The 6 men who posted DMZ this morning ought to have no grip strength left when squeezing their computer mouse reading this backblast… at least 1 of them had issues pulling the zipper up on their pants when he got home…. #TMI Anyway, it was OCR Training day at DMZ, and so coupons were a plenty, despite the wet weather.
Partner up / rotate through 8 stations / 3.5min per station / 1min run to end of parking lot and back in-between stations… 35 straight minutes of grip sucking work.
It was good to be out there this morning with the fellas despite the wet weather, and YHC appreciates the support in showing! Aquafresh didn’t mind the heavy stuff, as he is still on an emotional high from bench pressing 135lbs 1,378 times at BROlympics a few weeks back. One Eye showed no ill-effects of some sciatica issues and crushed the bucket carry, and led on the runs… work needed on the spear throw 🙂 Coldcuts looked Tom Cruise AKA Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible going across the Tyrolean Traverse. Uncle Phil and Pothole were getting after it as well, with no time for mumblechatter… or they were just taking in my sweet TABATA song playlist (did you catch the Moana Soundtrack and Wreck-It-Ralph songs… or Whatever It Takes, Imagine Dragons are the best). Me? YHC was just glad to be out with my brothers, which has been less frequent than desired, but hoping that will change soon enough. Have a great week all.
Reach out to ColdCuts or GOP about helping out at Huntington Farms Elementary for community service this Saturday. They can use the help at one of CMS most underprivileged schools.
Not even a week into 2018 and SPEED FOR NEED is already off and running to a tremendous start. There is no better morning than starting with 200+ of your closest F3 Nation brothers on behalf of so many AWESOME causes.
Joe Davis was a devoted son, brother, and friend. Joe passed away too early at age 28 from a disease that he battled from his youth—addiction. Recovery from addiction is a process and, unfortunately, it is a disease that cannot be cured. Please go to the Joe Davis Run for Recovery website for more information.
Joe’s personal motto was, “Hope…never lose this.” The morning of January 6th was all about hope. On a morning where the temperature was a frigid 12°, over 200 F3 brothers came together to raise awareness for several causes including: Keystone, Operation Sweet Tooth, and the Run for Holland.
SPEED FOR NEED lined up the entire fleet of 6 racing chairs, including the newly dedicated pink, “Sweetness,” and yellow, “The Smoker,” chairs. Four of the racing chairs ran in memory of past track commander, Ava, our fallen brother, F3 Cheech, and all of those loved ones no longer with us that have left too early.
Holland (down syndrome), a 4 year old bundle of excitement, rode the full 10K in Sweetness’ debut whilst being pushed by her dad, F3 White Lightning, and a contingent of F3 Lake Norman pax. Noah (cerebral palsy), 2.0 of F3 Decibel, rode the full 5K in the green SPEED FOR NEED racing chair.
There were so many incredible moments at the Joe Davis Run for Recovery, and check out the first amazing video of 2018 (above).
Special thanks to Lexington PAX, F3 Thumbs Up for making the drive from Lexington to be at the race, and man the SFN Tent EHing many many men! Also special thanks to F3 Roy, Red October, and Borland from up North in Raleigh & Churham who came to help set up the racing chairs, and learn about SFN so they are prepared to bring SFN to their home regions for inaugural races in 2018!
