Quiet morning at Mt. Chiseled. The air was a bit chilly and without a breeze. If not for the labored breathing and the occasional grunt you might have even called it peaceful. Maybe the PAX were tired? Maybe they were bummed YHC was on Q instead of Surge? Maybe I just worked them too hard? Was it something I said? Not sure, but there was literally ZERO mumble-chatter. So sorry readers, no interesting/funny stories today.
For a better, more interesting and informative backblast, you’d be better off reading Posse’s account of the CPR training from Monday: http://f3southcharlotte.com/2020/09/29/stayin-alive/
But for those of you who insist on reading further…
Coupon Rifle Carry to each island with some SSH, Imperial Walkers, Moroccan Night Clubs along the way. Take a right towards the entrance road and leave your coupon on the curb. Quick mosey up and around the entrance at Cuthbertson then back to your blocks
A few PAX used this opportunity to put their coupons away prior to completion of our workout. So we finished the final 40 seconds with burpees.
Seriously. So quiet this morning.
Glidah shared that he’s been running a lot recently (who knew??) and it’s been a while since he’s done a gear workout and he could feel it. A good reminder that we all have areas we can work on to stay well-rounded and to get out of our comfort zones.
YHC took us out
Karen almost died. She shouldn’t have survived. But when she survived, she should have lost so much brain & motor function from being without oxygen for so long. And she certainly shouldn’t have the capacity to turn the thing that almost killed her into her cause to save others.
And yet, there we were last night, learning CPR from Karen. She pleasantly & patiently waited for Wrigley to arrive 20 minutes after 6 before beginning. I thought that was unnecessary to wait for the last guy until she lead with her story of what happened to her that day in her Champion Forest home. You NEED to hear her story in her words. But I will pull some key pieces.
Yes, both women just happened to be former nurses. And home. I’m sure it was just a coincidence.
Leading with that story set in us a mindset that I haven’t experienced in other CPR classes. I could put names & faces on the dummies. I was no longer learning it just to raise my hand during DiCCS. The infants could have been Mad Dog’s grandkids or Brutus’ kids. The child could be mine or Fusebox’s. The adult could be Grease Monkey or Chatterbox. It could be any one of us.
Performing that knowledge will take a lot of work. You can do compression-only CPR (Chapstickless CPR in BottleCap’s world; a cop-out in Damascus’ world) until help arrives, but it will be a struggle keeping a rhythm of 100 – 120 compressions per minute, going 1/3 of the way down & still allowing the chest to return to normal while keeping arms locked so that you pivot from the hips. You may break bones. You may see boobies. You still have to keep going. We only took turns for about a minute at a time, and there was already some perspiration on the brow. The 2 songs to keep in mind while compressing is “Stayin’ Alive” or “Another One Bites the Dust”. If you just reacted the same way Damascus’ daughter did to those 2 suggestions, then pick any of the songs from the American Heart Association’s Spotify playlist (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2mU2FNAhSOtQwW0hBgQMaK) or Pandora’s Health Champions Station (https://www.pandora.com/station/4569418566917432474). All songs in there have beats between 100 – 120 (I sense a Q coming out of this).
Karen’s story becomes more remarkable & inspiring the more she talks. Not only does she charge the bare minimum per person to get people trained, but she takes that money to buy AED’s to donate to organizations. Those donated AED’s are across Union, Mecklenburg & Cabarrus counties.
“How much is an AED, Karen?”
“We’ll get you one.”
Yeah, I committed us to buy her an AED so she could #GiveItAway.
We just raised $10,000. This is easy. It is tangible. It is lasting. We are men of quick impact. Why have her wait to get another AED by nickel & diming her? Let’s just get it done!
She just sent me a quote from her supplier. It’s $1,216.95. You OK making it an even $1,300?
Be sure to label it as “AED”.
If you are looking to have CPR training in your region, I can’t recommend Karen Ledford enough.
$15 per person
Thanks to Surge for seeing a group of men unprepared to save another man’s life and then doing something about it.
