It’s the week of 4th and the KOA Campground vacation was in full force at Anvil this morning. There were grassy knolls, picnic tables, rock piles, tree lines, RVs, RV toilet smells, pop up travel trailers, scooters, and old men telling stories of days gone by. We used many of the items in the list for the workout, and what we didn’t use certainly impacted the workout.
Vacation started with Lorax almost running over a camper that had wandered out of his RV. Perhaps he was sleep walking but the presence, thankfully, of a worn out terry cloth robe suggested that he was headed to the bathhouse.
Like all campground vacations, we ended up with extra guests… you know, like that 3rd cousin that did a little jail time for the “misunderstanding with the officer”, along with his live-in girlfriend, the guys from Death Valley just dropped in, started eating our Andy Capp’s hot fries and drinking all our Sun Drop, without even asking.
All the old guys, like Chelms, Snuka and Magoo, started talking about the independence days of old, when they shot bottle rockets out of the old 10 oz. Coke bottles…at each other. Chelms even mentioned a scar in a certain location that thankfully he stopped short of trying to show us. None of us would have recovered from that. BLC just kept spitting ‘baccor juice into his Sub Station II cup and laughing at all the stories.
MPG strolled in on his scooter and then wandered around the entire campground looking for us, like that uncle that no one really speaks of anymore.
The only thing missing this morning was that brother-in-law Spack, the one that pops his first top before he takes the first bite of Sugar Smacks, and a shirtless Gloss, that shows the top of his crack every time he bends over to crush out his cigarette.
Happy 4th. ‘Murica.
24 gathered at OPES on this morning for #F3Hydra.
We took off from the launching point, toward the back of OPES, and circled the entire school before coming back to right where we left, stopping for COP.
Mosey over to the the SCRA pee wee football practice field and line up abreast for a couple rounds of 10-20-30, which consisted of running the length of the field and performing the called exercise for the prescribed reps.
Mosey around the school, across Rea Rd. to the rock pile at the church. Grab a lifting rock for another couple rounds of 10-20-30.
Return the lifting rock and mosey toward Evelyn’s rock. We did a few rounds on the hill. We used two street lights and street at the gated community as our stopping points.
Run back to our launching point at the school for 6 MoM.
We wrapped up the remaining seconds with burpees.
I arrived a little early to OPES to find a lone One Eye doing parking lot laps after running in from his home. I took a lap around the school, just to make sure what I thought was there was still there, and when I returned most of the herd had assembled. This Q has been on the books for a while, actually scheduled by former site-Qs Marge and Queen. I think they have all of 2019 scheduled so there’s really nothing for Gummy and Sprockets to do except send out reminder messages and show up. Except, I guess they did work weekends to pave a little strip in the parking lot with some fresh asphalt. It was nice. The new site Qs…I guess they balance each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Sprockets sprints everywhere, does all the reps, and waits in high plank without being asked to do so. And Gummy, well he tells me before launch that he’s “probably going to mail this one in this morning.” #YouCompleteMe
In set #1 of the field 10-20-30, Puddin informed the pax that he hadn’t quite finished his morning business. Most of us lived the next 35 minutes in fear for our lives. #DontCutTheRedWire
Good to see Hopper back out this morning, his first post since having a bionic shoulder installed. He subbed squats and lunges for all the upper body work…legs are now less like twigs and more like trunks. Spackler also graced us despite a hectic work week of playing golf today, and attending the golf tournament Friday and Saturday.
Jet Fuel told the story of Evelyn’s Rock yet again, like he was narrating a documentary on the History Channel. His voice is silky smooth, and he has that off-camera quality about him.
Warm and humid spring mornings means there’s going to be #ShirtlessGloss sighting. And since it’s before the pools have opened, it means he hasn’t had that annual back waxing appointment. Why wait Gloss? Check out www.bakblade.com and save us all.
I’m sure there were other stories I missed…chime in in the comments. Thanks again to Marge and Queen for asking me to Q…and to Gummy and Sprockets for renewing my contract.
Unsanctioned #beermile at undisclosed location on June 7th.
11 for this morning’s rendition of #F3BaseCamp. Here’s a snapshot of what we did.
A little baby jog around the parking lot before circling up in upper left hand corner for COP:
Mosey down to the track, gathering around the 100m start line for instructions. The main event was the Dirty McDeuce. 4 sets of 3 exercises of 12 reps with a lap around the track in between each set.
Mosey from the track down to the bleachers from some classic SCMS bench work, with a run up the steps and around the loop between each set.
