Two fine men posted for a double pre-run the first of which was in the rain and on a flat course. Two more showed up for the single pre-run and one man who forgot to set his alarm was waiting on them for the Boot Camp.
The clock hit 5:30 and we were off.
We headed back to the Basketball court for some COP exercises were all done IC:
10 6 count Burpees
Next we moseyed over to the playground with the “track” around it. It was flooded so over to the covered benches. 10 6 count burpees and off we go as it was ankle breaking slippery.
Dodge the deepest puddles over to the pull -up and dip Bars.
1st round – 10 Squats, 5 dips, 2 pullups
2nd round – 20 Squats, 10 dips, 4 pullups
3rd round – 10 Squats, 5 dips, 2 pullups
Next over to the Big Boy dip bars:
3 rounds of 10 dips and 5 pullups
Next head toward the covered walkway.
Split into a 2 man and 3 man group. One team does merkins while the other does a long suicide set. then Flapjack.
Then we headed over to the Gym doors for a little peoples chair with alternating legs up.
Then one last sprint all the way down the covered walkway with some flutter to recover.
Head back over to YHC’s pick-em-up Truck to grab some sandbags. There were some 50’s, a 40 and a 60.
Pick the one you want and head to the walls.
First the sandbag goes over the wall and then the Pax follow behind. Repeat for all 11 walls.
Do some more burpees and head back to the launch.
Just enough time was left for a few rounds of curls and bent over rows.
It was a hard day to get up for the early rainy pre-prerun, but I knew if I didn’t show up either Erector at General would have to run it alone. So I did what all of us do. I got my lazy ass out of the fartsack so that I didn’t let another man down. Fortunately, Erector did the exact same thing. YHC did convince Erector that we should go with the flat route so that I could investigate how wet is was in all of our normal hangouts. It was ridiculously wet on the hill, fields and parking lots. Luckily YHC had some contingency plans in mind. We circled back around at 5:00 for the pre-run pax. Chedda and Ringer were waiting there for us. So we headed off for the Hilly normal prerun route. For the record NO ONE told Ched that we were interested in the Smoky Mountain relay. Luckily Ringer had his 3 belt mounted lights so that he could lead Chedda, as he did not bring his headlamp.
We made it back to the Launch where Soft Pretzel was waiting for us yelling into the dark about an alarm that was not set correctly and he had already counted for those miles in his training plan.
It was great to have Chedda out today. I believe that this was his first post at The Arsenal. If not it was at least his first pre-run there. Everyone pushed hard today and there was great 2nd F.
Thanks men for giving me a chance to lead.
15 men showed up to check out the new location for the hardest South Charlotte AO…..THE BRAVE.
Get in teams of 2. Be honest with yourself and your partner and get someone with similar speed.
Each team grab a sand bag (ranging from 40-80 lbs) and lets mosey.
Head behind the corporate buildings across from Brazwells and run down the path stopping at each of 4 walls for 5 double merkin box jump burpees (Mermaid introduced me to this horrible exercise earlier in the week…Everyone thanks you).
Gather at the fourth wall and head to Room 101 (The parking garage hooked to the new Wells Fargo building). Head to the basement for instructions.
At each level one partner will do a sandbag exercise and the other will do 10 burpees. The burpee partner is the timer. keep doing sandbag exercises until he is done. Once complete run up to the next floor and exchange the bag. The other partner now does 10 burpees while the new sandbag man does the exercise. Repeato until you are at the top.
The sandbag exercises are as follows: Squat, Thrusters, and bent over rows.
We made it to the top and came down the stairs and did it all over again. From there we did the same exercises but down the ramps. At this point we were out of time and headed back to the launch site.
I was impressed with the crew of 15 pax. There was no complaining about the sandbags and just a bit of good natured ribbing.
You never know how a workout like this will go. Will people give it there all. Will we be able to stay together…..
This group of PAX gave it there all. Everyone worked to encourage their teammate and the other teams. As I was in the six most of the I didn’t get to hear a lot of the mumble chatter. Here is what I know….
I am pretty Sure Thin Mint and Mario were out front killing it as always.
Fraiser and Haggis got in some second F and did some modification to keep some injuries from flaring up but pushed hard non the less.
