11 men braved some chillier temperatures and circled up in the Arbo parking lot for this week’s episode of Fast Twitch. YHC had two bad ideas pulling into the parking lot, mentioned this with a weak disclaimer and dropped the first bad idea on the pax. It went something like this.
Hoover: “I’ve got two bad ideas for you. The first is the Raintree 10K.”
All pax: … *sigh*
Hoover: “The other is to run the Coburn half-pipe, twice.”
Random pax: … *sigh* “Where is that?” “We have to run over past Strawberry Ln.” “I think I left the iron on.”
And like that, we were off. YHC, as per the usual, kicked on some tunes and the pax followed. Some days YHC feels like the pied-piper. Mosey through the mean backstreets of Raintree, rounding run, woodfox, strawberry ln, eventually hitting Rosecliff and getting to Coburn. The pax all pulled up at Coburn and instructions were relayed.
Random pax: “So just down to the stop sign and back 2 times?”
Hoover: “No. All the way to the end and back, twice.”
Random pax: “That’s not the half-pipe”
Hoover: … *calculating lame excuse as to why we’ll do this anyway*
Random pax: “So we’re not stopping at Bevington?”
Hoover: “Try for two times out and back, faster guys go for three.”
Somehow YHC convinced the pax to get moving.
Towards the end of the second round, YHC was coming in near the 6, Gerber decided to go for a third round, followed by Turkey Leg, Alf, and Airwolf. Somehow all three aborted or just pulled up for the 6 and we did some mary in the middle of the road waiting for Gerber to come back. When he didn’t show up quickly, we decided to leave him to his fate. No pax wants to be on the wild streets of Coburn for too long. Alone or in a group that’s a dangerous place to be. Alf volunteered to stay behind and wait for him. Brave, sir. Very brave.
This is a tough area for a solo pax, with random deer, and barking dogs. God help the man who runs into a “Karen” who can unleash the kraken just for startling them in the gloom. I’m sure NextDoor is full of these horror stories. And speaking of horror stories, there’s no easy place to stop for a code brown. Now that’s a NextDoor horror story that will keep YHC up at night.
Not to keep you in suspense, but yes, Gerber made it back to the pax and proceeded to outrun us all to the launch point.
The whole route is not what one would call easy. Plenty of hills as Alf kept reminding YHC every time YHC was passed. There was a vague threat from YHC about tying a rope to the fast guys to pull YHC along. Vague but empty. YHC was all out of rope.
The backblast title comes from Rock Thrill. YHC was jamming out to Bobby Womack’s, “Across 110th St” when Rock Thrill recognized the song. We talked briefly about tunes and he mentioned the backblast should be a reference/homage to the title track of that movie, the same song played at the end of Jackie Brown.
Solid group of pax today. No surprise on who was out front Gerber, Mr. “I ran leg 33 of BRR backwards”, Turkey Leg, Alf, and Airwolf. Cheese Curd and Ductwork were running neck and neck for the morning, route be damned. PurpleHaze, Rock Thrill, Astro, and Retread held down the 6 and kept YHC honest with pacing.
A solid 10K or more if you opted for the extra distance, no PRs were shattered but Retread is now the Local Legend of Firefox. It’s on Strava so you know it’s true.
Back in the parking lot, there were no announcements but Gerber pulled this odd contraption from the back of his car, mounted a phone to it and told us to go stand in front of the ABC store. 10 seconds later, your Fast Twitch Christmas card is ready and being printed off at Walmart as you read this. Get Benny your address and tell him Uncle Hoover sent ya. Maybe yu’ll get one in the mail, maybe not.
BTW, Purple Haze could totally be a Mini-Hoover if he would let his beard grow out. YHC can see the grey in there fighting to get out.
YHC has been watching the numbers at H&H (Hawksnest & Hydra) all year with a certain degree of incredulity if I am being honest. Sustaining 20+ PAX on a week in, week out basis is quite the feet, and after making comment regarding the same to the Deepest of Dishes, YHC was invited to Q a workout and experience the revolution first hand. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but more on that after…
Ye Olde Moleskinny:
It’s par for the course to get a little bit of mumblechatter at a workout, especially for YHC who is oft derided for high complexity weinkes. That said, I’ve never encountered mumblechatter to the level of the HN PAX. True, the trifusenik effect is present, but there seems to be a bit of a talk-then-work subculture which has taken root. Clearly the chatter brings all the PAX to the yard, so not gonna knock a working formula either. YHC pulled every dirty trick in the book to bring the gift of quiet through pain and succeeded only in moderation… I’ll take a small win. It was no small victory, however, to have more than 2 or 3 PAX count cadence out loud, which happened a solid one or two times during the 45 minutes.
