Doc texts me,,,, ” looking forward to your q tomorrow,” ohh yea, completely forgot, thank you for the reminder Doc! Show up early and plan to do some recon prior to the start and there are a bunch of Dudes there already! Why the heck they show up so early? I’m like OK they show up early, then Alf says Fletch is on Q, what! Doc texts me, 9PM, I leave my house a 4:55 for some recon and Fletch is q’ing B…S… Then I ask Alf, you sure Fletch is on Q? I thought I was on Q, “YEP, I’m Sure” you sure your not q’ ing Hawknest and not Fast twitch…Ohhh, that explains it, Rachel, Purell, Fletch, Thin, Astro, it looked a little of the Elite running crowd…. ALL Good! Time to do some recon. Scope the place out for 15 min and head pax to meet the right PAX
WU: mosey south to the parking lot, quick disclaimer, 25 SSH, 10 Merkins, 20 IW then a 4 corners of the parking lot with Squats
Continuing to head South/ Southwest ish, head to the track, hit the bleachers and mix in some SSH on the way to a perfect hill for 11’s. Mike Tyson’s at the bottom and Air Squats at the top. Mary to finish up with a hanging drill I thought we could give a shot given the opportunity. Head back north with a cruise through the bleachers to an area in the school for a round of 20 step up’s and 20 Dips, followed by 15, 10. Times almost up, head back quick round of Mary with some American hammers and supermans.
Moleskin- Fantastic site, plenty of places to work step up, hills, track. Fun stuff. On the Pax side, I heard Bananas busting my chops a little bit but I think the humidity and the lack of breathing quieted him down after a few minutes. Billy Goat was working hill why the rest of the crew put their work in as well. Great AO and group of Guys, I think I can officially wear and order an A51 shirt as I feel part of the crowd! Totaled 3 miles this morning and plenty of sweat!
So this may tell you how sadistic I am but before we started the topic of burpees came up, One Star, started railing into some IDIOT (my words:)) doing a ridiculous amount of burpees to start a work out. He went on and on, me standing there part of the conversation realized quickly that he didn’t realize that the IDIOT that was ME (must have been the toboggan)! That said, I did plan on doing the burpees today but I was going to break them up during the work out but after hearing One Star, I had no choice, we had to do the 12×12 again. Sorry One Star, it was your fault:)
WU: 20 SSH, 10 merkins, 20 MC, 15 IW
The Thang: 12×12 burpees, simple 12 burpees a minute for 12 minutes. Mosey over to the parking deck up the steps. Rotate down each flight 5 burpees each flight alt. staircase. Last, 5 times Squats at the bottom while running the deck as the loop. Finished with some Mary at the bottom.
Moleskin: So by the lack of discussion and what appeared to be some potential Merlot Tossing, I think the 12X12 got everyone’s heart rate up, its a tough grind but these men hung in and pushed themselves. That said I think I saw Doc taking a nap around the 11th round for his 15 seconds of recovery. Das boot, Snowfake and Madison worked their magic and pushed themselves, ALF is a beast and it was great to see Hollywood back in the mix, always has a smile on his face. Market Timer and Pop tart I think were cursing me the whole time while Cheddar and Turkey leg had the glory of less running after their recent running achievements (nice work men!). As always I look forward to getting to know some new F3 folks and it was nice to connect with Astro for a few minutes after COT. Nutter, Zeek and Uncle Leo looking forward to getting to know you all better and I promise the next q I do will not have burpees. As always, honored to be part of F3 and given the opportunity to lead, love the fact this site is beginning to be a solid mix up of the 3 regions, folks like Crabcake, Snow, Das, Madison, Cheddar and Doc continue to bring unity to the regions.
Last, just a thought, I chose to work out in a well lite area for part of our work out so that we can “advertise” ourselves a little bit more to the area. Lot of folks driving down 16 may see us and wonder, so just food for thought as those apartments fill up we may want to make ourselves visible as best we can.
June 8th- Pool Party 8-10 PM Lawson Pool Waxhaw- Cost $40 to raise funds for Sandbox (promise no additional Shake downs)
Prayers- Madison’s Father in Law, Bucky’s Daughter
So to be perfectly honest I took this Q so I could work out with the PAX. I personally have been wrestling with a foot injury that as continued to get worse as I run so I have not been posting. So when I saw the opportuntiy to Q I knew that I could control the amount running I jumped on it. The delemma bagan thinking about how to keep the pax engaged with out being able to run around the school. Then I remembered an beat down Ice gave us a few months ago where I thought I might die, hence the 12X12 burpees.