Mosey back up the parking lot for a basketball goals suicide, followed by a forward lunge walk to goal #1 and sprint to the end, followed by a backward lunge walk to goal #1 and a backwards run to the end.
Circle up in the upper left corner where we began for some Mary, etc.
Semi-Gloss never texts me. So I was shocked by a Sunday afternoon text asking about my plan. Even more shocked by his request for 3 to 4 miles. Didn’t have that kind of mileage in the cards for BaseCamp, so we met for a pre-run…and we had to book it around the Rounding Run loop to get back in time for launch.
Good group at BaseCamp this morning. It is a moderate workout, but there were no moderate athletes present. So we pushed it a little. The Dirty McDeuce reps add up over the course of the sets. And the laps after each one get you a full mile by the time you’re done. Gloss kept screaming “Hot Lap” before each one. It was true…the Pax smoked the laps. Pretty much dried up all the standing water on the SCMS track.
Tagalong, looking like #WhiteHarden, crushed the hot laps…kept rapping “saucin’, saucin’, I’m saucin’ on you” during each lap. Brushback was giving chase all morning. Gloss probably ran the 2 miles pre-run and the 1 mile hot laps at sub-8 pace…then died. BOG was dominate on all the jump squats #TripleSalchow. Clover is a world class backwards runner. Fireman Ed led us in this new Broken Egg core exercise…so glad it was still dark out…none of us will ever speak of it again. Scratch & Win HC’d at church yesterday, conviction got him out of bed this morning. HIPAA ran in from Boone this morning. Thunder Road and Sardine hammered out the reps and running.
Normally don’t post on Monday’s…that’s my #NoJudgmentZone day. But had the opportunity to fill in for @Spackler, who somewhere on a beach while I type this backblast. Thanks to the site Qs, Thunder Road and Jello, for allowing the switch.
11 men gathered at the #F3HawksNest on this moist morning. Here’s what we did.
We moseyed from the launch spot, up the hill past the SwimMac, to midfield of the turf lacrosse for a little COP:
Then we moved to the end line for the first part of the workout.
Mosey just to the other side of the new fieldhouse at the lacrosse field to the little baby hill for a triple nickel.
A little People’s Chair as the Pax finished, with a 10 count from Deep Dish.
Mosey back down to the lacrosse field for a Four Corners Escalator.
Mosey back over to mid-field for some Mary.
Back to the end line.
Mosey back to launch point. COT.
It was a great morning for a bootcamp workout. Many of the #F3HawksNest faithful were in attendance, although some were noticeably absent, either choosing other workouts or losing the battle with the #Fartsack. But Gloss was there, and I was happy.
There was no creativity to this workout nor did we venture very far out into the dark recesses of the Latin campus. I stayed close to home, mainly so as not to get lost wandering in the maze of campus sidewalks and cut-throughs. However, we did get 2.44 miles and got lots of Merkins and Jump Squats, although the Pax can blame McGee for the double up in the Four Corners…either he’s sleep deprived and called out random exercises or he lives his whole life on the #WAMRAP philosophy.
Mr. Magoo won the battle with the #Fartsack this morning. Any opportunity he can get to wear his neon nylon track jacket, he takes. One Eye and Sprockets were crushing all the exercises and staying up front most of the time. Gloss did half the reps of half the exercises and stayed close by. Deep Dish was heroic with his 10 count that lasted about 30 seconds. And a shout out to Escargot, the only Pax counting in cadence to keep me on track…thanks brother! Spack and Puddin spent most of the time talking about Spack’s recent ski trip…there was a lot of complaining about the high cost of lift tickets. Yes Spack, prices have increased since you wore a one piece teal ski suit back in the 90s.
With all those Waverly workouts McGee goes to, he blew the lid off a Viva Chicken scandal. Similar to the Seinfeld episode when the non-fat yogurt was discovered to contain fat, McGee noted that he had found out the Viva sauces were high in calories. The lab work was quite conclusive. Gloss was devastated to realize he’d been lathering his healthy wraps in 2000 calories of mayonnaise and food coloring.
We probably took a few years off our lives this morning. We worked out by the SwimMac building, breathing in chlorine gas. We rolled around on the turf field, covering ourselves in crumb rubber. And we were in the Mary circle when Puddin and Gloss unleashed some deadly Methane greenhouse gases.
Thanks to Snowflake for the great takeout. And thanks to Hops for the opportunity to Q #F3HawksNest. And thanks to the Pax for following as I led.
15 men gathered for what turned out to be a great morning for a workout. After a disclaimer that no one, save Mermaid, listened to (and Mermaid only listened so he could critique the content and verbiage), we launched from our parking lot.
