Author Archive Puddin Pop

Chasin’ the Deer Tail

Rolled up to SCMS about 5:20 for a little recon prior to launch.  I’m always a favorite of the track behind the front left baseball field closest to the car park.  Uncle Leo had spotted my going toward the fence, and when I did, I apparently startled a deer about 20 feet in front of me, which quite nearly scared the crap out of me too.  Looked to my right about 30 feet and there were two more eyeing me up.  So, decided to about face and come back to the lot, and have at it again.  Walked down the path behind the field and def noticed that most of the trail has a washout line basically right in the middle of it, which would be a total ankle breaker.  This was Omaha #1.

Omaha #2 came basically when Dolly let me know that it was 5:29, and there were five us about to launch.  Whatever I had planned for partners or three man teams was immediately scrapped as well.  However, with five, I was immediately able to hone in on which starting 5 from NBA’s yesteryear that would playing today.

Schmedium – Center – Rik Smits:  Shmeeed has a Euro quality about him, is fundamentally sound, and sneaky fast (a la the Dunkin Dutchman)

Puddin Pop – Power Foward – Xavier McDaniel: Like the X-Man, YHC is a bull in a China shop, that tires easily

Uncle Leo – Small Forward – Detlef Schrempf:  Leo works out like a calm captain in calamitous waters.  The Grand Teuton played the same way for 16 years.

Dollywood – Shooting Guard – Joe Dumars: Dolly is as steady as rock, can turn on the jets when he needs to, and when he speaks up people listen.  Mister Louisiana won back to back championships, being a calming influence to the Bad Boys.

Frosty Paws – Point Guard – Derek Harper: Paws was much like DH in that he wouldn’t kill you with speed, but he the consummate tactician, and has the talk to back it up.


Well, now that we have the starting 5 identified, and properly disclaimed, we were off.

Mosey down to the track for a lap to warm up the lungs, then COP at the starting corner.





all x15 IC

Head to the goal line on the freshly cut Shockers field for another rendition of the Red Barchetta.

Brought this out to the Hydra pax a couple weeks ago, while perusing the #exicon for some new blood.

Run 100 yards for 100 SSHs, mosey back to start

Run 75 yards for 75 MCs, mosey back to start

Run 50 yards for 50 LBCs, mosey back to start

Run 25 yards for 25 Merkins, mosey back to start

Enough of that, mosey down to the bleachers between the ball fields (Deer sighting #2 on big field on left)

Circuit work on bleachers with 30 Dips, 20 Step/jump ups, 15 Supine Pullups; however, in between each set, run back up the path, up the steps and around the #powertriangle back to the bleachers.

Did some Mary to catch the breath a bit

Freddy Murchisons



Mosey onto big front left ball field, hoping our brown fuzzy friends had found a way out of the fence, head to the outfield.

Umm, yep, there they were, actually on the other side of the fence, and hurriedly hopped into the woods across the path.

Start at the break between the infield and outfield, just behind 2nd base, run to right field foul pole for 30 merkins, run back to start spot for 5 burpees; run to center field warning track area for 20 wide-arm merkins, back to start for 5 burps; run to left field foul pole for 20ish diamonds, back to start for 5 burps.

Run back through the fence opening at left field foul pole, at the base of the hill behind Gloss’ office for Triple Nickel.

5 squats at top

5 LBCs at bottom

5 times up and down

Mosey over to Gloss’ office for wall sits + 50 air presses (repeato)

Just enough time for Dolly to lead us into 2 mins of Protractor




Great group out there this morning.  Upon calling the LBCs during the #RedBarchetta, Dolly asked if we were gearing up for some GoRuck event with wallowing in the wet grass.  It’s just a little moisture on your back dude, no Tunnel o’ Love being called or nothing.

Frosty Paws is still on the mend from Pneumonia, but he is posting like a boss.  Keep it up brother.

As stated in starting 5 bios, both Leo and Schmeed were steadily crushing each exercise with apparent ease.

Dolly was the #LarryBird of the group, as per the yooouszh.

Enjoyed it fellas, thanks to Dolly and Smokey for the opp.


Thanks to Frosty Paws for the prayer this morning.

Announcements?  No

Meat Pies and Red Stripes

As per the usual routine before a Q, I needed to get my head right.  Landed on Ratt’s “Slip of the Lip” on Hair Nation, yep, that’ll do.  Got to OP a little early to check out the fields; it’s been dry for the most part, but a caring Q needs to do their fair amount of recon to ensure a healthy returning PAX.  Good enough, head back to the lot to yuck it up with some early risers prior to launch.  Nice of Haze to let me synchronize my crap watch that is 2:42 fast with his nice Timex/Casio?

