Challenge Week Diary – Thursday

Thursday 6am STRENGTH – Muscular Mission

The plan that I had given the other Chiefs was thrown out the window after I woke early with a new plan I’d been thinking about all night. Yes it’s true, sometimes I lay awake at night thinking up new ways to torture you people.

So with four different Strength exercises mixed in with some cardio, the Teams set off to rack up as many reps as possible for each 3 minute set. The winners of each Challenge were:

SHOULDER PRESS/HILL CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – BLUE

2nd 15 points – GREEN

3rd 10 points – YELLOW

4th 5 pointsRED

FENCE/SQUAT JUMP CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – BLUE

2nd 15 points – GREEN

3rd 10 points – RED

4th 5 pointsYELLOW

WALKING LUNGE CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – BLUE

2nd 15 points – GREEN

3rd 10 points – RED

4th 5 pointsYELLOW

PUSH UP/STAGE LOOP CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – BLUE

Equal 2nd 15 points – GREEN

Equal 2nd 15 points – YELLOW

4th 5 pointsRED

Then it was on to the good old fashioned Tug-o-war Challenge. Due to smaller numbers, the REDs took on the YELLOWs with the YELLOWs prevailing. Then the GREENs who looked beaten, eventually dragged the BLUEs over the line. With Superior numbers the GREENs won the overall Tug-o-war Challenge but points were awarded as follows:

TUG-O-WAR CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – GREEN

2nd 15 points – BLUE

3rd 10 points – YELLOW

4th 5 pointsRED

Updated scores after STRENGTH Muscular Mission are:

GREEN – 478

YELLOW – 389

BLUE – 440

RED – 372

An epic battle was coming up at CORE Short Circuit.

Thursday 9:30am CORE – Operation Short Circuit

It was a massive turnout for a 9:30 session, 30 participants showing up. With all the BOSUs and Med Balls set up, the first part of the session involved a killer Abs circuit of all the ol favourites – Diagonals, Dead Bugs, Twists etc. Five exercises in a row followed by a 1 minute rest and second lap of the circuit. So then we were warm and ready for Challenge time.

The Challenge was The Side Plank. On the minute, change sides to the other arm with a commando style rollover. No touching the ground or you’re out! The YELLOWs and GREENs pushed hard with plenty of Team members still in the last 10 Challengers. But eventually they all dropped, even the Core experts Judy Franklin and Renee Miller. So a showdown between YELLOW (Kerry Philp) and BLUE (Ali Day) developed. Kerry was amazing pushing this young professional Surf Lifesaver and Iron Man to his limits before finally caving in at 35 minutes. YES YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY – 35 MINUTES! Inspirational!

So the points were awarded as follows:

SIDE PLANK CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – BLUE

2nd 15 points – YELLOW

3rd 10 points – RED

4th 5 pointsGREEN

Update on scores after CORE Short Circuit:

GREEN – 501

BLUE – 480

YELLOW – 426

RED – 396

I couldn’t wait for INTERVAL RUN that night, they had no idea what they were in for!

Thursday 6pm INTERVAL RUN – Team Relay

Wasn’t there some colour tonight? O and you guys too. THAT Green suit made an appearance again for the first time since St Patricks Day. We walked over to Black Beach carrying a few coloured ropes and the Teams began to sense this was no ordinary run.

Over at the Rock Pool the rules were finally revealed. Each team had to nominate  a minimum of Three Advanced runners to run up and around the Lighthouse. The Intermediate runners had to run to the Kiama Scout Hall and the Beginner runners got to wait across from the Post Office.

On the way back from the Lighthouse, the Advanced runners had to unravel the team rope and the runners had to come back as one, all holding the rope. Collect the Intermediates and Beginners and first Team home wins. The results were:

TEAM RELAY CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – RED

2nd 15 points – GREEN

3rd 10 points – BLUE

4th 5 points YELLOW


Not one person came back having done it easy. It brought some people to their knees. Many people thought that was it, the session was over. But we walked back up to the Lighthouse where Challenge 2 began. Ten minutes, as many Lighthouse Loops as possible. Each lap counts as one point for your team. Ready, set, go! After an agonizing wait, the YELLOWs took out their first Challenge win!

LIGHTHOUSE LOOP CHALLENGE:

1st 20 points – YELLOW

2nd 15 points – RED

3rd 10 points – BLUE

4th 5 pointsGREEN

Update on scores after INTERVAL RUN Team Relay:

GREEN – 536

BLUE – 517

YELLOW – 475

RED – 450

So the week was winding down but Challengers were urged not to quit just yet! Tomorrow’s STRETCH session was gunna be well worth it to help ease those aching muscles.

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