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Picked a tough day to start swinging bells again

Got a friendly reminder from ChinMusic that I was due to lead Skunkworks last week after being missing in action for the last few months. Glad to be back in the gloom with the metal slingers and soaking with the prerunners this morning. Temperature and dew point led to less than pleasant conditions and a heck of lot of sweat, but 14 folks got after it nevertheless. Here is what we did.
Quick disclaimer was given to the pax and after a brief warmup run we circled up for a warmup

IW x 20 IC – 10 swings OYO
Merk x 10 Lft – 20 swings OYO
Merk x 10 rt – 30 swings OYO

Grab a partner and farmer carry catch me if you can to the hill – 10 merkin chaser
P1 up hill – P2 1 handed Swings (Flap) x 2
P1 up hill – P2 Cleans (Flap) x 2
P1 up hill – P2 Snatch (Flap) x 2
P1 up Hill – P2 Press single (Flap) x 2
P1 up Hill – P2 highpulls (Flap) x 2
P1 up Hill – P2 Teabag Squats (Flap) x 2
P1 up Hill – P2 Lunges (Flap) x 2
Plankarama

Farmer Carry back to Track 10 diamond chaser

RUN A LAP
5 Snatch Each Arm – 10 Merkins
5 snatch EA/5 Clean EA – 10 Merkins
5 Snatch EA/5 Clean EA/5 Presses EA – 10 Merkins
5 Snatch EA/5 Clean EA/5 Presses EA/5 High Pull – 10 Merkins
RUN A LAP
5 Snatch EA/5 Clean EA/5 Presses EA – 10 Merkins
5 snatch EA/5 Clean EA – 10 Merkins
5 Snatch Each Arm – 10 Merkins
RUN A LAP – PLANKARAMA

MARY flutter press, LBC, dolly press, bicycle

Moleskin: One would find it hard not to start sweating just walking to the car this morning, needless to say the Skunkworks pax did a lot more than walk to thier car! It was a tough one, especially not having been doing KB’s regularly for the past few months. It was great to be out w/the Skunkworks crew and nobody was taking it easy this morning. Baracas and Stonecold took the bait and joined YHC for a 5k prerun since there would be minimal milage during the main event (not sure about them, but I was completely drenched after the run). The goal today was to keep it moving while doing a “manageable” number of reps of a variety of movements. Hopefully everyone got what they came out for. Had another lower body ladder lined up, but after feeling pretty depleted after coming back down from the upper body circuit I was really glad we ran out of time. Great time as always! Hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of july.

Fletch

No charge for the Sauna

12 cool dudes didn’t stay cool for long at Kevlar this morning. Sweat puddles all over campus and YHC picked a bad day to forget a towel and seatcover. Cloth seats in the truck soaked up this mornings sweat like Puddin Pops “wicking” tees. After a re-introduction to many of the pax whom I have not seen in a while a dislaimer was given and away we went.

Run to lower lot near the hill and circle up for COP
Diamond Merkin x20IC
Sshx20
Merkin x15IC
Iwx20
Widarm x15IC

Run up hill to rock pile – grab a partner and a lifting rock

P1 runs accross the street around the island and back while P2 Performs Rock exercises (FLAPJACK)

R1 – 20 squats w rock/20 press/20 thrusters x3rounds

R2 20 dips/20 triceps extens/20 curls x3rounds

Put the rocks down and run to the field near the parking lot

Line up abreast –
Run the field – 10 merkins run 20 merkins run 30 merkins
Run 10 squat/20/30
Run 10 lbc 20/30

Put the above all together run 10 merk/10 squat/10lbc run 20 merk/20 squat/20lbc run 30 merk/30 squat/30lbc

head over to lot for Mary consisting of the following:

Flutterx30
Lbcx20
Fmx20
Left/right crunch x 10 each side
Plankarama till everything shakes

Moleskin: Admittedly, it had been a few months since I’ve been over to kevlar (been trying to get healthy from various ailments and been a little lazy). Definitely missed the AO and those that attend regularly, I’ll have to make it a point to be more regular in my own attendance. It was brutally hot in the pavilion, it was a welcome respite to be the runner during those rock exercises. The only breeze this morning was the one you could create by moving swiftly. Speaking of Swiftly, Purrell, Rhapsody and Orange Whip were crushing it on the field, running up front the whole time and chatting along. Looked like everyone was peacefully enjoying their own paincave this morning and there was not a dry spot during mary. Horsehead dazzled the crowd with some active recover Hulahooping when we made it back to the field, he is man of many many talents. Sounded like many were heading to the beach this weekend, hope everyone travels safely and has a great weekend. As always, it was a pleasure to lead this morning. Take care,