All joking aside, this a tight knit crew and everyone got after what was designed to be a smokefest for the arms, chest, and shoulders #nosoccerarmshere. Impressively, the refuseniking which did occur was often during the planking portions #inactiverecovery. Solid work up and down the ranks. Grateful as always to Hopper and Deep Dish for the opportunity to lead, once Marathon training is done, I’ll have to make a point to get out to the H&H neck of the woods more frequently. Maybe next time I can be part of the chatter instead of swimming upstream.
Final thought for the day, as you gather to celebrate the season, be safe and take care of each other. The world is a challenging place for so many right now and it can be hard to be thankful. Find space where you can to help those who are struggling this week, the world will be a brighter place because of your generosity.
Was feeling good this morning around 5:16 when YHC arrived to COT before Flash. The Ignition crowd led by Gerber heading down the Yellow Brick Road as they started their journey to (by all accounts) Hell. Ran into Goodfella who was there a bit early to do a pre-run. The rest of the 14 Pax slowly trickled in and all of a sudden it was time for…
Moseyed down the YBR to Breadbowl’s Bidet for some stretching and a few Merkins and Plank Jacks mixed in to get those shoulders and cores engaged all the while keeping our heads on a swivel for possible traffic coming through. Thankfully no cars interrupted the euphoria.
Mosey to Stadium parking lot for “Elecides”
Run to first parking lane, do 1 of called exercise and back to start Repeato until reaching the final parking lane for 5 of called exercise.
2-Big Boy Sit-ups
3-Speed Skaters 2 = 1
Mosey to back of MS to try and pick up Breadbowl on the way who had to make an early morning pit stop at Rudy’s Shed. Seems he must have had a hanger-oner as he was not yet finished when we strolled by.
Arrived at picnic tables and did called exercise X 20 and ran to Breezeway at bus pickup for Called exercise and return to Tables for the next round.
1-Derkins, Bear Crawl
2-Stepups, Lunge Walk
3-Irkins, Bunny Hop
Mosey around front of MS to COT and circle up for cool down and stretching for last 3 mins as the Ignition PAX roll in.
Great push by everyone and a perfect way to start off the week of high calories and good fellowship with our families.
Check your schedules and try to sign up for a Thursday to go serve meals at the homeless shelter.
M and 10+ 2.0 friendly.
Turkey Trot in Briar Crest- See Chicken Little to sign up. Spots still open.
Try to post at a Thanksgiving morning event and make an impact on a cause you care about and bring your families.
YHC took us out with a prayer
7 men gathered in the InVue parking lot this AM to kick off their Monday to sling heavy iron and get in plenty of 0.0. Turkey week is upon us and some pax are looking to gather their credit now in advance of Thursday. With the playlist set, courtesy of a suggestion by Mighty Mite, pax put the work in. It was a meat and potatoes workout and as Midriff would later point out it was a metal on metal kind of day.
10 rounds with alternating exercises
10 squats (goblet or sumo)
5 lawnmowers per side or 5 renegade rows per side
We moved on to cook drills across the parking lot, then grabbed an extra 50 swings to kill some time, 10 cleans per side, 5 OH presses per side, and then wrapped up with a minute each of our static hold trio.
YHC’s weinke was a simple but effective routine. TBH, YHC wasn’t feeling overly creative and with the last Q at Meathead still fresh in some pax’s minds it was best to go with the basics and not push the envelope. Monday is also a time to reflect on (trash-talk) the weekend’s televised sporting events. So K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) IMHO.
YHC had the take-out.
Now here it is, your moment of zen …
Guns N Roses: Welcome to the Jungle
Airbourne: Back in the Game
Quiet Riot: Bang Your Head
Alice Cooper: Poison
Twisted Sister: I Wanna Rock
Warrant: Cherry Pie
Motley Crue: Kickstart my Heart
Anthrax: I’m the Man
Clutch: Ghoul Wrangler
Motorhead: Breaking the Law
Blood for Blood: Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover)
Ugly Kid Joe: Everything About You
18 (counted at Number-ama) or 19 (counted at Name-O-Rama) PAX started the Turkey week with the best intention to burn these additional calories before they even had them! An unknown number did the MASH-workout and likewise, an unknown number braved my VQ workout! It was all about getting prepared for my daughter’s birthday – more to come…
Being German, I started the workout a few seconds before 5:15am and moseyed along the street, past the CVS and circled up at the small parking lot which feels more like a dark, dirty backyard. Sugar Daddy took a shortcut from the starting point, as he still needs to learn how to set an alarm, but made it just in time to participate in the warm-up circle. 18 of each: side-straddle hops, imperial walkers, Moroccan night clubs, plank jacks and then a little bit of stretching. After that, we made an Indian Run past Target to the top of the small hill into the neighborhood. Chastain was already trying to Q-jack and suggested to build in some burpees… If he would have known, what was up my sleeve… On the way, we picked-up Posse, who should talk to Sugar Daddy about learning on how to set the Alarm (Actually, maybe they should talk to somebody else to get some good input).
