F3 Knoxville

Fitz Traverse

THE SCENE: Low 70s, but manageable humidity for a change
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Beefed up since “The Incident” involving Carney.

SSHs.  That’s it.  Quickly get on the mosey.  Brief interlude as we commune with one of the local skunks, who quickly demonstrated a keen attraction to Lebowski.  We’ve got things to do if we want to finish, so we move along.
We’re attempting the Fitz Traverse this morning.  Named after the “Fitz Traverse,” which means climbing each peak of the ridge line along the Fitz Roy Massif in Patagonia.

  • 1st peak: Guillaumet (Skunk Hill): Complete 50 Merkins or squats, climb hill as quickly as possible, 50 LBCs, descend;
  • 2nd peak: Mermoz (Cardiac): 40 Merkins or squats, Bernie to the first turn, slow Mosey to the second turn, sprint to the top.  Unless you’re Brick, then you just keep on running Forest Gump style.  25 Flutters (4 ct) at the top.  Continue Traverse toward Everest.
  • 3rd peak: Poincenot (Coolio Knob up to the top of the cave stairs).  50 CDDs or Lunges at the bottom.  25 4 ct American Hammers at the top. Mosey to the bottom of Everest.
  • 4th peak: Fitz Roy (Everest).  Bonnie Blairs at the bottom.  Pickle Pounders at the top.
  • 5th peak: Rafael Juarez (Grinch Hill).  Noticing the time, we skip the exercises, gather the forces and move on to the next summit.
  • 6th peak: St. Exupery (Pickets Charge).  Run from the main road at the bottom to the Colosseum.  Interrupt Edit and Roadshow trying to fellowship with some other guys.  Traverse back toward the AO
  • 7th peak:  Aguja De I’s (Baby Everest).  Sprint to the top and back down to the AO.

No time for Mary.  Buckets has a long trip back to Harriman.
Here’s a quote to mull over:  “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”  Jean Giraudoux.  What this means to me is that I should never be satisfied with where I am or my effort.  Keep pushing, whether it is as a father, husband, friend, Christian.  I can always do better.
Prayers for Buckets that his job interview went well yesterday.
Camp Run-a-muck!

Nice And Threesy

THE SCENE: Hot and Sticky.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Welcome back Cat Gut – you are here on your own volition

SSH x 25 IC
BBQ Squats x10 IC
Tie Fighters 12 + 12 IC
Pickle Pounders x 15 IC

Mosey to the Baseline
High Knees / Mosey back
Butt Kickers / Mosey back
Skips / Mosey back
Bear Crawl / Mosey back
Side to Side / Mosey to Circus Maximus

Gather into groups of three for exercises at 2 stations.  PAX 1 does the first exercise at station 1.  PAX2 runs to take over at the next station.  PAX3 then runs back to station 1.  Exercises are AMRAP till your buddy appears.  The two stations were at either end of Circus Maximus.

  • Station 1
    • Merkins
    • Squats
    • Big Boys
    • Plank Jacks
    • SSH
  • Station 2
    • T Claps
    • Lunges
    • American Hammer
    • Windmills
    • Flutter Kicks

We stopped for Rocky Balboas on the way back, then closed out with a bicycle race.
A perfectly divisible by 3 total of 12.
A friend of a friend passed and that reminded me to live every day as if it is your last.


Slow Mosey

  • THE SCENE: Hot and Humid
    F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Better than Gibblers last week

    20 X SSH
  • 24 x Tie Fighters
    Slow Mosey around the loop stopping 6 times for
  • 5 hand release burpees
  • 10 hand release Mercians
  • 15 4cnt LBC’s
  • 20 Froggy squats

Positive Attitude=Positive outcome

Disney Sing-A-Long

THE SCENE: The good:  It wasn’t pouring down rain.  The bad:  99.99999% humidity.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: I’m pretty sure Gibbler didn’t say it was free or that he wasn’t a professional.  Both of those facts were immediately apparent, however.

I distinctly remember lots of SSHs while Bluebird took his sweet time walking over from his truck to the AO. I think he stopped to re-tie his shoes and picked up a few pennies off the ground on the way.  And then we did some Tennessee Rocking Chairs.
We moseyed to the Colosseum (that’s right Gibbler.  The Colosseum. Not the Overlook!).  Once we got there, we started listening to that song.  What’s that song from the Disney movie?  Yeah, that one too, but I’m thinking of the other one.  No, we listened to that as well, but I’m thinking of . . . forget it. We listened to all of them. Well, except for “Bear Necessities.”  Where’s the love for The Jungle Book, Gibbler??

As we re-imagined this as a workout with our 6 year old kids, Gibbler had us do pyramids.  I’ll be honest, I don’t remember all of the exercises, or in order.  Just know that we blasted our legs and our abs for a solid 25 minutes or so. Occasionally, we’d break for a long bear crawl (incident free today, thank goodness) or a run around the loop.  Mumblechatter was at a high level throughout.

Heartbreakingly, it was time to head back to the AO far too quickly.

At the AO, it was Capt. Thors up to at least 6/24 before a merciful 15 seconds of stargazers closed us out and the last song of the day gently swirled down our ears (“I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”? Honestly, they’re all running around together in my head right now, so I can’t remember.)

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Another Tolkien quote:  “The old that is strong does not wither.”  This one is dedicated to our very own BlueBird, who hits 59 tomorrow.  Happy Birthday, BlueBird!
Sign up for the Off the Chain CSAUP and try to pick up a Wesley House Q on Wednesday afternoons.

6-28-21 4-140

THE SCENE: Humid and sticky.

Started with SSH 20 ON 4CT, Baby Arm Circles front and back x12 on 4ct, Front Claps same rep count, Windmills x12 4ct then to curb for mosey down for 20 4ct plank jacks and mosey back.
Lower parking lots served as the 4 corners.  Hit every corner perform both (2) exercises at each spot doing reps of 50,40,30,20.  50 first time, 40 second time and so on…

After completing a round of the 4 corners run up little Everest and perform 5 burpees at the top.

Corner 1. SSH and Plank Jacks

Corner 2. OH Claps and Freddie Mercury

Corner 3. Merkins and LBCs

Corner 4. Lunges and Carolina Dry Docks

Had enough time for 18 4ct Freddies

Insert the WORD here.
Talked about “Grit”.  A book by Andrea Duckworth of the same name.  discussed her take on how success is determined more on your effort and hard work than mere talent.  It’s a mindset.  Setting good habits.  We talked about being disciplined and how we need to display grit in all areas of our life.  To not be complacent.