Here are a few post-race comments from F3 Rock Thrill, Thumbs Up, and Decibel:
“What a special day this year at the 6th Annual Joe Davis Run for Recovery! One of my favorite aspects of the race this year was the unveiling of the 2 new Speed for Need chairs in memory of Cheech and Sweet Tooth, Olive’s daughter. The time of race that our race is held each year and the accompanying cold temps means it is far from an ideal SFN race, so I really appreciated the involvement this year, the travel in from other regions and was really moved at the thought of the “ghost chair” in Joe’s memory. It was honor to lock shields and have two wonderful causes represented! Thanks to the more than 230 PAX that gave support!” – Chris Davis, F3 – Rock Thrill, brother of Joe Davis and race organizer
“The loss of a brother in June of 207 hit is hard in F3 Lexington. We struggled how to make a lasting memorial for our fallen brother Cheech. The opportunity to memorialize John by partnering with Speed For Need was the perfect fit. THE SMOKER is not John’s chair, it belongs to something bigger than all of us. Every time it rolls, every time it gives joy to it’s Track Commander, we have lived out Cheech’s mantra, #LeaveNoDoubt.” – Troy Fite, F3-Thumbs Up, Lexington Region PAX and SFN Regional Q
“Fire Chief Noah was pumped to be part of his first race and be part of a team. The cold temperatures did not deter him at all. He bundled up and along with Mainframe, NASA, Change Order, Longshanks, Decibel and many others along the way he took to the course. Noah’s favorite part of the race was being part about of the team. Having CP makes it difficult for him to join teams. Partly because his difficulty with muscle control and partly because of the time his therapy takes. Knowing he was part of the team had him excited beyond words. Thank you for helping our son complete his first race and for giving him a team!” – F2 Decibel, Father of 2.0 Track Commander Fire Chief Noah
SPEED FOR NEED
Be sure to check out the 2018 race schedule on Website: www.SpeedForNeed.org and follow us on our social media platforms!
It was cold…10 degrees. If YHC had whipped out my weinke, it would have frozen. Speaking of frozen, when YHC got home, found out my pipes had frozen throughout the house #noshowerbeforework . Oh well, things could be worse… like the cold freezing the eardrums of the 12 bold PAX that posted such that instructions could not be followed… or heard… or understood this morning. That’s ok, as the Q YHC takes ultimate responsibility for such belligerence, so will try to un-sharpen my harsh Mongol intonation and speak more clearly next time. Enough jabbering, here’s what we did…
YHC was worried about today… sick for a few days, and honestly just not in the greatest shape but working on it. Glad to see one of my very best F3 friends, Mr. Brady, show up today. Brady would die for me, and proved it today by posting at a bootcamp.. and carrying weights! Chelms just nearly died from a self-described heart rate spike according to Twitter. Lorax doesn’t have a heart, since he wore shorts and a shirt to workout in while moving at warp speed #coldblooded. Mermaid and ? did 1,264 supine rope pullups, and forced YHC to modify the workout after instructions were unfollowed by doing them the ENTIRE time we went up the deck. Champagne forced us all to do extra slow squats while he exercised his lips… we nearly froze in place. Rachel needs to wear shorts over his tights , especially if wearing a bright yellow jacket to highlight the feature. No fun running behind him, and we all are. Brilleaux was YHC partner and was kind enough to do all the heavy lifting, while YHC cut corners up the deck. Marconi and Utah chose the heavy weights and are exempt from any trolling #respect. Mr. Brady led us chatting with the man upstairs to end the workout. Finito!
Thank you for the opportunity to lead as always, and thanks for joining me in the harsh weather for the first Q of 2018 for me, and post. YHC enjoyed posting in many regions in 2017 and will likely continue to change it up in 2018. Encourage you to step out of the comfort zone and try it from time to time as well. #Nation>Region
“Who Pushes Who?!?” ~ SPEED FOR NEED
19 men showed up to the toughest SOB workout of the week… THE BRAVE. More on that later…
An AMRAP disguised as a “challenge”.
REPEAT SEQUENCE TO LEVEL 7 > 6 > 5 > 4 > 3 > 2 > Tolkien Challenge Complete!!!