Nard Dog and Flipper kept going throughout the hour with one of Flippers large sandbags. They also dogged it just enough to not leave YHC to far behind. Thanks Fellas
Mary Kay and Billy Goat must have been killing it, as I didn’t get to see them much. Great work fellas. Glad to have you at the Brave keep coming out.
I think these final pairs are correct…but correct me if I am wrong (lack of oxygen during the workout has my memory cloudy).
When I was able to catch Teddy and Tuck their form on the burpees and sandbag exercises looked to be top notch all the way through. Teddy mentioned his love for the Double Merkin Burpee box jumps and that he was hoping we would do some more as Mermaid didn’t give him enough earlier in the week.
Wingman and Turkey: both of these men were running fast and burpeeing (is that a word….It is NOW) faster.
Bunker and Wild Turkey: I feel that bunker has a head made for sandbag workouts. They slide effortless over his freshly shorn skull. Every time I saw these men they were head down and pushing it.
Tuck is now taking YHC’s place as one of the three Brave site Q’s. I would like to thank all of the men that have participated and pushed me at the Brave during my time as site Q. I have seen many men, including myself, get better from posting at the brave week after week. I appreciate being given the opportunity to lead by Madam Tassauds and Champagne.
The Brave now meets at Brazwells every week.
Promptly at 5:30, 15 men headed out into the Gloom.
We circled up in the parking lot beside the hotel for a little warm up.
10 – Windmills
15 – Merkins
15 – Imperial Walkers
10 – Low Slow Squats
Next we moseyed over to Lochness by the first wall for some 8 count body builders in cadence.
Next we moseyed over to the next building for some 6 count burpees, also in cadence.
Mosey a little further over to the picnic tables for a few more 8 count body builders in cadence.
Now that we are all really warm we head to the fitness trail to get some lifting rocks so that we can do a little Jack Web in the adjacent field. (presses and LBC’s)
Place the rock back in the pile and mosey over to the bottom of bagpipe hill.
Here instructions were given. We would be heading up bagpipe hill to complete 10 burpees. Then we would head back down to complete 10 squats. Complete this route 3 times and head back for the 6.
After this we headed back to towards the fitness trial with a quick stop for some plank work to keep from getting run over.
At the fitness trial we divided into 3 groups to complete one round of exercises. 10 good pull-ups; 10 burpees and 15 dips. Rotate around the stations one time and head to the top of the trail for some Mary.
We had just enough time for 3/4 of a lap around Lochness. The one caveat is that you must bear crawl the bricks.
Head to the parking lot to gather the six and do some mary.
YHC had a few issues today with his cadence count (what can I say… it was my VQ). I assure you I will watch the video wingman so kindly posted about 35 seconds after the workout. What can I say…. He is a giver.
There were quite a few Burpees and Bodybuilders planned today, but that number did go up a bit after all the bear poking.
Either way it was a great day. The group of pax followed instructions and pushed hard. It was great to see Paw Patrol and Boo Boo out for their 3rd work-out. Also, a big thank you to Tuck for leading the Mary. I appreciate the invite to lead here at Bagpipe. It was an honor and a privilege to lead this fine group of men.
As for the title of the backblast, post workout there was a rousing discussion about animals with anal glands and if they needed to be expressed or not. Please forward all of your questions on this subject to Doc McStuffins. He is an expert on anal glands.
Remember to sign up for the Christmas Party and Joe Davis (there is a non-running option). Also, Escobar is taking donations of slightly used toys to send back to the homeland. Go through your kids toys and bring in all the extras (small toys are better due to the shipping costs). These will go to children in real need.
Also, I saw today that Bout Time’s son Jennings has been diagnosed with leukemia. Please send a special prayer up to the Sky Q for both him and his family.
More than 70 F3Nation PAX, M’s, and 2.0’s registered and participated in SPEED FOR NEED’s debut in the South Charlotte Region at the Isabella Santos 5k. Count the spectating supporters, and there were over 100+ supporters total from the F3 family. What a great way to support a great cause, and kick off our new charity!
