Operation Legacy Spring 2019: Hartsville, SC/GORUCK

When:

Saturday, April 20th, 5:00 am – 9:00 am
Carolina Kids, 513 West Carolina Avenue, Hartsville, SC

What:

GORUCK and the Travis Manion Foundation are teamed up for April’s Ruck Club Callout. This event requires a Service Project to complete and earn the patch. Fox and Arrow will be Supporting Carolina Kids with a donation of goods.

Registration is free. The Shirt and Patch is free. We only you ask you to donate goods from a list that will be provided later. You can donate money to TMF when you are registering. But, that goes to their cause and not Carolina Kids. Both are needed and appreciated.

Carolina Kids provides care packages for underprivileged children to eat over the weekend. There are some children in our community who only eat what is given to them at school. 5 meals a week. Basically.

Our donation will be made on behalf of 3 Fallen Heroes from our area who died in 2012 from a Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan.

This will be a ruck event. You will get dirty. You will be physically challenged. We will do something good for the community. It will all be fun.

How:

Please register using this link by 01 April.

https://donate.travismanion.org/event/operation-legacy-spring-2019-hartsville-sc-goruck/e228106

I hope you can participate. If you cannot participate and would still like to donate goods, you can. We will be needing jars of Peanut Butter and Granola Bars. Again, Please support these children and honor the fallen.

“If not me, then who?”
Klinger

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Bricks and Stones May Hurt My Bones

If memory serves, Guest Q Blue Hawaii from Greenville?? introduced us to Jack Webb about 4 years ago at the 3rd or 4th Convergence of F3 Hartsville.  This Brick City Q is all about the bricks.

Weather

Cold enough for the bricks to numb your fingers

Warmup

Rather than head straight to the brick pile, YHC decided to do a few warmup stretches in case a straggler showed up late.  Sure enough, Barfly appears right after his favorite move, the Windmill.  He was visibly disappointed but joined in for a few frankensteins and cherry pickers.

The Main Thang

Mosey to brick pile and grab 2 bricks.

Jack webb (ratio of 1:4)

Round 1–1 Merkin/4 OH presses with bricks up to 10 & 40.  YHC found a way to “temporarily” silence the Mumblechatter Mafiosos Eisenhower, Barfly, and Judge Judy.  Unfortunately their silence was broken by some disturbing noises from Paperboy.  He may have cursed a few times as well.

Round 2–1 Deep Squat/4 jump lunges.  The jump lunge is YHC least favorite exercise.  We stopped at 7 and came back down the ladder.  Mosey to benches for Round 3

Round 3—1 Dip/4 brick tricep kickbacks.  For you math nerds, if you climb the ladder to 10 & 40, the total reps 55 &220.  Triceps were hurting, form was faltering

Mosey to far end of parking lot.  Brick bear crawl to light, 5 manmaker burpees with bricks.  Continue to all 4 lights and return to brick pile.  This was crowdpleaser with jelly arms.

Round 4—1 BBS/4 Russian twists with bricks.

At this point, YHC tacked on some cool down exercises.  SSH & Arm circles with bricks.

Mosey back to Splash pad.

Mary

Hold 6”, Dollies, Leg raises, Flutter kicks, 6”

Count-o-rama, Name-o-rama

Announcements

Happy 47th BDay Goldie, P200 this weekend, Oyster Roast March 30th

Devo

YHC remembers how Blue Hawaii opened up about his struggles and how F3 had helped him work through them and made him a better man.  Pax went around the circle and took turns asking for prayers

Aye!

Groundblind

 

 

 

 

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Prefontaine- 3152019

Weather – 61 with a head wind on half the track

YHC rolled in a little early to set up a few cones on the track only to see WoodChip’s truck. I peaked in hoping to catch him sleeping, but no luck. He was out logging 5 miles early so the rest of us would have a chance during the workout.

WarmUp- 5:29:30, take a slow mosey lap  yeah we started 30 seconds early, but I mean if your not there yet then what’s 30 seconds (BarFly, JudyJudy)

After warmup lap the disclaimer was given (figured I better since Stallion posted)

The Thang

4X 400m fast, 400m at a 10:00/mi pace- this give you 2:30 in recovery

30sec standing recovery after 8- 400’s

4X 200m fast, 200m at 10:00/pace- gives 1:15 recovery jog

30sec standing recovery after 8- 200’s

4X 100m fast, 100m 10:00/pace- gives 35-40secs recovery

Done—YHC was worried about running out of time in the allotted 45 mins but we finished in about 38mins.

