Heidi Week – Day 5 – Gettin’ Big Guns – 5.21.21

19 PAX showed up to get swole today at Muscle Beach. For Day 5 of Heidi Week I enlisted the help of Sweaty Palms from Nolensville, who brought his mobile CrossFit gym.

@Billy Madison @Joey Freshwater @Griswold @Tiny Dancer @Underroos @Jay Arney (Biden), @Soul Glo @Tijuana @Foosball Sweaty Palms @Lone Star @Blue Buffalo @Rudolph @MapQuest @Cosmo @Offsides @Blackout @2Buck
QIC: Heidi with special guest Sweaty Palms

After a quick disclaimer and a few warm up exercise to loosen our arms and legs (SSH, Merkins, Squats, etc..) I went into something I like to call the Endorphin Burpee Blitz. PAX got into 2 single file lines with a 60# sandbag at the start of each line. 1 PAX would do 2 Endorphins and then pass the sandbag to the next PAX. Anyone not on the bag did non-stop burpees. The bags would work their way all the way down the line and then back to the start.
After that we moseyed to the Playhouse for Sweaty Palms' 1 minute AMRAP circuit of battle ropes, jump ropes, slam balls, jump boxes, endorphins, merkins, and more! (We got a brief intermission of squats to Moby and burpees to AC/DC. Um…thanks?)
We made it back to the flag with just enough time for about 3 minutes of Mary.

New F3SH AO starts up at Port Royal Park NEXT WEEK! Several PAX are already planning to be there!
Armory has moved to Longview starting THIS WEEK!
Looking for 3-4 volunteers to head over to M'boro each Saturday for the next few weeks
F3 5-ish K Family Fun Run Day is TOMORROW at Preservation Park at 9AM
Memorial Day Murph in Nolensville, as well as a special Commemorative Murph here at our Murph Monday.

All of the PAX that are out due to illness or injury
@Jalisco Mom taken to the ER for possible heart related issues
@Tiny Dancer prayers for wisdom, sending resume to national nonprofit organization for catholic youth.
@Pre-K shoulder surgery today.

Heidi's Heroes – each day this week I will be spotlighting a different hero.
Jack Churchill (1906 – 1996), sometimes known as “Fighting Jack” or “Mad Jack” Churchill is an outstanding example of how some individual officers fought World War Two in their own way and on their own terms, and succeeded. He led from the front, and his frequently quoted motto gives a clue to his attitude: “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed”. He also added bagpipes and a bow and arrows to his prerequisites for battle. Churchill used his bow and arrows while on patrol, knowing that the bow was an extraordinarily effective weapon in his skilled hands as it was silent and accurate up to 200 yards.

When his company was trapped during a battle, Churchill killed the first approaching Nazi soldier with his longbow, then used two machine guns to fight back until they ran out of ammunition. He managed to get the remainder of his company to safety by leading them through the enemy lines at night, despite being shot in the shoulder.

In 1941 he was second in command of a unit that raided a Nazi garrison in Norway, and Churchill leaped into action playing the “March of the Cameron Men” on his bagpipes and then hurled the first grenade before charging onwards. He was also wearing a Scottish broadsword. Some remarkable film footage shows both the raid and Jack Churchill playing his bagpipes. He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in battle during this raid.

The remainder of Churchill’s war experience was just as astonishing. He led troops through Sicily and during the Salerno landings, encouraging them as always with the sound of the bagpipes. Using just his sword, he was responsible for the capture of 42 German troops and a mortar crew.

In 1944 he fought in Yugoslavia, where he was captured and sent to a concentration camp. He is said to have been playing on the bagpipes when a grenade exploded nearby, knocking him out.

By this time, Jack Churchill was a colonel and his captors assumed at first that he was related to Winston Churchill. He was chained up in a cell with various Austrian dignitaries. He tunnelled his way out only to be recaptured and sent to a POW camp in Austria. Unsurprisingly, he managed to escape again and walked 93 miles across the Brenner Pass to Italy.

In 1945 Churchill was sent to Burma, where some of the largest land battles against Japan were being fought. By the time Churchill reached India, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been bombed and the war ended. Churchill was said to be unhappy with the sudden end of the war, saying: “If it wasn't for those damn Yanks, we could have kept the war going another 10 years!”

However, after the war, at home, according to his son he was a peace-loving and unassuming man. “People are less likely to shoot you if you smile at them,” was another of his favorite sayings.

SYITG, Heidi

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