Warm up: 50 SSH, 10 Slow merkins, 25 Mountain climbers, 10 more slow merkins, 25 more mountain climbers then 10 night moracoan things.
Then into the 12×12. Simple 12 Burpees a minute for 12 Minutes. Starts off hard but then it gets really hard. Quickly the pax realizes it is easier to work up hill than down.
The Thang: A bit rusty on my game plan we have coupon’s to play with. Plates, smash balls, KBs and sandbags. A mixed combination of swings, presses, worm burners and bear crawls x 3 rounds completes the work out.
Mushy Molskine: I missed the group, it was good to see everyone. Red Rider always cracks me up and The Grease Monkey always has smile on his face. Good to see some new faces and looking forward to getting to know them.
Manly Molskin: Tough group of men, pushed through 144 burpees more than made up or what should have been a 50 of respect for The Grease Monkey. I think we moved a total of 62.5 yards from where we started to where we finished but I am farily certain the heart rates were as high if not higher in the first 10 minutes than if we ran around the school!
UC Happy Hour Thursaday Night 7:30 Hickory Tavern
Operation Sweet tooth race this Saturday, you can be a virtual runner at commitment
F3 Service Opportunities: The Sandbox
What: A partnership formed between two great organizations to give the men of F3 the opportunity to serve and make an impact in the lives of families in need.
When: An ongoing opportunity for at least 12 months where PAX can volunteer as they are able for various tasks and projects.
How: Sign up for new Slack Channel – The Sandbox – to indicate an interest and respond to opportunities as they are presented.
Mission of The Sandbox
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, life-altering, rare or terminal illness, it is our mission is to lock arms with people in our community to meet the practical, social and emotional needs of families at the time of diagnosis or referral. We want to create opportunities for families that encourage friendships, create lasting memories, produce joyful experiences and most importantly, restore hope.
This is where F3 Steps up
Mowing the lawn
Picking up groceries
Help with a simple home project (s)
Inviting a Dad to a AO
Inviting their 2.0’s to a AO
Taking a family to a 2NDF Event
Helping at the “Prom Event”
Be there for them
Just hang out
For individual PAX, the involvement will be very flexible. If a family has a practical need that has been posted on slack you can meet, reply via Slack and take it on. This may be your only involvement. Or, you may see an opportunity to lead further, to form a deeper relationship, and otherwise participate in a family’s life.
This is NOT a “Family Sponsorship” request, Sandbox will continue to “own” these family relationships as they are sourced from hospitals and social workers. The Sandbox will enlist F3 when they need the “horsepower” to meet certain needs and it will be our opportunity to step up in each case with no longer term commitment and generally with flexibility on timing of delivery.
Men, we did our homework, we are a good fit for this organization and it will give you an opportunity to serve a variety of different ways. Life is more important than work, golf, or working out, our lives need to be bigger than us as individuals. What better way to lead by example then to see a need and fill a need as we get our 2.0’s and our M’s involved in what we are doing to serve the community. This partnership will give us that flexibility and opportunity to do just that. Please step up, step out and grab the opportunities as they come, as we know you will.
F3 Q Contacts
Soft Pretzel- Cell 704-534-6411
Transporter- Cell 414-731-3035
Flipper- Cell 704-724-6948
In 2010, a group of friends saw a need – helping families during Christmas at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. After the holidays, this group wanted to continue to provide support for families. In March of 2011, a social worker at the hospital asked if they could host a prom for patients who would miss their own prom due to treatment or the eventual impact of their illness. They answered “Yes!” and, The Sandbox’s signature event, An Evening of Believing Prom was born.
Today, The Sandbox serves families through the CARRE program – Caring About Real Relationships Empathetically. This phrase is an umbrella to all of the support they offer families whose children suffer from severe illness. The Sandbox has humbly served more than 5,000 families in the greater Charlotte region as well as some parts of South Carolina through a variety of programs and events.
For more, go to: https://gotsandbox.org/
Typically I am the first one to run for dry land in the rain,,, but,,, it wasn’t raining. It was misting, wasn’t cold, wasn’t hot just a steady mist, so I made the call to modify my wienke to broaden the scope of the AO from my ordigal plan of working under the awning. You see, when given the choice between mist and smelling 23 men under an awening at 530 in the gloom, ill take the mist. any way I degress.
Warm up, mosey around the lot, 25 SSH, mosey to the sidewalk 5 merkins at each light to my office, hit the wall for some airpresses, warmed up
Mosey to the back parking lot, sucides 5 burpees at home 10 Merkins, 10 Squats and 10 Carolina DD at each light and island to completion.