Today’s goal was to hit a speed on the fast laps that was below your 5K pace, and YHC will say everyone smashed those numbers. The first lap is your standard while all following laps are to be as close to #1 as possible. YHC will also admit that he went out fast on that 1st lap at a 1:30, and couldn’t maintain for 3 more. The next 3 were 1:38 each.  I did keep my 200’s and 100’s closer to that 6:00 pace & was still at the back.

15 laps= 3.75mi (YHC is pretty sure a few speedsters ran 1 extra mosey lap after the 400’s, YHC did not)

2:00-400 8:00mi/pace

1:45-400= 7:00mi/pace

1:30-400 = 6:00mi/pace

1:25- 400= 5:40mi/pace

1:20- 400 = 5:20mi/pace

I didn’t hear any faster than a 1:20 but could have been.

Count, Names, Announcements, Devo

In relation to our spiritual lives, consistent track workouts can be like Bible study, prayer, daily control of emotions, choosing to do what is right instead of what is convenient, and resisting sin. All these things are difficult and sometimes painful but the joy of doing what you know the Lord wants you to do will strengthen your spirit. Then, when life turns into “race day” and you are hurting and fatigued, all your previous “training” can give you encouragement, peace, and confidence during great trials.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB)
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Audit prayed us out

YHC was really dreading this after Nutter broke out a damn 45min Q of race your tail off yesterday.  But after a mosey lap before everyone showed up the tightness eased off, and having 11 other guys there eases yesterday’s pain and turns up today’s pain.

 

 

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HC for Waterbug

Weather: Who cares?

F3Hartsville took a gut punch this past weekend. One of our Redwoods, a warrior, known and respected by all, ran his last mile. His finish line came up before any of us expected it to. In retrospect, I can’t think of a more fitting way for Waterbug to pass away. He was running with a couple of fellow pax, both of whom came into F3 out of shape and needing encouragement to step up as leaders of men. Both Paula Dean and Skinny Pete have been transformed by their participation in F3 in general and by their relationship with Waterbug specifically. The light shines brightest when the night is darkest.

To honor Waterbug’s legacy, everyone agreed that this special Tuesday Convergence should feature some classic Waterbug tortures.

LoveBug led us out.

All pax gathered up and planked in a moment of silence around the flag.

SSH IC x 20

Reach Thrus IC x 20

GroundBlind took over.

Count off in 4’s. Everybody got it right until some guy from Revo showed up late and said “FIVE!” We have to give Revo pax a pass, because they chose to stay up from last night’s HH and walked over from Mac’s. #Respect.

Station 1

Spartan bucket carry and spear throw. Lawn darts in the dark with a flashy hula-hoop while pax run close by is a thing. This ain’t no place for sissies. Speaking of sissies, YHC pulled up lame with a busted groin thanks to whuppin’ Southern Belle’s rump in the NFL Combine queue. The bucket finished YHC off. Judge Judy did my burpees.

Station 2

March Madness. WB was renowned for his work with balls. He loved his balls, especially sharing them with other pax. Only in F3 would that sentence be OK.

10 Merkins right hand on ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Merkins left hand on ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Diamond merkins on ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Elf on the shelf to the right/10 to the left

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Squat thrusters with the ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

Station 3

Plank-o-rama

Waterbug was known for his yoga affinity. Many new pax would snicker until they started doing the workout.

High plank

Floyd Mayweathers (from plank position, reach through and punch, IC)

Catalina wine mixers IC

Superman/canoe

Low plank

Various planks till time is called

Station 4

12 Days of Christmas, Waterbug Style

It’s not the loud talkers that you need to fear. Eisenhower, Barfly and Judge Judy are harmless. It’s the quiet pax that scare me. Waterbug sat up late every night thinking of new ways to punish pax. Evidently Christmas time was especially hard for Waterbug, as he chose to take out all his anger and frustration from growing up in Goldilock’s shadow on the poor innocent pax who showed up for 12 Days of Christmas.

Perform Day 1 and run to cones and back.

Perform Day 2, then day 1 and run to cones and back.

Repeat and keep adding another day until you get to Day 12, Day 11, etc. etc.

1 x Diamond Merkin

2 x Jump Lunges (2 ct)

3 x Plyo or Hand release merkin

4 x Carolina Dry dock

5 x Burpees

6 x Plank Jacks

7 x Jump Squats

8 x Inchworms

9 x Ranger Merkins

10 x Mountain climbers (2 ct)

11 x Rollups

12 x Groiners

 

All pax gathered back up around the flag. YHC, aka Blue Falcon, requested a round of Banjo Bear Crawl, but the pax beat me down. Thunderbird came into the center and led the pax in some Jane Fonda/Richard Simmons inspired plank leg thrust twist thingy. Audit pretty much just laid on his side and tried to look like Hugh Hefner. Not sure why he would do that in front of a bunch of men. Judgement Free Zone.

