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Dropping a Deuce

With more than 6 billion people in the world and a solid 600 years of recorded history (plus much more spotty history on hand), there is so much to commemorate on a daily basis.  On this fine morning, 19 men came together at the Marvin Ridge High School parking lot to celebrate several amazing events.  Or perhaps more likely, 18 fine men showed up for a workout led by a PAX belatedly celebrating his 2nd anniversary as a member of the F3 Nation.

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the landmark Miranda vs Arizona decision which produced “the Miranda Rights” that hopefully few or none of the PAX have had delivered to them.  In honor of those famous words, YHC gave a poorly worded and rambling disclaimer that would have served very little benefit in a court of law.  And then they were off!

THE THANG

In honor of Flag Day eve…

  • 4 Corners mosey lap around half the parking lot, stopping at each corner for 10 merkins and 3 burpees
  • PAX headed to the center of the rectangular lap area for 10 more merkins and 1 more burpee

(That makes 50 merkins and 13 burpees.)

In honor of school being out — or just because the buses were nearby…

  • PAX did a weave run between the buses, stopping at high school-side of each bus and doing x merkins, with x being the ones digit of the parking space of the bus
  • While waiting for the Six, PAX did Angry Al Gore (Al Gore + air punches)
  • For the Deuce Special, PAX weaved back through the buses, stopping at the middle school-side of the bus to do Supermans, to the number of parking space ones digit
  • Protractor while waiting for the Six

Mosey to the rockpile to pick up 2 cinder blocks and 2 running rocks.  PAX split into 2 teams and an individual ran to a cone with the cinder block to pull a card from the cone.  Run back with the block.  Team does the main exercise on the card.  Once that was completed, another PAX ran the block to the cone of his choice to pull a card.  While he ran, the team did the secondary exercise listed on the previous card.  Repeato until all PAX had carried the block.

For Deuce on cones, once all PAX had completed the carry and exercises, the team ran suicides to each cone and one PAX grabbed a card for a main exercise once the team returned to the starting location.

To finish, PAX completed half of a Captain Thor.  Time did not allow for sets 6-10 and PAX were quite saddened by this.

MOLESKINE

Huge props to Purell who unknowingly shared a variation of the cone idea with YHC on Saturday.  Several PAX need to adjust the alarm clock by a couple of minutes, but other than that, it was a great showing today.  YHC took to heart some suggestions — Posse on the Flag Day Eve and Bratwurst’s reminder for IC count was followed by completely avoiding any IC work except for the brief Angry Al Gore (which was probably butchered).  Kotters to Honeycomb and YHC did not know Boitano but looks forward to crossing paths again.

Another huge shout out to the men of F3 Nation.  YHC recently hit the 2-year mark and it has been a great experience.  The PAX are examples in the workouts, making him want to push himself more in the gloom, but also — and more importantly — setting the reminder each day to go out and be a HIM.  Your examples are motivating and don’t doubt that you can have a positive impact wherever you stand.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Q School this Saturday, 6/16, at Panera Bread.  YHC not entirely sure how eating cinnamon rolls at Panera is Q School, but may have to investigate.
  • PAX brother Loafer felt slowed down by his appendix and decided to burst it in order to free up space for more muscle.  Keep him and the family in your prayers and you can help them in the kitchen by taking a meal.  www.takethemameal.com/CUKC5805

 

 

The Miseducation of StubHub

INTRO

The PAX of Union County do not fear the Polar Vortex, nor an AMRAP, nor a Holiday Jukebox, but only the 9 toughest wake themselves early during Spring Break in order to endure the mentally demanding workout YHC brings as he tries to incorporate new and strange activities from the Exicon.  One of those fine men is StubHub who revealed that he – well, more his M – is less than three weeks away from blessing the world with a tiny new ticket vendor.  The rest of the PAX warned him that he should be sleeping at 5:30 AM while he still can, but he continued and the teachings of the wiser older PAX became less useful.

DOO WOP (That Thing)

(Warning: YHC’s dog ate his Weinke, so this is recounted from a highly questionable memory.)

1 x Disclaimer

Warm-up:

During Indian Run, Q would shout halt at speed bumps and light poles and the PAX in front would call out an exercise for 15 IC.

  • Goofball
  • SSH
  • Flutter?
  • Squats?
  • Plank Jacks
  • Don Quixote

 

PAX moseyed to the hill for Clock Merkins, a new-found YHC favorite.  All 9 called a time and the men shifted and did 5 merkins at each point on the clock.

PAX then moseyed to the… facilities management building (?) for a round of Walls of Jericho.  7 reps of each exercise, followed by a lap around the building and then regrouping for the next exercise in the set.  The set ended with an AYG run around the building, but no shout.

  • Pistol crunch
  • Flapjack Pistol crunch
  • Star Jacks
  • Boat-canoe
  • Superman
  • Burpees
  • Big Boy Sit-ups

Mosey to the middle school entrance and partner work.

