While waiting in the rain for the rest of the PAX, YHC made the call to go to the parking deck for the backup plan. At some point it has to stop raining in Charlotte, right? 6 PAX gathered in the deck to get to work.
Quick disclaimer given and a warm-up loop around the parking deck ensued, circled up for some warm-up:
15 SSH, 15 low slow squats, 15 mountain climbers
1st 7s – bear crawl width of deck and do merkins, lungewalk back and do jump squats
2nd 7s – forward run the length of the garage and do heels to heaven, backwards run back and do Carolina dry dock
3rd 7s – start at far end of garage and run up stairs to landing for burpees, run back for LBCs
circle up for round of Mary called by each PAX (15 count each) – Freddie Mercury, Heels to Heaven, Alabama Elbows, JLo, Chippy Cross, Protractor
circle up for Ring of Fire (aka Abe Froman) – 137 merkins done by 6 PAX strong effort by all, especially to Long Haul for the win
one last minute of plank to end the workout
Hops originally had the Q but asked YHC a few weeks back if I could swap my Q the following week with him. A last minute cancelled trip turned my “no” into a “yes” and YHC was Q to the surprise of any who do not follow Twitter (mostly just Bratwurst).
After a soggy day at Devil’s Turn the day before (and rain just about every day prior), the decision was quickly made to head straight to the deck, to the disappointment of none. Well, except for maybe the Camp Gladiator folks who were hoping to have the deck to themselves. Luckily, they never left the bottom straightaway they made camp in so we had all the good stuff to ourselves. Who goes to a parking deck and doesn’t touch a ramp or a set of stairs? I’ll tell you who. But, I digress.
Came today intending to deliver a good ol’ Friday ass-kicking and hope that I did so. Bit of a Q-fail with the directions of what to do on the final set after finishing the stairs led to a lot of people running around in different places on the deck. Good reminder to self that clarity tops complexity every time.
Great mix of PAX, as always, at Cerberus with the usuals out front, the six getting stronger, and four of the toughest respects I know showing some true grit.
Listening to talk radio on the way home (after a great Week 1 of QSource at Panera following Cerberus), there was a gentleman talking about the futility of blessings left unspoken. So many of us have people in our lives (wives, children, siblings, F3 brothers, and so on) who we don’t tell enough, if at all, how much they mean to us and our lives. We assume that they know, and they might suspect, but why not speak it and tell them?
It hit home with me in that 15 minute drive that I couldn’t remember the last time I told my daughter that I am proud of her and how happy she makes me without some kind of impetus (e.g. after a great soccer game, good grades at school, helping her sister, etc.) I told her that afternoon, out of the blue, that I look forward to seeing her every day and that I know she is going to do incredible things with her life. The light in her eyes when I finished those few words is something I hope I never forget. Certainly not advocating for telling people things you don’t mean. But, leaving those things you do feel unsaid because you’re too busy (me), not entirely comfortable saying them (me), or some other excuse (me) seems crazy in retrospect.
As tends to happen with all moments of clarity, I’ll probably forget all this next week and need to be reminded of it again somewhere down the road (hopefully not too late). Nonetheless, I thought it worth writing down in case it inspires anyone else to have even one moment like I did with my daughter.
10 PAX showed up on yet another rainy morning to run laps around, not on, the track. 5 stayed after for SCLT’s first edition of QSource.
Seeing as I’m not even sure that Devil’s Turn BBs want to become a thing, and that it’s 2 days later, this will be short and sweet. The rain was quite annoying, mostly because it was day 12 or so in a row of it. But, strong group of 10 PAX cranked out both hilly laps and no one got lost. Better yet, every PAX had either a headlight, a blinkie, or something reflective on (or some combination of multiple). Happy Turkey Leg was able to find us after a slightly late start and appreciate Gumbo and Enron giving me the chance to lead DT and both showing up to run with us as well.
Pretty sure none of us was running fast enough to make Rosie even sweat, but we tried (where’s Purell when you need him). He’s off to App State in a few days and will be missed in the gloom.
Solid start to QSource (and solid breakfast) over at Eggs Up Grill after DT. Hope the numbers will grow over the next few weeks as the content and discussion will just get better and better.
PAX: Mighty Mite, Fredo, Bucky, Thin Mint, Purell, Scratch and Win, Swine Flu, Escobar, Gilbert, Fletch, Teddy, Chopper, Dora, Slow Roll, Leprechaun, Bugeater, Fiji, Mermaid
Can’t figure out how to add the pax list to these posts all of a sudden.