Count-off

All pax counted off. Revo dudes evidently were fully awake as we got it right all the way around the circle.

Name-O-Rama

In a beautiful display of solidarity, memory and respect, each pax said, “Farrell Talbert. 45. Waterbug” one at a time. It took a while, because we had so many pax, which made it even more powerful. Waterbug’s name resonated across the field. His name will not be forgotten. His legacy is written on our lives.

Announcements

1pm Visitation at the Lakeview Baptist Church Family Life Center (Gym)

2pm Funeral service. All pax are requested by Waterbug’s M to sit together and wear an F3 armband.

Graveside memorial with F3 participation. Details to follow

5:30pm Revolution Waterbug Q

BOM and Devo by Divac

One of Waterbug’s last Q’s was a Convergence Christmas Q, where he opened up about his battle with depression. It was tough for him to get through it, but he did it. The pax stepped up and showed great support for him. Waterbug was excellent at all things, including his Devo’s.

Transparency vs. Vulnerability

I thought about telling a highlight reel of stories of Waterbug.  But there have been a lot of stories shared already and I know later today and in the days and weeks to come more and more will be told.  All of these stories are great and true.  But the gloom is meant to get better, to sharpen each other.  That’s what Waterbug did every chance he had so that’s what we’ll do this morning.

A few weeks ago, at the anniversary convergence we spoke about living more out of our true selves.  In the COT we regularly see brothers be transparent.  This is something few men in our society do.  Few men get up in front of others and share what is going on in their lives.  But guys, I’m here to tell you it’s not enough. What we need is not transparency but vulnerability.

“Transparency” means, by definition, the ability to see through something. So when someone’s being transparent with you, they’re letting you see into their lives. They’ll let you know what’s going on and even inform you about how they’ve been feeling. But while people who are transparent will share openly, they do so in a self-conscious, controlled way. In other words, they’re presenting a processed, polished version of themselves.

“Vulnerability” though is a little different. When someone’s being vulnerable, they’re making themselves susceptible to the judgment of others. Vulnerability means they don’t just let you know what’s going on in their lives – they let you actually see how everything is affecting them. This involves them letting their guard down and relinquishing control. In other words, they’re presenting an unprocessed, unpolished version of themselves.

The tricky thing about “transparency” is that it makes us think we know a person. After all, they’re opening and sharing about themselves. But that’s the thing – people who are only transparent tend to only share about themselves. We know a lot of facts about them, but we don’t really know them.

For example, if a friend told me that he lost his job, I’d feel sad and hope he finds a new one soon. However, if he told me he lost his job and now he feels completely lost – I’d feel strangely closer with him. Why? Well when someone loses their job, that tells me about his circumstances. But when he tells me how he’s handling his circumstances, that tells me a lot about him.

And that’s why it’s probably difficult for us to be vulnerable with others because when doing so, we’re letting people get to know the real us. And we don’t want people to know the real us because if they do, then they now have the power to reject us. And we don’t want that. That’s why it’s easier to put people at arms-length and tell them just enough so that they don’t have to really know us.

We can’t be vulnerable with everyone.  We can’t be vulnerable with our entire AO.  We can be transparent, and that’s a good thing.  But the hard thing, which is what we do in F3, is intentionally cultivating those relationships with a few people where we can be vulnerable.

We love you Waterbug.

 

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It Will Be a Shuckin’ Good Time!

3/30/19 – F3 Hartsville 4 Year Anniversary Shindig

 

Location: Last Rites’ House

Come one, come all!  Those who attended last year remember fellowship and Stallion winning not one but two awards.  Those of you who weren’t a part of this crazy thing we call F3 Hartsville last year, come get some great 2nd F with us this year.

What:

A party for all of F3 Hartsville AND the families of F3 Hartsville

This year we are back to shuckin’ oysters!  We will have other stuff to eat as long as you bring it (that means bring an appetizer to share).  Also, we will be taking monetary donations to apply to service projects in our community (3rdF).  That’s what F3 is all about!

Awards.  I did mention awards.  Divac will be sending out ballots shortly for your voting pleasure.  Don’t feel too bad if you don’t win one.  I know it’s hard for some, but be a man about it.  Did I mention Stallion won two last year?  Don’t let that happen again.

When:

Saturday, March 30 6:00pm. Come early to help set up if you can.

