CONDITIONS: 55 degrees and wet
WARMMUP: x10 burpees
THE THANG: Count off 1-4. 1’s & 2’s each go to separate corners on visitor side of stadium. 3’s & 4’s partner up and gather by tires on home side off stadium.
Visitor Side: Run visitor side bleachers alternating each time around running with and without sandbag. When running without sandbag, knock out x20 uneven bleacher merkins at top of last set of stairs. Repeat for 20 minutes.
Home Side: Partner up for some bleacher Dora. Man 1 runs home side bleachers. Man 2 alternates from cone to cone running dragging tire and bear crawling pulling tire. At each cone, knock out x5 mountain climbers. Once man 1 runs home side bleachers, find partner and switch. Repeat for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, whistle was blown for visitor and home side groups to switch.
Sprints (150, 150, 300): Depending on number, you went to a different end zone corner cone to start. Rabbits were given their own private corner cone so they could fight it out to the death and for ego supremacy. On the whistle, pax took off. Not sure about at the other cones, but at rabbit cone, Purdy Mouth took gold on first 150, Woodchip on 2nd 150, and Groundblind on the 300.
Sprints (100 x2): Goal line to goal line sprints on the whistle
Merkins (1 minute)
Jump lunges with hands in air (1 minute)
Wide Arm Merkins (1 minute)
x15 up/downs (lead by Groundblind and joined in circle by Coach Eisenhower)
Curahee (Q=Kllinger) & Prefonntaine (Q=StepShow) engage in turf war as both will be meeting at WarZone tomorrow morning (0530).
5K @ Governor’s School Saturday
HH @ Mac’s (5:30 Thursday)
PRAYER REQUESTS: none
Good effort by all. I am proud to be a part of F3 Hartsville and was honored to have the opportunity to Q. As I discussed during our devo, Iron sharpens iron and certainly did so today. With only x1 100 left, the body language and comments of some indicated they were done. As he often does, StepShow spoke up and said, “Come on. You gotta dig deep!”. Very true Stepper. It is our job to push each other and not to quit on each other. When we let off the gas, many around us will do the same. After the Temple Wednesday, Chainsaw said, “I might go for a jog or go to the Y, but I sure as hell wouldn’t push myself like this by myself.” Couldn’t agree more Wade.
Thank you to all of our Redwoods who got this whole thing started: Paperboy, PawnStar, LoveBug, Chucky Cheese, Groundblind, Backdraft, Donkey Lips, Divac, Radar, Tater Salad, ??
T-Claps to Benchwarmer who helped me steal sand in the rain last night to fill up x20 sandbags and load up my truck full of coupons. Speaking of which, the entire Clinic has made my ballot for D.H.O.T.W. for not coming to help me and Holt.
While the entire Clinic made my ballot, BarFly might have distinguished himself just enough to receive my D.H.O.T.W. vote for shouting out the following insensitive and hurtful comment during my devo. When I said, “I began F3 to”……. That’s when that little turd cut me off and filled in my sentence with…… “To meet dudes?”
A big thanks to Dumper who was there in the parking lot when I rolled up at 0440 and proceeded to help me get set up.
Thank you as well to Coxswain, Linus, Lil Sweet, and Dumper for following me over to Brick Pile to help me unload.
Quote of the Day #1: Just prior to kickoff, Stallion asks Sir-Mix-A-Lot, “You have keys to the concession stand?”
Quote of the Day #2: During devo, Stallion tells Lil Sweet, “Let me take a knee so you can see.”
Post Workout GroupMe Quotes:
Groundblind: “I put BarFly into the concussion protocol when we bumped heads during bear crawl. He’s probably out 5-7 days at least. He started mumbling crazy things like he beat me in a race.”
BarFly responded by putting Goundblind atop his ballot for D.H.O.T.W.
Stallion: “Just had to walk upstairs for coffee. F you @David Nutt.
Bowtie’s response: “At least you won’t have to walk far for cream.”
The “What the Hell Award” goes to D.J. Waterbug who supplied the motivational music. On the day prior, Ferrell asked me what music I wanted. I said, “Metallica, ACDC, Guns & Roses, etc.” Well, evidently “etc.” means Elton John’s greatest hits. Eisenhower, feel free to use that mixed tape to get the football team ready for the big game.
T-claps to Lil Sweet and Dumper for staying fully clothed throughout the course of the workout.
A huge thank you to Tater Salad for staying fully clothed throughout the course of the workout.
