Fear Not and Embrace the Suck

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  • When: 04/03/2021
  • QIC: Saigon Sam & PruneTang
  • The PAX: Heist, Loudmouth, Fifty Cent, Boucher, Pud, Eileen, Culpepper, Lifo, Aquaman, Tazz, Crash, Onsie, Doink, Scholls, Twister, Quincy, Updraft

With GrowRuck a little over a month out YHC and PruneTang offered to Co-Q a training beatdown which included 9 Pax for a 3.2 mile pre-workout ruck and 6 Pax for a post workout 2 mile ruck carrying Boucher’s Suckomatic 2.0 ( which absolutely lived up to its name!)

18 Pax joined YHC & PruneTang on this chilly morning at Boondocks AO in April.  The message for the day was “Fear Not”!  We build up a lot of fear around these endurance events bust normally it’s worse in our mind than reality.  The Bible tells us many times to “Fear Not” and look to the Lord to get us through.  We are capable of much more!

The Stoics also had a similar view.   Epictetus said “For it is not death or pain that is to be feared, but the fear of pain or death.”

After reading the message, PruneTang proceeded to warm the Pax up with Arm stretches, Limp Member, Merkins, Arm Circles and Michael Phelps.  We then moseyed over to the turf field and got after the substantive part of the program.

The Thang:  The APRIL GORUCK TRIBE WOD – Bataan Memorial.

Description- This is an event that you can do on your own to honor the men and women of one of the gravest atrocities of WWII. The Bataan Death March occurred in the Philippines in April 1942 when 60,000-80,000 American and Filipino soldiers were captured and forced by the Japanese to march more than 70 miles while being brutalized by their captors.      

Differing sources also report widely differing prisoner of war casualties prior to reaching Camp O’Donnell: from 5,000 to 18,000 Filipino deaths and 500 to 650 American deaths during the march.

Retired Col. Beverly “Ben” Skardon is one of the remaining survivors (102 years old) and still marches in their honor every year.  He is also a Clemson grad like our very own PruneTang.

BATAAN:

9 ROUNDS ( we completed 6 of 9)

10 Burpees

11 Deadlifts

12 Thrusters with Ruck

13 American Twists with Ruc.

14 Arm Circles

15 Neck Circles

16 Sit Ups with Ruck

170m March (185.9 yards)

2 Mile Ruck ( we added carrying Boucher’s implement of torture!)

YHC provided another quote on fear between rounds.  “In our lowest moments God is with us to say, “Do not fear.” —Bob Frankenburg

YHC also reminded the Pax that the Bataan men faced incredible torture and they had to keep moving or die. We can endure the monotony of the beatdown and keep moving.

“Once the march started, everything just sort of froze in my mind. I was pretty numb the whole time. I didn’t think and I didn’t feel. I was like a robot and just kept moving. Other than daylight or dark, I lost all track of time. I had to blank everything out and focus straight ahead. I lived from day to day, in fact, hour by hour. The only thing I thought about was the moment and, ‘The good Lord willing, I’ll get through the day.’

– Staff Sgt. Alf Larson, Bataan Death March Survivor

PruneTang took over after round 6 and organized the Pax into 2 teams for 60lb sandbag toss Native American race length of the field and back.  Luckily YHC had Onsie on his squad who tossed the 60 lb sandbag like a frisbee!   We decided to do 10 more burpees together and then moseyed back to the circle for COT.

We did count-a-rama, name-a-rama and named the FNG “Quincy” – welcome!

YHC closed up discussing how the men who survived Bataan had their minds focused off of fear and the Lord walked with them.

“Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭35:4‬ ‭

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

During Prayer, YHC read part of a morning devotional on this Holy Saturday as we wait for the coming of our Savior.

Like Mary at dawn, I’m here to worship.

Rabboni, teach me to wait.

Like Mary at the tomb, my hope has died

Rabboni, teach me to wait.

Like Mary in the garden, You’re hidden from my eyes.

Rabboni, teach me to wait.

And now, as I prepare to take this time of prayer into the coming day, the Lord who loves me says in Psalm 27, 

I remain confident of this:

    I will see the goodness of the Lord

    in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

    be strong and take heart

    and wait for the Lord. 

Psalm 27:13-14

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