Perfect morning for running yet again as the Charlotte spring has been undefeated for two straight years.
Benny had to reschedule this Q for me about 5 times but it was time to make the Tuesday morning 1 hour workout happen and I was glad I did.
We ran from the ABC Store to Lowes at the Promenade and back – slow merkins and fast merkins at the end, some reverse running to kill the final 2 mins.
I was not feeling creative last night and heard some pretty easy Qs come out of Fast Twitch as in “run here and back” and took advantage of this cheat code.
Monday nights are my garage band jam nights which go late into the night (with IPAs & whiskey) so Tuesdays are always a sleep in day. I was able to round up my bandmate Rhapsody to come run with us and he was out in front the whole time.
I told him I was out of running shape and he said he would run with me anyway. Not sure his heart rate went over 100 as he carried on a normal conversation for 60 minutes. People have been known to call us “Ace & Gary” from the old SNL cartoon which we’ve become accustomed to. We’ve never ridden on a motorcycle facing each other though – but never say never.
I always forget how early Cheese Curd’s mouth gets started. At 5:10am it seems like the guy has been up for 4 hours and just did a presentation to his board of directors. It’s almost as if he wants to rumble. I like it though. Nothing worse than Q’ing a silent PAX that doesn’t mess with you – and he gets on you early. He insults how long you stretch, how poorly you explain the workout and he’ll even get you on how fast you pray. But I still love the guy because he can take it back in return.
Bobby Fisher was too good for us and split sometime in the middle of the workout. We found him back at launch stealing things out of our cars (my opinion). Ever wonder if there’s that one F3 guy out there that is actually scamming all of us pretending that he likes to workout in the morning? He watches where we hide our keys, listens when we’re going on vacation and just acts interested in our personal lives – meanwhile he’s swiping change from the glovebox, ransacking your home when you’re gone and installing cameras in your shower…..
I’m 76% sure that guy is Bobby Fisher. But again, it’s just speculation.
Christmas & TL kept a strong pace all up and down the hills through Raintree.
If you haven’t seen Christmas play soccer you should buy tickets next Sunday and get good seats. Guy is an athlete and a half and you can’t score on him. He goes about 70% at normal F3 because I thought I was as fast as him and I’m not.
Turkey Leg had a better tan than all of us after spring break – most of us went to the beach – TL went to Breckenridge. I need to get the model of those ski goggles cause the dudes entire dome was golden brown. Dad4Boys has got the skin of a greek God.
Shout out to my fellow Clevelander Retread who is at every running workout I ever go to. This guy is as dedicated as they come and pushes hard the entire time.
49er who I barely recognized after working out with him a few times at Sparta was flying and came in hot at the Lowes parking lot at the Promenade.
Benny has been recovering from injury and making a great push back as the full time site Q. Apparently Haze has been filling in nicely for him. Hoping he comes back out to Sparta soon as he gets his legs back under him.
Lex Luthor might be my favorite F3 guy out there. Dude has the best attitude of anyone I know. He’ll Q any workout (like he would Q 5 days a week if you asked him to), do any challenge and would give you the shirt off his back. The first time I ran the BRR he dropped off some Hoka’s he didn’t like on my front porch so that’s not just a figure of speech. He’s also a great dad who loves being one. Be friends with this guy if you can.
OH – and it’s Lex’s birthday today and he didn’t say anything about it. Would have loved to hoist him over our shoulders and sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” during COT – I’ve always thought that song is way better than “Happy Birthday to you”. Seriously, terrible lyrics. The Beatles did it a bit better, except you have to have the same birthday as the person you’re singing it to it or it doesn’t make any sense.
According to Curd my prayer was almost too fast for God to hear so I said another prayer (mostly for him) when I got home to make sure the message got through.
That’s all folks.
One Star was the scheduled Q for Firestarter on Monday, April 12, and BBs aren’t really his thing, so this is the memoir of a One Star experience.
There was the initial question whether he’d slow fully prepared to Q or head to Asylum, a flapjack of the scheduled Q for Asylum a few weeks ago when he posted at Firestarter. He did post and may have been prepared for his, though YHC was a last-minute arrival and may have missed the oh-crap realization moment. He gets the benefit of the doubt though and we’ll assume he was prepared.
He took the PAX to 131 Main for the warm-up where any underlying significance of the number of reps was not clear and never became clear, but bodies were warmed.