For only the second race, the entire fleet of racing chariots (4) were on display for the race, and it was a sight to see! Drivers and Track Commanders were as follows:
o GREEN Racing Chariot: Fire Hazard, Buckeye, Goonie (Track Commander – Lily)
o RED Racing Chariot: Frasier, Thin Mint, Scabby (Track Commander – Kinzey)
o BLUE Racing Chariot: Fredo, Billy Goat, Strawberry (Track Commander – Andrew)
o BLACK Racing Chariot: Ickey Shuffle, Heartbreaker, Flipper (Track Commander – Luke)
“For many of us, this was our first time witnessing first-hand the impact of SPEED FOR NEED on the riders, their families, and the drivers. Goonie, Fire Hazard, and I had the pleasure of pushing Lily in the Green racing chariot. As we practiced loading Lily into the chair, she wouldn’t sit still, constantly wanting to get in and out, seemingly uncomfortable in the chair. Naturally, we were a little concerned about how she would manage during a 5k race without her father nearby to console her. As we moved to the starting line, strapped her in, and took off down the road, Lily became ALL smiles. The challenges life has presented her with took a backseat as she cruised down the road, wind blowing in her hair. This was Lily’s Saturday sporting event; her moment to feel like part of a team; passing out high fives to her drivers and almost every other PAX (not named Mario). When we finished the race, Lily kept wanting to get back in her green chair, overjoyed with her experience and more comfortable in her chariot. So comfortable that she asked her father to push her in the fun run. This first-hand experience makes me realize the significance of this charity. Until then, many of us had just been goofing around in the chair when JRR Tolkien has brought them around to the workouts, but seeing Lily’s face light up for that short race was an amazing gift.” – Buckeye, Event Co-Q
“From the beginning of SPEED FOR NEED I knew I would support the cause. JRR Tolkien had enough faith and drive for all F3. I knew it sounded like a good idea and I knew that other teams did it, but it didn’t all click in my head. I still had many questions even though I was the Q for the race… Did people really want to be pushed in races, is this really helping them, does this help with inclusion, and many others. Either way, we kept working and pulled it all together. On race day I was anxious to make sure all the pushers were there and that all the Track Commanders had waivers signed, tents were up, etc… Then it was time to meet the kids and their parents. To be honest it was a mixed bag. Some of the kids and parents seemed nervous like me and others were raring to go like JRRT. Either way it was time to go. I just tried to get Lily to warm up to me in hopes she wouldn’t cry during our race. Her dad was great. He helped us get her fitted in the chair and saved us by showing her a video while people were talking about stuff before they let us go. I was just thinking “why can’t we go already”. Lily is going to lose it and want to get out of this chair soon.. Finally, they let us go. Her dad ran the first 50 yards with us to make sure Lily was ok. Then we took off. I just figured a girl with this much energy would want to go fast. Luckily, we were behind the police motorcycle. Lily was a big fan of that. We just kept talking to Lily and giving her high 5’s. I had a minute to think.. “Hey, Lily is actually liking this”. I looked back, the other kids were having a great time too. Maybe this really is a good thing. As I had time to watch Buckeye and Goonie push and interact with Lily some more I started to understand the goal for SPEED FOR NEED. Those kids had a great time and I think my fellow pushers and I may have even had a better time. I was now 100% bought in, SPEED FOR NEED is a great thing for us and our community. We get to do what we like; run and push things, and we get to do it with some really great people (both in the chairs and out). SPEED FOR NEED has helped me meet new people, help some children do something they would not have been able too, and helped me have some great conversations with my own children about inclusion. If you have seen my short or non-existent backblasts you will realize that this is a lot of typing for me, but I wanted to give you my SPEED FOR NEED journey in hopes of getting any of you, who aren’t sure why we are doing this, out there and involved.” – Fire Hazard, Event Co-Q
We would encourage all PAX to participate in at least one SPEED FOR NEED race a year… just show up to one, and see what it does for you, your family, your community, the track commanders, their parents, and F3 Nation… you won’t be disappointed. Great work South Charlotte!
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/qoZUEIFud_I
Event Q’s: Buckeye, Fire Hazard
SPEEDFORNEED!!!! SOB/Area 51/ Union County men, the first SPEEDFORNEED event in South Charlotte kicks off on Saturday, September 30th. SPEEDFORNEED is an F3NATION initiative that allows persons with disabilities to participate in fitness events utilizing custom racing chairs built from OUR donations. If you’d like more information, then visit the official site www.f3speedforneed.com.