YHC rolled up early to Hawk’s Nest on a pretty humid late September day, quickly joined by Snowflake and Sable. Thunder Road wasn’t far behind, and mentioned he thought Floorslapper was on Q. I told him I got the 1 week head’s up from Deep Dish with a well thought out blast on Slack yesterday. About that time Floorslapper rolls up early, walked up to Deep Dish and asked if had the Q. I offered it to him but off we went. 22 was the count, trifuseniks accounted for, Site Q Hopper down range but Deep Dish present. Pretty good disclaimer given, not my best, but no one has sued me yet so I’ve got that going for me.
Ran to the office building up Colony for COP.
IW x 15 IC
Low Slow Squat x 15 IC
Mountain Climber x 15 IC
Peter Parker x 15 IC
Plankjack x 15 IC
Mosey across the street to Summerhill Ridge Dr to the sidewalk just in the front entrance. About this time before any instructions given, Semi told me they did this same thing last week. Ran down the hill to the dead end, 10 merkins and back with 20 jumpsquats at the sidewalk. Ran to Stonecroft culdesac, 10 merkins, 10 wide arm merkins, back to sidewalk for 20 jumpsquats. Ran to Amberwood culdesac, 10 merkins, 10 wide arm merkins, 10 diamond merkins, back to sidewalk for 20 jumpsquats. Ran to other culdesack on Summerhill with 10 merkins, 10 wide arm, 10 diamond and 10 burpees. Back to sidewalk for 20 jumpsquats. Some mixed up the order a bit, #socialdistancing.
Some American Hammer and Flutter while waiting on the six.
Mosey back down Colony to Hope Church and grab a lifting rock. We did basically a variety of the beast, but you can’t do the beast in the front yard of the church. So we modified with 5 reps, 5 times walking across the grass in front of the church. Several comments about a perfectly good parking lot right beside us were made. First round was squat push press while holding rock overhead in between stations. Second round was tricep extensions while holding rock overhead, veterans walked while doing exercises. Third round was curls. Fourth was bent over rows. I guess there technically should have been a 5th, but seemed like a good place to stop.
Headed back to the Colony Place fountains. 20 step ups (10 each leg), 20 dips, 10 decline merkins, 3 times through. Air press x 50 then back to launch for some brief Mary.
American Hammer x 15 IC
Freddy Mercury x 15 IC
Over/Under x 15 IC
Snowflake with the take out prayer.
Great group today, lots of chatter as to be expected. Puddin could probably teach Spackler a little patience with the flatulence, sounded forced. But Spackler did chime back in with some country club golf swagger. As I was trying to find a Q for Anvil tomorrow Snowflake reminded me I had already asked him and he had it, bonus. Great connecting with Sweater Set, he leads the Young Life contingent in S Charlotte. Covid cancelled Family Camp this year but always an awesome time. Slingshot out front for the Summerhill Ridge set. Huddle House with a VQ at Hydra Thursday so show your support. Clover really wants Hawk’s Nest changed to Falcon Crest. Pretty sure he planned the overthrow while in Bald Head. Not sure what the posting count is for Limey, but he keeps showing up. When I asked Deep Dish about the rocks at Hope last week, his eyes lit up and he said, “really nice rocks.” So we had to check them out. They were very nice, but unfortunately I still have to give the nod to the large smooth river rocks at Bagpipe. Only Ballantyne. Enjoyed it guys, thanks for the ask Deep Dish and Hopper.
12 Pax made the correct decision to post at Fast Twitch this morning, after a Mermaid approve disclaimer that they cannot sue myself, F3, Astro(not here due to ditching Fast Twitch for Swift Marathon Training) or Purell(not here being on administrative leave),and that I care about your safety not responsible the pax moseyed. Quick warm up down to the intersection of Swans Run Rd and Swan Meadow Lane(being told by multiple pax Haze, Gummy) that the warm up pace was aggressive followed by a quick COP of 10 Imperial Walkers(silent count to not wake the neighbors), YHC introduced the workout.