Where:

1121 Pine Lake Drive, Hartsville

How:

RSVP here by 3/23: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MooOZrey4WZZp-WGqrPBDRKnifmQMltl_2lPRIVgkAc/edit?usp=sharing  so we can know how many oysters to buy

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Birthday Bash

Conditions:  48F, Cloudy light breeze – huge puddles everywhere – the usual BC circle ground wuz under 2″ of water…

Commentary:  So, YHC turned 57 years old on 3/3….  Hearing the challenge from Beastie Boy to all Pax to step up and Q a BC beatdown, Paperboi picked a birthday session for some fun…   (BTW Beastie was MIA)   YHC planned a birthday theme around his age – but, realizing the excessive reps leads to bad form, he designed a “focused” routine on arms and shoulders.   The Pax gave very encouraging and appreciative comments throughout the session.  Way to lift me up guys – you’re the wind beneath my wings…  YHC especially appreciates the blue pill comments!

I just want to thank the 5 faithful Pax who took the red pill this morning and did the hard thing.  You don’t know what it means to YHC to have the support.  Aye!

(Next year, YHC is planning to do reps = age/2)

Disclaimer and Warm Up

  1. SSH X 20 – IC
  2. IWs X 20 – IC
  3. Windmills (slow-jam) X 20 – IC
  4. 5 Burpees OYO

The Thang:  Mosey to Brick City

Each Pax gets a Block and 2 Bricks

We did the following in 5 sets of 10 and 1 set of 7 – total of 57 reps (get it?)

  1. Curls IC and Merkins single count
  2. Overhead Press IC and Diamond -Merkins single count
  3. Overhead Claps IC and Wide Arm Merkins single count
  4. Goblet Squats IC and Hand Release Merkins single count  (Crowd pleaser)

15 Dips and 10 Decline Merkins on the blocks

MOM

BBSU X 20 – IC

Box-cutters X 20 IC

Flutter Kicks x 20 IC

Freddie Mercury X 20 IC

Indian Run Back to Clinic

Burpees X 10 OYO

Announcements:

  1.  P200 coming up – cheer the Pax on… two teams
  2. We are planning an F3 oyster roast, hosted by Last Rites on March 30.  All Pax are encouraged to attend.   Some mummblechatter about conflicts with Carolina Cup and a mega-concert by Santan’s Cowboyz.  Is that an AO???
  3. Rumors of the Fox in May…  (May 11th?)

 Devotion

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10

Edward Abbey Quote:

One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey

YHC commented about being laid up with surgery in the past year and has missed the outdoors, and being out in God’s creation…  Looking forward to getting back out there and feel the energy and regeneration of the soul.  Every beatdown in the gloom is a chance to experience God’s creation and step away from the grind of today’s world.

Prayers offered for Baby Beasely and family.

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Groundhog Day–All Over Again

Weather–35 degrees. Sunny. Perfect

YHC came in on two wheels after a last minute rendezvous with the toilet, but I was encouraged by the number of cars and all the pax standing around, just waiting for a supreme leader to arrive. YHC was happy to accommodate.

YHC is not much on warming up. Working out is its own warmup. Instructions were simple enough for even the dullest pax to understand. Merkins, Squats, Box Cutters IC. All x 20. After a nice little training session, we got to work.

4 Corners

20 reps at each corner

Merkins

Squats low and slow

Box Cutters IC

We did Round 1 five times.

We finished off with a little bear crawl across the park then circled up for announcements and devo.

Announcements

Feb 21 FCA will be having a fund-raising banquet. YHC has reserved 16 seats and is looking for willing pax to fill them. FCA literally saved my life. Prior to making a commitment to Jesus Christ, I was on a path of self-destruction fueled by alcohol and drugs. FCA will always hold a place in my heart, and I look forward to sharing that with you. Please join me in supporting this cause. Come to the banquet or just give. I promise you the reward will be far beyond whatever you donate.

February is the run challenge. Pax are encouraged to run 100 miles during the month. Find a running buddy and make it happen. Aye!

The Fox is coming back. Looks like May is the month. Stay tuned for details.

Devo

James is one of my favorite books of the Bible. He doesn’t putz around with frivolous details and meaningless chit chat. James gets right down to it in the second verse. “Consider it all joy, brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-3)

James didn’t have time or energy for stinking thinking. Every challenge he faced, and he faced a lot of them, was an opportunity to get better. James made an important choice, right up front. He chose joy, regardless of circumstances. We can even say he chose joy BECAUSE of his circumstances. How many times do we allow ourselves to wallow in self-pity and quit before we see the end? James nailed it. He knew the fruit of sticking it out is perseverance, and the result of perseverance is becoming a better version of yourself.

We faced a grinding Q today. All of us knew what was coming at the next corner. All of us knew how it was going to feel in those last few merkins. All of us knew we were getting better together. I’m proud to call you my pax, my brothers. Aye!