We moseyed from our lot into deck and up the short ramps to the very top. We circled up for a quick warmup:
Down the far stairs to the bottom and across Walsh to the rock pile beside whatever that building is. Pick a lifting rock. In the parking lot, round 1 of the workout was explained:
Round 2 – 15 reps of each exercise with the rocks. Up the near stairs, run across the top, down the far stairs back to the benches. 15 reps of each exercise there. Back to rocks.
Round 3 – 20 reps of each exercise with the rocks. Enter middle gate, up short ramps to the right and go up two levels or level 2 ( who knew there was a difference?), then go across and down the short ramps to the left. 20 reps of each exercise at the benches. Back to rocks.
Find a partner for some You Go/I Go lifting:
Round 1 – Partner A hold rock out front, Partner B 10 curls. You Go/I Go until each partner gets 50 curls.
Round 2 – Partner A hold rock over your head, Partner B 10 shoulder presses. You Go/I Go until each partner gets 50 presses.
Round 3 – Partner A hold high plank, Partner B 10 merkins. You Go/I Go until each partner gets 50 merkins.
Round 4 – Partner A hold rock above chest, Partner B 20 flutter kicks. You Go/I Go until each partner gets 100 flutter kicks.
Return our rocks and mosey back to launch via the visitors side of Keffer stadium. Just enough time for 10 burpees OYO. Done.
Late arriving crowd created quite a ruckus at launch time…a lot of mumblechatter over the disclaimer. Think it might have been an effort at plausible deniability of having ever been disclaimed. Go ahead, take my Corolla…I don’t care.
During our run to the top of the garage, we turned a corner and a little car was tucked into the first parking spot…almost took us out. There was an empty bottle of Remy Martin Cognac on the ground beside the driver’s door and a vintage red velvet smoking jacket laying across the front seat. Now we know where Pro ditched his old Nissan Versa.
A lot of complaints about muddy rocks. Sorry, it’s rained a lot. And these are drainage rocks. Planet Fitness calloused hands don’t notice, right Brushback?
Solid work out there by Speed Bag. Said this was day 5 in a row of posting. That’s a tough week brother…#Tclaps.
We kept the mileage to 2 miles and focused on the upper body this morning. Thanks for obliging while YHC nurses the pulled hamstring. A few questions about the tape on the back of the leg…mainly what is it and what does it do? Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape 1) lets everyone know you’re hurt (this is its most significant benefit), 2) is used to support and relieve pain in muscles, joints and ligaments, 3) reduces swelling, increases bloodflow and mobility, and 4) enhances recovery.
Always a good group of regulars at Centurion. Thanks for the brotherhood and the opportunity to lead.
Joe Davis Run – 3/9. Great event for a great cause. Sign up and run.
All of the 13 Pax gathered at Calvary for #RockZero expected to workout in the pouring rain. But the 100% chance posted on the weather apps yesterday kept decreasing, and we ended up with a very nice morning for getting some work done. After a thorough disclaimer that no one listened to was given, off we went meandering around the vast parking lot until we found a good spot for COP.
Then we took the long way to the rock pile in front of the Church. Even with a leadership change, Flipper’s RZ Manifesto remains in tact and so one must take circuitous routes to get the required 3 miles. We fell short of the mark by only reaching 2.5 miles this morning, which will reflect in my performance review and will likely mean that a % of my pay will be withheld.
At the rock pile, instructions were given to find a partner of similar strength. One partner was to grab a lifting rock that would challenge you but would allow for some higher reps work. The other partner was to grab two smaller rocks that could be held in each hand. (Note: I should’ve clarified two rocks that could be pinched with the finger tips while carrying…next time). Then we moseyed up the front parking lot for the workout.
Partner A does 10 reps of called exercise while Partner B rests. Then Partner B does 10 reps of called exercise while Partner A rests. Take turns until each Partner gets 100 reps.
After those two rounds, Partner A grabs the two smaller rocks and walks the front parking lot loop while holding the rocks with his fingertips to work on grip strength. Partner B runs the loop until he gets back around to Partner A, then Partner B walks with rocks while Partner A runs the loop.
Then back for a round of You Go, I Go: Overhead Presses
Then another round of the loop with the small rocks.
Then back for a round of You Go, I Go: Curls
Then another round of the loop with the small rocks.
Then back for some more You Go, I Go.
Return the rocks. Mosey back to launch point. One sprint out and back to kill the clock.
A lot of big talk has occurred and many promises have been made at The Lodge on the eve of workouts. Apparently last night was no exception, as Hops and Bugeater committed to the workout, and berated Mall Cop until he HC’d via text later in the evening. But only Mall Cop showed up and got better. Iron Horse was a witness to it and even he drove in from Union County to post.