Anyway, 18 men showed up to crush the 1st daVinci workout of 2019. 15 did not pre-run. 3 did. T-claps to Thin Mint, Fletch, and Purell who took down just under 4 miles. Disclaimer given. Let’s go
Mosey around back side of CFA and down the avenue of the apartments. Left down the main drag and around the turnabout. Back the way we came to WF parking lot. 20 SSH IC to regroup.
All IC: IW x 10/Seal Jack x 10/Merkin x 10/Peter Parker x 10/Squat x 10/Low Plank Jack x 10
Mosey across Rea to Blakeney to the playground.
10 Pull Up/20 Merkin/30 Jump Squat x 5
Mary to regroup and wait on six.
Mosey through Blakeney to the staircases at the Little Gym and Unlightened Yoga, among others.
Start at ground. Run up stairs to middle of building. 5 Jump Squat. Run down opposite stairwell and back to launch. 5 H-R Burpees. 5 reps.
Plank-o-rama to wait for six.
Mosey over to the Target lot.
100 Burpee 4 Corner
Run to corner 2. 5 Burpees. Run to corner 3. 5 Burpees. Run to 4. 5 Burpees. Back to 1. 5 Burpees. 20/4 corner round. 5 rounds=100 Burpees. YHC forgot the last 5. Thin Mint made sure to remind. #accountability-T-claps
Mosey back down toward playground. Stop at water fountains. 10 Step Up/10 Dips/10 Derkins
Mosey back to CFA lot.
With the 6-year and promise of beer at Stonehenge, didn’t know what to expect for numbers today. Awesome crew was ready to get after it. Amazing how not one of the PAX grumbled when the 4-corner call was made and each man calculated that he would complete 100 Burpees #daVinciStrong.
Nothing fancy today out there in terms of the workout. This was YHC’s 3rd Blakeney post and 2nd daVinci Q. Great AO with a ton of possibilities.
All pushed hard out there. My bro, Slow Roll, keeps getting stronger and faster since starting F3 in earnest in 2018. Glad he finally drank the Kool-Aid. He was hanging with Purell on the 4-corners. Glad to see Escobar out there. He has taken a short break. Solid work thrown down by all 18 this morning. You can take a look at the pax list and know who was up front. Strong crew.
Lastly, locked my key in my car when I went in for CFA. That was an added inconvenience to a super-busy day. My bro drove me home and my M drove me back. There went my backblast window before soccer. Hence, afternoon backblast after the swim meet.
Thanks for the invite to Q from Bucky, Mighty Mite, and Fredo. Honored to lead the men this morning. Have a great weekend all.
Joe Davis Run for Recovery 03/09/2019. All $ goes to fight addiction in our backyard. REGISTER
Q Source-you should do it. Leadership training. Read about it HERE: http://f3southcharlotte.com/schedule-app/qsource/
5 heard the call, ignored #cantore, and posted on the covered sidewalk in search of 2019 #gainz (and a head start on those who made the lesser choices). The weinke called for volume and plenty of it.
Heavy Cook Drill
Finisher – Swings & Mary
Always a pleasure to Q at Meathead and to lead off 2019 was no exception.
With the rain, an audible was called to move to the covered sidewalk, instead of our usual cheese grater-esque parking lot. This audible necessitated another, as the playground was now too far away, which would have broken the #0.0 provision and/or required an excessively long, wet carry. So, lawnmower rows were subbed in.
Snatches brought an element of cardio and strength endurance to the party, going for 10 minutes, roughly 15 seconds on and 15 seconds off. It also brought torn callouses. #ouch
The tone was set early, literally, with an old-school rap/hip-hop playlist, instead of the usual hard rock fare. Why? Eh, sometimes you just gotta mix things up. (although late in the workout, when Geraldo remarked on the non-Meathead-like playlist, and just before the unknown-to-Geraldo gnarly finishing set, YHC did oblige with a little “Enter Sandman”, which may or may not have been for the benefit of our two Hoos in attendance (they either missed the significance or were too deep in the pain cave to notice – YHC believes the latter))
In the end, all were left with burning, trembling forearms (which are now sore, 24 hours later) from all the grip work needed during the snatches and finishing swings. #yourewelcome
Here’s to your 2019 gainz. Aye.
11 ‘Braved’ the rain for the AO’s first workout of the year.
Quick disclaimer, mosey down Community House to the Wells parking deck, dodge a potential security guard by hiding behind the pillar and head down the stairs to level 1. COP for 15 SSH IC, 15 LSS IC, 15 Mountain Climbers IC, hold plank while listening to directions.
Run up ramps to next level… 1 burpee x level #.
Down stairs to bottom… 2 pull-ups x level # came from.
Upstairs to level entered at… 3 merkins x level #.
Down ramps to bottom… 4 jump squats x level # came from.