If finished… GO BACK UP 2 > 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8
Had a really great time with all of you this morning. A PERFECT group of guys to sweat with. Hats off to Kirby, for posting last time YHC did the deck AMRAP, coming again this time knowing it was going to be pain, giving his all, and making it a goal of 2018 not to PR a race, but be fit enough to give a special kid a push in a SPEED FOR NEED racing chair #HIM. Props to outgoing Nantan Madame Tousseau as well, for always looking out for others and covering the 6, not just today, but at almost every workout YHC has done in my 3+ years of SOB workouts. Incoming Nantan Thin Mint led the way (along with Mario) and completed the Tolkien Challenge. He will be leading the SOB region and we should all give him our full support and step up our game. Speaking of the silverbacked Mario, it’s been quite a successful year for him racing, and even though he’s 26yrs old, we can all learn something about dedication and hard work to get better. Hollywood fell just short of completing the challenge but took 3rd place honors… well done and welcome. In the battle of the highest hairdue, Wingman and Mr. Bean gave an old fashioned solid effort, and it was really great to see many long-time SOBs show up and put in the work. Tuck chased down YHC and Doc McStuffins on the 5th level, and is poised for a breakout 2018. After Q’ing dozens of workouts all over Charlotte in 2017, it was great to suffer with all of you Friday morning, for my last Q of the year. Thanks for coming.
The Brave used to be my favorite SOB workout… still is. In fact, back when Slack was still alive, we’d argue where it ranked in the Top5 F3 Nation Charlotte workouts, which says something already to even be in the conversation. Forget pre-running, you’d need that energy for the workout. Want to mumblechatter? Post on Saturdays for that. And there were even less refuseniks on called exercises, because anyone who showed up to the Brave was looking for… EXPECTING … a beatdown, from the Q and themselves, and at 0515 it was time to put in the work. This is the Brave.
It was Tuck who popped the cherry on “Room 101”, the new Bissell 8-story parking deck on Community House Road back on 6/9/17 during his 8-Deck Tour. It had not even been fully constructed at the time. Well it’s done now, and YHC thinks the Brave is supposed to make visiting Room101 a regular stop going forward. Why? Because this is The Brave! a 8 story parking deck right in our backyard, willing… waiting… to test all abilities, and provide a measurable challenge each and every time. Structure the workout right, and you’ll have fellowship from the first pax to the last. It’s SUPPOSED to be hard, and going up 8 levels (140 steps) to the top of the staircase is tough to beat. Here’s another challenge, how bout we each set a benchmark to measure how many times up and down the 8-story staircase and back to launch in a hour? Frasier once held the record at Metro’s The Muthaship of 16X up and down the dizzyback spiral.
All that being said, it’s been a year almost exactly to the day since YHC Q’d the Brave, and YHC has only been to a few Brave workouts in 2017 mostly due to marathon training. But it’s almost a new year, and YHC is challenging myself, and all of you, to post at the toughest SOB workout of the week…The Brave.
Thank you Private Benjamin for the takeout.
SYITG ~JRR TOLKIEN
My son loves watching Demolition Ranch on Youtube… we happened to find DudePerfect on Youtube in the process. They have 24+million subscribers, and 4bln+ views. This particular video ping pong trick shots has 125+ million views. Watch 30 seconds of it if you want to know what the workout was all about. Dude Perfect – Ping Pong Trick Shots
My Youtube channel has a whopping 33 subscribers, and 15,184 views thank to the SPEED FOR NEED videos. The most viral video YHC has no-one wants to watch… pffft… watch it later. It’s good.
****** WELL TODAY THAT CHANGES!!!! WATCH VIDEO BACKLIST FOR THE MATRIX. Where we put DudePerfect to shame with our PingPong Trickshots…. F3 Nation Mongol Style.
Enjoyed the workout today guys. Give me a TCLAP for creativity at least since YHC has sprained ankle on one side and busted toe on the other.