Give a nice, sarcastic disclaimer with an echo from one of our resident #Hydra attorneys HIPPA to make sure that I let the PAX know that I care about their safety, and we were off.

Slow mosey around the baby track with some karaoke left and right, high knees, then over to the practice field for COP.

IW x 15

LSS x 15

MC x 15

HRM x 15

Mosey to back football field for more fun.  Instructed the PAX that I had spent a little “office time” on the F3 Nation site yesterday afternoon, and looked up the #Exicon for some new workout ideas.  PAX would reap the benefits.  First exercise would be the Blackjack.

Line up abreast along the sideline, run to far sideline for 20 CDDs, run back to near sideline for 1 LBC.  Keep moving back and forth going down on CDDs and up on LBC, all the while the total being 21 (hence Blackjack, get it?).  Shoulders and time were barking about mid-way through, so we called an #omaha when reaching 10 CDDs.

Mosey to near end zone line of football field, for the Red Barchetta.  Found this on the Exicon yesterday and immediately caught my eye as a fan of Rush and the song.  Inquired if they knew what Red Barchetta was, and Haze was the only one to pipe up and say, Rush?  Yes sir, great call my man.  But, still had to mention that the Red Barchetta was a song Neal Peart (drummer, best ever) wrote about his uncle’s Red Barchetta Ferrari.  Workout is to keep the heart rate moving the whole time.  As such:

Start at goal line, run 100 yards to far end for 100 SSH’s.  Variations were IWs (Gummy), Squats (Thunder), etc.  Run back to start, plank for six.

Run 75 yards for 75 Mtn Climbers, run back plank for six.

Run to 50 for 50 LBCs, back to start.

Run to 25 for 25 merkins, back to start.

Supposed to run to 10 for 10 burpees, but any dummy would know that I don’t do burpees.

Hit the top of the hour right about now, so, enough time to run through the trail to Foxworth hill.  Partner up for BurpBack Mountain.  Again, supplanted the “Burp” for some stomachhh.

P1 does Dollys

P2 runs backward up Foxworth, forward back down.

Flapjack x 3

Mosey back to practice fields for 4ish mins of Mary

Freddy Muchisons


Protractors (PAX call angles)




So, upon my recon, I noticed that our Father has blessed us with about as dark of a moon as possible, so the back fields were going to be a little dodgy, but the PAX managed through it no prob.  Go by Faith, not by Sight, right??

Thanks again to Haze for being my #timecheck this AM, partner on the Mountain, and overall knowing what the heck Red Barchetta meant.

Gummy, well, Gummy was Gummy.  Every PAX needs a Gummy.  Builds character.  He made mention that “we’re at a third of the way through” during Blackjack.  Yeah, my shoulders were already on fire too, so the influence to cut it off halfway was certainly heard.

Prior to the workout, I let Slumdog aka whatever know that he was known as Slumdog at Hydra, nothing else.  You are the OG Slumdog as far as I’m concerned.

Thunder Road was back in familiar neon green today.  Didn’t know who he was at #HawksNest was this week, rocking some sort of navy blue or something.

Hopper was following my lead when trying to name our FNG today, more on that later.  Still loving the summer beard brother, muy guapo.

Deep Dish apparently has 10 days left in his 5 week mandatory sabbatical from BofA.  Nice problem to have, congrats again on 20 years brother.  Getting up to work out no less, mercy.  I guess as the old saying goes, “you don’t weigh in, you don’t wrassle”, am I right DD??

Much like DD, Queen just got back from Negril on Tuesday night.  Spent 7 days in Jamaica with his wife, celebrating their 10 year anniversary.  Congrats my friend, on 1) 10 years of marriage, and 2) being able to spend 7 days in an all-inclusive resort.  This is where our awesome title comes from as it only takes me about four days of resort life to catch a nice bout of #gutrot.

HIPPA and Clover were crushing the hills.  I was leaving the lot and saw them back on the baby track. #WTF?  HIP also ran in from Montebello, strong work dude.

Sleepy is back in the fold after his fall down the stairs in his office.  That shoulder probably got a little more than it bargained for this AM, nice work Sleep.  He actually was let down we cut the Blackjack off halfway.  Plenty of time in the rest of the day if you want to knock em out.