(i.e. first round was up to level 2 for 2 burpees, 4 pull-ups, 6 merkins, 8 jump squats. Next round was up to level 3 for 3 burpees, 6 pull-ups, 9 merkins, 12 jump squats.) AMRAP til 6:10. Mosey back to launch.
Moleskin: It took a minute for this to make sense to everyone, probably a result of poor explanation on my part. Looks easy on paper but difficulty escalated quickly, with more ramps to cover and reps to pump out. Pull-ups weren’t exactly embraced by the PAX, as the ledges on the bottom floor weren’t the kindest to our baby-butt hands. Mileage was all over the place according to Strava, from 3.5-6.5, but GPS always gets funky when hiding out in the deck for 50 minutes. Solid work by all, appreciate you coming out on another rainy Friday.
Thanks to One Niner for the takeout. Thanks to Mario, One Niner, and Tuck for the opportunity to lead.
Madam T on Q next week at the Brave, rain or shine he promised it will not be in a parking deck.
In case you missed Paper Jam’s 37 messages on Slack, tomorrow (Sat. the 5th) at 1:30 F3 Dads is going down at Elon Park Elementary.
Thirteen men came to hear Mermaid and Margo sing while also getting in a good workout. While they were disappointed that the show was postponed (or maybe not), they did get an elevated heart rate as we fused the Centurion Mile with a modified version of the Brintonion Mile (Dr B creation) . Here’s what went down:
Quick start to get the wet portion of the workout out of the way – Centurion mile (run up to Carmel, right to 51, right on 51 to CCHS drive-way, down drive to parking deck and up the short ramps to level 4 for 1 mile run.
Down the stairs for the Brintonion mile portion of the workout. Start on level 1 with 20 merkins, 20 sit-ups, 20 jump squats and burpee ladder starting with 1. Then run up short ramps to level 4 and back down the stairs to start. Complete as many laps as you can until Q calls an end to this madness. Your benevolent Q did give PAX option to run up the stairs or the ramps – your welcome.
Mosey up long ramp to level 3. Pulsating squats (see definition below) until Q yells go and then backward run half way down the flat deck and sprint the other half. Complete two more rounds of pulsating squats and run down the flat deck before finishing with a few minutes of planks.
Mosey down the deck and long ramp back to level 1 to finish with a few minutes of mary.
Strong group out this soggy am as usual and this one hurt. Mixing the Centurion and Brintonian mile looked good on paper but not so good in practice. However, Brintonian mile includes 20 KB curls, 20 KB lateral extensions, and 20 KB squats so we did modify to make it less painful – your welcome. The rabbits got in 6 rounds while most of the rest got in 5.
Lorax and Brillo out front but old man (not sure he is really that old) Snooka right behind them. Cadillac pushed hard after a “hard” holiday break but he’s on a mission to lose weight so glad he posted. Everyone else gets an A for effort on this one.
pul·sate/ˈpəlˌsāt/verbgerund or present participle: pulsating
Lot of chatter when I called for the pulsating squats. Depending on your condition, your view might be that it meant pain or that it was exciting. Generally, the young guys were experiencing “victory in a pulsating semifinal” while the older PAX experienced more of the throb of blood vessels that created pain. Luckily, no one tried to apply the “surge, heave, rise and fall” part of the definition – saved that part for the weekend I take it.
Mermaid noted its time to sign up for the Joe Davis Run to be held in March this year (since last year was sub-15 degree weather). Extra burpees each week at Centurion for PAX that have not signed up. https://racesonline.com/events/joe-davis-run
Please consider finding a third F activity and get involved. Snowflake is our region’s 3rd F Q or you can contact me if interested in getting involved in middle school mentoring.
…and I know what im doing now!!
We had a diverse (Respects, injured, sick, slow, medium, fast) crowd of 12 devoted and hard-working soldiers that joined me for a wet and rainy post.
It turned out to be a decent morning, the rain was super light and the pax pushed harder than I expected considering the weinke that I had prepared.
I think a few pax thought I was bluffing when I said we would be in the rain for we all parked and met at the front of the school under the covered area. 5:29 – Disclaimer given. 5:29.50″ a car comes creeping in slowly and we all kow its not Jingles. 5:30 the car is still deciding on a parking spot, we mosey.
First audible of the day called as I forgot my gloves and circled back. This gave the two tardy pax a chance to catch up.
Slow Mosey to stadium – A few pax were trailing pretty far and BC circled back for them, thanks BC.
15 SSH IC
15 Merkin – (Eye Contact) – Used an idea from another Pax (rymes with bunny crawl) thinking this would get the pax to push themselves on the merkins and get them to use good form. No police present today so this was the next best thing without verbally calling them out. No one likes to be called out publicly especially if the caller has bad form.