Then he finished and began The Thang with the question, “Do you know what my favorite golf tournament is?” I was thinking the old Kmart Greater Greensboro Open or the PGA because nobody cares about the PGA. Nope, it’s the Masters. Maybe the proximity to Waffle House? He explained that the workout would be themed on the Masters and Hideki Matsuyama becoming the first champion from Japan.
First exercise was BLIMPS in the NY&Co parking lot. YHC of not clear how that relates but thinks it may be a resemblance to Japan’s old Rising Sun flag? The sets of 5 reps again weren’t clear but they may have added up to the age of the Japanese empire. Then run the long drive with increasing merkins at each light pole, trying not to get hit by incoming cars. This was a salute to the presence of light poles and heavy traffic in Tokyo. Well done.
On to the front of Target. Pair up and one dies a walking plank on the circles while the other runs to the next circle and back. Relevance? Japan has the most 7-11s, Ballantyne has many Targets. This was scrapped, though, because, like manga and Sailor Moon, it only made sense to some people.
Then Q led the PAX to a wall to do sets of Donkey kicks, air presses and air jabs while the partner ran around a few parking lot islands. Japan gave us Donkey Kong, thus our salute. At this point Fiji asked which country and golfer was there first island nation to win the Masters? Fiji and Vijay Singh! Wait, does he not recognize the dominance of the British Isles from 88-91 with Sandy Lyle (Scotland), Nick Faldo (England b2b + ’96), and Ian Woosnam (Wales)? YHC mistakenly thought Mrs Doubtfire may have won it, but his best finish was a T8.
This was followed by Bento Box cutters and barrel rolls in a parking lot, which Q called a sushi roll. Total refusenik by the PAX for this one, though two did try a horizontal roll. Other exercises omnivores burpees, lunges, BTTW with hand circles, but the ties to Japan or golf was about as strong as the defense of the belly putter.
Overall, like most, this One Star Q was memorable, unique and probably a little on the fly. Strong turnout for the post spring break workout and who doesn’t love the Q’s enthusiasm?
YHC will take the reigns at Swift starting next week for an 8-week training program designed to produce your fastest mile. Why? Because getting older stinks so why not flip the bird at Father Time and show him you’re not done yet. Need more? “Training for a fast mile can teach your body how to finish your next 5k faster. It can boost your overall pace in a longer distance race (hello, half marathon PR). Most importantly it can make you a stronger athlete altogether.”
There will be two workouts per week (one at Swift and one OYO or at some other workout) for 8 weeks, culminating in a mile time trial at the Community House Middle School track on Saturday, June 12th @ 0615. Who knows, maybe some other running workouts such as Waxhaw Express or Fast Twitch will join in and run these workouts in parallel and join us at the time trial (hint hint). The plan is based on Nike Run Club’s “Find Your Fast” 8-week training program. YHC has loaded the plan into a Google Sheet (link) so that you can save your own version and track your progress and/or make edits. Here are the 2 weekly workouts:
In week 1 and week 7 there is a mile simulation workout (8 x 400m) that will help you identify your current mile fitness and give you a good idea of what you should be shooting for at the time trial.
Find your various training paces by inputting your goal mile pace or a recent race time here: Link. “Tempo” pace (not shown in website) is your 5k pace + 25-30 seconds. It is a pace that you would be able to sustain for a full hour of running and should feel “hard, but controlled”.
It is recommended that you begin each workout with a 1 mile warmup and dynamic stretching, and end with a 1 mile cooldown. The goal is to PR but also to get to the starting line in one piece.
9 Pax arose from the ashes of their fartsacks to suffer the latest installment of #Swole. This is my first Q since the “InVue-Gate of 2021” where our Nantan was drawn and quartered by Invue HR dept for using their precious and smooth parking lot. Apparently Toby got his feather’s in a bunch. #getoffmyasphalt. I had forgotten the rotten state of McAlpine’s Parking lot…..as rocky and pebble-filled as Frehley’s toilet after a kidney stone issue.
Anyway….we did stuff.
Lord Neupert’s Spreadsheet
10 X 3 Double Clean and Double Military Press
I finally had my own playlist with my own speaker. Mighty Mite properly shamed me to put together an unplugged playlist befitting my name. I had a grungy filled list of 1990 alt-ish rockers for the “youngsters” including, acoustic Creed, POD, Plush, GnR, Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, etc. I curated this to incite passionate mumble chatter and fact-giving, or “I remember when” monologues (ahem Ickey, Hoover, and Wild Turkey). But it was all for naught as my brand new speaker died after 3 songs…screaming “low battery” like a bad 1990’s movie….ya know when the heroine is running from the monster/dinosaur/alien and looks at her Nokia and the battery light is flashing…..yeah my speaker was like that. Poor Family Dollar speaker just did not enough juice to last long….insert TWSS here. Thanks Voodoo for the musical rescue per usual. The playlist will be back at another Q soon.