On to our FNG, Brian Storm.  Sleepy EH’d him, and let me know last weekend that he was coming out.  Got an early call of his name, and automatically thought of Mason Storm.  For those that aren’t intelligent enough, Mason Storm was Steven Segal’s characters name in the critically acclaimed movie Hard to Kill.  Hopper was on the level, and we immediately thought “Segal” might work.  Haze quickly quashed that saying it was too masculine.  HIPPA was in my ear on the way back up the trail that a Stormy Daniels angle might be good, but unlike the namesake, there’s not much you can do with the name.  Gummy came up with the simple angle of “Sprinkle”.  That’s what it is.  Thanks for coming out Sprinkle, come on back anytime…especially since you are a fellow Selwyn Elementary and AG Jr. High alum.

Haze had us at about 2.4 today…not bad for bootcamp.



BeerRun – 8/18 : see Gummy or slack for more info


Thanks as well Gummy for the prayer this morning.

Men at Work

Dude, Charlotte Latin was already hard enough to navigate, now they throw in a massive face lift to the campus and all hayul breaks loose.  Must be a nice little assessment to the families going there on top of the thousands that comes off very well-financed hips annually.

So, the title of this BB is an ode to the hard working construction workers that wreaked havoc on my weinke this morning.  Oh, and I’m talking about the 1990 cinema #garbage with brothers Sheen and Estevez, not the Colin Hay led biggest band from Australia (pre INXS).

Mad confusion ensued at 5:20 am, as the PAX were parked all over campus due to the construction madness.  I just drove into the main entrance until I saw Snowflake, Shoe, Chelms, and Dasher having a nice chat.  Hightower and Billy G came in right after me, so we thought we were in the right place.  Saw our fearless site Q Hops pull in, and that was the clincher.

However, Marge appeared from the lower lot, and Hops thought we might have a few stragglers up at the original launch spot.

Gave a lame disclaimer, and Hops led us up and over to the original spot.  Alas, we did see McGee and Schmedium in a state of confusion, but then had the look of Doc Brown when we found them #lybians.  Dollywood came running down from soccer field #10, probably warmed up doing some bicycles, Bale style. #stillbitter

Collected the PAX that we could (word was that Runstopper was somewhere, not sure if he was trying to find us or FastTwitch; or perhaps a trunk sale specializing in spandex clam diggers), and moseyed back through campus, down around the gym, next to football field, then up on a wide open lot for COP.

IW x 15

LSS x 15

HR Merkins x 15?

Mtn Climber x 15

Mosey to next stop sign, get in groups of 3 for (semi half pipe) Grinders

P1 does called exercises at stop sign (LBC, Flutter)

P2 does called exercises down hill at side steps up to MAC center (Dolly, Freddy Mercs)

P3 runs in between

Did this close to  3 times through?

Collect the PAX, run up and over bridge to the covered shelter (has this been named yet?) by the practice fields, find a bench

Dips x 30

Jump/step ups x 20

Decline/Incline merkins x 15

repeato x 3

Mosey down to gravel road around Lake Latin to Buttermaker field, all the while paying praise to Timmy Lupus and his unrelenting resolve.  I’m telling you, if your kids are looking for a true role model, Timmy Lupus is the one for you.  Not only does he take the ketchup in the hat thing pretty well, he also makes the best Martini in the San Fernando valley.  Don’t worry about not being able to hit the cut-off man, the writers respected him so much, they gave HIM the last line of the movie.  Don’t believe me?  Watch it again.

Home plate – 3 burpees or 10 merkins

Run out to right field pole – 10 reg merkins

back to Home

Run to center field – 10 wide arms

back to Home

Run to left field – 10 diamonds

back to Home

Continue moseying around Lake Latin up to Lacrosse/Field Hockey/Soccer field for more Grinders

P1 on near end line doing Dive Bomb merkins

P2 on far end line doing Monkey Humpers

P3 runner

Cut that short to make sure we had time to get back to launch, which we did for some LBC and Rosalitas.




Hops tapped me for the Q sometime after PH’s beatdown last Tuesday.  I’ve been to this site enough times to remember where things are, where things aren’t, and where not to get injured.  Or so I thought.  A wise man would’ve done some recon prior to, but I’ve never claimed to be wise, and am one of the world’s worst procrastinators.  Besides, that’s what can make a workout so provocative and intense, is to truly have no idea where you’re going.