Respectfully submitted,

Wall-e

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Visit to the G School

Conditions: 48 and cloudy – a little drizzly but the showers held off

Commentary:  YHC volunteered for a last minute WarZone Q as we have lately struggled to fill the Q sheet.  Happily, YHC has been feeling stronger by the week after 11 months from surgery.  Time to push a little harder – we need to run, mosey, get out and around town.   While pondering plans for the beatdown, YHC hit up the F3hartsville BB database and searched for some of his favorite beatdowns over the last four years.   We have an extensive library of BB’s now with many great ideas.   Take time and look them up.

Disclaimer:  Reminded the Pax to work at their own risk, that I am not a professional and we are here to get better

Warm-up:  

Side Straddle Hop IC X 20

Windmills IC X 15

Copperhead squat IC X 15

Flutter Kicks IC X 15

Imperial Walkers IC X 15

5 Burpees  OYO

The Thang

Merkin Pyramid

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1   Rep sequence. 5 seconds at the top of plank after each sequence.

Looks like: 1 Merkin, 5 second count then 2 Merkins 5 second count….grunts and groans a plenty by the time we got to 8. 9-10-11-10-9 sequence was rough as usual. 100 Merkins total.  This was tougher than expected…

Mosey to the Vista Lake

Bear Crawl to light pole and Lunge walk to next – get to corner of RR and Coker Ave and Karaoke to Gov’s School Entrance

Governor’s School

  1. All you got to circle – bear crawl around circle – All you got back – rinse and repeat
  2. All you got to circle – lunge walk around circle – All you got back– rinse and repeat
  3. All you got to circle – crab walk around circle – All you got back– rinse and repeat

Mosey to field and partner up

Wheelbarrow to tree – partner A does 12 leg lifts – Partner B pushes legs down

Flap Jack

Rinse and repeat

Governor’s school planters:    Pyramid:  Step Ups – Dips – Decline Merkins – from 1 rep to 5 reps IC then back down to 1 rep IC

Indian Run to Vista Lake

Flutter Kicks X 10 IC

Box Cutters X10 IC

LBC’s X 10 IC

Indian Run to WarZone

Lap around Warzone – 12 dips at each bench

M-o-M

  1. Flutter Kicks IC X 15
  2. Rosalita IC X 15
  3. Inappropriate Bridges IC X 15
  4. Pickle pounders IC X 10
  5. Catalina Wine Mixers IC X 10

Announcements:

  1. P200 is coming up, Pax need to be training. The masters team still needs a couple more runners.  Who will step up?

Devotion

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day.  YHC decided to read up on MLK and learn about his speeches and writings.  Three quotes resonated with me as I prepared for this devotion:

 

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’

How often do we think just of ourselves?  Maybe it’s self-pity or self-interest.  Maybe it’s fear or unwillingness to think beyond our own selves.  YHC shared with the Pax that he frequently fails to think of others first and that F3, over the past nearly 4 years has help strengthen and emphasize the need to put yourself third and realize that one’s strength, happiness and reward comes from putting others first.

Moleskin

Today was fun!  YHC has found that when he takes the Q, he feels energized and stronger.  Hopefully, more Pax will start posting soon for Saturday convergence.  But YHC can tell you that for himself, it doesn’t matter if 25 pax post or one pax posts.  It is always a blast to share a beatdown with fellow F3 brothers.  They push you, challenge you, make you better and make it fun!   Let’s EH some sad clowns, post more this year and get better!

Lovebug – sighted running on hos own and at Coffeteria, Fudger strolled by while rucking 4 miles…  And – Wall-E Starsky’d coffeeteria.

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2018 B.C.

Weather: 55° and wet, slight drizzle

YHC hasn’t posted in a long time and saw that the Q was open for Brick City, so I signed up for it knowing I’d get flack for not posting for my last Q at WZ. Little Jack and Wall-E HC’d, so I figured we’d at least have 3 Pax for the last BC workout of 2018.

Pax started filtering in around 5:20am and began the smack talk to YHC and briefly discussed a new name for me as an FNG. At 5:30, BA and BarFly forgot how to circle up and BA had a hard time getting his gloves on.

WARM UP:

15 SSH IC / 15 Reach Thru’s IC / 10 Pennington’s (front and back)

We attempted an Indian Run to the block pile, but evidently everyone forgot how that worked. Halfway there, the first person showed up at the front.

THE THANG:

We began with partners for some DORA 123’s

Round 1: Pax 1 began Merkins while Pax 2 Dairy Carried hugs to the last light pole and back. Flap jacked until team reached 100 Merkins

Round 2: Pax 1 began LBC’s while Pax 2 ran down to last light pole and back while holding a block extension. Flap jacked until team reached 200 LBC’s

Round 3: Pax 1 began Squats while Pax 2 ran down to last light pole and back with the block. This method was explained to YHC’s partner Wall-E at LEAST 3 times. He couldn’t see what we were doing through his foggy glasses. Flap jacked until team reached 300 Squats

Time was called and we began our second exercise.

