Tubetop Temple devo (Run 4 Holt)

Devo 8/25/2021

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We all struggle at times with many different things.  Many of us over the course of our time on this earth, have had friends, family members, or even found ourselves going through a trial, or tribulation. These can cause us to question, have anxiety, and fear.  There are others that have or are silently gone or going through trials.  We have asked why, we have probably even been mad at God.  Sometimes we don’t know what to say, or how to help, or even what to do.

As Jesus said in the verse “we can have Peace in Him, we can take courage during our tribulations as He has overcome this world”  The bible also tells us in Ecclesiastes chapter 4 verse 9-12: Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion, But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.  Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And If one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.  A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

We also know the verse F3 lives by from proverbs 27 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Today we are here, gathered together, Not because we wanted to run this hill or do those burpees.  We are here for one another.  Our rise in the gloom to come together is because we have another brother who is going through a trial.  Today, we are here for Michael Holt, Bench Warmer, aka Da Nanny, aka The Athlete formerly known as the Da Nanny.  We are here to encourage him and his family, we are here to lift him up, we are to keep his heart warm, We are here to Love on him during this time of tribulation. We are here to let him know he is not alone. We are here because throughout the years we have had F3 he has been a piece of Iron that has helped sharpen other iron, He has touched many of you through his encouragement and leadership and made you better because of it.  Finally, We are here for one another.  No matter what AO you go too, When a F3 brother is in need you answer the bell…..together we are the men that sharpen other men!  Let today be a reminder that it is more than just a workout.  This is what we do, this is how we help!

Lord, help me this day to replace my fears with faith, my doubts with belief, my worries with trust and my cowardice with courage.  Help me to focus on You and not my problems. Help me to be an encouragement to my fellow man, help me to love, help me to be a servant in all I do. Help us to have Peace knowing you have overcome this world. We pray for Jon Byrd, Bowtie, Etienne Arden and all who are struggling or silently walking alone.  We especially pray today for Bench Warmer. We ask that you give him peace, we ask that you give him healing, we ask for you to comfort him.  We pray for Sherry, give her strength, guide her as his helpmate, help her to find comfort and peace in your promises.  We pray for Shay and Annabelle, that they will also be comforted by your word, your promise, your peace and your victory over this world as they walk through this with their Daddy. Lord, We ask for your hand to be on each man here.  May each man here continue to be iron that sharpens, let us not become dull, let us live in your word, let us walk tall by your light. We pray all this in your holy precious name, Jesus. Amen


IronPax Summary

It was a Gloomy morning at Burry Park. YHC showed up early to make sure the course was set. Pax started rolling in around 6:55 and we ecstatic to see all the blocks and cones.

Warm Up

Side Straddle Hops & Wind Mills

Right after our very short warm up we jumped into Week 1 of the IronPax. The reps were shortened to save time.

3 Burpees every minute on the minute

25 Leg raises

50 Jungle boi squats


100 Lunges in place

Paperboy was the first to finish, which was very questionable. He must have started early like normal. Week 1 took about 10 minutes so we moved to week 2.

Run a Lap

5 thrusters

Rifle carry to other side of field

10 decline merkins/Rifle carry back 5 thrusters

10 Blockees/Rifle carry back 5 thrusters

10 Weighted squats/Rifle carry back 5 thrusters

10 kettle bells/Rifle carry back 5 thrusters

Run a Lap & Repeat

It was about halfway through week 2 that the Pax started slowing down and complaining. Around 7:30 I allowed them to stop and move onto week 3.

Run a lap / 60 merkins

Run a lap / 50 Squats

Run a lap / 40 merkins

Run a lap / 30 Squats

Run a lap / 20 merkins

Run a lap / 10 Squats

Run 2 Laps

It’s worth noting that the lap we were running is maybe 300m so this was not anywhere close to the same distance as the original challenge. Many of the Pax slowed down considerably for this set realizing that if they slacked they wouldn’t have to do as much. I believe that Benchwarmer even walked a few laps. After about 3 Pax finished we moved on two week 4.

5 over block Burpees

Murder Bunny to first cone

20 thrusters / Run back / 5 over block burpees

Murder bunny to second cone

35 Alternating block merkins / Run back / 5 over block burpees

Murder Bunny to third cone

50 Curl press / Run back / 5 over block burpees

Murder Bunny to other side of the field

65 block windshield wipers / Run back / 5 over block burpees

This is what separated the men from the boys. Some Pax quit, some refused to murder any bunnys, and some like Karate Kid left early and tried to convince everyone to clean up and leave with him. Nobody made it to the windshield wipers… even with the multiple multiple modifications… Slackers.


No time for MARY. Every Pax farmer carried two blocks back to where they belong.


