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!
In honor of Flag Day eve…
(That makes 50 merkins and 13 burpees.)
In honor of school being out — or just because the buses were nearby…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Mosey to the middle school entrance and partner work.
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).
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.)
Capri Posse Lap with 10 merkins in each corner
(50 merkins total so far)
(100 merkins total so far)
(145 merkins total so far)
(170 merkins total so far)
Mosey back to the HS parking lot
(260 merkins total)
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.”
25 PAX braved the cold and rain warm fog of a Dromedary November to make room in their pie pants for poultry and pie.
Mosey to the COP
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.
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.
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.
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.