Temple Style (evidently the Clinic boys count down by twos??)

10 Overhead Presses, run to third light pole and do 10 Big Boys

10 LBC’s, run to third light pole and do 10 Big Boys (only a few teams began this one)

Time was called again and we began the most confusing Mary known.

Block Extensions until someone gave, them 3 Burpees

Overhead Block Hold until someone gave, them 3 Burpees

15 Flutterkicks with block overhead IC

Our second attempt at an Indian Run back to the parking lot was more successful. BarFly did indeed hold his lead to defeat BA.

COUNT OFF / NAME-O-RAMA

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Wall-E has a presentation on Jan. 8th at 7:30am arbor Coker. Come buy some life insurance or he’ll chase you down.

YHC has the Q for a New Year’s Day CONVERGENCE at WZ at 7am tomorrow.

DEVO:

spend time this new year being less busy and spending time on the ones and the things that matter most.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Dylan Adams and a few others battling cancer, Lil’ Sweet’s daughter’s surgery/recovery, YHC’s M and pregnancy coming close to delivery time.

YHC closed with prayer.

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Farewell Farsight

Back in August BA had agreed with Audit of Farsight to switch AO’s in order to keep each of us fresh and engaged.  Whereas Audit had lost his mojo, BA was still pretty damn awesome but BA felt sorry for Audit and agreed to the switch.  Therefore, Audit moved from Farsight to the Clinic and BA from the Clinic to Farsight.  On August 7th at the end of  Beasty Boy’s less than difficult Clinic Q, BA called a trembling Audit to the middle of the circle and announced that BA and Audit would be switching places for the time being and asked the Clinic to be kind to the sensitive Audit.  This was greeted by pleas from the pax for BA not to leave but most importantly not to leave Audit if BA did go (sadly Audit wasn’t able to handle the constant bashing by the likes of Winkles and others and eventually quit).  Brushing away the emotions, BA said it was done and BA quietly disappeared into the gloom.  As BA exited the stage he could hear the laugh of a female hyena (Lil Sweet) saying something about Nueva…….

BA resurfaced at Farsight on August 9th and his first act was to immediately annoy and harass all the pax on the Farsight GroupMe chat.  Noticing there were several names on the chat not recognizable, BA reached out to Linus to inquire who they were and had they been active at Farsight.  What occurred next is what has become known as “Linus’ Massacre.”  Linus basically started chopping off heads and deleting guys from the chat if they, in his opinion, had not been active.  BA tried to intervene and slow the carnage but it was too late.  When it was over Linus had whittled Farsight down to a mere shell of its former self (two of those axed were Stallion and Dumper who had long been kicked out of Farsight).  The 20 pax left standing included:  Divac (Redwood); Daisy Dukes; Mesquite; Purdy Mouth; Linus; Last Rites; Fallguy; Bagboy; Section 8; Pigpen; Guttenberg; Captain Crunch; Ragtop; Billie Jean; Fudger; Carpal Tunnel; Castanza; Body Bag; Lil Jack and Windows.  The brothers of Farsight quaked in their boots wondering would they be next to fall to Linus’ axe.  BA managed to calm Linus’ rage and got him to agree not to cut off anymore heads for the time being.  What happened to those he axed you ask?  Unfortunately those names have been lost to history and will never be known.  Tragic.

Despite the sad and unnerving start with Farsight, BA was graciously and hospitably welcomed into the group.  However, there were a few who were suspicious of BA due to the reputation of the Clinic for being genuine DH’s.  These concerns were allayed when BA jumped in and started Qing and quickly became a regular along with stalwarts Ragtop, Last Rites, Windows and Lil Jack.  These four pax constitute the heart and soul of Farsight; not as awesome as BA but still very close.

Fast forward 19 weeks and Farsight finds itself humming along and whipping ass.  Farsight even has a candidate for City Council (Ragtop) and may even be ready to field a 2019 Fox team to dethrone Team DH from the Clinic.  They are definitely closing the gap.  We’re talking smaller than a jolly rancher.  Farsight added to its fold Schroeder (EH’d by Linus who doesn’t just chop off heads), Woodstock (EH’d by Schroeder), Heisenberg (EH’d by Schroeder) and Picasso (EH’d by Audit, yes Audit).  Farsight also brought back Wildman/Re-Run from the ash heap and accepted the transfers of Da Meat and Red/Pathfinder from The Clinic when they determined they didn’t want to be DH’s.