Objective: Run the Swans route at whatever pace ranging AYG to Half Marathon or Half Marathon pace from Swans Run Rd to Circles End to Lamers Lane, to Swans Meadow Lane, back to Swans Run Rd. Recover with 10 squats, run the same route again at recovery pace, followed by 10 Americans rinse and repeat originally till 6:05(audible later on to 6:00). During that time(or first route) we had a pax that fell(Flipper) so after listening to the pax suggestion(Purple Haze) an audible was made to the intersection of Swan Meadow Ln and Circles End section of the Red Light district. At 6:00, slow mosey back to the intersection of Springs Drive and 51 then back to launch. Pax miles varied between 5 and 6.64 miles depending on the Pax pace and any technical issues with our watches.
When YHC found out that my 4 Year F3 Anniversary landed on a Tuesday,I immediately messaged Purell and Astro to secure the date as Fast Twitch has been a workout YHC has frequented during my 4 Years in F3. Due to ongoing Hamstring and various issues with my surgically repaired leg, it was only after going to Retread’s aggressive attempt to run Mermaid’s route from the new launch point I knew I could lead the workout. The goal of today’s workout was to keep the pax relatively close together to lead from the six, while the faster folks could add on the miles in a classic Red Light District Fast Twitch workout of Speed, Squats, and Americans.
There was plenty of mumble chatter this morning( Purple Haze, Gummy, Alf, Ductwork) as YHC expected whenever I Q at Fast Twitch. Purple Haze words started off saying we’re going to the Red Light District, this workout sucks Benny. I take that as a complement as the pax worked hard the entire 60 minutes. Big shoutout to Flipper who missed his usual Tuesday workout(Swift) when he learned on Saturday my 4 Years of F3 Q would be at Fast Twitch today, he was flying like he usually is all morning. Followed not far behind by Alf, Turkey Leg, Christmas and Ductwork. Purple Haze, Gummy, Rock Thrill, Lex Luther and 49er weren’t too far behind with Retread and YHC rounding out the six. Huge shoutout to Retread, during our way back him and I talked as he was there for YHC first post in F3 at Peak 51. We both clearly remember someone(Smokey) telling Geraldo we still had 10 minutes left, needless to say Geraldo decided to do peoples chair with his 60+ lbs ruck being passed around the last 10 minutes.
A lot has changed for YHC in 4 years of F3, running the BRR in 2017, PR in Charlotte Half 2017, having a life changing accident in 2018 where I’ve still been working my way back into shape(word of advice cars always win especially coming at you at 45 MPH). Since then, I’ve appreciated all the support the past 3 years as I’ve worked my way back up to a strong performance in the 2019 BRR, a couple of half marathons that same year, while continuing to work my way through Whiplash visits as I get myself back to a respectable form. Career changes, and even lately working through some personal issues on top of working my way back to health. Through all the ups and downs YHC has had the past 4 years, F3 has been a constant that has truly helped me since moving down to Charlotte from New Jersey. Especially lately, I’ve appreciated all the encouragement and support. If you haven’t had a chance to Q a workout or even be a site Q do so. Trust me, you’ll be better off for it and it’ll make you a stronger leader.
–Blood drive: Sign up else or MM will take it from you unwillingly at your house… word to the wise. Details available on Slack
-Makeshift Marathon happening in November, see Run channel on slack for details. Proceeds will go to a good cause, sign up today!
-A51 Board turnover: Voodoo in the role of Nantan, OrangeWhip is 1st F, Hoover 2nd F, Geraldo 3rd F, CheeseCurd Weasel Shaker, Flipper is CSAUP Q, Udder continues his COMZ Q role. See your board members with ideas for how they can continue to make our region great!