That took up the majority of the time, hit each island and light on the way back with the same. quick stop at first awning for 30 flutters and x somethings (have to ask Bottlecap what that was again) mosey to the second awening for some American hammer
Head to home base for COT and a bus that wanted to kill us.
Pax continues to get stronger!! Shout out to Posse and Delta! I saw some speed from those gents that are clear signs of GAINS! Doc and BC pushed the pace of the Suicides while Foundation and Recalculating wernt too far behind. Red Rider got his monies worth for his cotters and although the rest of the pax didn’t get rained on they didn’t stay dry either. Great work gents
Local Firefighter needs Help- Come to the Spegetti dinner or donate or do both!! Show our community what we pray about each day
Run Jen Run
Today was a sentimental day for me, it was 3 years ago I first started F3. It was at this particular site. A site started by my dear friends and hero’s Ice 9 and Snowflake. I still remember the first time my friend Kevorkian EH’d me to come. He said “you gotta come Sean, you’ll love this F3 thing.” I had heard about it before but didn’t give it much credence, I worked out in my garage, I had my own thing going but I decided to give it a try given my friends excitement. I remember I was originally planning on wearing my weight vest, THANK GOD I didn’t, Dasher was on Q that day, I believe it was his VQ and he kicked my ass. I was only 15 minutes into the workout and I was cooked and I was hooked. More about that later.
The WU (AS BEST I CAN REMEMBER):
Snowflake Kicked us off. Quick Disclaimer, mosey around the lot to the bus pick up
15SSH, 15MC, 10 Merkins, 10 Low Slow Squats, 10 Plank jacks then head to the wall for peoples chair followed by balls to the wall. Quickly Grab a friend and it was two sets of Curls, Triceps extensions then shoulder presses (10 each).
The Thang: Mosey to the half wall with a lunge walk across the bridge, to the half wall. 10 Step ups each leg, 10 Derkins, and 10 triceps extensions (X2) some quick Mary up to the side concessions. YHC takes over, quick stop for some American Hammers the to the side lot for my main show. Partner up for 100 burpees while P1 runs the loop, swap till you get to a hundred. Mosey back to the concession stand by the flag pole for the handoff to Mad Dog.
Mad Dog takes on a mosey to the back of the school with a bear crawl across the icy bridge (Ironically, we did that on my first work out, thought it was stupid crazy back then, as well:) up to the railing for 10 Supines with a mosey around the sidewalk and a calf raise up each step (this X3). Mosey to the side of the school and utilize same partner with the timer being 100 Mike Tyson’s while P2 runs the lap till completions. Mosey to the hill in the front of the school. BREAK: in all my years I personally have never used this decent hill in the front of the school, never, what a great place to advertise and show F3 to people driving by and I have never ever used this hill, Break OVER. 7’s on the hill with merkins at the bottom and burpees at the top. Short mosey to the front of the school for some quick mary to finish.
Moleskin: So back to my sentimental discussion. In discussing with Mad Dog taking over as Site Q he had many interesting and good questions, questions about protocol, expectations, and culture. So bore me for a minute and let me share with you some of what I shared with him as F3 means a lot of different things to different people.
What it means to me, at first it was success. I saw men that were older than me that could run circles around me, Snowflake is a beast and the way I looked at it was, he’s 52, in shape, do what he does if you want to be in shape when your 52. Common sense to me, success is 90% copy, so what I have found for myself is find people I define as successful and do what they do, its not complicated.
But as time went on F3 became so much more to me, it taught me what true leadership is about, it has taught me about developing other leaders, it has taught me that unless you put others ahead of yourself you can never get to meaningful friendships and relationships. It has taught me that it should be a blessing to men and can change their lives for the positive. F3 has also taught me so many other things I don’t have time to share them all but I can tell you, I am very grateful for the relationships I have developed through F3 and I’m looking forward to developing more.
So it was with great pride and honor that Snowflake, Doc and myself could hand these responsibilities and more importantly the culture over to Mad Dog and Popeye as trusted carriers of the culture and with that they will bring their own individual culture to the F3 that we all get to enjoy.
Last, Mad Dog takes the bull by the horns at the COT and asks if anyone would be willing to be his co-site Q (by the way, pretty sure Mad Dog has been dying to say this since day one in the COT with Popeye). Popeye steps up, great fit, but the mumble chatter quickly realizing that two civilians just handed the reins over to two ex military and then Mad dog WITH OUT EVEN FLINCHING states;
“You know the Marines is a department of the Navy, THE MENS DEPARTMENT.”