Fletch

F3 dads MR Brady q 9 at Beatty softball fields
Speed for need on the 4th

Track Day at Joust

The plan for this morning came to me after watching several of my 2.0’s middle school track meets. The kids were only allowed to participate in 3 events, so figured it would be a great idea for the Joust Pax to complet all of the track events w/30-60 seconds of plank as the rest/recovery. It was marvelous. After a disclaimer was issued, Kirk arrived from the Run In, and Gummy finished tying his shoes away we went. here is what went down under clear skies.

Warm up jog down to track – circle up for warm up (no SSH’s because we know Gummy doesn’t do them)
Iwx20
Merkins x20
Squatx15
Close grip merkin x15

1 lap warm up
W Regular, butt kicker, high knees and a little lunge walk back to start
Track work done at or near 5k pace
100 meters – regular plank
200 meters – elbow plank
400 meters – left arm high right arm high
800 meters – plank 6 inches (walk the curve to recover)
1600 meters -Plankarama

Partner up for upper body circuit at top of bleachers
P1 runs down stairs around bleacher and back up
P2 merkins flapjack
Rd 2 decline merkins
Rd 3 incline merkins
Rd 4 dips

Core circuit
P1 20 hanging knee raises
P2 lbc flapjack
Rd2 flutter

Run back to launch point for Freddie Mercury x20 IC. That was a wrap.

Announcements –
F3Dads starts this Saturday at Beatty Park –
Speed for need 4 miler on July 4th

Moleskin: Spending a good bit of time on the track this morning probably wasn’t what most wanted to do on Fun Friday, but you could tell Chinmusic was all over it. His quest for sub 5min miler is in full swing and a little track work certainly couldn’t hurt. He was flying on each of the distances. Great to meet Seaworld and Beaker, strong work by both. Hope everyone had a good time out there and thank you for letting me lead. Happy Early 30th bday to the site Q Yeti – and thank you for letting me lead. Till next time,

Fletch

South charlotte Super Soaker

A solid crew of 14 15 for a super soaker at Fast Twitch (initial count had Uncle Rico as part of the Hawksnest crew – second round of audit proved that he was crushing the hills w/the rest of the Fast Twitch crew the entire morning). Thankfully Purell dropped me a map over the weekend so I had no trouble finding the launch point for my first visit to the new AO at Charlotte Latins vast network of mini parking lots. Having relatively fond memories of Ghostrunner, thought it would be a good idea to reprise some of the favorite sections of that route this morning w/a bit of a Fast Twitch twist. After introducing myself to the pax (old and new) a thorough disclaimer was given and away we went in search of hills. Here is how it went, more or less…

Head out Northbound (mostly downhill) on Providence until you reach Messiah Lutheran (bout a mile) – this would serve as the warmup. We would plank for a moment then circle up in one of the nicest parking lot south of 51 for an abbreviated COP. Since it is a running workout we would do IWx20 IC, Merkin x20 IC and Squat x10 IC to fire up the large muscle groups. It was then declared that we would be heading southbound up Providence to the intersection of Raintree (mostly uphill). That hill is a monster and it pretty much tore out the soul of YHC somewhere near the top. Pretty sure Thinmint and Purell put themselves near the top times on the strava segment. 50LBC’s awaited the pax at the intersection of providence and raintree before the route would be unveiled for the remainder of the hour. From the intersection of Raintree and Providence we would take a left on Whitethorne, right on Four mile Creek, Right on Raintree to the Intersection of Raintree and Providence 25 merkin/25 squats – then complete the route counterclockwise. The level of suck on both laps was pretty high given the temperature this morning, not sure I can pick a favorite direction. I’ll let the pax decide which one they liked the least. Rolled into the Joint COT right at 6:15 and it was a wrap. Mileage varied slightly, gazelles out front got a tick over 7, most everyone else slogged 6.5mi.
Moleskin:
Really enjoyed being back to FastTwitch, I’ll be sure to spend some time there this summer during BRR training. Couple of new faces in the crowd, but all the guys were putting in the work up and down the hills of south charlotte. Got a chance to catch up with Haze today who introduced himself as Keith this morning before we got started. He is certainly going to crush the New River Half. Purell & ThinMint set the pace out front this morning following closely behind by Rachel, Astro and Uncle Rico. Those in the middle of the pack (YHC included) kept on chugging along up the seemingly never ending collection of rollers along four mile and Whitethorn. We had a few folks chart their course preferring to go clockwise over switching it around. We thought we lost PopTart toward the end, but he was further up Raintree than we expected. He’s keeping the momentum Fresh off of his Age group victory in the Beer mile this past weekend.

