Conditions: The rain had stopped and gave way to a beautiful 60 degree morning with stars shinning down. I must say the mosquitos were terrible for October, but they will be gone soon enough.
14 Pax circled the flags anxiously waiting to see what Schaffer and Green Acres had in store for them this morning.
The warm-up : 25 SSH IC
25 forward Pennington's hold it 25 reverse Pennington's
The Pax is coming to know that when the warm up is extra short there is a big workout planned. Schaffer led the Pax on a Mosey all around the campus of Farsight where cones had been placed with instructions taped on each one. After the tour, the Pax assembled at cone number one and the Main Thang began.
The Main Thang: After completing the exercise at each cone, the Pax was instructed to run(not Mosey) to the next cone. The circuit would be repeated until time was called.
Cone 1. 10x4ct Merkins
Cone 2. 20x 4ct Air Squats
Cone 3. Lunge walk across Basketball court
Cone 4. 15x 4ct Dips
Cone 5. Bear Crawl down the ramp (always a favorite at Farsight)
Cone 6. 15x 4ct BBS
Cone 7. 10 Pullups
Cone 8. 5 Burpees at the bottom of the hill
Backwards Bear Crawl up the hill
5 Burpees at the top of the hill
Cone 9. 20x 4ct Flutterkicks
Cone 10. 15x 4ct Block Curls
Rinse and Repeat
Schaffer had planned a masterful routine that challenged the Pax and had our FNG wondering what he had gotten himself into. When time was called everyone seemed pleased to head back to the COT until they found out what was in store for them there.
6 MOM : As a tribute to Phil Collins coming out of retirement, Schaffer cued up "In the Air Tonight". The Pax circle up and assumed the high plank position. We held the plak for the entire 5 min 35 secs duration of the song. This is when the real mumble chatter began. Some were convinced that the some must have been 10 mins long. Some began to cry, some rested on their head and played air drums with their noodle arms, others toughed it out and got eaten alive by the swarms of mosquitos who found easy targets in the bulging blood vessels of the planking Pax.
Announcements about the special workout on Friday in McBee Qed by Backdraft before the fundraising 5K for Noah(Lizard Man's son) who was recently badly burned. A hat was passed to collect donations to be given to the family to help with medical expenses. A presentation will be made on Friday where the family will be presented with a check from F3 Hartsville and Noah will get a F3 2.0 shirt. This is a great way to show support for one of our Pax and to again show the community what F3 is all about.
The Devo: Commitment
A chicken and a pig were walking down the street together. They passed a sign for a local diner advertising its breakfast special: "Ham and Eggs- $2.95" The chicken said "that's our who contribution to society: breakfast food!" The pig replied " For you, it may be a contribution. For me it's a total commitment."
Life in the modern world has programmed us to expect a life of ease. It's merely that we want everything to be easy; who wouldn't want that? What is troubling is that we now expect to receive abundant rewards with minimal effort. If something requires effort or time, it must not be meant to be, and we feel justified giving up. Worse yet are those who feel legitimate goals may be sought through illegitimate means, provided that those means offer a short-cut to the goal in mind.
When I started F3 I made a commitment to myself to get better. After 7 months, I realize that there is much more at stake than just me. The commitment is to each and every one of you. We meet out here early in the morning rain or shin, hot or cold for a hard workout. We do this because it is hard. It is easy to sleep in but there is no reward in that. The commitment that F3 has taught me now translates into every part of my life.
During the mud run Saturday I hurt my knee on the first obstacle. My teammates told me to quit, but I knew that we had to finish as a team or be disqualified. I committed to my team to finish and they committed to me to help me finish. From that point on, it was not about time or rank, it was about being a team and finishing together. One teammate told me that if they had to carry my big ass across the finish line they would do it and we would finish as a team. Another team mate took off his knee brace, forgoing his on needs, and put it on me so I could have extra support. Another teammate had been sick the whole week of the race. He never made any excuses or even though of leaving his teammates hanging on the day of the race. We all know how hard it is to perform when your body is weak. These men showed men what commitment really is.
When I look around I see men of F3 showing commitment to their fellow man everywhere. Whether it's helping flood victims, supporting a brother who's child is sick or injured, raising money for wounded warriors, or by helping a brother finish his reps who is struggling through a workout. We learn commitment here in the darkness together and then carry it out to the rest of the world. Make the commitment to these brothers to be here as often as you can and you will soon feel the changes in your life that I have felt in mine.
" And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near."
"Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment."
The word of the Lord Thanks be to God!