Had planned to do some 7’s on the hill right beside the main parking lot, that was quickly scrapped due to construction.  Mid-workout, going around Lake Latin, Chelms thought I ripped off the weinke from PH last week.  Nah mate, we did cover a lot of the same ground, but I definitely did not have two black bags 0 sand being carried by the same four PAX, thank you very much.

Great to see a lot of the guys I normally don’t see during my weekly routines.  Dasher is fast, so is Dolly, which is nothing new.

Had a nice chat with McGee, as he was recounting his time at Camp Whippoorwill on this expansive campus.  Found out he is a fellow Mustang alum…class of ’04?  Also found out he has ups akin to Luke Kuechly.  Dude was doing jump ups on the actual table with ease.  #steeeerong

Heard from Lewinsky about yesterday’s DMZ beatdown; confirmed it with Mermaid who had half-Q with FW.  I am so glad that work calls me away from F3 on Monday mornings sometimes.

We were pulling back into launch, and Shoe informed me that we covered somewhere around 3.3 today.  See, you CAN get in pretty good distance if you’re lost.

Snowflake is steady as a rock, and so glad to see Utah back out amongst his F3 brothers.

Thanks to Hops and Doc for giving me the keys to the excavator and tower crane this morning.

Thanks to Shoe for a solid prayer this morning…continuing to pray for #AllinforJennings  and Utah’s family.



Eh hem, please be advised that Hawks Nest will/should have a new meeting spot next week.  After you make the turn into Charlotte Latin main entrance, veer left into a very well-lit, paved lot.  Can’t miss it. #yeahright

Q school is somewhere and sometime this weekend.  Hops was clearly unclear, please ask him for more information of which he probably won’t have.


Movie Lines and Mumbo Jumbo

Texts were flying amongst the Wessex Square mafia yesterday afternoon.  After some consternation from a few members, Scratch n’ Win and Leprechaun decided to clown car with me to OPES.  Lewinsky decided to run in, masterfully thinking that there would be limited running in today’s installment of Hydra.  #contraremonfrare  #kinda

Pulled up and there were a good number of PAX striding from their chariots, including Gummy.  Gummy drove to Hydra this morning, we were saying that it must be some sort of compliment to the Q.

Anyway, the disclaimer was given (went with the whole “I’m a regular dude” routine), and we were off.

Venture to Harris Teeter, groaning ensues, particularly from Good Hands.

Wait for six in front of HT, performing Gummy 10-counts (IWs).

Little warm up from there…


Squat -> hold


HR Merkins

Mosey over to business building parking lot right next to Colony Place, find a friend.

P1 – called exercise

P2 – run around office building, flapjack

Round 1 – CDDs

Round 2 – Dolly

Round 3 – Wide arm merkins (not really)

1o count from Scratchy, and then instructed PAX to lunge walk to sidewalk about 25 yards away to catch breath. (veteran Q move from the six)

Mosey out to Colony, take immediate right into Stonecroft, follow main road to first stop sign, halt for more Gummy 10-counts.

Mosey out of the back of Stonecroft, back into OP, stopping at Summerlin.  Jet Fuel mentioned that he thought I hated Summerlin.  Umm, I do, we were definitely not going to take a left on Summerlin.

Hold squat while waiting on the six, then mosey back out to Rea, take left and head to church rock pile.

Stay with partners, P1 does called exercise, P2 runs L shape curve to street and back.

Round 1 – curls

Round 2 – overhead press

Hannibal said his watch cut us off at .6 miles, had Gummy give us a mileage check.  We were at 2.4 at this point.

Head back to launch, “Crazy Ivan” to run around the school for more mileage, end up at practice football field directly behind school.  Gassers x 4, rain started, head to school overhang for quick Mary.



Freddy Murchisons

Done – 3 miles, just about on the nostril



Good gang out there today, bunch of regulars with varying paces.  Lewinsky told me after “that wasn’t what I was expecting”.  By him running into the workout, I will take that as a backhanded compliment.  Gummy, again, did drive to the workout, so I’m totally confused.

Really good energy out there today, and good movie/TV lines too.  By my count, we hit: Hunt for Red October, Fletch, Seinfeld, forgetting like two more.

Group was pretty split for most of the workout, good convos all around I’m sure, but I’m definitely not omnipresent.

Good to lead out at Hydra again, great AO with great memories. #tear

Nice to have one of they Hydra OGs in Bug out there again.  Anybody seen 49er or DK in a hot minute?