With the growth and overall sound health of Farsight, BA sensed it was time.  It was time to head back to The Clinic and save it from the destruction being brought on by a heinous virus causing wrath and destruction at BA’s former home.  Yes, the Clinic was falling victim to “Ruckeritis,” that awful disease being spread by Skinny Pete and Paula Dean.  They had lured Beasty Boy and Stallion into their web and were now homing in on Barfly, no pun intended.  BA was horrified at the thought of his once glorious Clinic becoming a “rucker” AO.  The horror, oh the horror.

Thus, BA made a fateful decision.  In order to save the Clinic he would have to leave his newfound brothers at Farsight and return to the land of DH and put an end to what Skinny Pete and Paula Dean were spawning.  He knew his Farsight brothers would be heartbroken and was fearful the news may cause the AO to shatter into pieces but BA had to do what he had to do.

December 20, 2018 (Thursday)

BA signed up to Q Farsight one last time.  It would be an emotional day for everyone.  It would be BA’s 250th workout of the year and would be his 30th of 38 Farsight workouts since joining in August.  As BA drove past North Hartsville Elementary (BA’s elementary alma mater where he was a champion in kickball) on his way to the AO he noticed a cluster of cars in front of the school.  Thinking it was either an early gathering for perhaps a Christmas party or it was a gathering of very feminine men, BA paid no mind to the dark specters in the gloom.

Nevertheless, BA went on to the AO to get started.  As BA pulled into the parking lot he thought to himself how the pax gathered had no idea their lives were about to be shattered when BA drops the news he’s leaving.  Poor guys.

BA gathered everyone and announced it was time to start.  The first sign something was askew was when BA spotted Paperboy of the Clinic among the encircled group but chalked it up to the “Gray Man” missing his hero BA and came out to give him some support.  Or maybe Paperboy wanted some separation from the Clinic after Bowtie broke the news of Lil Sweet and Coxswain being in the Jacuzzi together.  Paperboy was wounded but perhaps he just didn’t want to give Coxswain the satisfaction and chose to leave.  We may never know.

Either way, as BA called the troops together in the gloom BA noticed a group of men skipping into the parking lot singing songs from “Boy George’s Greatest Hits” led by their sissy leader, Bowtie aka Sissy Boy.  BA rubbed his eyes to see if it was true; it was.  It was Team DH strolling in with what looked like a cooler while waving a Jolly Rogers pirate flag.  Venom and curse words spewed from the lips of the likes of Barfly, Skinny Pete, Judy (wearing a funny hat) and that foul mouthed Paula Dean.

It was the Clinic!  BA knew they were there simply to disrupt BA’s Q.  BA shook his head with mild aggravation, gathered his wits and got his game face on.  As the pax took their places in the circle, BA announced he was calling the roll.  Immediately BA heard snarky comments from Team DH like “yall still take roll?” (Chainsaw who said something about eating sticks which was confusing) and “we would’ve already run a mile by now (Lil Sweet).”  BA was not distracted by their vitriol and announced, “Gentlemen, BA is calling the roll!”

BA had started a Farsight tradition (not really) of calling the roll prior to the workout.  If a pax HC’d and failed to show it would cost the present pax 10 burpees.  If a pax failed to say he was not coming and failed to show then it would cost the present pax 3 burpees.  This is a favorite of Windows who invented a few new cuss words the last time we did this when four pax HC’d but failed to show.

The roll was as follows:

Daisy Dukes: present

Linus HC: present

Divac (Redwood): present

Last Rites: present

Fallguy HC: present

Bag Boy HC: present

Section 8: 3 burpees

Pigpen HC: present

Guttenberg: excused

Captain Crunch: 3 burpees

Ragtop: excused

Billie Jean HC: present

Fudger: 3 burpees

Carpal Tunnel: 3 burpees

Castanza HC: present

Bodybag HC: present

Lil Jax: 3 burpees

Windows: 3 burpees

Purdy Mouth: excused

Schroeder: 3 burpees

Re-Run/Wildman: 3 burpees

Da Meat HC: present

Woodstock: 3 burpees

Red: 3 burpees *the Clinic DH’s called Red a traitor thinking he was still one of them

Heisenberg: excused

Picasso: excused

Mesquite: 3 burpees

After 33 burpees BA led the pax in a few warmup exercises before heading to the main event.  The workout was as follows:

BA assembled the pax at the top of the parking lot where the blocks had been laid out.  BA called for a Clinic DH to partner with a Farsight pax.  When Chainsaw begged BA to partner with him BA knew his team would dominate Lil Sweet, Bowtie and Stepshow.  As the drizzle turned a steady rain Chainsaw made the observation that “even dogs get out of the rain…..”

The exercises called for Partner A to run the full loop of the parking lot while Partner B performed the exercise.  When A returned they switched and Partner B would run while A did the exercises.