  • Tammy Wynette, with 3 small laps, one after each 50 count. Each partner hit 100 Merkins and 100 squats.
  • Partner Plank Curls x 30

Mosey to the lunch area for Dips x 25 IC.

Mosey home for Monkey Humpers x 10 to finish up.

 

NOTHING EVEN MATTERS

The pre-workout mumblechatter was good and revealed that the StubHub family is soon to grow.  The conversation could have veered towards important fatherly suggestions and tips such as bed times, how to change diapers, 529 funding and when are 2.0s ready for their first sporting events, but that was not the case.  Instead, StubHub was educated on who Tammy Wynette was and her signature song, “Stand By Your Man.”  Soon after, he was introduced to Partner Plank Curls which is, frankly, an unsightly exercise that YHC vows to never attempt again – and this comes from the guy who isn’t afraid to throw monkey humpers into the workout.  YHC and Bratwurst completed the 30 each, but there were many refuseniks.  The final educational element was a later conversation around Gladys Knight (minus the Pips).

  • It was not discovered until the COT, but Bratwurst celebrated a birthday on this fine morning and Goodfella expressed his sincere wish that it be an excellent birthday in all the right ways. Brat does not yet qualify for the Fishing Hole.  On Slack he also seemed worried that teens have sullied the Camel emoji and what that means for the Dromedary workout – today’s workout did nothing to alleviate that fear.
  • Rockwell was back after some time on the Disabled List and was a welcome sight.
  • Hollywood and Johnny Utah (R) blasted through the Tammy Wynette and put in more than the requisite number of reps.
  • Mad Dog doesn’t grumble, gives reasonable clock merkin times and knows his Tammy Wynette.
  • As Bratwurst noted, The Grease Monkey did his best Rahab impersonation on Walls of Jericho by hiding and bursting from the bushes during a lap around the building.
  • Goodfella took the Partner Plank Curls way too far down that path.
  • StubHub – well, good luck, brother. The PAX enjoys having you out and hopefully the next three weeks aren’t the last time you’re around for the next 3 years.

 

TELL HIM

  • Prayer request for Johnny Utah’s friend Scott who recently got a cancer diagnosis.
  • Floater and Pursuit on Thursdays.
  • Open invitation from YHC to attend a free Gladys Knight gospel choir performance on Saturday at either 4 PM or 7 PM at the LDS Church at 5815 Carmel Road. https://www.saintsunifiedvoices.com/event-details

The murk, murth and muck of merkins

A challenge was issued: “It is easier for a dromedary camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a PAX to meet the [General] Merkin Challenge in a single workout this late in the month.”  Sixteen men were up for that challenge, though only four knew of it ahead of time.  (Read Slack, Pax.)

Warm-up:

Capri Posse Lap with 10 merkins in each corner

COP:

  • Disclaimer x 1
  • SSH x 20 IC
  • Hillbillies x 20 IC
  • Squats x 20 IC
  • Annie x 20 IC
  • 10 merkins

(50 merkins total so far)

 

The THANG

  • Run the long entrance driveway stopping at each of 5 light poles for Star Jacks x 5
  • Run back to the other end of the driveway, stopping at the 5 light poles for merkins x 10
  • Run once more down the driveway, stopping at each light for LBC x 10

(100 merkins total so far)

  • Clock Merkins – Merkins x 5 at each of 9 clock positions as chosen by individual PAX

(145 merkins total so far)

  • Mosey to the tennis benches for
    • Dips x 10 IC
    • Supine chin-ups x 10 IC
    • Repeato
  • Mosey to the wall near the Middle School entrance for Climbing Wall Merkins 5 x 5

(170 merkins total so far)

Mosey back to the HS parking lot

  • From a central point in the lot, run to a tree for merkins x 10, run back to central location for Pointer Dogs x 10 or Supermans x 10
  • 9 trees total

(260 merkins total)

  • Rosalita x 10 IC… because it’s fun

 

Moleskin:

Sir Winston Churchill died on this date 53 years ago.  He is believed to have said, “Success is the ability to go from one merkin to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”  YHC was concerned with the daunting task of completing the merkin challenge during the workout and not completely boring the PAX at the same time, but the spirit of the British Bulldog pushed him forward.

That task was accomplished flawlessly.  The PAX enjoyed YHC’s usual introduction of a new and strange exercise in the COP — this time it was the Annie.  The PAX is now ready to scrub floors this weekend in a spirited and loving show of affection towards the many deserving Ms in the F3 Nation.  A bonus “new and strange” was the Clock Merkin which had the PAX singing songs of praise for analog timekeeping devices and excited that there was no mention of digital devices which would have kept the group pointing the same direction.

Other shots of acclaim came as the PAX shuffled through the dark to find bench space for dips and then gladly crawled under the bench for supines and gently extracted themselves to return to dips.  The only disappointment came when the PAX did not engage in full Ascending Testicles merkins, because they really wanted to climb higher on the wall.  Finally, the utter beauty of the logistics of the tree run and doing knee-based pointer dogs on a gravelly parking lot was also well received.