Announcements:
Pool Party for F3 to be held in Waxhaw benefiting the SandBox (see slack for invite and additional information).
Always looking for volunteers for Church on The Street (see slack or Strawberry for sign up details)

SuperMonday at Matrix

After yesterday’s downpour, had to make some adjustments to the virtual weinke to avoid destroying the soccer fields.  Stayed mostly on terra firma this morning which worked out fine and kept the pax mostly dry.  10 of south charlottes finest resisted calling in sick following the superbowl and punched the clock ready to put in work at the Matrix.  After a moving disclaimer, this is what we did to shake out the cobwebs from last nights game.

run to lower lot for cot
SSH x20 IC
Diamond Merkin x20 IC
Imperial Walker x20 IC
Squat x20 IC
Wide Arm Merkin x20 IC

Run to top lot and Find a Partner (picked up the last two arrivals on the way)

P1 runs around carpool circle (~250 Meters)
P2 completes the following (10 pullup/10 knee raises 20 Triceps dips)
FLAPJACK FOR 3 ROUNTS – PLANK

Stay w partner and head to middle parking lot

1 Partner on Each Side (roughly 30 parking spaces between one another)

Heading toward your Partner on the other side of the Lot – 1 Merkin – crawl foward – 2 Merkin crawl forward – meet in the middle around line 15 for 5 Handslap merkins

Jog to the track for Four Corners work

Lap 1 20 squats each corner / Plankaram

Lap 2 20 Carolina Dry Docks each corner / Plankarama

Lap 3 LBC at each corner / Plankaram

Lap 4 Wide Arm Merkins at each corner / Plankarama

Head to Center Lot
Heading toward your Partner on the other side of the Lot – 1 Squat – lunge walk forward – 2 Squat – lunge walk forward – meet in the middle around line 15

Head to Playground
P1 Wall sit with 30 Arm Raises
P2 Inlcine merkins on shacky benches x20
Three Rounds

Down to Lower lot for extended Plankarama
AYG to the Cars Purcell Rachel orange

Mary (Flutter x30, LBC x20, Freddy Merk x20, Side LBC rht x10, lft x10)
Times UP

Moleskin: Having only posted at #theMatrix one time over the past 4 years, honestly had to look up the launch point and make sure I had a google maps view of the AO. In my defense, I typically take Mondays off to give the body a bit of recovery. Turns out that Matrix is chalked full of bada$$’s as evident by the solid group of 10 that posted the morning after Superbowl sunday. Not a ton of chatter today, as my guess everyone was nursing a wee headache and a little less sleep than usual on a sunday eve. Tried to keep things moving with a focus on upper body. Hopefully everyone was able to get something positive out of this mornings 1st F. Strong work out there by all, the group pretty much stayed together for the majority of the workout. The AYG at the end had Purell, Rachel and Orangewhip out front pushing a blistering pace. Thank you for letting me lead.

Announcements: keep an eye out for Speedforneed races

Fletch

Mission Accomplished

During my Q at Skunkworks this week, I was tapped to substiQ for StoneCold who learned he would need to travel for work on Friday.  Was looking forward to leading out at Joust on Friday hoping for a crowd that wouldn’t mind covering a few miles.  The goal for the bootcamp was 2.5 miles.  After the dislcaimer was given, here is what we took on.

Warm up jog to the center of the Football Field
SSHx20IC
Diamond Merkin x10 IC
IWx15IC
Widearm Merkin x15 IC
Squat x15 IC
Standard Merkins x15 IC

Run a lap

Station 1 on the track (4 corners)
Lap1 (20 diamond merk/ 20 wide/ 20 dry docks/20 merkins)
Lap2 (20 squat/20 lunges/20 calf raises/20 side lunge)

Run a lap

Station 2 football field
Sprint to midfield 25 merkins Jog Back
Backpedal to midfield 25 merkins Jog Back
Sprint to other end 25 merkins Jog Back
Backpedal to end zone 25 merkins Jog Back

Run a lap

Station 3 top of bleachers
25 dips/25 lbc/25 decline/25lbc
Run down and around each staircase (touch em all)

Run a lap

Haul it back to launch point – Enough time for a little Stomach – Pax’s choice
Boat, Freddie merk, lbc, jackknife, American hammer, Plankarama

Done.