For more inspiration, watch this awesome video to learn more about helping adaptive athletes race: “The Making of SPEEDFORNEED” . Like what we’re doing and want to support? Click for CrowdRise Donation Link or Click for F3Foundation Donation Paypal Link and make sure to put in comments “SPEEDFORNEED“. With your contributions, the team has now purchased 4 chariots, a tent, a trailer, and Medals for the participants.
It is now time to bring this great program to South Charlotte. We will be supporting the Isabella Santos run by setting up a tent to raise awareness and racing with kids in the custom chairs. This is a very worthy cause that support research to cure childhood cancer. You can read about it here https://isabellasantosfoundation.org/about/
This organization was started by Isabella’s parents with the hope that they could raise the money and awareness to save their little girl. While Isabella fought hard relapse after relapse she was not able to beat this disease, but with the help of this organization and our support we can help other children live her dream of a world “With no more cancer.” So sign up with your M’s, 2.0’s and friends.
· RACE EVENT: Isabella Santos 5k/10k/fun run
· DATE: Saturday September 30, 2017
· WHO’S INVITED: F3 Nation PAX, their M’s and 2.0s (spectate & support or register to run)
· REGISTRATION WEBSITE: http://5kforkidscancer.racesonline.com/register (TEAM NAME is F3Nation)
· OTHER DETAILS: 10k-$40; 5k- $30; Fun Run- $20 ($5 increase starting September 23)
· MEETING POINT: F3 Nation SPEEDFORNEED tent (Ballantyne Corporate Park)
· HOST F3 REGION: SOBs
· DRIVERS: TBD (We will have 2 chairs and are determining the logisitcs)
· SPEEDFORNEED PREBLAST: SPEEDFORNEEDPreblast
24 or so men stepped into the Gloom to get a bit stronger and faster this sweaty a.m.
5:30 lets go. Circle up in front of the theater and get disclaimed.
Next the warm up (all in cadence of course)
25 – SSH
10 x Merkins
15 x IW
10 x Windmills
Good enough… Head to the top of the murder Horn.
Run down on the left side and stop for 10 merkins at each street light. Gather up for some Mary.
Next head to the rock pile by the playground. Pair up and pick your rock judiciously your partner will be running to the park doing 10 pull-ups and back.
3 sets 1. curls 2. overhead press 3. tricep extensions
Plankorama while waiting for the 6.
Head over to the park for some more upper body work.
Everyone grab a seat for some dips, planks, derkins and what the heck maybe some step-ups.
Next we head back to the bottom of the murderhorn.
10 merkins at each light on the way up. push yourself hard. if you are in front do 15.
Everyone end together with 10 merkins in cadence.
Back over to the launch point for some Mary. That’s it.
It was great leading so many men. Everyone did a great job pushing themselves today. I appreciate the effort. There were a few things I noticed. 1. The Harris Teeter has to Hate F3. I know of at least 2 men today who had to make pit stops today. Also, Goonie does not have good form, I think it is due to his soccer arms, he is a runner now if you didn’t notice.
Need for Speed is visiting SOB land in September. We need a good crew for both Chairs.
This weekend Need for Speed will be at the Morrison Y from 6 – 9. Come out and talk to people share F3 and Speed for Need.
11 men rolled up to the Vine at 5:15 ready for a good beat down. YHC wanted to oblige them… so off we went.
We moseyed past Lochness and the fitness trial to the parking lot behind Snyder’s. Here we circled up for the disclaimer and the following:
Next over to Bag Pipe hill.
YHC slowly explained that we would be doing 11’s on the hill.
Start with 10 Burpees at the top and 1 Squat at the bottom. Then do it again with 9 and 2 then 8 and 3….. you get it.
Trying to stay safe we will run up on the left and down on the left watching out for each other while crossing.
Then we met at the bottom did a little plan work and then we were over to the Fitness trail with 3 groups. The first group would do 10 pull-ups on the fitness trial closest to Lochness. The 2nd group would then do 10 big boy dips on the bars. Team 3 would start at the other side of the fitness trial with 10 pull-ups. Cycle thorough this 3 times and then meet at the top.
Then back to the launch site for a few minutes of Mary.