On an individual level, huge props to Offline who was an FNG a mere 24 hours earlier, but posted for the second day in a row with great gusto.  Bottlecap shows excellent form in Star Jacks and could easily gain part-time employment at the Waxhaw YMCA when it opens.  Xerox (R) is always up for a good J-Lo reference and this morning he turned that in with the driveway shape.  Recalculating showed up for one disrespectful post before… advancing in wisdom and stature.  The Posse lap did not produce Posse so perhaps more marketing is needed to make that a thing.  Johnny Utah (R) took us out and had a good news reminder that the Lord will bless and St. Judes does awesome things for people going through tough situations, so remember the good around us.

Overall, it was a fantastic morning at Dromedary and YHC is sure that Sir Winston Churchill would agree.  Another of his quips rings true: “History Blackblast will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

Annoucements:

  • Opportunities to Q Dromedary abound.  You know you want this.
  • The Floater officially launches Feb 1, but there’s one more unofficial Thursday, 1/25, under the water tower in downtown Waxhaw. 5:30 AM
  • Thursdays – Millbridge run AO meets at the clubhouse at 5:15 AM
  • Brolympics on 2/24 http://f3southcharlotte.com/2018/01/11/2018-brolympics-2-bro/

Pilgrim’s Pride — or confusion

25 PAX braved the cold and rain warm fog of a Dromedary November to make room in their pie pants for poultry and pie.

Warm-up:

Mosey to the COP

  • Disclaimer x 1
  • SSH x 25
  • Imperial Walker x 20
  • Merkin x 20
  • Goofball x 15
  • 1-legged Squats/Doggie Leg Lifts x 16
  • Cranberry Picker x 17

 

The THANG:

Black Snake Mosey to the Middle School lunch room for 4 Stations.  PAX split into four groups and moved through the 3 static stations while one group ran around the Team Time field.  Three rounds of the fun.

  1. Run the field
  2. LBC
  3. Dips
  4. Superman

Mosey to the back area, which is actually the front of the middle school, for some Paula Abdul.  Run two light poles forward, then one light pole back.  On the forward light PAX did 8 merkins or Carolina Dry Docks and then did 4 burpees on the back light.  Five forward lights with accompanying back lights.

Mosey back to the start to finish with LBFC x 16.

 

Moleskin:

YHC wanted a truly festive theme for this edition of Dromedary, but the best he could come up with “Cranberry Pickers” in the COP in place of the usual Cotton or Potato Pickers.  Those who have attended YHC’s Qs before expect some kind of odd exercises that require a bit explanation and may result in some confusion – dare we say, they want it?  And the PAX will not be disappointed.  The Goofball is a standard that elicits much mumblechatter and breaks down the wall of self-consciousness.  The Black Snake brought some more confusion, but the element of danger by weaving through the run line reminded us of the danger faced by Pilgrims of many nationalities as they go to a foreign land.  Two or three minutes of dips is quite the beast and may need improvement in the future.  And because there’s no solid Thanksgiving music, we honored a national treasure, Paula Abdul, with an exercise routine she has probably never done.  The 8 merkins/Dry Docks represented her tenure on American Idol and the 4 burpees celebrated her 4 albums.  (While it may be doubted, YHC had to dig for that because his knowledge of Ms. Abdul tapered off around 1993.)  And to finish off with one more explanatory exercise, the PAX enjoyed some LBFCs just like the Pilgrims did between their deep-fried turkey and Harris Teeter pecan pies.

Ice Nine added to YHC’s state of confusion by counting in German, perhaps falsely believing that YHC understands any German beyond “Berliner.”  YHC requested Spanish – el lengua de Dios – but that was not offered.  Dasher suggested that the 1-legged squats are “Doggie Leg Lifts” and that motion was seconded.  The track was damp which provoked nearly as much whining as the Pilgrims would when if they had had cable and it had gone out during Thanksgiving football.  But, like Superman, the PAX powered through.  Or like Batman for some – the Ben Affleck Batman.

The turnout was surprisingly strong today. Big t-claps to Bolt for turning on the speed and shamelessly leaving behind his coach, Jingles. Bolt may have also been the one who most understood and enjoyed the Goofball.  YHC expects a spike in Paula Abdul on the Spotify playlists today, especially among the younger set who didn’t quite get what the aged were talking about.  Johnny Utah carried us out in a strong way.

 

Announcements:

  • Sign up now for the SOB Christmas Party – Dec 16th
  • Turkey Bowl at Elon Park on Thursday, Nov 23, will start at 8:00 AM
  • Impromptu at Cuthbertson on Friday, Nov 24, will start at 6:30 AM – New AMRAP course!
  • The Brave at Ballantyne (The Vine) on Friday, Nov 24, will start at 7:00 AM

 

Prayers for the Howison family on the loss of their son.  Also, keep in mind others in the area that have been through similar tragedies recently, especially as they hit the holidays without loved ones for the first time.  Hug your kids, your parents, everyone.