The EC Merkins started out ok but two merkins in a lot of heads dropped. After seeing my shirtless selfie I think the pax felt awkward staring down their opposing neighbor. Maybe next time guys.
15 IW IC
15 Planks Jack IC
20 shoulder taps OYO
Traffic circle – 7’s
1merkin – 6 Master Splinter 2-5, ect
The Master Splinter (compliments of MB) was a hit but I forgot to add the hand release in my demo, next time we will channel our ZIN and complete them as the creator intended.
Shout out to all on this exercise, it was not easy and running back up the incline was no fun. Bottle Cap led the charge, nice work.
5 Burpees OYO Once the 7’s were completed
Indian Run to top at Cuthberbon Rd – 2 lines
Lets face it, no one likes an IR.
Triple Nickel (5x’s) – (This was my least favorite of the day)
10 Jump Squats at Top
10 Merkins at bottom
Indian Run back to AO – Burpee @ Back
What worse than an IR? An IR with a burpee!! (got this from Foundation)
This would be the second audible of the day. 2 minutes prior I told MB we were heading back towards the stadium to the start. He took off ahead or us. BC made a great observation when he mentioned the distance (I forgot we parked at the covered area and not the regular spot) and time… Audible!!
We ran around the front of the school and MB was own his own, sorry MB. I knew you wouldn’t complain and could handle yourself at the scary Middle School in the rain! We all arrived at the same time, worked out great! Thanks BC, good call.
Shout out to all the Repects that posted today (5 men), the injured Moneyball and the sick Zin. For the rest of you no posters….I have nothing.
Today’s push by the respects, led by Recalc was incredible! MB, with his hurt leg, managed to be in the top three all morning. The TN slowed him a bit, but showing up hurt, in the rain and still competing is huge!
Zin and Dana took it to a new level today. First, let me say Zin posted in the rain halfway sick and they both crushed the TN. Realizing they both stopped before completing the last leg of the nickel, Dana said, “DW do we have time for one more?” Fly little bird, and they were off. Zin wasnt pleased…HAHA
Banjo welcome back! I guess the journey from the Briars and Crest has been more than you can manage lately. Either way, he was all over me on the TN, nice work man!
To the rest of the unnamed Pax, way to kill it, really, thank you for not complaining when I took you in the rain or when we ran our asses off. Glad to call you my friends and brothers. Until next time… DW out!
Lou had great things to say about the group and is very appreciative. Thank’s Lou, we appreciate you as well.
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5 pax joined me for my recovery Q as the rest were afraid they would melt, out of town, on IR or couldn’t handle the new and improved DW weinke! Either of which was smart considering this was more of an ignition style workout and not for the faint of heart.
After my massive amount of audibles last week I assured the site Q’s of The Floater #87 that I would continue the streak of tough workouts that the site is known for, mission accomplished…I think. I was ready!
Mosey to Dream Chaser
10 Plank Jacks10 SSH
10 Mac ti jar (spell check)
Mosey past Animal Clinic to Long Side Road – Paula Abdul
Long Suicide – All Light Poles stop at stop sign.
20 Squats Alternate
Mosey to around Dream Chasers back to AO – 4 Corners x 4
5 mac ti jar (spell check)
10 burpees OYO once complete
Run to stop sign and back.
Today there was no 6. No one was last. The entire group kept moving the entire time with zero mumble chatter, form policing or complaining. Oh, and zero rain!
Dana took the lead on circling back early on the 4 corners, even though he was on my heels, to make sure others were not running alone. You’ve come along way man, keep up the good work and keep pushing. Don’t let others discourage you, you got this!
Recalculating as always went hard and killed it, the only Respect of the group. As we approached DC for the warmup a smell worse than Dana’s gloves combined with hot garbage filled the air…I almost gagged. This must have sparked something because it wasn’t teeyynn minutes later Recalc was off to transporters shed.
Doughboy pushed hard as his self and Dana stayed close on the suicides. Good work, if your keeping with Dana on those long runs then your both ready for ignition or pursuit. We all missed BB, maybe next time.
Legalized… Ok I did form police him one time but not like you think. He and I did marry for about 30 secs one time and it happened to be HTH. I told him that if he lifted his back off the ground as his feet were up he would feel it more. I only said this because I know he wants to see changes in his self and gives it 110% each time he posts. Good work sir!
Last but not least Wedding Singer. For someone to show up at 5:30 and do what we did today and have a brand new baby at home I take my hat off to you. I would have fartsacked and caught up on much needed sleep. You pushed hard like you do each time you post.
I was thoroughly impressed by the effort today and that you showed up! Thanks for letting me lead you guys!! I audible was called but only changed the order of my weinke so insure pax safety. Otherwise went smooth.