Announcements:

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Holiday Parties – Sign up

Moleskin:

Not a huge crowd today at Joust, but those in attendence had thier game face on and were prepared to get after it.  Had plenty of upperbody planned today and wanted to get a minimum of 2.5 miles in.  Joust is a great site with a lot at the Q’s disposal.  Avoided the massive hill today, but got in some stair work.  Laronda, Yeti, and Smokey were crushing the sprints.  Ductwork looked smooth on all of the laps on the track and Hoover was moving swiftly as well.  It looked as though Bueford T was taking everything in stride this morning after only a short time in F3.  Always a pleasure leading out at Joust.  Get out there if you’ve never been to that site – its prime real estate.  Take care,

Fletch

 

Hills are alive with the sound of Kettlebells

4 of the heartiest, sleep deprived souls arrived for the 3 mile pre-run only to be met in the lot upon thier return by 13 other hearty souls for the main event.  For all of you math guys, that would be 17 of south charlottes finest for Skunkworks this morning.  A little chilly, but about perfect once the blood was flowing.  Following a thorough disclaimer, here’s what went down:

Warm up lap around the rutted out Gravel Track

Circle up

Sshx20

20 swings OYO

Iwx20

20 single arm Right swings OYO

Merkinx20 IC

20 single arme Left swings OYO

Diamond merkin x10 IC

 

Partner up for farmer carry to hill (walking, not running to work on the grip and allow time for the merkins)

20 merkin chaser

Cumulative partner work for several rounds

R1 – 100 2 handed overhead presses

-P1 on bell / p2 up hill + 10merkin – FLapjack

R2 – 150 squats

-p1 on bell/ p2 up hill + 10merkin

R3 – 150 cleans (originally planned for 200, but mutiny occurred around 100 so I audibled down)

-p1 on bell / p2 up hill +10merkin

R4 – 200 swings

-p1 on bell /p2 up hill + 10 merkin

Plankarama (to work on the stomach)

 

Farmer carry back to top lot

20 lbc chaser

KB/Sprint Ladder on field (sprint length between exercises)

10 snatch/ 20 clean/ 30 press / 40 swings

TIME

Announcements:  NewWorkout at Socrates academy new running bootcamp 5:15 on Thursdays 

Thank you to Smokey for the Take out, reminding us of all that we have to be thankful for.

 

Moleskine:  Enjoyed catching up with everyone today at Skunkworks.  Chinmusic and Blazing Saddles have been doing a fantastic job keeping up the site over the last few months.  If you haven’t doubled down with a pre-run prior to the main event, I highly recommend it.  You’ll be nicely warmed up by the time you start swinging the icy bell this winter.  Not much time at work today for a clever backblast, but if I missed anything comment worthy, please feel free to chime in.  Going to be a wee bit sore in the hammies and glutes – lots o swings today.  Take care!

Fletch

Return to the Skunk

Great morning to be back Q’ing Skunkworks for the first time in a while.  Seems like the new site Q’s have been doing a great job while I was away nursing a dodgy back and training for BRR.  The quantity and quality of regulars at Skunkworks has to be one of the best around and I was glad to be back in the mix.  It was a beautiful cool morning and heres what the 22 of us did:

Disclaimer was given to the pax of 22 at 530

Ssh x20

10 swing OYO

Iwx20

10 swing OYO

Merkin rt hand on bell x15

10 swing OYO

Merkin lft hand on bell x15

10 swing OYO

Run to tennis pavilion 25 dips/25 incline merkin

Partner up – size, speed, bell size do not matter and line up on the sidelines

P1 runs to far end of field for 25 merkins

P2 alternating swings (flapjack x4)

Both run to pavilion  25 dip/25 incline merkin

Plankarama

P1 runs to end 25 squats

P2 clean and press (flapjack x2)

Both run to pavilion  25 dip/25 incline merkin

Flutter in cadence x20

P1 runs to end 25 lbc

P2 snatch (flapjack x2)

Both run to pavilion  25 dip/25 incline merkin

Lbcx20

time was called

Moleskin:  Lots of chatter early on which was silenced after the first hundred or so merkins.  Spack went out hot on the first lap to the pavilion, jury is still out as to whether he was able to maintain that pace for the remainder of the morning.  Smokey and Dollywood were pushing the pace with Tullip on thier heels.  Tweetsie was getting after it along with several others in the darkness.  Enjoyed the prerun with Bulldog, Chin Music and Header.  If you want to take your Tuesday to the next level, join those guys for the pre-run.  Not sure about the rest of you, but I had a blast out there today.  Wanted to keep us moving and I think we clocked 2.25 miles and plenty of upperbody.  Little lighter on the bell work than I would usually throw at you guys, but hopefully everyone got something out of it.  Great catching up with you guys today and look forward to the next time.