Commitment is in good hands
So this Q was a couple weeks/months in the making. It originally started when Bullwinkle was written in as a Q for Commitment and was given short notice that he was Qing the Saturday that he was Voluntold to lead. Bullwinkle with much more grace than I asked if I would Q Conviction in December. Sure I said, then the day came and I was no where to be found. I ended up having to travel that week and was in Savannah when I was supposed to be at Conviction. I was hoping that he would forgive me and give me the opportunity to Q again and by happen stance he made the following week open.
Warm up: 20 SSH, 20 MC, 20 Cherry pickers
Mosey to the side of the school, 20 step up’s and 20 dips OYO
The Thang: Parnter up whilst worm burners break up KB, Smash Balls and for work. Variations of 100 Swings, 50 Smash balls and something else made up the work. Mixed in some mary between round to keep the hear rate up. Mosey back for some supermans to finish up the work out
Moleskin: First and for most, Choppa is one, tough, young man. He has a ton of heart and a no quit attitude. I was incredibly impressed, I don’t get into the “IF I only” too often but if I only worked half has hard as this kid did when I was his age I’d be a millionaire today. Gypsy and Bullwinkle also didn’t shy away from the work, seems they were actually giddy about the gear I brought. Most pax groan at the plates but not Bullwinkle, he was like WORM BURNERS!!! While Gypsy was clearly all about swinging some weight around. I enjoyed working with this crew and am looking forward to working out with them again some time in the near future. Thanks Bullwinkle for giving me a second chance.
WU: After a quick chastising From Mcgee for not saying the disclaimer, mosey over to the side lot and circle up. State the DISCLAIMER, 20 SSH, 20 MC, 10 Wide Arm merkins, 10 MC, 5 merkins, 10 MC’s, 5 Diamonds. 10 Cherry pickers and 10 IW to finish the warm up.
The Thang: Mosey to the back of the school, lunge walk across the bridge, plank it up with some plank jacks. Mosey to the bleachers and run the bleachers, do some mary while six gets in.
The Main Thang: 4 Plates, 4 KB’s and 4 Sandbags, groups of 3. hammer out timer activities 150 Swings, 50 Burpee press and 50ish alternating merkins all while doing worm burners or walking lunges. Mosey back to the COT….OH WAIT…I can not make it Halfback has to lead the crew, Q has to side step…never fun.
Moleskin: As always great group, Red Rider had his days mixed up a bit but still managed to get to the work out. He was also worried about his teeth, the reach over Kettle Bell had him concerned. BC, however was not concerned at all, he felt this may improve his physical appearance by losing a tooth or two, I agree, there’s no where but up for him. Radar and Xerox kicked it into gear this morning with their no quit attitude. I’m also seeing a fire in Half back and Mad Dog, there game has accelerated quickly!
Praying for Gary- His pacemaker surgery goes well
Praying for Lynn- Her Brain tumor surgery goes well
Sanctuary Monday Night Resumes January 8th 7:30 Brooklyn Pizza
Joe Davis Run
To be honest I don’t think there has been as much pressure to write a Back blast since East UC tried to run our ship two years ago. Bottle Cap apparently can’t cope unless there is a BB posted for his AO. So I’ll do my best to oblige so his anxiety level can drop so he can review and know what happened in today’s work out.
WU: Standard mosey to the front of the school for me 15 SSH, 20 MC, 10 Cherry pickers, and 15 IW
Mosey to the sidewalk and partner up. one partner planks while the other does 10 merkins alternating at every light all the way to my office. MB does a quick mary till the six is and and next grab a friend. 15 Curl to press, 15 forward lunges, 10 curl 10, then 5 and 5. Mosey to the back of the school, plank it up mix in some plank jacks.
Doc takes the Q, and heads to the hill on the side of the high school. Triple Nickel on the hill 5 burpees at the bottom, 5 pushups at the top 5 times. That chews up most of the time leaving only 3 minutes left for pain after we mosey’d back to the start. 15 Burpee’s per minute for the last 3 minutes. It was brutal way to finish.
Moleskin: Gents, as I stated it has been a tough couple weeks for me, I am proud to call you all my brothers. For some of the newer guys, F3 is about propping each other up, helping each other out and doing what ever we can to be better men than we were yesterday. Thanks for all the support you all have given me, thanks for taking us out BC
I didn’t have the recording so If i missed your name I am sorry