Gummy complained a lot as usual…about the exercises, about the reps, about the weather. Even had the nerve to call out Marlin for his overhead press form. He even complained about the rock he selected, as it had a very dangerous point, especially on the downward movement of the curl. IH was Gummy’s partner and claimed he wasn’t worried about which “point” would win that battle. But if it’s more that 4 hours IH, call a doctor.
It seems liked BLC, Sprockets, Nemo, Swiffer and Rafiki were all one big group. They all kept switching up rocks and rest periods…but all in all put in a solid morning’s work. They all took their squat form very seriously.
Elsa worked so hard that he needed three different coffees at Starbucks to recover.
Flipper and Geraldo partnered and talked about how much better things would have been with their GoRuck sandbags.
Hoover appointed himself RZ Czar…and also wasn’t there.
13 men gathered at Calvary for Anvil leg day. After a proper disclaimer, off we went.
We moseyed from the launch point, picking up Brilleaux along the way, and ran up Calvary’s main thoroughfare to a section of the vast parking lot where we assembled for the COT:
After COT, we moved over the rock pile to pick up our lifting rock. Then we moseyed to another part of the Calvary parking lot and circled up for some leg work:
Drop the rock and run to the HotBox. Find some bench for 3 sets of:
Run down the soccer field and the base of the hill for:
Run back to our rocks for a second set:
Drop our rocks and run back to the HotBox. Find our bench for 2 sets of:
Back to the hill:
Run back to our rocks. 5 burpees OYO. Return your rock. Run back to the launch point for:
Ever seen those guys that all they do is chest and arm day? Tight tank tops with big ole guns and baggy shorts with little chicken legs.
We never want to look like that, so we did some serious leg work today. Well, all of us except Spackler, who just did curls the whole time…said his glutes already get enough work, whatever that means.
In addition to the squats and hamstring work, we got in some good hill sprints too. By moving around the vast campus, we ended up with just over 2 miles. Perfect bootcamp…but where was @Hops?
The leg workout always seems pretty innocent when you’re in the middle of it. YHC kept reminding the pax they’d feel it later. Plenty of comments and jokes about that, which cannot be repeated in a public forum.
Thanks Mr. Lorax and Brushback (who never post at the same time) for the opportunity to lead.
Cold morning at OPES as the Pax gathered for #F3Hydra after having last Thursday off for Thanksgiving. It was one of those mornings where guys sit in the cars until right up to kickoff. Yet still we waited on Gloss. After the disclaimer, off we went.
Mosey around the back of the school to the opposite side parking lot for COP.
Mosey across Rea to the church rock pile. Grab a rock you can handle for 25 reps. The routine was 25 reps of the called exercise with the rock, drop the rock, run around the church but stop at the corner of Edenbridge Lane and Rea for 25 merkins, keep running around the church back to where the rocks were and do called core exercise until the six arrived, then complete called core exercise x 10IC
After round 7, we returned the rocks and moseyed back to our COP parking lot for grinders. After a few minutes of grinders, we moseyed back to launch for quick finale.
Joshua 6:1-4;15-16 – Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. On the seventh day the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times. The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!
With the cold weather this morning, the goal was keep us working and moving as much as possible. Also wanted to get some lifting in. Seems we accomplished both, with minimal complaining and refuseniking, save the usual, of both, from Gloss and Spack. Since we were in the church parking lot, after round 6 we had a little Bible story time about Joshua and Battle of Jericho. All the pax seemed to have paid attention as kids in Sunday School, as they all knew they marched around for a seventh time before the walls came down. Don’t stop on 6.
Great group of men at Hydra, as usual. Good to be back out there. After a Puddin/Gloss exchange (which is #NSFW), Sleepy noted he’d missed that kind of humor since he hadn’t posted in a couple of weeks. Hopper, Sprockets, Ironsides and One Eye went about this workout very business-like and with great integrity on the reps #MenOfHonor. Mailman did solid work and didn’t appear to be holding back for his VQ at #F3Centurion tomorrow. While some guys grabbed rocks they could handle for 250 reps, Queen grabbed one most could handle for 2.5 reps #LunkAlarm. Pretty sure Jet Fuel had his half-zip tech pullover tucked in. Marge was basking in the glow of 12-0 and 5 in a row…he just kept repeating that for 45 minutes. BOG doesn’t do push-ups, he does earth-downs…was maxing out on the merkins. Spack did curls for every round. Iron Horse failed to post after a late night HC on Twitter.
Thanks to Marge and Queen for the opportunity to Q, in spite of my hiatus due to running.