As it is my daughter’s ninth birthday, we did a “9” instead of a “7”. Starting on top of the hill, we did these things where nobody knows the name for (stationary lunge-jumps – suggestions are welcome!) and did speed skaters at the bottom of the hill. Of course, always 2-for-1, as it would be boring otherwise.
Taking a left we kept the group together with another Indian Run to the cul-de-sac, which was the starting point for our next set of pain. There are 9 lamp posts on the way to the other cul-de-sac and we alternated 3 different exercises (and of course: 9 reps of each): dry dogs, big boys and burpees (here you go, Chastain).
And again an Indian Run back to the starting point, for another visit of 9 lamp posts with 9 reps. This time: bobby hurlies, LBC´s and monkey hoppers.
As everybody did a great job with picking up the 6, we stayed together with another Indian Run to the Pet-supply shop where we started a 4-corner-each-corner-9-reps-deconstructed-burpee: in´s-and-out´s, merkins, jump squats and the full burpees.
As we still had a few seconds to spare, we finished off with 18 donkey kicks against the pet-supply-shop (haha) and went back to COT.
Apart from learning to set the alarms to the right time there was not much to report. There was little or no b******* and moaning throughout the workout – either the burpees killed everyone or everybody was mentally eating a turkey already or it is just the great support everybody shows for a VQ!
Thank you everyone – I had a great time being a VQ!
Thank you Shop Dawg for taking us out today!
6th anniversary of Commitment. 19 men showed up to celebrate a big piece of how F3 Waxhaw got its start. YHC reached out to some of the OG’s (Old Guys) who were involved in starting F3 Waxhaw and was pleased to hear that some of them would be able to make it.
So…. I wasn’t necessarily forced to Q but when an OG asks and you haven’t posted in a few weeks just go with it. Here we go.
I was so rusty and didn’t have my Weinke that we almost skipped to the second item on the list…but we didnt.
Mosey to the intersection near the traffic light.
At parking lot
Mosey to the normal 4 corners starting location.
Moesy to the bottom of the long hill beside the drivers ed cars.
I hit 5 miles and thought I wasn’t going to make it a few times… But this is F3 and fellow Pax are always there to push and encourage you to dig a little deeper and keep going. No need to mention anyone, they are all fast. Thanks for letting me lead, I’ll try to get out more!
See Chastains BB for announcements.
Maybe according to Mermaid, but not to the majority of the Centurion PAX posting in the mid-30s gloom. Nine men, most with warm legs, headed out for some pre-Thanksgiving work to get the weekend started. Continuing Sable’s theme from last week, YHC planned a merkin-heavy workout. We’ll see if we can call it a streak next week with Mermaid’s Black Friday impromptu convergence.
Mosey to Charlotte Catholic and circle up for COP at the bottom of the deck:
SSH x 15 IC
Imperial Walker x 15 IC
Low Slow Squats x 15 IC
Mountain Climbers x 15 IC
Peter Parker x 10 IC
Gather at the bottom of the first ramp and stare up (or down?) the Merkin Ladder. Up the ramps for the ladder, stopping at each turn for merkins, start at 20 and step down by 1. Three+ times up the ramp and 210 merkins for those scoring at home.
Re-group at the bottom of the ramp for some Mary: LBCs x 25 IC, Flutter x 25 IC, Rosalita x 20 IC
Mosey over to the aquatics center parking lot, admiring some freshly laid asphalt in the former Centurion AO lot. Three rounds up the hill: Round 1 = bear crawl, Round 2 = lunge walk, Round 3 = burpee broad jump.
Mosey back over to the former launch spot and lay down on the still warm asphalt. Thought about ending it right there, but felt a tinge of sympathy for those cold-legged tights mockers. Instead, more Mary: Boone LBC x 12 each side IC, Freddie Mercury x 20 IC, Heels to Heaven x 20 IC.
Mosey over to the brick benches: step-ups each leg, dips, derkins. Round 1 = 12 reps each, Round 2 = 10 reps each, Round 3 = 8 reps each.
Back to launch and finish out with some Mary – old school sit-ups OYO, dolly IC, flutter IC.
Thanks to Mermaid and Margo for the opportunity. Mermaid gave me an encouraging honk while driving by my usual run in on Carmel. Pretty sure the 3 yoga-pant clad ladies tailing me not too far behind were blushing behind their headlamps thinking the honk was intended for them. #notsofastmyfriend Good to see Limey out in sub-40 weather, though I bet he (along with Mermaid) wishes he had gone with the tights. Missed Lorax, something about a plantars injury. No bueno, heal up soon brother. Missed Margo as well, but sounds like he had a hall pass preparing for the annual Centurion festival of lights workout sure to be scheduled in about 4 weeks. Wonder if that qualifies for its own passport stamp? Thanks to Mermaid for taking us out.
Q School tomorrow at Arboretum.
Black Friday workout at Centurion, 7am, Amelie’s lot, Mermaid on Q. Rumor has it as an hour workout, so have an extra slice of pie.