F3 Knoxville

Eights

THE SCENE: Mostly cloudy, 73 degrees F., 97% humidity
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Baby arm circles, Cherry Pickers
THA-THANG:

Starting in the center of the basketball courts area move out to one of 8 positions on the perimeter (7 are at the benches and one is at the power pole. Do each exercise at the 8 perimeter positions the prescribed number for each round, return to center court, and then run a lap to the pavilion/restroom.  Return to the center before moving back out and perform next number of the 8 exercises.

The exercises are:

Dips, WWII Sit ups, Inclined merkins, Squats, Dry docks, Bulgarian split squats, Declined merkins, and Bench jump ups

The repetitions are:

24, 20, 14, and 10 for a total of 68.

Early finishers are to move around the perimeter and perform 5 of each exercises until Recover is called.

MARY:
Flutter kicks, V ups, box cutters, protractors, LBCs to cash out.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 HIMs and one 2.0 (Webelo)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Just a simple quote from Elisabeth Elliot but great words to ponder.

There is no perfect life, no perfect job, no perfect childhood, no perfect marriage, and no perfect set of people who will always do what we expect them to do.

What we have is a perfect God who is able to lead us through this imperfect life with unfailing strength, incomparable wisdom, and infinite love.

MOLESKIN:
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Memorial

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 61 degrees F., 86% humidity
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Overhead/Out front hand claps, Imperial squat walkers.
THA-THANG:

Do the following in sequence as shown starting at Station 1. Reps start with 23 for each exercise and decrease each round to 20, then 15, and finally 10.  Total for each exercise is 68.
Station 1.

  • Merkins
  • WWII Sit ups
  • Iron Mikes

Bear Crawl 20 yards

Station 2 (with CMUs)

  • Thrusters
  • Upright rows
  • Russian swings

Run 0.22 mile loop back to Station 1.

Mosey to Waxjob Hill and do a quick round of 7’s.  Start with 1 burpee at the bottom and run up to do 6 burpees at the top.  Total burpees to Rx is 42.

Bernie back to the AO.

MARY:
Flutter kicks, Big boy sit ups, flutter kicks, LBCs
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 HIMs and two, 2.0s ( Nato and Gino)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Memorial Day Quotes (Wanted to extend our contemplation for those you paid the ultimate price for our American freedom.)

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” – Bill Clinton

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.” – Gen. George S. Patton

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

“But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

“The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training – sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him. However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind.” – Douglas MacArthur

The last one is from a speech by General MacArthur given to West Point Cadets on May 12, 1962.  It was his last major speech entitled Duty, Honor, Country.  In less than two years he was dead at age 84.  If you have about 10 minutes, I strongly encourage you to read the entire speech.

MOLESKIN:
Pray for travel mercies for Taco and his family this week.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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Blowin’

THE SCENE: 47 degrees F, 97% humidity, beautiful skies
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Bulldogs, Imperial Squat Walkers
THA-THANG:
Mosey to the Fountain with a CMU.  Split into two groups to take one of the two paths up the trail.

Route 66 Comin’ and Goin’

1 to 11 Merkins after running up

1  to 11 thrusters after running down

Use light posts in the following sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 to use as the 11 markers.

Mt Crumpit Dora

Pair up and complete the following at the trail while partners alternate running up Mt. Crumpit and doing two burpees on the back side of  the tree.  (Too much prescribed to do.  Better suited for an hour long Saturday.)

50 Blockees

100 Decline Dry Docks

150 CMU Swings

200 Bench Presses

150 Bent Rows

100 Curls

50 Blockees

Mosey back to the Grinder with CMU in tow.

MARY:
Box cutters, flutter kicks, Chest presses
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
15 HIMs and 2.0 Webelo
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Bob Dylan is one of my favorite song writers and he is one of the most prolific.  He wrote “Blowin” In The Wind” in 1962 and while most of his questions are unanswerable, there are a few that literally hit me between the eyes.  Here are the lyrics.

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Lyrics by Bob Dylan 1962/1963

My prayer is that God gives me the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to respond.

MOLESKIN:
Hammy is having meniscus cleanup surgery on the left knee tomorrow morning.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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CMU Modify

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 30 degrees (record low for April 22nd), 88% humidity
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Side straddle hops, Bulldog drill, Baby Arm Circles, Jog length of the grinder, Skip back.
THA-THANG:
5 Rounds (2 minutes work, 1 minute rest)

10 burpees over CMU followed by CMU shoulder press AMRAP to the two minute mark.

Waxjob Hill 7’s

Merkins at bottom, WWII Situps at top. Finish early – alternate 5 Merkins & 5 WWIIs until entire PAX completes the 7’s.

5 Rounds (2 minutes work, 1 minute rest)

10 bench jump ups or 15 step ups followed by CMU Russian Swing AMRAP to the two minute mark.

(Modification: The CMU tended to get very heavy so Bent Rows, Curls, Presses, and Lawn mowers were substituted on some of the 10 total rounds.)

