training effect. A discussion that is undoubtedly to be continued …