Summary, Thang, Moleskine, and Everything Your Heart Desires from a Backblast…
22 men showed up to play with some man-strollers…. boy-toyz… this isn’t working. Let’s just call them what they are… SPEED FOR NEED racing chariots. Fresh off his sub-20 minute 5k, Benny got there early intent on falling on his face at least once more to make himself prettier… um faster. Disclaimer and Operating Instructions… left a couple of minutes late because YHC likes to hear the sound of his own voice. It’s sexxxy like that. And old ladies at home and less old ladies at Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors offices waiting rooms around Charlotte were serenaded by it for all of 2 minutes yesterday on FOX Good Morning Charlotte (http://www.fox46charlotte.com/good-day/seen-on-tv/290443874-video ) #MongolTV. Mosey down Woodfox Drive to where Fireman Ed lives on Burning Tree Drive. We did 5 laps of the cul-de-sac loop alternating pushing the chariots filled with 50-80lbs of weight. There was a strange banging noise coming from the general direction of Ed’s bedroom… and some panting. But alas, it was just Cheese Curd huffing and stomping his rucking legs around the circle, he was working hard. Nothing to see here. Next over to the steep hill on Rising Meadows Road for 5 trips up and down with the racing chairs, alternating between PAX. Backwards run halfway to top if not pushing. Hillz Part Deaux: 3 or 4 trips up to the top, this time pushing a PAX AYG to the top (switch halfway if needed). Turkey Leg helped simulate a small child Track Commander riding in the chariot Marathon Day. He kept playing that role when we were done with the workout… the small child. The guy can flat out act, and stay in character! Back towards launch for some speed work (aka time filler). Sprint down Strawberry lane from one speed bump to the next, with instruction from YHC to try and beat the chariots. Purell and Lorax… you completely failed the test. You won the “Least Willing to Care About Anyone But Yourself Award” for finishing ahead of the racing chair, while the rest of us didn’t take the bait, and finished behind. Redefining #HIM the wrong way… High INDIVIDUAL Men. Finish off with 35 Merkin Ladder (regular/wide/diamond/R-hand Fwd/L-hand Fwd/R-leg up/L-Leg up) really only because Mr Brady was there and YHC wanted his male hormone dispenser to re-simulate the BRR a year ago… or was it this year… both? By doing a strength exercise. Eh whatever. Finito! Thanks Haze for the takeout. YHC will tag the South Charlotte Twitter handle a few less times for it… but you won’t be able to tell.
More musings: Breaking news… Alf is not helpful. In fact he’s something that rhymes with BRICK…. Yup, he did have a little cough this morning.. SICK! His efforts to coordinate the marathon relay were negated 10x by releasing the inventory amount of SPEED FOR NEED shirts sitting in YHC office… 526. Did YHC mention it’s the second highest selling shirt in all of F3 Nation? YUP* it is. YHC didn’t recognize One Eye this morning… mixed him up in the group of 35-45yr old white guys that showed this morning, except Margo who hasn’t stopped growing his Movember since last year. Men’s health all day every day! Poptart…. excuse me, Rachel is… the model of men’s health. They both are models really, BEFORE and AFTER. Thanks Madison for coming and preaching more SPEED FOR NEED… YHC will unblock you one day, since it’s so irritating my feed is littered with your Tweets. Ok, would love to stay and provide more candor in this backblast, but time to get home to trick-or-treat…. My son is Indiana Jones, and YHC knows because of the whip mark on my back from the “toy”.
Tolkien’s Thoughts (the somewhat serious part)
Thanks for having me out this morning, and thanks everyone for your support, big or small for SPEED FOR NEED. Sometimes I can get emotional in presence of my brothers because you guys are my family, my outlet, and I appreciate being able to have that in my life, and hope you all feel like at some point you can confide in another brother and feel like F3 is true community as well.
Here is a segment of the backblast I wrote for Lake Norman’s Amazing Grace 5K Race, the only race I have pushed in so far, but thought it would be good to share with the group.