  • 250 Overhead Presses
  • 50 Burpees
  • 250 Curls
  • 50 Bigboys
  • 250 Chest Presses

*Team Chainsaw-BA dominated throughout; just saying…..

During the last set suddenly a group of men clad in dark clothing began to emerge from the gloom.  They were not as sissified as the Clinic DH’s from earlier but we’re still not talking masculine by any means.  It had begun to rain and our vision was limited but as they drew closer it was clear it was the Warzone Wussies led by Wall-E.  They raced in, caused confusion and disorder and then left as quickly as they had arrived.  It was classic Wall-E.  Evidently Chicken Fried was scheduled to Q Warzone but fartsacked so Warzone ran to his house (which was nearby) and is why and how they wound up messing up BA’s Q.  Pax spotted from Warzone included Ike, Mutt and Wall-E.  Rumor has it Cowboy was in tow but no one saw him.

When the confusion cleared BA ordered the Clinic DH’s to put up the blocks and then have everyone assemble back to the flag for a “Jack Webb” exercise.  The exercise called for every 1 “merkin” it would be followed by 3 “air presses” but the “merkins” would be of the “iron cross” kind.  The pax went all the way up to 10 “merkins” and 33 “air presses.”  When BA saw Pinocchio and Barfly (who knew they were artist too?) struggling, BA reminded them there was no shame modifying to their knees; that this was a judgment free zone.    They immediately obliged.  Funny how “form” matters……..

It was getting close to quitting time so BA called out “recover” which means the end of the workout.  Actually BA saw Chainsaw doing his finger “helicopter style” indicating it was time to wrap it up so BA called time.  As BA called the pax to close ranks and bring the circle in for “count off” BA noticed an “imp like” figure pulling a cooler to the circle.  It was Barfly, 2017 Mumble Chatter King, (Judge Judy is the perceived 2018 front runner) and he announced that it was a Clinic tradition to serve beer on special occasions.  Special occasion?  Lil Sweet asked if they had any girl drinks like Mike’s Hard Lemonade but Barfly said it was only Budweiser this day.  Skinny Pete brought his own 40 oz and chugged it (BA has a picture to prove it if anyone wants to see it) as the pax began popping open cold cans of beer at 6:15 AM.  *Disclaimer: not all pax partook but all of the Clinic guys did……

So what was the special occasion?  BA was about to find out.  The special occasion was revealed when Paula Dean, on behalf of the Clinic, presented BA with a “Rasslin Belt” to honor BA for his “greatness.”  BA was moved and patted Paula Dean on the cheek as Paula Dean let a tear go from the corner of his eye.  Paula Dean whispered or maybe whimpered, “BA, come home man, come home.”

With that BA announced to the 24 assembled pax that today was his 250th workout of the year.  Likely no other pax in F3 Hartsville history has hit 250 each year.  A warm applause ensued as BA acknowledged the recognition but knowing he had to break the bad news raised his hands to bring the cheers to a halt.

BA then announced gingerly, “Men, today will be BA’s last day at Farsight.”  No sooner had BA uttered these words he heard Linus break out in a sob, the kind of sob of a little girl.  Then Pigpen uttered his first words in 19 weeks and said “Say it aint so BA???”  BA turned to them and softly said, “Yes, boys.  Its time.  It’s time for BA to move on.  His work is done here.”  Bodybag broke from the ranks and ran to his car in tears chased by Castanza who attempted to comfort his “special friend.”  Billie Jean exclaimed, “I finally made a GD workout and you are leaving?”  Fallguy bit his quivering bottom lip fighting back the emotions.  Divac made a very strong point when he asked while pointing across the circle to the Clinic DH’s who had been talking during BA’s announcement, “why would you want to work out with those assholes?”  BA really didn’t have an answer and struggled with a response.  All BA could muster was “because they need me Divac.”

When order was restored BA thanked the Farsight pax for welcoming him into their group and for the opportunity to work out with them, fellowship with them and spend time in prayer with them.  Its been a great 19 weeks and BA has enjoyed every moment (except the time Windows Qd and made BA and Ragtop brick bear crawl in the driving rain in 40 degree weather.  That sucked.).  As the pax dispersed and as BA walked to his vehicle one could hear the faint cheers of Fudger and Carpal Tunnel from the comforts of their warm beds celebrating that BA was leaving Farsight and there would be no more GroupMe postings cajoling the pax to the workouts………

That’s all I got to say about that……..

Fraternally, BA

Past Farsight Brick Holders:

Fudger

Purdy Mouth

Judge Judy

Divac

Windows

Ragtop

Body Bag

Audit

Pigpen (current holder and lets hope he hasn’t lost it)

 

 

 

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