On behalf of Paula Dean, I want to offer a sincere apology to Lil Sweet and anyone else Paula D blinded with his nuclear powered miner’s light that when shined in Lil Sweet’s eyes almost caused him to tumble down the stairs. This same forehead light, which Paula Dean evidently shimmied up a stadium light pole to steal and Gorilla tape to his head, nearly caused Benchwarmer to have a PTSD flair up from the “Headlamp Girls” who recently recorded kills on him running up The Temple.
DEVO: I rambled a bit, but here is a recap of what I said or at least I meant to say.
This morning, we are here to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. Me, I have been doing this for 2 years 10 months. Some of you longer and some of you less. Regardless of whether you have been doing this for 3 years or 3 weeks, there is a reason why you keep coming back and doing this stupid stuff in the rain and cold when you could be home in your warm bed.
A little over 3 years ago, a group of men met at The Rooster to discuss and learn about F3. While I was not there, I’m sure the basic question asked was, “What is this F3 thing?” While one answer / description was given, different individuals there may have possibly interpreted that message to be just a little different. We’re humans; That’s what we do. Once I had been coming to F3 for a while and was starting to feel established, it began to rub me wrong a little when some would say what F3 is and what F3 is not. While there is certain structure and protocol that should be followed, my opinion is that F3 can sort of be what you need it to be as we have different needs and voids that F3 fills. If I went to The Rooster or Mac’s with any one of you and said, “Tell me about this F3 thing.” The answer I receive might differ depending on who I am asking. For me, I was first attracted to the physical competition and I always wanted to win. Over time, F3 Hartsville has gotten in better shape and additionally, some pretty athletic guys have joined the ranks. On top of that, I have personally experienced some medical issues that keep me from going like I used to and like I want to. It used to bother me and still does from time to time, but it no longer really about the winning. For me, it is now more about the fellowship. For someone else, it may be about something entirely different. A year from now, it may have different meaning to you than it does today. Skinny Pete said something a few months back that made a lot of sense and stuck with me. Having just come off of ACL surgery, he took little to no time off. His knee still hurts. What he said that stuck with me was, “I endure the pain so I can enjoy the fellowship.” If you are not there at the workouts, you will never truly feel the fellowship. If you want to lead, you have to be there in the trenches sweating with the men.
The backs of our shirts say “Iron Sharpens Iron” and that is very true at F3. It is also true in our homes. Recently, my daughter Ann Frances completed reading the Bible. Without my wife or I reminding her to do it, she read the Bible every night for 365 days until complete. That inspired me. About 3 weeks ago, I went to Burry, bought a 365 day Bible, and have begun to read. I am going to finish it in a year. As StepShow said following the workout, “I bet he tries to read it in 360 days to beat his daughter!” Maybe so Stepper as it still is a little about the winning.
Reading the Bible every day, has also helped get me back on track to reading my daily devotions. Speaking of devotions, I had a situation happen over the weekend, that really upset me. No, it was not with anyone from F3! Anyway, after 2 nights of sleep, I was no less angry and that is unusual for me. I was contemplating confronting that person to get it off my chest. With that on my mind, I sat down to read my daily devotion the other morning. As soon as I opened to the page, I saw the devotion title, read the verse, and began to laugh out loud and told my wife, “You aren’t going to believe this.” The title of the devo was LET GO TO MOVE ON. The quote from Mark 11:25 read, “When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you for your sins.” Well damn! That was not what I wanted to read. I wanted to be mad, wanted that person to know I was mad, and was not ready to forgive. Couldn’t this devo come a few days later? The truth is, that devo was just what I needed and like has happened to me so many times in the past year, was not ironic in its’ timing. Later that day, I had another situation that angered me. This one happened with the home health agency that comes out to put i.v. needles in my arm. I was supposed to start my medicine back that day. Due to a number of mistakes they made, they unapologetically told me they couldn’t come out that day. Well, I didn’t handle that too well and temporarily lost my mind on the phone. Not to long after getting off the phone where I might have told them I would just “jab the needle in my own vein”, I began to fill a little bad about the way I handled it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was no less mad about the situation. I did however begin to think about my devo. Again, I was not ready to forgive and wanted to stay mad. What was I to do though, do what I wanted or do what the Bible told me to do. For the second time that day, I forgave. To my surprise, I felt better both times I did.
My daughter sharpened me. By going to F3 and being influenced by those there, I have become a better man and better father. You sharpening me may have unintentionally helped me influence my daughter who in turn influenced me back. Iron sharpens iron.
Prayer done and done well by Tater Salad.
Respectfully submitted by Bowtie