“When I think about it, our being at the Amazing Grace Race was no accident. It was God giving us a gentle reminder, in the midst of so much short term success and exuberance, of why SPEED FOR NEED exists. It was about Him refocusing us on what SPEED FOR NEED is really about: to be there and help the community, with the gifts He has given us… our time, our money, our fitness, our kindness, and for SPEED FOR NEED, our racing chariots. A reminder that each of us can make a small difference wherever we are at, whether it’s a 15,000 person race or just a few hundred. A reminder that when we feel burdened by soccer games taking up every Saturday, that there is a mother and father out there that will never see their child kick a ball, since they’re immobilized in a wheelchair. SPEED FOR NEED isn’t about having 50+ F3 Nation runners signed up to get the largest team award. It’s not about how fast we can push our Track Commanders to the finish line. And it’s not about how many people watch our Youtube videos or like our Facebook page. It’s about continuing to help the community one person at a time.”
Announcements & Events
SYITG ~JRR Tolkien
Usually, YHC is spot on with writing a legit backblast (well aside from Ragnar 2016, which it’s disputable if YHC was even responsible for writing it) but between attending The PGA Championship Thursday for work, a 3:50AM wakeup to Q in Gastonia Friday, all day prepping SPEED FOR NEED racing chairs for F3Dads Camp, and the camp itself Friday – Sunday, this backblast was never going to be written on time. Hey, thank me for not having us push the racing chairs with each other in it up the Murderhorn for 45minutes! But thanks to the 16 guys who came out to get their hands on the SPEED FOR NEED chariots and get a feel for what our charity is all about. Thank you for your support.
Here’s the deal.. it’s tough to come up with a tough bootcamp workout utilizing the racing chairs that’s not all running. So we ran a bunch of sprints with the racing chair to get a feel for what it would feel like to push them in a race, but mixed in some exercises with the green theraband resistance band to mix it up. YHC introduced the Mongolian FireDrill, which involved each member of a team pushing and riding at least once, until the destination is reached. It was only appropriate for the Mongol’s Team to have won today.
YHC is nearly 40 (October), and losing memory fast… so the fact that this workout was on Thursday, after a long weekend of sleep depravation, and F3 Dads Camp shenanigans means nothing about the workout was retained… or not much. YHC does remember Nemo being dead last on the sprints and saw his arms shaking like two spaghetti noodles on the exercises, and his dad Marlin holding Nemo’s hair back when he was puking, after he double-backed for him. Frehley’s like the sprints, or appears to, until he pulls a hammy and gets membership to CORE or Silver Bullet workouts for double-respects. Ease up bro! Great to see Garbage Plate out there at BOTH of my past Q’s… put in the comments how you got your name will ya? YHC thinks of my daily lunch of cookies, pizza, Dr. Pepper…. diet, and a Nutty Bar as a Garbage Plate. Thanks to
Strawberry Heartbreaker for caring enough about me to show up at his site for my Q.
P.S….. as bad as this BackBlast was… sadly it’s still probably in the top 50% of backblasts written. But YHC will do better next time.
~SYITG JRR Tolkien
SPEEDFORNEED!!!! Jamestown, High Point, Kvegas, and Dash Pax, Natville Pax will be hosting SPEEDFORNEED at Miles for Matthew. 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.
“Matthew is an 11 year old boy from Greensboro who loves reading, history, animals, sports, especially football and the Carolina Panthers. He is curious, brave, determined and has the most infectious laugh. He also happens to have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As of today, DMD has not put too many limits on him and we want to keep it that way. That is why we created Miles for Matthew. He is currently in his first clinical trial for treatment at Duke and thanks to all you champions out there, we are getting closer to an independent and healthy future. We would love for you to join us in the fight for the future of all boys with Duchenne.”
Never heard of SPEEDFORNEED? check out the website http://www.f3speedforneed.com and watch ‘The Making of SPEEDFORNEED’ Video about helping adaptive athletes race, as well as a race video of the inaugural race The American 4 miler and Concord Streetlight 5K. Like what SPEEDFORNEED is 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 showcase this great program in the Triad. We will be supporting the Miles for Matthew Run by setting up a tent to raise awareness and racing with kids in the custom chairs. This is a very worthy cause that supports research to cure Duchene.
