THE SCENE: Sunny, HOTt, humid… typical E TN summer day.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
-Motivators (5 count, descending)
– 10 Plank Jacks (4-ct, IC)
– 15 Moroccan Night Clubs (4-ct, IC)
– 15 Overhead Seal Claps (4-ct, IC)
– 10 Steve Earls (4-ct, IC)
– Little of this and that
MOSEY to the Bowl area by the Bermuda Triangle.
- JINXY’S FOUR AND A QUARTER. Start at bottom of hill, run to top of slope and do 25 reps of an exercise, return to starting position. R&R 4 times, totaling 100 of the exercise.
- Round 1: Carolina Dry Docks
- Round 2: LBCs (single count)
- Round 3: Lunges (single count)
MOSEY to Grassy Area by Base of Everest.
Totem Pole. Start at 10, do all the exercises, then run to the bench by the road (or to Summit, dealer’s choice), do 10 SSH, and return. Then start at 9, etc.
- 10 Burpees
- 9 Mountain Climbers (4-ct)
- 8 Diamond Merkins
- 7 Box Cutters
- 6 American Hammers (4-ct)
- 5 Imperial Squat Walkers (4-ct)
- 4 Hand Release Merkins
- 3 Prisoner Get Ups
- 2 Squats
- 1 Star Gazers (10 seconds). Rabbits R&R
We got about 75% of the way through this.
Go up Summit twice, once must be Bernie. Do 25 MERKINS, 25 BBS, 25 SQUATS, and 25 IMPERIAL WALKERS somewhere along the way. Rabbits rinse and repeat the exercises until 6 catches up.
MOSEY TO AO.
Ran out of time. Did some light stretching.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Special WORD by Lilydipper, who has been out with an injury for a few months. Thought it would be great to have him address the PAX as he recovers from hip surgery. Here are his words:
Gents, I haven’t been able to work out with you guys since mid-March. Here we are in August, 5 months later. Your fellowship lifts me up. Thank goodness I have been able to come to board meetings. I get to share a beer with you, see my brothers, commune with you. Man, I need that fellowship. I know Jinxy has needed it as well and that is why he was hobbling on crutches to the board meetings before he healed enough to join you guys in workouts. The well-wishes you shared with us and the prayers you prayed for us have meant more that I think either one of us can say.
But what I want to share with you today is the importance of the workout. I have been thankful to have fellowship with you brothers at board meetings and Coffeeteria. Yet, I can’t wait to get back to the workouts. Of course the workout makes us more physically fit. I must admit that I have gained about ten pounds since mid-March. But it is not physical fitness that I want to talk about. It’s the bond created by going through the gloom, the heat, the sweat, the grime, the gasps for breath, the spilling or merlot, the dizziness, the pain, the questioning of self, the suffering through hell with one’s brothers – that is what I want to talk about.
Jetlag and I were conversing about Coffeeteria the other day. Both of us agreed that part of what makes it so special is the suffering that precedes it. Somehow that coffee and bagel just tastes better when you have made it through the torture with your brothers. As Crawdad says, “It’s the reward, baby!” And, believe me, an ice cold beer at the Board Meeting certainly tastes better after suffering through the heat of the Fake Gloom.
Still, what makes the workout even more special is being able to look at your brother and think, “man we have been through this together.” Each man in F3 has a respect for the other because we know what the suffering is like. Yeah, Swimmies may run around the Caribbean three times faster than me. He respects that pain and he knows I am feeling it too. We each know that we are pushing to get better. He respects this old man because I am willing to go through the same ring of pain that he is. I love that about F3. I also love how we encourage each other. Doubtfire is one of the best at doing this. “Hang in there, Lily, you got this. I’ll run with you, c’mon, let’s get over that hill.” We cheer for each other, pull each other through. “Leave No Man Behind.”
Bros, I appreciate you allowing me to join you for fellowship after the workouts. I see you guys drenched and grass-stained after a difficult beat-down and I almost feel guilty for showing up in my dry clothes. Just know that when I am fully healed (which the surgeon says should be about mid-October) I will be glad to hook shields with you and battle beside you once more.
Prayers for Guppy’s sister, who is expecting. UPDATE, shortly after the workout, she delivered a healthy baby daughter! Prayers for those affected by the flooding in Tennessee. Also, we presented Lilydipper with a ruck sack/plate/patch gift to help him with his recovery.
Iron Pax coming up, food drive continuing for a few weeks, Hardship Hill obstacle construction help needed (contact Sparkler).