Thanks Gummy for the takeout.



Bro-lympics, sometime, somewhere (I forgot), check with somebody if you’re interested.

Bump n’ Grinder

Three of us were talking in parking lot, about random things…Curd discussing reasons 223 & 224 as to why he’s missed the last eight months of F3, Header still basking in Eagle glory, YHC letting everyone know that my watch was two minutes and 22 seconds fast, and Smokey indulging us as the good Site Q that he is.

Sweeny Todd came rambling in at 5:30 on the nose, very lame disclaimer given, and we were off.

Down to the track for a warmer up lap, and COP back at start line.  Oh, and our friendly neighborhood PAX of tardiness, Floor Slapper joined the party.


Squat -> hold


HR Merkins

With Floor Slapper showing up, the Grinders were in fact ON.

Fall onto the surprisingly (fairly) dry end of the pitch, explain to PAX that Partner 1 would be at far end, partner 2 at near end (side) of field, partner 3 running in middle as timer; exercises as follows:

Round 1:  P1 – jump squats / P2 CDDs

Round 2: P1 LBC / P2 Wide arms

Round 3: P1 H2H / P2 Military merkins

Gather PAX back on the track, mosey to top of sidewalk by the neighborhood crappers.  Stay in Grinder groups.  P1 grab a lifting rock from pile.  Same concept, P1 at top by crappers, P2 down at bleachers, P3 running in middle; exercises as follows:

Round 1: P1 – curls / P2 – step ups

Round 2: P1 – overhead press / P2 – incline on bench

Round 3: P1 – tricep extension / P2 – supines on rail…scratch that with the puddle of mud from broken water main or something…go back to incline on bleacher

Round 4: P1 – goblet squat / P2 – Dollys

Sweeney and I were down at bottom about to do some dollys and started feeling the monsoon that was supposed to hit…run for it!  Everyone gathered under roof at crappers for wall sits.  Then mixed in some air presses, then did a burpee rotation.  Each PAX does five burpees while everyone else stays on wall.  Rotate around.  By the time we go through this, the rain halted (mostly).

Head out to basketball goals, Gasser time.  Sprint to last goal, repeato x 6.

Back to bathrooms, for Stomachs.

Rosalita, Flutter, Freddy Mercury, Protractor, WW2 sit ups



Again, thanks to Slapper showing up, we had two groups of three for Grinders.  Had contingencies of course, but this was first plan.

YHC still coming of a little Achilles strain, so running would be short stints. #shocker #SCMSmascot

Good fellowshipping out there today with a small group of really good dudes.  Smokey and I were on same rota on the pitch, and I was commending him on his lack of injury.  I stay injured these days #thanks40, and learned that Dollywood is battling a back at the mo.  Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well. #elainebenes

Sweeney is building a house somewhere off of Lawyers Rd, told him to hook up with Horsehead’s posse out there, or else.  I just envision HH and his band of Cowboys out there in Mint Heeeeeeeeyul rocking red scarves and pillaging the local savings and loan.

Header and Curd barely broke a sweat, seemingly.  I would expect nothing less from these machines.

Header, thanks for the take out this morning.  Reminder that God’s grace is seen in so many instances in our lives, and in the most difficult of circumstances.

Continued prayers for you (Header) and all of the Rebsamen family.



Curd looking for two spots to fill on his Smoky Mtn. Relay team, see him for details.


Dulverton Drive

Posted on behalf of Queen


6 fine esteemed gentlemen showed up at Hydra on a mild but humid morning. After a brief disclaimer, we started it up.


SSH X 25

IW X 20

Low Slow Squat X 10

Mountain Climbers X 10


Mosey over to the playground.

P1 runs to the dugout while P2 does Merkins, flapjack until 100 merkins

P1 runds to the dugout while P2 does pull-ups, flapjack until 50 pull-ups


Mosey to the big tree with benches surrounding it.

20 step ups, 15 dips. Flapjack


Mosey to the Windyrush/Rae Rd corner.

Run down Windyrush to Foxworth, 10 Carolina Dry Docks at each street lamp on the left side (5 lamps)


Stop at Foxworth for Mary

Partner back up for plank situps (15 situps per partner)

Rosalita X 16

Freddie Mercury X 14


Jog up Foxworth and take a left on Bedfordshire. Stop at the corner of Bedfordshire and Dulverton Dr. There was a port a-potty on that corner, but I looked back and realized Semi-Gloss wasn’t part of the PAX (I was thinking of you brother).