Christmas party this Saturday.
The Site-Qs failed to pay the power bill, so 15 men gathered in the darkness of the CCHS parking lot in anticipation of this morning’s Centurion. As we launched, we made the U-turn for a late-arriving pax and, now 16 strong, we gathered in the same dark parking lot for COP. Our theme for today was Centurion Century.
COP – 100 Reps (IC)
Then we took off up Little to McMahon and rock pile. Find a lifting rock.
100 Reps (Civilian Count)
Run up McMahon, turn left into an office driveway, run around the traffic circle and then get back to our rocks. Repeat the same set above and return our rocks.
Mosey up to 51 and then into the main entrance to the picnic tables. Find some bench or wall.
100 Reps (Civilian Count)
Run around to the building entrance, up the ramp, lunge walk to the steps, then get back to your bench or wall. Repeat the same set above.
Mosey to Tartarus and find a partner. Partner A runs the back side short ramps to the top and then down the middle staircase. Partner B does burpees. Flapjack until you reach 100 burpees with your partner. Repeat with 100 jump squats.
Mosey back to base for some token flutter kicks to run out the clock. COT.
Crisp but beautiful morning after rain of Noah proportions all week. The Centurion pax were eager to do work, save Marconi who came in late and overshot the side school entrance before landing safely. Think he just likes using the backup camera on his Tacoma.
As Mermaid exited his vehicle, he noted that he had just seen a shooting star, as vividly as he had ever seen. Pretty sure he wished for burpees, which happened. Now I’m a believer.
As I noted, the pax were eager to work. So it was unusually quiet, as there was a high degree of intensity. It was refreshing, as I’m used to chatter-filled, refusenik-laced workouts with Gummy.
I’d like to thank my partner Spanx. He volunteered to burpee first, which meant I ran twice while he knocked out 65 of our 100 burpees.
Love it when the weather turns cold…Margo grows his beard really long and Hops breaks out the camo pants.
Next week, Centurion with converge at Cerebus for Black Friday, 0630. After that, on 11/30, Mailman has volunteered for his VQ…way to step up and lead my brother.
Turkey Drive for Metro – Mermaid will comment with link.
A51 Winter Gear – High Tide will spam this and every other BB, Twitter posts, and Slack channel with details.
12 men gathered under the parking lot lights and eye of the security guard at Calvary to be forged on the #F3Anvil. Here’s a review of what we did.
After a brief, but heartfelt, disclaimer, we moseyed up the Rea/51 cut-thru road to the parking lot area by the big sand piles where we gathered for COP:
We ran over to the rocks by the softball field and picked a solid lifting rock. We took our rocks over to the parking lot and lined up abreast at one of the light poles. We did three rounds of lifting running.
Return our rocks to the pile and mosey to the soccer pitch, at the base of hill. Find a partner. Partner 1 runs the hill, 1 burpee at the top, 1 jump squat at the bottom…keep repeating until Partner 2 returns from the hotbox after completing 15 step-ups, 15 dips and 15 derkins. Flapjack. For round 2, we did 5 merkins at the top and 5 squats at the bottom and 10 Lil’Haze each leg, 20 dips and 20 incline merkins in the hotbox.
After some planking, we circled up on the wet pitch (per Stone Cold’s request) for Mary.
Run back to launch point. Right at 2 miles and the @Hops’ Bootcamp Seal of Approval.
Solid group of men like always at #F3Anvil this morning, including @Lorax being there to back to back weeks for the first time since becoming site Q and a #Kotters appearance from @49er. YHC hadn’t seen @49er much since waking up with him in the spooning position on a BRR van in 2013…it was magical. He did some pre-run with @StoneCold (who apparently pre-runs every workout he attends) and looks as fast as ever. Hope you keep posting brother.
The rest of the guys are pretty much #F3Anvil regulars, showing up every week to put the work in. Good to see @Hammer owns something other than a #Klimpsun shirt. @Hannibal complained pre-launch about a lot of merkins and burpees, of which we did some, and tried to attribute a merkin ladder workout to a YHC Q. Think you have me confused with @IronHorse, which hurts. A lot. @Hops is sweating machine, wringing out his shirt and creating a stream running down the parking lot to the campus drainage ponds. It was MrBrady-esque.
@Dangerfield…18…Senior year…posting at 0530 on a Wednesday. Solid work young man. @Snuka has speed to burn at 56. @Scratch&Win has amazing bandanas. @Brushback bragged about how awesome NCState looks in its preseason hype videos. It was all a good time.
Thanks for the opp to lead @Lorax. Great take out by @StoneCold