https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Greensboro/MilesforMatthew Team Name: F3 Nation
JRR Tolkien on behalf of Crawlspace
Remember the fine show ‘Cheaters’? That reality show hosted by Joey Greco where secret surveillance was done on husbands/wives to out them and their cheatin’ debaucherous ways. At the end of the show, Joey Greco would run out with the camera crew and confront the cheating party in the act with the mister/mistress on camera… and it was on like Donkey Kong! They don’t make amazing films like this, or Tila Tequila, for that matter anymore and it’s a shame… Cheaters – Flashback (it’s safe fellas)
Well, it wasn’t exactly a scene right out of Cheaters this morning when YHC posted Bagpipe after being mostly
an avoider of Bagpipe a SWIFT regular, in fact quite the opposite. In full moonlight, the SWIFT crew saw YHC peel off at the top of to Q Bagpipe at 0520, but there was no “we’ll miss you” or “don’t Q Bagpipe, stay with us”… NOPE. Instead the sausage party, led by the top weiner Bratwurst darted off into the distance with the shirtless band of Magic Mikes (Haggis, Fletch, Fire Hazard Strange Brew and others) and said nothing. If YHC was on Cheaters, it would be like me TELLING my wife, “Honey, I’m going across the street to nail Marge, the 5’2″ 614lb bamboocha across the street with the mayonnaise crusted on her left cheek and blueberry jam on her eyebrows. You wouldn’t want me to do that, would you?” and her telling me …. “go for it, I’m heading to the spa for my rubdown with my trainer Chris Helmsworth. See you in 45… check that, take as long as you want.” SMH. Bad analogies all around…. back to business. 14 men posted in the gloom at Bagpipe for a lot of green resistance band exercises, and a little of everything else.
0500 Bagpipe prerunners = 1 = YHC … don’t worry about it, Voodoo ran with me…. #joy . 0530 rolls around and Grandma Lucille, otherwise known as Morningstar, pulls into the parking lot slowly, delaying the start to an already short workout #makeall45minuteworkouts60min. And we’re off! Thoughts were given to turning Bagpipe into a running workout and intersecting with SWIFT, but like YHC tells Mario, when a girl turns you down on a date, it’s kind of creepy to follow them around where wherever they go next… so we did our own thing. We stayed local…. we hung around Lochness, ran a few hard laps in between doing a bunch of exercises with the green resistance bands. Well, Wild Turkey had the black one, which was twice as hard, but ironically the same length as the others. Anyway… we did a bunch of WW2 situps, a 31 count merkin superset (reg, wide, diamond, right hand up, left hand up, right leg up, left leg up). We tried some single leg squats, hip slappers, wall sits with grip strength exercises, derkins, burpees, reverse burpees, and some other stuff… 2.25mi covered total. FINITO!
Nothing fancy today for a workout, just a little bit of everything, and an attempt at using some coupons that YHC dusted off the past few weeks in those stretchy green bands. When you use those bands, and try to run immediately thereafter, it exposes weaknesses in your glutes, hips, etc. Enjoyed the workout and fellowship with my F3 Bagpipers this morning, and it was a good break from running after Bunker for 16 miles. Couple of musings… Billygoat is losing so much weight he is now moving to the skintight shirts… either than or it was a loosefit, 3x too small. One Niner was whining about his belly hurting or being told to wear an apron in the kitchen at home, or something. Nothing unusual. Market Timer looked committed like a UFC fighter not named Daniel Cormier this morning, good seeing you out there buddy, it’s been a while. Bucky can sprint… smashing YHC around Lochness in the progression runs. The secret weapon was revealed later that morning at the Sara’s Y… WHOLE30. Pass…. YHC will stay slow and fat. Carbs rule. Thin Mint with a busted knee is still better than all of us at full strength. If you want to be faster than him, crack him in the nuts. or the spine. a simple knee won’t work. Solid work from everyone out there this morning and good to work out with some new guys that YHC doesn’t normally get to post with. Thanks for allowing me to lead this morning.
~SYITG JRR Tolkien