10 merkins, run down Dulverton, 10 merkins, run up Dulverton, 10 merkins run down Dulverton, 10 merkins run up Dulverton, 10 merkins. Plank up at the end.


Mosey over to the Matt Ham’s house on Dulverton

5 burpees in his driveway. (taking a page out of Chico’s book)


Mosey back down Foxworth and through the woods to the football field.

Run 100 yards

Run 100 yards back, AYG


Mosey back to the start




For those of you that hate the Foxworth hill, I figured Dulverton would be a nice change of pace. A quarter of a mile straight up. The downhill wasn’t bad. Going back up was rough (think Summerlin, maybe worse). Sleepy seemed to handle the Dulverton hill with ease. Nice to see Fireman Ed, been a while, glad you made it out. Floor Slapper (Mr. 5:32) actually showed up a few min early, caught me off guard. A lot of you know Matt Ham from Windyrush or Hope. He can probably squat around 700 pounds, but he’s always been too scared to post. I figured we’d take the workout to him. So I texted him a pic of guys doing burpees in his driveway at 6:00 AM.



Flutie Flakes said that F3 New Hampshire is going strong. If anyone’s ever in the area, he said they have a wonderful Saturday morning workout. Thanks for Jet Fuel for taking us out.

Hot Lap

17 of South Charlotte’s finest decided to join the fun Friday workout that is Kevlar.  Had to pull out a few weeks ago on the Q due to bad lumbar, sciatica, groin…ahh, who knows .  So Fault Line subbed me out then, I think this was my turn to sub back in.

Noticed Spackler had his 2.0 out in Fists of Fury, well done lad!  A lot of usual suspects at Kevlar, and Swiss Miss made an appearance after he said had been possibly a year.

Went with the disclaimer of “All right guys, uh, this is a blues riff n B, watch me for the changes, and uh, try and keep up.”  Most of the guys got it immediately, good on ya.  Then gave the normal disclaimer about not doing anything stupid and injuring yourself, like doing burpees or something like that.

Proceed with the chlorophyll

Took the lap out to the street in Matthews, up to the old CVS lot at the corner of 51 and John St (I think) for COP.

IW x 20

CDD x20

LSS x 20

MC x 20

Told the Cruisers (guys that are into fast cars and fast women) to go ahead and proceed back to the rock ravine near the tennis court shelter and halt.

Partner up, grab one rock between the two of ya.

Mosey on down to the bottom of the hill by the stairs.  Partner 1 does called exercise while Partner 2 runs a hot lap up around the corner to the street, down the stairs back, flapjack

Rd 1 Curls

Rd 2 Overhead press

Rd 3 Tri extension

Rd 4 Squats

Repeato it all

Put your rocks in a place that won’t ruin some overachieving student’s tires at 5:50am before school.  Mosey down to the benches in front of Preschool?

Stay with Partners.  Partner 1 does called exercise at benches, Partner 2 runs up around median with rock.

Rd 1 Jump/Step ups

Rd 2 Dips

Rd 3 Incline merkins

Repeato x 2

Mosey back to rock garden, take rocks back to rock ravine.  AYG back to cars for Mary


Freddy Mercury



What time is it?  1.5 mins left

Backscratcher (thanks Bulldog)

LBC x 25


Story Time

Great to see Spackler’s 2.0 Fists of Fury out there this morning.  He’s faster than his pop, but has some work to do to keep up with his mouth.

Lex and I were lamenting about the fact that Rhapsody and Orange Whip need to be split up on partner work.  I think they lapped us twice on the rock work.  Fletch and Alf are still fast as heck too.

At one point Squid brought out an nice Ogilvy line from Bad News Bears which got us talking about whether or not the movie was “kid friendly”.  Umm, probably not, but I was a little flabbergasted when Bulldog said Goonies was just as bad.  No way mate!!  Both movies are American classics and need to be celebrated.

Fault Line and I were also talking about how bad the Giants have sucked so far this year.  Long year though bud, we’ll be ok.

Great crowd as usual out at Kevlar this morning, thanks to Whip and Fault Line for the opportunity to lead.

Harley, thanks for leading us in prayer brother.


Announcements:  Brolympics at Community House Elementary tomorrow morning from 6-8am.

