Half Decade

Half Decade

YHC picked up Cane and Utah.  1st time we got the neighborhood crew back together in about a year.  Clown car over to campus and were the 1st to arrive.  Utah made a smart comment about the Q really drawing out the big numbers.  Alas, cars began pulling in.  Titan pulled in ready to roll, same as 5 years prior when he met YHC for 1st F3 workout on this very campus.  Cane was there.  Thorough disclaimer provided to the pax and off we went.  VSF proudly flying.


Mosey through campus past the main building and north on 51 to Wells Fargo parking lot to circle up.


IW x 10 IC

Low Slow Squat x 10 IC

Mountain Climber x 10 IC

Merkin x 5 IC-hold

Wide Merkin x 5 IC-hold

Diamond Merkin x 5-hold

Peter Parker x 10 IC

Mosey south on 51 into campus to Tartarus (deck) and ascend stairwell 1 to level 4.  Plank series.

Burp and Merk

10 Burpees.  Burpee 1 with 1 merkin.  Burpee 2 with 2 merkin.  Up to 10 merkin.  People’s Chair.

Double Redemption Loop

Stairwell 1 Level 4.  10 Knee-Slap Jump Squat.  Descend to ground level.  5 H-R Burpees.  AYG clockwise around football field.  Stop at scoreboard.  5 H-R Burpees.  Continue on to Cougar entrance.  20 Merkin.  Bear Crawl to cross walk.  AYG up ramps to Stairwell 1 Level 4.  Repeat


Legs up for all.  IC.  Flutter x 10/High Flutter x 10/Heels to Heaven x 10/Few more exercises

Descend Stairwell 1 to ground.  Plank

Triple Nickel 

5 Knee-Slap Jump Squats.  Up Stairwell 1 to Level 4 and over to Stairwell 2.  5 Donkey Kicks.  Down Stairwell 2 to ground and over to Stairwell 1.  Repeat x 4 for 5 reps.


Right Arm High-Left Leg High-10 count

Flapjack with 10 count.

6 inches.  Right Leg High-10 Count

Flapjack.  10 count.

6 inches.  Right Leg High.  10 Count

Flapjack.  10 count.

Elbows.  Right Arm High.  10 Count

Flapjack.  10 Count

Merkin x 10 IC.

AYG to launch lot.

Flutter x 50 IC



21 men put in work today.  Well done.  Rachel and Purell were out front with Brilleaux, Haze, and Titan close behind.  We covered 2.5 miles and got plenty of stairs and ramps.  Some mary and core and a little bit of legs.

Kotters to Titan, who EH’d YHC, and is now back in the gloom.  Great to see him today.  Always pushes hard.

Kotters to Cane, who YHC EH’d to go to the 1st post 5 years ago.  A medical issue has kept him away from the gloom so it was great to have him back out today.  Strong work.

Kotters to Red Rocks.  Brushback had a hand in his posting today.  Well done and thanks for the long-arm picture for #allinforjennings.  Speaking of that, Hops brought bracelets in Clemson orange.  On each bracelet, the hastag in the previous sentence is on there twice, as is Exodus 14:14.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.  Jennings, F3 Bout Time’s son (3) is fighting Leukemia and is in Memphis, TN with his family to receive a bone marrow transplant.  His sister, Caroline, is the donor.  Pray for Jennings and the Palmer family.

Scabby made his usual entrance a few minutes late.  Timed it perfectly to join us on the initial mosey.  Run in/Run out.  Strong work.

Bushwood was HC via text to Hops and YHC yesterday.  You won’t see his name in the pax list though.  Missed him out there.

5 years of F3.  Thankful for these years and all the men I have met and spent time with, putting in work, races, 2nd F, and 3rd F.  Truly a blessing in my life.

Today was YHC’s 109th Q since first posting 04/12/2013.  1st Q 08/24/2013 at Day Zero with Tiger Rag as co-Q.  It was a learning experience.  2nd Q was 10/01/2013 at Centurion.

Started tracking F3 posts 01/01/2014.  From 2014 through year-end 2017:

544 F3 posts

102 Qs

Enjoyed them all, to some degree, and I say that in a good way.  Tried to EH as many guys as possible over the 5 years.  My M has helped keep me in check when talking about F3 and I think I have found a pretty good balance at this point.  Only took 2 years of EH to get Utah out.  If you ask him, pretty sure he would tell you he wishes he had not waited so long.  Push on those around you.  Guys need F3 and most have no idea they need it.

Special T-claps to Purple Haze, who I consider my F3 mentor when I was getting started with leading.  He must have posted my 1st 10 backblasts and edited (audited) them before doing so.  Got me linked in on Twitter and was always available when I had questions.  Still is for that matter.  Appreciate the help and encouragement.

Honor to lead the men this morning, as always.  Thanks to Margo for the opportunity.


Day Zero: Song, Scripture, Prayer for Jennings and the Palmer family.  04/19/2018 at 7:30.  RTS Chapel, 2101 Carmel Road #allinforjennings.  Please join if you can make it.  The family is thankful for all the prayers.

Turned my recording app off a tad early.  Any other announcements, please add in Comments.


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HopsPosted on3:08 pm - Apr 13, 2018

Solid Q Mermaid. Yours always are, but I’ve only been to 47 of your 109 Q’s. One correction to the The Thang – there was no mosey after the thorough, blunt disclaimer (kind of like a prostate check; my doctor is concerned for my health/safety, too; and also not responsible for it). Mermaid took off after the disclaimer with 5 years of Q-drenaline pulsing through him. Even Site FNG Purell mentioned it was a pretty quick pace to start! I begged him to catch up to Mermaid and tell him to slow down.
The triple nickel, while you know it’s coming with a Mermaid Q, still is a kick to the groin every time. No idea what some of the pax were doing on the Jump Squat Knee Slaps — looked more like a 5 or 6 year old throwing a tantrum jumping up & down.
Also, was strange when Shoe stopped in Tartarus to inspect & clean up his 2.0’s parking spot in the deck; but he pays for it, so who was I to question?
Runstopper, donning two full arm sleeves, and a wrist brace – looked bionic. The man can hammer out merkins and burpees!
Speaking of burpees & merkins — think I heard something about Mermaid giving me credit for introducing those monsters. I categorically deny that. In fact, I motion to have them stricken from the record forever.
Now that I’ve given Mermaid some grief; I must say I’m thankful for how he pours into the pax in a number of ways. To give away what we’ve found is what it’s all about men. And very few exhibit this more than Mermaid. Grateful for you brother.

#allinforjennings Hope you guys won’t begrudge me adding some context to Exodus 14:14. This is the scene where Moses and the Israelites are being chased by the Egyptians towards the Red Sea. They are trapped, roughly 3 million people (estimate from biblical and ancient history scholars). Just a few verses after Moses exhorts them by telling them the LORD (Yahweh) will fight for them — God parts the Red Sea, and the Israelites walk across and are saved from the Egyptians. A miracle, right? Do you believe God still works miracles? The Palmers do, and they are praying for another one for their dear son Jennings. Let’s pray with them. Aye?!

MermaidPosted on3:40 pm - Apr 13, 2018

When introducing the Burp-n-Merk, I told the pax it was a Hops request. I know how much you dislike that little set. The mosey was a bit fast, but we were not traveling far, and, yes, the Q-drenaline was flowing. Thankful, that after that long and that many Q’s, I still get jacked up to lead workouts. Grateful for you as well, Hops, and all you do for others.

UtahPosted on1:45 am - Apr 14, 2018

Definitely too long but I was well worth the wait(that’s what she said).

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