Thank you Smokey for taking us out, appreciate it brother.

Fletch

Announcements:

Exceptional foundation 5K at Covenant Day November 4th

10 Days left to sign up for Golf

Be on the Lookout for Southern Discomfort

 

Ripping off the BRR Bandaid

It had been several months since I’ve posted (let alone Q’d) a Bootcamp style workout.  It’s been all BRR for Team F3 Freerange.  But alas, the race has come and gone and its time to get back into some kind of bootcamp shape.  Thankfully Yeti had me tee’d up right after BRR, so the timing was just about right.  A little sorness lingered in the legs, so we crushed the upper body today.  Here’s what we did – after the disclaimer of course.

Warm up (in cadence) after lap around track – circled up in the center of the Charlotte Christian Football field.

Sshx20

Wide arm merkins x15

IWx20

Diam merkin x15

Squat x20

Regula Merkin x15

 

End zone to end zone suicide (stopping at each marked yard line (10,20,30 etc) and performing that quantity of reps of the called exercise.

First round we did Merkins (A lot of them).  To faliure over and over again.  Strong work men.

Second Round we did Squats ( much more manageble in those quantities)

Grab a Partner for a little Hill work

P1 up Hill

P2 merkins

Flapjack

P1 up Hill

P2 hold plank six inches

Flapjack

P1 up hill

P2 hold regular plank

Flapjack

Stay with your partners as we Head to bleachers

P1 runs up one side down far side

P2 25 dips/25 incline merk

P1 run down one side up far side

P2 10 pull ups/10 knees to elbows

Run the long way Back to lot for LBC x 30 IC until time expired.

Really enjoyed being back out to Joust.  Great group of regulars and it was excellent catching up a bit before and after the workout.  Got a few jeers about it not being particularly fun on fun friday, but I hope you all still had a good time.  Stone Cold even said it was hard, so that is saying something.  Thanks again Yeti for letting me lead.

Announcements – Be there for the Wednesday Convergence at Calvary (Header said you don’t want to miss the special guest speaker)

Take care,

Fletch

 

All together now

4 for the Prerun broke am early sweat and were greeted by 19 others ready to swing some iron. 23 in total enjoyed perfect conditions this morning for a little running and a lot of bells. After a disclaimer – here’s what we did.
Warmup in cop consisted of
Sshx20
10 diamond merkins on bell
Iwx20
10 diamond Merkins on bell
20 swing oyo
Merkins x20 ic
10 diamond merkins on bell
20 swings
30 overhead presses

Partner up like bells
Farmer carry catch me if you can the long way to lower hill lot
10 Jump squat chaser

Plankarama

P1 on bell/ P2 runs to end lot and back
Round 1 Single arm swings switch halfway
Round 2 cleans
Round 3 lawnmower rows
Round 4 single arm press
Round 5 snatches

Round 6 included All of the above in one consecutive set

Mosey To the hill
P1 runs hill 3x
P2 two handed swings
round 2
P1 runs hill 3x
P2 squats (goblet/teabag/goblet)

Fast mosey to lot for mary
Flutter w press x25
Hold it
Dolly w press x10
Freddie Mercury x20 ic
Time

Namarama etc
Announcements: Saturday before Memorial Day convergence at location tbd (more details to follow)

Moleskin.
What’s better than a little running mixed with strength training? Not much on a morning like today. Nice temps to break a nice sweat and get the blood flowing. Heard someone say that the farmer carry gets the heart rate up, definitely agree. That and it brings about grip failure and general fatigue. Strong work out there men. The main thing was a build up with the final round being a continuous effort to work on endurance – both running and muscular endurance. Got a few grimaces from the pax, but skunk pax always meets the challenge. Wrapped it up with a little leg work on the hill and 5 min of Mary to work on the gut/stomach/abs etc. I may have missed some goings on over in the top lot, but on our lane we had smokey and stone cold crushing the run. Hoover was making the big bell work look easy. Looked like Dollywood and bulldog were both getting after it as well. Enjoyed it fellas. Until next time…