Get your Foxworth

Riding to OPE this morning, there was quite the chill in the air.  Needed something to get in the mood…Safety Dance?  Absolutely not.  New Pollution?  Nope.  Electric Feel?  Oh Yeaaaahhhh.  Feelin good, working out the weinke in entirety on my three minute drive.  Substi-Q today as Icicle asked for it last week, and did something unfortunate while running last weekend.  Get well brother.  Pulled into OPE lot with some guys standing around stretching.  Graceful dismount from my ride, look in the back seat, no gloves.  #FFS!  (ask Bulldog for translation).  Gummy immediately notices what he thinks is a new shirt for YHC.  Lulu Lemon?  he asks…nah dude, those three stripes mean adidas.  Long sleeves as it’s sub 45, but don’t need the pullover as it’s maybe plus 40.  Gummy was rocking the ear warming headband. #manly

Lots of Hydra regs out there, but good to be joined by two of F3WinstonSalem’s OGs in Starfish and Katniss.  Pop Tart brought out Flying J for his first Hydra experience too.

Chico strolled in from across the street just in time for the mean disclaimer.  Chico does specialize in Personal Injury Law, but any suit would not hold water with my disclaimer dammit. #cousinvinny

Off we went to the other side of OPE.  SSH x20, LSS x15.  Keep moving out of school, left on Rea, left on Windyrush, stop at Knightswood on right. IW (Gummy 10 count) x20.  Let everyone know we’d be running down Knightswood until you reach Foxworth on left.  Let the thoroughbreds loose if they so chose.  Hopper, Marge, and Gummy obliged, the rest of us had a nice stroll with chatter.

Take a left on Foxworth, stop at next stop sign.  Dust off your Powell Peraltas, Alvas, Rob Roskopps, Hasois, Veraflex, banana boards, etc and get in groups of 3 for half pipe grinders.  Partner 1 stays at current stop sign doing LBC, Partner 2 at far stop sign on other side of half pipe doing jump squats. Partner 3 is skating the half pipe as the timer.  We got through maybe three rounds?  I know after round 1 Hopper was already prepping me for possible #merlotspillage.  Pop Tart was asking me “what’s with all the running? where’s the weights?”  Nah brother, KBs and weights overall are like whiskey to me these days, don’t touch the stuff.

Grab everyone and continue down Foxworth back to Windyrush Rd.  About face, look back up our familiar side of Foxworth for some 7’s.  CDDs at the top, merkins at the bottom.  Checked porto potty for SG, he surprisingly wasn’t there.

Mosey through spooky trail up to OPE practice field, get back in teams of 3, grinders with sprints in the middle.




-F3Leap continues:  Starfish let us know growth in Columbus, OH, Louisville, and Indianapolis are scheduled.  Birmingham, Cincinnati, and a couple others are getting there.  Get the word out.

6 + 14 = 20

Posted on behalf of Queen

12 esteemed gentlemen gathered this morning at 5:30 for an F3 workout. I’m not sure where that was, but we also had 12 clowns show up at Hydra. Here’s how it went down and an explanation for the rep counts. Okay, I know we have some Clemson guys that post here, we’ve got some Alabama guys posting here. We’ve got some Carolina and Duke fans. Yeah, and I’m really glad that y’all have played in National Championship games in football and basketball over the past few seasons. Really, I’m happy for y’all. I went to NC State. We lost six football games this fall and we’ve lost 14 basketball games so far. That’s 20 times that my wife has had to deal with my irritability. I figured I’d take my pain out on this group. That being said, I know that there was at least one Wake guy and one South Carolina guy that posted today, so they share my pain and frustration.


20 Side straddle hops

20 IW’s

20 Mountain Climbers


Mosey to the Tree and the surrounding benches.

20 step ups, 20 decline merkins, 20 dips

14 step ups, 14 decline merkins, 14 dips

6 split squats each leg, 6 diamond merkins


Mosey to the playground and partner up

Partner 1 runs a lap around the school. Partner 2 does 20 air squats, 14 merkins, 6 pull ups. Switch up and repeat 2 more times

Partner 1 runs to the dugout. Partner 2 does 14 LBC’s and 6 diamond merkins.