The thing prior to the THANG…
I tried to make a point during the instructions to make sure the Pax new to run on the left hand side of the road always and to watch each other while turning and shouting out if cars were coming. We have all heard of the loss in F3 Lexington. Let’s learn from this and be safer. It is easy to get complacent and think of these AO’s as our playgrounds, but these are open roads and tired motorists are not always paying attention.
Off my soap box and on the THANG….
So it took a lot of explaining to get Pax oriented to the 11’s on bag pipe hill. Where is the top???? what are we using as the bottom???? Burpees WHY????
So as everyone was grinding it out a few key things happened.
So the events noted above brought up lots of mumble chatter. Why did transporter grab his shirt before running into the woods (Doc says this happens all the time with Transporter). Did Transporter accidentally bomb the foxes den, hence the foxes erratic behavior. Did the fox wonder what strange twig and berries had invaded his turf. Would transporter make it back sans shirt or with his shirt in tow.
Transporter did meet back up with us with his shirt (not sure if it was soiled or not. don’t ask don’t tell).
Everyone pushed hard today the 11’s were tough and we had almost 4 miles 38 minutes into the workout. During the fitness trail part of the workout I was beat and was heads down.
During the 11’s Doc was out in front the whole time as was transporter (until the bush incident). Haggis was having a bipolar day. He would tell me on the way down he wasn’t going to push hard today…. then he would fly by me on the uphill to catch Doc. Wingman was doing his job as the I.T. Q. Somehow he would catch up to me striding it out and not breathing hard and try to explain this new webpage. I had no idea what he was saying and I just wheezed OK between pants. Outback and Frehley’s pushed hard today and stayed with it until the very end. Buckeye and Fallout seemed to passed me on opposite sides of the road. I am not sure if they were in front or I was but we seemed to be on the same cycle round after round. Nard Dog was fast as always and somehow passed me multiple times on the uphill. Argo was his normal silent self quietly killing it and pushing as hard as anyone out there.
9 men showed up for the following:
Mosey over to the parking lot across from the start point and warm-up (all in Cadence):
25 – SSH
20 – IW
10 – Windmills
10 – Merkins
Mosey over to the walls near Tony’s pizza.
Go over the shortest section of the wall and then circle back and moving on the the next tallest section and go over the wall keep repeating for at least 5 rounds.
Next take a seat on the wall for some arm presses. Then Balls to the wall with 5 presses.
On the move again, head over to the bull ring with a couple sets of 8 count body builders x 5.
Go to the center of the bull ring and partner up. Partners run around the putting green and meet on the other side for 10 hand slap merkins. Go back around and meet on the other side for 10 more hand slap merkins. Repeat that for 4 rounds.
Next we headed over to the pond behind the bull ring. Partner up again. Partner 1 runs the pond and partner 2 squats. Flap Jack.
Mosey over to the wall on the north side of the bull ring. 10 muscle ups with some planking for recovery. Complete 2 rounds.
Everyone grab a seat on the wall. Left leg high, regular, right leg high, regular, both legs up…. proper form is to use your arms on the top of the wall so that both legs are straight out.
Recover with some planks and 6 inch 10 counts.
Next mosey over to the fitness trail…but wait…. there is a gazebo back here. Let’s all squeeze in and put our feet on the rail for some derkins. Wait… 9 men cannot fit in this small gazebo. Fine then… just put your feet up somewhere and get some derkins done.
Head over to the fitness trail split up into 3 groups:
Repeat 3 times.
Head back to the Launch Site.
The small crowd was made up of a bunch of old guys that like to complain. The complaining started prior to the workout when there was some discussion about partner carries. Tiger Rag and Fraiser were the leaders of this early revolt. Although, Tiger Rag completed almost 75% of the called exercises. Haggis once again caught the Scottish funk on his trip. He could only run at 1/3 of his normal pace… This was very good for YHC as 1/3 Haggis Speed is only 2 times YHC’s pace. Sooo I was only 1/5 the distance behind him for most of the workout. Outback and Fraiser were flat out flying on the hand slap merkins. I think Gumbo was the only person that did not complain about a single exercise we completed (or at least that I could hear… He spent quite a bit of time way in front of me). Lex Luther was fresh off of a Double Heavy Ruck!!!!!!! Great Work, Lex. 52 hours awake and working out just a week prior and he was pushing hard today. I didn’t get to workout with Nard Dog too much today. There was a green cloud of funk that seemed to follow him around the AO. Thanks to Wild Turkey for once again pushing me to do a pre-run. My apologies for having to cut it short due to my tired legs. As always, W.T. is a great pre-run partner to push you in both 1st and 2nd F.
