Should I Stay or Should I Go Go?

  • When:11/01/14
  • QIC: Abacus
  • The PAX: Donkey Kong (WB), Beaver (WD)

Should I Stay or Should I Go Go?

41/42 degrees and a nice drizzle falling on the first Saturday in November.  What better conditions could one ask for, for a quick 60 minute workout, to get your day started off right.  At least that’s what I convinced myself as I headed over to McKee Road Elementary to Q the Area 51 workout this weekend.  Silently I was hoping that maybe everyone decided to fartsack and I could just head to coffeeteria a little early.  Pulled into the parking lot around 6:50 and found it to be empty.  Have to admit the thought of a quick drive thru and then head on my merry way did cross my mind.  However, decided to wait a few minutes to make sure no one else showed up as a couple of the regulars, Floor Slapper, O’Tannebaum, etc, usually arrive right around 0700/0701 on the weekend.  Couple cars passed by before a set of headlights turned into the school parking lot and Beaver made his way to our normal meeting spot.  Climbed out of car, gathered the shovel flag and greeted Beaver.

As we walked over to the launch area Beaver asked what the protocol was for mornings like this when only 2 PAX members showed up and the weather was less than ideal.  Probably did not deliver the answer either he or I wanted to hear but told him that we would soldier on as usual.  Again, had to resist the temptation to call it a morning & go grab a nice hot cup of coffee.

Not long after another car slowly pulled into the lot and Donkey Kong climbed out his car.  With the PAX all set and the clock indicating that it was 0700 we headed out into the gloom to see what kind of fun we could conjure up.

Slow jog to lower parking lot beside the soccer fields and circle/triangle up for COP:

  • SSH x 30 (IC)
  • IW x 25 (IC)
  • Low Slow Squat x 20 (IC)
  • MC x 25 (IC)
  • Parker Peter x 25 (IC)

Properly warmed up, YHC led the PAX to other end of soccer field parking lot and provided directions for what was to come next:

  • Run approx. 1/2 mile to fire station & then complete 25 CDD & 25 Squats
  • Plank it up and wait for PAX to finish exercises
  • Run approx. 1/2 mile back to McKee Rd Elementary & then complete 25 CDD & 25 Squats
  • Plank it up and wait for PAX to finish exercises

Head back over to other end of parking lot & circle/triangle up for following exercises:

  • Merkins x 10 (IC)
  • Staggered Merkins x 10R (IC)
  • Staggered Merkins x 10L (IC)
  • LBC x 25 (IC)

Line up on curb on far side of parking lot for 7’s:

  • Run across parking lot, complete 6 CDD
  • Run back across lot, complete 1 Jump Squat
  • Cross the parking lot, complete 5 CDD
  • Back across the lot, complete 2 Jump Squats
  • Keep this up for 4/3, 3/4, 2/5, and 1/6 reps of CDD/Jump Squats

That was fun.  Rain is falling pretty good now.  Might as well head over to the stumps for a little circuit work:

  • Complete 20 Step-ups (10 each leg), 10 Decline Merkins, 10 Tire Hops
  • Rinse & Repeat x 2

Mosey to back of school and line up along the wall for PC/BTW combo:

  • PC x 60 sec
  • Run out to service road behind school, SMC x 20, jog back to wall
  • PC x 75 sec
  • Run to service road, LBC x 25, jog back to wall
  • BTW x 20-30 sec
  • Run to service road, Dolly x 25, bear crawl back to wall
  • BTW x 20-30 sec
  • Run to service road, Flutter x 25, crab walk back to wall

Time to find a little shelter in front of the school.  Nice sidewalk area with covered walkway.  Wonder why I didn’t find this spot earlier (as DK quickly pointed out).  Perfect spot for a little Jack Webb:

  •  1 Merkin, 4 Air Presses up to 10 Merkins, 40 Air Presses (Wouldn’t you know it.  Ideal weather for JW to make a quest appearance.  PAX powered through it and seemed to enjoy a respite from the rain.)

OK, 5-6 minutes left.  Let’s head back to the launch point and wrap it up with a little 3 man grinder:

  • P1 performs Dips – AMRAP
  • P2 heads to other end of Teachers’ Parking Lot and performs Squats – AMRAP
  • P3 runs between P1 & P2.  When he reaches P2, P3 tags out P2 and flapjack with P3 performing Squats (AMRAP) & P2 running
  • P2 runs back to P1 & then flapjack.  P2 performs Dips (AMRAP) and P1 runs
  • Continue until clock strikes 0800



  • Mornings like this are what F3 is all about.  What sane individuals would wake up early on a Saturday morning and head out for a 60 minute workout in 41 degree weather with a nice cool rain/drizzle/downpour.  As hard as it was to resist the temptation to call this one in, always glad that I put the work in after completing a workout in conditions like this.
  • Beaver was probably hoping he would find no one in the parking lot when he arrived at McKee Road Elementary.  Hopefully he had no regrets after putting forth a strong effort.
  • Donkey Kong quick to point out that the covered walkway in front of the school had ample room for the PAX to complete a nice DRY workout.  Oh well, at least we had a little reprieve.
  • Strong work by DK on the BTW.  Even worked in a few 1 arm BTW during the fun.


  • Bring your gently used shoes to a workout near you for the Sole Redemption drive.  Area 51 has set a goal of 500 pairs of men’s running/tennis shoes by 11/22.
  • Sign up for Joe Davis 5k/10k Races in Fort Mill on 1/10/15.  There will be an F3 regional friendly competition between Area 51, The Fort, Metro, and any other participating regions.
  • As always, an honor and a pleasure to be able to lead a workout with a great group of men.


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