Devotional was 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of got may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Sometimes we get in a slump when we try to read the word of God. Reading this verse helped me realize that it’s not that His word doesn’t apply to my life, however, it may not apply to whatever situation is on my mind. If we focus on what the word applies to instead of trying to apply the word to our situation we will be able to take so much more away from scripture.


The Waterbug 8.8

What: Waterbug 8.8 mile Run/Ruck

When: March 7, 2020

Where: Burry Park/Warzone

Time: Be there at 6:30 AM for pre-run instruction/registration , run starts at 7AM

On March 9, 2019 Farrell “Waterbug” Talbert ran his final race.  During a 15K (9.3 miles) from Mullins to Marion, Farrell fell at 8.8 miles.  On March 7, 2020 we will honor the 1 year anniversary of Waterbug’s final race and run his 8.8 miles.  Waterbug was a leader of F3 Hartsville that inspired others to participate and lead.  This F3 workout will carry on his legacy and  collect donations to help his wife and children he left behind.

What’s the route?

We will cover 8.8 miles through the city of Hartsville passing by Farrell’s house and final resting place.  The route will be marked with signs.  We start at Warzone and end at Warzone.  Participants can run or ruck the 8.8 miles.  We will have water stops along the course, but it’s advised to also bring your own water if needed.  Volunteers will be placed along the course to guide participants and help at areas with heavy traffic.

What if I can’t run or ruck 8.8 miles?

That’s ok, modify if necessary.  Cut the route short at any point and head back to the AO.   Volunteers on bicycles will direct you back to the AO and help if needed.


We will be crossing some roads that have heavy traffic, such as Highway 15/Sonic Hill.  A volunteer will be at these spots but police will not be holding up traffic.  Pay attention to traffic and cross roads only when clear.  The route will include a couple water stops for the 8.8 miles, if you feel like you need more water, bring it along.

How to donate?

Money will be collected at all AOs leading up to the event.  You can also donate by Paypal to, please comment Waterbug in the transaction.  Donations will also be collected on event day.  All money collected will be donated to Farrell’s wife and children.

Stay on after the run for some 2nd F,  breakfast will be served.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬




Q in a Closet


I took the Q at The Clinic to make myself get up.  I’ve missed the last 2 weeks and I needed to motivate myself to get going.  I started planning Tuesday night then realized I had to come up with a new plan after Karate Kid posted the weather report- rain and possible thunderstorms.  I had to come up with a workout in the area the size of a walk-in closet.  Not a bad idea since we’ve got The Fox on Saturday and need to save our legs.  What resource could I use to find exercises to do in such a small space?  Then I remembered the Iron Pax Challenge… What would F3 Naperville do?  These guys were certainly beasts after their IPC performance.  I went through their backblasts.  Yes I cheated off F3 Naperville and now the 6 men that attended today will most likely win the Iron Pax this year.



SSH x30

Imperial Walkers x 20

Reach throughs x10

Banjo bear crawl- feet on the building

Main Thang
10 burpees
Bear crawl to the other side of the building
10 hand release merkins
Bear crawl back
9 burpees, 9 merkins… until 0
10 Donkey Kicks/Crab walk
10 Carolina Dry Docks/Crab walk
6 inches
Dying Cockroach
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Previewed the Waterbug 8.8 on 3/7 to raise money for the Talberts.
Fartsackers: everyone excused except Stepper who constantly talks smack about my fartsacking


Snatch–Quickly seize in a rude or eager way

Since most of the blocks have been reduced to 1/2 size, YHC came up with a few exercises to incorporate them.  Here’s what you missed.


Cold and breezy


SSH, Merkins, copperhead squats

The Main THANG

Mosey to brickyard, grab ½ block and 2 bricks, line up at first island

At each island (with ½ block)

  • 20 1-arm snatches (10 each arm)
  • 20 russian twists (single count)
  • 20 merkins (10 each arm on the block)

Lunge walk between islands.  Down and back (7 total islands)

At each island (with bricks block)

  • 10 manmakers with bricks
  • 10 overhead claps
  • 10 jump lunges each leg

Brick bear crawl between islands.  Down and back (7 total islands)


Flutter kicks, dollies, box cutters, v-ups


Sign up for Fox by Jan 30 to get tshirt, SOB party Saturday night


Romans 7:14-25

Even Paul struggled.  We will continue to fail, but keep working and there is hope.




F3 Hartsville Presents the 5th Edition of The Fox #CSAUP

F3 Hartsville Presents the 5th Edition of The Fox #CSAUP

B.L.U.F. – It’s hard. You’ll get better. Sign up HERE

It’s baaaack!

Mark your calendars now F3 Hartsville’s 5 year anniversary and The Fox CSAUP! Back for the 5TH consecutive year on Saturday February 8th the PAX of F3 Hartsville will host the #CSAUP that F3 Nation will be talking about the rest of the year…The Fox!