As always it was a pleasure to lead a fine group of men.
It had been a while since I posted at the big house was so glad to get the email so I was happy to see the email come that said I was on Q this beautiful Monday morning.
Three of us went for a pre-run to scout out the area.
First off this is all a little fuzzy due to me being a slacker that is super late on the BB.
Mosey over to the parking lot near the far field house for some warm-ups.
From the field house we run to the end of the parking with 5 burpees at the beginning, 5 at the middle and 5 at the end.
Then we paired up (one team of three if you are doing the math) and did some sprints down the lot and back then flap jacked to get to a combined number on the following exercises.
100 – Merkins
150 – squats
200 – LBCs
Next we did a little Indian run down around the big field. Oh wait, what is that I, a brick wall at the dougout. Let’s stop here and do a little wall work which consisted of some presses, one legged peoples chair, and some balls to the wall with presses.
Next over to the small bench sized walls and partner up with a different partner. Partner 1 runs around the other set of small bench walls and then flapjacks with partner 2 who has been doing dips then switch again and do derkins. 3 rounds of this nonsense.
Next over to the playground for some pull ups. then head back to the start with some mary stops for fun on the way.
I remember everyone working hard and pushing each other. since this is so late that is all I’ve got.
It was great to be back at the big house I will not stay away as long next time.
It was a pleasure to lead this group of men and get too meet our FNG Blue Fox.
I took this Q from Madam Taussaud as he had a very important drinking appointment. I was just glad I could help him out.
11 men resisted the fart sack and showed up at 6 o’clock on a cold Saturday morning to better themselves.
First we head over to the parking lot by the hotel to warm up with the following:
All in cadence
SSH x 20
Merkins x 10
Imperial Walkers x 15
Windmills x 10
We then headed down to the fitness trail and split up into 3 groups for 3 rounds of the following.
15 – Big boy dips
8-10 good form pull-ups
8 – burpees
Then head over to the parking lot by Snyders and pair up for some team work and finish the following combined:
100 – Merkins
150 – Squats
200 – LBCs
Then head over to the wall for some muscle ups and sprint 20 yards to do some squats. 3 rounds of 10 each.
Then head over to the hill in front of TIAA for some 7’s. Burpees at the bottom and squats at the top.
Cross the street and get ready for some work on bagpipe hill. Head up to the snyders sign and give 10 merkins. Then go back to the start and do 10 bomb Jacks. Head back up to the top of the bridge and do 10 more merkins. Back to the bottom fo r10 more bomb jack and then find the 6 and finish the last 10 bomb jacks together.
Head back to the lochness picnic tables for some in cadence dips (20) and incline merkins (15).
Mosey back to the hotel parking lot for 8 – 8 count body builders in cadence.
Head back to the AO for some Mary.
Today we had a great group of men.
Nemo (Marlin’s 2.0) was killing it all day and making us old guys look well…..old. Torpedo was there for most of the workout, although he did have to make a quick trip to the gas station for something. Great to see you out again Torpedo. Chipotle said he would go find Torpedo so that he new where we were. Chipotle was either being a #HIM or didn’t like my workout. I am not sure which. I choose to believe the first option. Nard Dog showed up a bit late. He had some excuse about watching Frehley’s with binoculars until the wee hours of the AM. It was great to see Billy Goat out keep posting and pushing it. Great work today. Cheddar was back with his Jingling keys. Last time he was out he hid them on a tire and forgot which one. It was pretty funny watching him go all the way around the car to find them. It was also good to see Big Tuna back in SOB land. It seems he is now one of those Union County boys. Keep them straight over there. Gumbo was finally back from his fractured foot and pushing hard. Glad to see you healthy again. Great to see Catheter out again today. For the record that is 3 posts in his first week. Great work, don’t forget to post after your 9 days of early mornings at the hospital. I like teaming up with Marlin on the exercises a whole lot better than him punching me at Fight Club. Don’t let the respect fool ya. He has a hay maker that would knock you slap out.
Thanks for giving me the chance to lead. I appreciate all of the hard work from all of you.