Jog through the fog to the football field

Karaoke for 100 yards and back

20 burpees

50 yards of walking lunges and jog the remaining 50

Run 30 yards, 20 wide arm merkins, run 30 yards, 14 regular merkins, run the remaining 40 yards, 6 diamond merkins


Mosey back to the short field

Teams of 3 for a 40 yard dash relay (about 4 runs per person)


Good work by all. I thought we had a 13th pax member pulling up on a motorcycle during the mountain climbers, but I realized that was Puddin Pop on the butt trumpet. Welcome Sweet Roll. Glad to have you out, admired your work during the relay. The smart alack comment from Hannibal was the reason the 20 burpees were given out. No announcements, thanks to Arena for the take out.


Good Ole Fashioned Death Valley

At 5:01 I was in a seated position on the porcelain throne peering out into the morning fog.  It looked dank outside, which meant some of my well thought out planned weinke was about to get scrapped.  You know, a good leader always has a contingency plan, and I was definitely going to lean on that today.  Gave a quick what up to Fireman Ed and welcomed Flutie Flakes back south, took a quick stroll down underneath the “Home of the Shockers” sign (that always makes my immature ass chuckle a little) to the track to inspect the field.  Yep, too wet, let’s do something else.  By something else, do I mean Davey?  Nah.  Raintree?  Where’s Raintree?  Nope, we’ll stick to the basics on site at good ole SCMS, just like old times.  Don’t get me wrong, when guys are training for some kind of running competition, I’ll gladly oblige and stick to the six; but today called for some good ole meat n’ taters on site.

By the time i got back to the lot, nine other dudes were assembled.  Good, firm disclaimer was given, and off we went.  Mosey down to track for a lap, convene back at first corner for SSH x20, IW x20, LSS x15, MC x15, Good Mornin Nashville x? (this was a combo Q and Site Q fail as I asked Smokey to lead this one, and full on chatter ensued).  Somewhere during COP, Joker and Floor Slapper came trudging down the hill to join us.

Get in groups of three for some track work.  P1 stays on east side of track and does called excercise (Hand release merkins, CDD, Wide arm merkins).  P2 is on west side of track and does called excercise (LBC, H2H).  P3 is runner as timer in the middle on the corners.  At this time Joker (probably the fastest dude out there) asked, “what are corners”?  Good question as I have know idea what you call the curved sections of the track. Just run from one end to the other, while staying on the track.  Good enough?  I think so.  We completed a few full laps of this.  By the way, I went total clepto on this from someone who did this same thing about a month and a half ago.  Don’t remember who Q’d it, but it fell nicely in the contingency.

Stay in groups of three, P1 stays on track at the gate and does Jump Squats x20, CDD x20, dive bomber merkins x10, P2 is at baseball field bleachers doing Jump Ups x20, Dip x20, Derkins x10.  P3 runs in between as timer.  Few rounds of said grinders.

Grab the group from the track and head to the field behind lower left baseball field for triple nickel.  Diamonds on one end of fence, wide arms on other end, run between x5.  Crazy how there are still the obligatory questions about “how many times do we do x,y,z?”  It’s triple nickels fellas, do the math.

Mosey back up to lot, for Mary.


Not a whole lotta observations this AM as we were a little scattered, but some things remain the same.  Floor Slapper is ALWAYS late.  Joker is still fast, usually leaves early, but actually stayed till the end today; oh, and he seems to still want to be renamed “Jack Reacher”.  Not happenin brother.  Joker is still the best name in F3, in my opinion.  Maybe it’s my love for Full Metal Jacket and Batman, not sure.

Bananas can still talk…a lot.  Fireman Ed still goes home and takes naps after workouts. #jealous

Gaffer continues to post to most workouts these days, always good seeing you brother.  I do still like the Christmas beard though.

Good seeing Dolphin back out.  He’s been spending a lot of quality time with his wife at the Y that is “soon to be renamed”.  Try the Harris Y too, you’ll likely see certain PAX that take the winter off (eh hem, Semi Gloss, StageCoach).

Lex is a machine.  I think the Ruck thing is completely effective.

Flutie is still in shape.  He either has a really good pair of snow shoes in NH, or he’s always posting during his travels.  I’d say it’s the latter.

Good Hands, my fellow site Q, is like his brother in law with the quick wit, just a lot quieter about it.
Dollywood and Smokey, thanks for giving me the keys this AM.  DV will always be my first F3 workout. #tear

Dolphin, thanks for taking us out brother.  Always stay mindful of others and their tribulations.



Dollywood: Charlotte Eagles starting a boys soccer league.  Really good instruction with really good values.  Come to house of TR for more information on Feb. 22.

Fireman Ed:  Run for Colon Cancer on March 4.  Be on the lookout for details if interested.