You’ve heard of The Goat and The Mule and some little fun run called The Yeti…well The Fox eats Goats, Mules and Yetis for breakfast!  That’s probably not true but after cementing The Fox into the #CSAUP Hall Of Fame last year, YHC and team have raised the bar yet again. Through each stage of planning we have erred on the side of “choosing the hard thing”. You’d think we would be experienced by now…but no, we still don’t exactly know what we’re doing so it will definitely be Completely Stupid and Utterly Pointless.

What is The Fox?

This is a team event.  Put your three or four man team together considering speed, strength and endurance will be equally relied upon in this challenge. Don’t have a team? That’s fine, sign up anyway and we will put you on a team!  We’re changing things up this year and giving options for one, two or three laps of a 4.5 mile loop course.  Sign up and compete in the 1 lap (Arctic Fox) or 2 lap (Gray Fox) division and if you’re feeling froggy go ahead and sign up for the full 3 lap (Red Fox) division.  All ruckers will do 3 laps and will go off first, staggered start times for other divisions.  The course will be hitting a few of Hartsville AO’s with some extra pain stations along the way.  We will start and end at Prestwood Country Club (because we’re classy like that, and Tater Salad is on the board.)  A major change is that this year the course will be all paved and dry unless it rains. (no “Killing Fields” from 2018 or the “Black Lagoon” from 2019.)

The Fox 2nd F

Barfly is in charge of the entertainment this year.  His favorite types of music are death metal and Mexican mariachi so who knows what will happen.  No matter what the music is, immediately following the event there will be some solid Second F at the club with beer & food provided (bring your own lawn chair). This is really what makes the event worthwhile, sharing war stories from the event with your brothers, new and old alike. Winners for each class (ruckers, runners, and dead ass last) will be announced during this time so be sure to stick around.  I hear there may even be prizes!

The Fox 2.0 Race

Be sure to bring the whole family! We will have a Fox 2.0 course set up for the young guns (boys and girls)! Race will start at 11 am.  Course will be approximately 2 miles with several “obstacles”. We will put 2.0’s on teams based on age or they can form their own team if preferred (sign them up as any racing class…it doesn’t matter) and each team will be accompanied by an adult (certainly your M or yourself are welcome to run as well). You don’t want to miss out on this part! T-shirts will be given to all who register!

The Why

Why give 3-4 hours of your Saturday to such a pointless and stupid event?  Because it’s actually the opposite of that.  You will push yourself to new heights and relish in the victory with your brothers of completing an event as tough as this!  And…because it’s not about you.  It’s about the guy who will be on your team that needs you there so that he can reach the next level.  Don’t let him down!

Who Are The Event Q’s?

Bow Tie, Ground Blind, Ragtop and Divac

Is It Ruck Friendly?

Heck yea!  We can’t promise there won’t be other heavy things to lift but this will be great training for anyone preparing for a GoRuck challenge.

What Kind Of Equipment Do I need?

Flippers, goggles, one of those triathlon unitard things….No really, normal workout gear should suffice.

How Long Will This Take?

Well that depends on how fast you move…Wheels up at 0700 for ruckers, running divisions will stagger start times after that.  Expect everyone to be done by 11:00 and enjoying some solid 2nd F.

What Does It Cost?

Nothing, zero, zilch, nada to participate.  BUT…it does cost to put the event on.  Last year we broke even, almost to the dollar! This year we are donating anything above cost to the local Boy Scouts. (Website Here)  So if you are so inclined please send a donation (in the amount of your choice, even $5 helps!) via PayPal to  Please use “friends and family” method and indicate “The Fox” in the comments section.  Or Venmo at: @abfaucette  All registrants (including 2.0’s) will get an event T-shirt.

Who Is Invited?

All men 18+.  All of F3 Nation is invited and this could be a good chance to get some FNG’s, if they like a challenge.

Do We Need Volunteers?

Yes. We will need volunteers for pain stations, hydration stations, photography, chase car and probably more that we haven’t thought of.  If you or your M or 2.0 would be willing to volunteer, please contact one of the Q’s, indicated in the comment section at the end of the post, or sign up here.

What Is The Route?

Now that would spoil all the fun…

Where Do I Sign Up?

Please sign up here.  Sign up as an individual or a team.  If you know your team make sure that each member includes the SAME team name.  If you sign up without a team we will group individuals together the best we can.


NYC 9/11 Tough Challenge


Memories of 9/11 Tough NYC:

1. Seeing a man with a baby and rucksack at the start of the event, lead me to believe this was gonna be a cakewalk. The baby was picked up by mom and all hell broke loose.
2. Overhead press- Cadre DS whispers in my ear “Get it up sweetheart”
3. Bear crawls/Crab walks etc- Vomiting in my mouth and swallowing it
4. Middle of the night in zombie mode seeing Cleve riding around on a bike.
5. GORUCK is real proud of their 120 pound sandbags and I’m an inch shorter.