MARY:
Box cutters, Big Boy Sit ups, Flutter Kicks, LBCs
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
15 HIMs plus one 2.0 (Webelo)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
The nations supply chain has been severely disrupted due to Covid 19.  That hasn’t gone unnoticed by a patient individual like myself.  My whole working career was spent in manufacturing so I understand the fine balance that exists in getting inventory levels right and meeting delivery targets.  I admit that not all my finest traits have shown through when an item I have ordered takes weeks to receive rather than days I have come to expect.  Recently I was taking to Nadine about an item on order for my truck from the company she works for.  I placed the order in early March and initially was told that it might take 15 to 20 days to receive.  6 weeks after order date she tells me that it will take another 6 or more weeks to receive.  My response surprised Nadine.  I had a little bit of a chuckle, told her that I understood that the entire nation is trying to climb out of a disruptive supply situation, and my light hearted response with her told her that I was not upset about it.  She stopped me in mid sentence just to tell me how much she appreciated my attitude.  Too often she is on the wrong side of a phone conversation from an angry customer.  I told her that I was sorry she had to be exposed to that kind of abuse and we ended our phone time with goodwill coming from both sides.  Actually, she made my day as she felt I had made hers.  Kindness and love isn’t required but it sure makes life more bearable.

The exchange with Nadine reminded me of a verse from 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”  Our loving God cared enough for us that He sent His Son, Jesus, and Jesus loved us enough to die for us to cover a whole lot of multitudes of sins.  The least we can do while on this earth is recognize this and pass it along in all types of way – even during short phone conversations.

MOLESKIN:
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Backup

THE SCENE: 47 degrees F.,
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH, Baby Arm Circles, Cherry Pickers, Imperial Squat Walkers
THA-THANG:

Set 1 Exercises (Under Pavilion)

Step Ups x12/leg

Dry Docks x12

Squat Jumps x12

Merkins x12

SSH (4 count) x12

WWII Sit ups x12

Mountain Climbers x12

Run Across Grinder

Set 2 Exercises (All with CMU)

Russian Swings x12

On the Shelf x6/side

Bent Rows x12

Curls x12

Goblet Squats x12

Lawnmowers x12/arm

Overhead Press x12

Run down to the road.

Road Work

Merkins x12

BBS x9

Drydocks x6

Burpees x3

Run back to Pavilion and repeat until “Recover” is called

MARY:
21 Boxcutters, 20 Flutter kicks, 60 LBCs
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 HIMs
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Merry Clayton and Gimme Shelter

We started the workout to the song Gimme Shelter, the opening track from the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed.  When asked who sang the song most will generically say the Rolling Stones or specifically, Mick Jagger.  When I listen to the song, I hear Merry Clayton.  She is the background vocalist and the one who puts her heart and soul in the song.  Merry was born on Christmas Day, 1948, and was the daughter of a Baptist minister in the New Orleans area.  She began singing gospel music in church before she was tagged as a background singer for Ray Charles and others at the ripe age of 14.

In 1969 she was pregnant and living with her husband in Los Angeles.  The phone rang around midnight and an agent said this British rock group needed a background vocalist for a track to complete a soon to be released album.  They needed her to come to the recording studio right away.  At first she said no, she was tired and she wasn’t feeling too well.  Her husband said she needed to go; that it might be good for her singing career.  Merry shows up at the studio and talks to Keith Richards about the song, the significance of the words written by Jagger, and the way they wanted it sung.

She sang one take, got some feedback from Richards and Jagger, and then said she would give it one more try.  After the second take she offered a third and then said goodnight.  The rest is history for the Stones.

Merry is always the singer I hear in the song.  She was the one that gave it everything she had and she blows it away – as a backup singer.  The Rolling Stones almost always gets the credit for this hit from almost 50 years ago.

There are many times that our roll in life is like Merry’s that night.  We are not the one to make the decisions, we are not THE face in the crowd, we are not the leader, we may not get the recognition we deserve.  We are the backup, the support member of the team, the one given a specific task in the big picture, the one that will be an integral part of future success.  Regardless, our job is to push ourselves, attain the objective, and move on to the next.  Always remember that there is no limit to what can be attained if no one cares who gets the credit.

So where is Merry?  She went home after the Stones session and had a miscarriage late that morning.  She believes the stress she put herself in earlier was a factor and she could barely bring herself to sing the song for a few years afterwards.  She continued mostly in a backup singer roll and was highlighted in a 2012 documentary about others in similar rolls that made many of the legendary songs of the past.  Finally some well deserved recognition has come to her.  In 2014 a car accident left her without legs.  Her faith in God and the inner strength and determination derived from that faith is keeping her on her feet and her music alive.

MOLESKIN:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
OTBs start January 4th at Sandy Springs Park and will be held each Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:30 am.  These will continue until launch of the new AO in Maryville.  Meet at the basketball court.