A Morrison rider meets his Morrison match in a puddle of sweat

By this point in the workout, Cindy Klebe and I were doing step ups instead of box jumps. Doug Dawson was still trying to do the jumps. It was a hard workout today at Warrior Crossfit Muscatine.

Just because I haven’t blogged much lately — especially about Warrior Crossfit Muscatine — doesn’t mean I’ve been totally absent at the box.

But I have cut back a bit because other obligations … Aw, who am I kidding. The preceding sentence was starting to sound a lot like an excuse and excuses are not allowed in Crossfit. Let’s just say I only made it once last week. I’m only going to get there once this week. But I’ll be a more regular participant again after RAGBRAI wraps up next week.

Speaking of RAGBRAI, the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa kicks off Sunday in Sioux Center. We’ll ride 470 miles or so over seven days.

I ride with a group of friends who are mostly from Iowa City, Muscatine, Davenport and Decorah, along with Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Illinois. It is a longtime RAGBRAI team that doesn’t like to be called a team. Call them the Morrison Group, thank you very much.

So I was thinking about them as I went to Crossfit today because the WOD, or workout of the day, was called the Morrison. It was named, according to the Warrior Crossfit blog, after U.S. Army Specialist Scott Morrison, 23, of Blue Ash, Ohio. He was assigned to 584th Mobility Augmentation Co., 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, based out of Fort Hood, Texas. He died Sept. 26, 2010,  from injuries suffered on Sept. 25, when insurgents in Kandahar, Afghanistan attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

I will never again associate the Morrison Group with the Morrison workout, which consisted of 50 repetitions followed by 40 reps, 30 reps, 20 reps and 10 reps of wall balls  with a 20-pound medicine ball, box jump or step ups and kettle bell swings with a 53-pound kettle bell.

I did it in 36:02. It was not easy even though I did the step ups instead of the box jumps because my right knee felt a little gimpy today.

With any luck, the soreness from the Morrison workout will be gone by the time I start riding — and having fun — with the Morrison Group.

Speaking of RAGBRAI: I will not be taking a computer on RAGBRAI, so there will be no blog updates. I may post some pictures and updates on both Twitter and Facebook.  If you don’t use either of those, but you’re still interested on my experiences next week, you may read the Twitter updates on the homepage of this blog if you actually go to bromehill.com.

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