6. “Get some” guy- this guy would holler Get Some at you when it was your turn on the sandbag.
7. Endless Flutter kicks. Cherry pickers(?), Dolly’s, Superman, some neck exercise that was torture. Paula Dean cried.

8. 21 miles with 2001 pounds all through Manhattan and took a pee in Central Park (we were separated into 2 groups, half the night with Cleve and Dustin and the other half with Mocha Mike and DS)

9. Amazing end at World Trade Center and Engine 10 with former Fire Chief during 9/11.  We cheered for the firefighters as they came outside to respond to a call.  2,977 died on 9/11, 343 firefighters

10. Holding up a huge American flag in the street next to the reflection pool.

11. Completed a Light trying to get home through the subway

Thank you to Paula Dean and his parents for their hospitality

Remember the Fallen, Never Forget

Skinny Pete



Finish the JOBB


TheWarzone hosted the 3rd teaser workout from 2018 in preparation for the Iron Pax challenge.  8 PAX showed up for work and complete their JOBB’s.




SSH, Windmills, LBAC’s, etc.

The Main THANG

Mosey to block pile and retrieve 1 block per pax.


  • 15 Jump Over Block Burpees
  • 50 Hand Release Merkins
  • Broad jump out 10 yds & back
  • 14 Jump Over Block Burpees
  • 50 Goblet Squats with coupon
  • Broad jump out 10 yds & back
  • 13 Jump Over Block Burpees
  • 50 Leg raises with coupon over head
  • Broad jump out 10 yds & back
  • Continue repeating rounds for 30+ minutes, dropping 1 JOBB each time


Superman & Canoe


Iron Fox signup, Travis Manion 9/11 5K in September


Prayers up for those battling cancer:  Laura Bannister, Geoff Connor, Pepe le Pew, Dylan Adams major surgery today

From an interview with Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper

Cooper asks Do you really believe you should be grateful for suffering.

Colbert replies “It is a gift to exist, but with existence comes suffering.  Theres no escaping that, so be grateful for suffering”

Paraphrasing:  When we suffer, it allows us to understand others’ pain which in turn makes us more fully human.

Romans 5:3-4

Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope






Do Lemmings Have Integrity Or are They Just Stupid?

“If a group of people do something like lemmings, they all do the same thing as someone else even though it may be stupid, harmful, or dangerous.”

YHC accidentally performed a social experiment this am by parking in a different row than normal.  One by one all the other vehicles start parking in the same row which is at least 40 feet further away from the grass.  If you want to create some Mumblechatter, park in a weird spot and see what happens.

Pretty sure Paperboy’s next devo will incorporate how “Life is a Parking lot”.   What happens in parking lots, you say?

  • you have to pay more for the best spots
  • you wander around looking for the best spot, then someone cuts you off
  • you get screwed
  • you step in mess
  • you get sideswiped by a-holes

Barfly and Judge Judy just whined about having to walk all the way to the grass.




SSH X 20 IC waiting on Baby Beasley and Karate Kid to get out of the bathroom

Demonstrated proper form (hahahaha!) then did 10 IC Air Sqwat, BBS, Merkins, Jump lunges, & Burpees.  This took a solid 10 minutes of Q&A.

YHC may have hurt some feelings showing all the wrong ways to perform those exercises.

Mosey to track for a repeat of last year’s Iron Pax workout #1.

The Main THANG

4 rounds for time

  • 50 Air Squats
  • 40 BBS
  • 30 Merkins
  • 20 Jump Lunges EL
  • 10 Burpees
  • 400 meter run

Do some stuff waiting on the 6 and mosey back to parking lot.


Box cutters and crunchy frogs


  • Iron Pax signup (,
  • Travis Manion Ruck/run 5K (
  • Pre at Warzone Friday


Prayers up for Laura Bannister, Geoff Connor, Pepe le Pew

This workout turned out to pretty tough if you’re giving 100%.  And if you do things the right way, although slower, you get a lot more out of it.

Mentioned the importance of integrity not just at our AO’s, but also in our lives.

“I would prefer to fail with honor than win by cheating.”  Sophocles




Farsight Fox Preview

The Fox is coming up, so YHC took this opportunity scout out the other AO’s while building up some excitement.  A solid group of 11 showed up and YHC wondered aloud if the fire ants and mosquitoes were still biting.  Karate Kid piped up and said that’s “just part of the pain of suffering.”  I like the attitude.




Warmup/The Main THANG




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Fox-need signups if you want tshirts, water coolers, $$, volunteer



Live for today.  Matthew 24:36 & Matthew 6:34