A pleasure to lead as always, Benny out
Mosey to Rudy’s Poop Palace and circle up:
15 Imperial Walker
Mosey to first circle for 7’s
Start with 6 merkins and 1 Bobby Hurley – work to 1 Merkin and 6 BH
When finished circle back and finish out with others. Foundation and some others in the flash mob got a cha-cha line going. I was able to join for a bit of pickempickempickem’s before hopping back into the mix and back to the start for some flutters until 6 was in.
Mosey to front of middle school
Half Lap around the circle then do exercise. 5 Times
Some did extra lap to bring up the rear. Then on your 6 for 40 American hammers IC, 30 Flutters IC, 10 Big Bois.
2 lines – Indian run back to COT and get a lap in around the parking lot when we got there. FINISH
Appreciate the Chicken letting me come out and lead today. Saw him mention that a gazelle was running Flash today and it still sounds weird to me. I wasn’t always a Gazelle so hopefully you guys who don’t think its possible…it is…there’s no secret pill or formula, just takes a change in mentality and grinding day in and day out! For instance, Tanyatine was out in front of me on the 7’s (great work brother!) so I decided to try and catch him instead of fall back. That work will help me get better for tomorrow and the next day. On our pre-run, Foundation and I saw O69 already crushing it, this guy gets it. Grinding every day, you are an inspiration brother keep up the hard work! Saw Schneider, Chicken, Sledge, and Rockwell pushing it. This group gave it their all even if it was a little higher on the mileage than usual (everyone remember to thank Cobbler for that). All in all great work and a lot of new faces I look forward to getting to know. Thanks for letting me lead you.
Oct 2 – Blood Drive sign up! Rudy buying pizza if we get 80
Nov 14 – Marathon, half marathon, 10K
Sugardaddy was the original Q this morning, but he’s a HIM that’s out of town taking care of his dad, so the PAX got stuck with me today. They got the smallest hint of a warning that there’d be a good amount of running today, but none heeded it. Suckers.
DiCCS given. LOTS of headlamps and reflective gear this morning. Good job, guys!
Side Straddle Hops x10 then a tricky switch to SLOOOW Side Straddle Hops x10
Mosey to the cul-de-sac and around the first row of parking spaces for some Imperial Walkers
Another mosey to the back of the Target lot for some Moroccan Night Clubs, little arm circles (forwards and back) then BIG arm circles (forwards and back)
One more mosey to the gates of Wesley Oaks for a calf stretch and some upward dog
Into the neighborhood to the bottom of the hill
7s – Diamond Merkins and Speed Skaters (2=1)
Pick up the 6 if you finish early
10 Count Mosey (count while you mosey) to the next cul-de-sac for a brand new exercise!!
7s – Dry Docks and Big Boy Sit-Ups
Pick up the 6 if you finish early
I attempted to do a 10 Count Mosey back to the bottom of the hill but got some complaints, so we did a Posse 10 Count instead (ask Posse if you don’t know what that means)
10 Bomb Jacks at the bottom
10 Merkins at the top
Al Gore til the 6 gets in
Al Gore some more while Chatterbox
stalls fixes his knee/sock/brace/thing
4.5 minutes left so mosey to the Petsmart lot for some 4 Corner Deconstructed Burpees
10 Bobby Hurleys (with a clap at the top)
Time enough for 10 Donkey Kicks on the Petsmart wall
Jailbreak back to COT
Full disclosure: I knew there’d be some running today. I actually planned to do 4 cul-de-sacs with 7s at each one. However, I didn’t remember the cul-de-sacs being as far as they were. Regardless, my watch read 4.07 miles by the time we were done. Not bad for a 45 minute workout. Or bad, depending on how you look at it.
Christ’s Closet – Mondays and Thursdays – Details in GroupMe
Blood Drive – October 17th – Details in GroupMe
CPR Certification – TONIGHT! 6:00 to 8:00 at Weddington United Methodist Church. $15 See Surge (Jim Connell) ASAP for information
YHC took us out
We keep pushing the goals back as we again broke the Sunday record with 13, even with several regulars out.
We played soccer