Carry and Snatch
Super work and turn out by all the PAX today. I have not posted to Swole since 2021 began as I have been supporting a new F3 Union County AO on Mondays. Thanks Mighty Mite for asking/demanding that I Q….always a pleasure.
Amazing weather for chasing your inner werewolf. Lets get to work.
(Disclaimer, Cell Phone, CPR, Safety)
Mosey around front parking lot then back to the back parking lot to circle up and warm up.
Line up at the bottom of the hill for ladders:
Ladder 1 – 10s:
Run back around front for:
Select one half of one of the sections and line up in the parking lot
YHC was on the schedule to clock in as this week’s bartender at Last Call. Being my first time at Last Call I did not know what to expect. I did not know if it was going to be more Tom Cruise’s cinematic masterpiece “Cocktail” or the culture defining “Coyote Ugly”. Once Posse and Noonan saddled up to the Marvin Ridge watering hole I knew that it would be neither of these. After discussing the Spring Break exodus that everyone was on this year and inquiring if One Star had even posted at Last Call yet, it was time to get going. As a SOB’er in Waxhaw land YHC tried to follow the local customs so as to not offend the natives and a clumsy attempt at DiCCS was given.
After a short mosey and a standard warmup here is what went down.
While scouting the AO YHC noticed a paved walkway from the parking lot to the front of the school that had a few set of small stairs. And at the front of the school there are coincidentally several benches. So for starters YHC was going to have guys pair up. P1 run up the walkway and stairs to the front of the school, do 18 dips (in honor of the Masters) and run back. P2 does flutter until P1 returns and flapjack. Seeing as there was only 3 of us YHC told Posse and Noonan to stick together and I would be the odd man out. As I was heading back from the first run I pass Posse who tells me he is turning it into a grinder. I laughed with Noonan as I returned that Posse was Q-jacking me but it was actually a good idea and worked out better. We did this for 3 rounds and then did another 3 rounds substituting in derkins and heels to heaven.
After this was done we moseyed to a corner of the parking lot where YHC had set up 4 cones in a large square. The object of this was to have 4 groups of Pax cycling through the exercises listed at each cone with one of the cones acting as the timekeeper. This would obviously have been difficult with 3 guys so we stuck together. Starting with cone #1 which was the timekeeper we ran a lap around the drive thru lot in front of the high school. YHC asked if anyone had a watch to time us upon which Posse stepped up. We ran this lap in 1:45 which was then our time to spend at each of the other stations. The other stations consisted of Cone #2 = hollow body hold, Cone #3 = merkins and Cone #4 = 4×4’s. As we got going YHC quickly realized that 1:45 straight on each was going to be a tall task so we broke them up in half with a short rest in between.
We had enough time to go through the cone circuit twice with about 3 minutes to spare. Time to head back to launch and Posse asked if we needed to grab the cones. Nah, YHC replied I’ll grab them on the way out (maniacal laugh in my head). We mosey back to launch at which point YHC exclaims “Now sprint back for the cones” which actually led to Posse calling me a bastard…a badge that I will wear proudly with honor. This time return to launch for real, 1ish minute of plank and finito.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting out to this new AO. And while I get to workout with Posse and Noonan from time to time it was great to workout with them in a smaller gathering like this. A few cursory observations from the morning.
Thanks fellas for putting in hard work and pushing me to as well. And thanks to Noonan and One Star for allowing me to man the bar at Last Call.
3 #respect-ful pax joined YHC for a do-over of last week’s weinke, unknowingly. YHC was unable to join last week, so, with a slight modification here and there, we were good to go. Maybe even…better to go.
Disclaimer – quite thorough, given the seasoning of this group of pax
Easy Strength (pax choice of reps, as needed)
Snatches – Viking Warrior
Round it out
Functional Strength Challenge (FSC) – May 22 – deadlifts, pull-ups, and snatches. Pax, Meathead, & Respect classes. See preblast for more details.
As a late substi-Q and having missed last week’s Q (thanks for covering, Voodoo), YHC wanted to see how it compared in actuality vs in planning. Added a few more minutes of snatches (you’re welcome) and ran out of time for the squats (you’re very welcome). YHC rated it “good” overall.
Welcome back #kotters to Beetlejuice, recently healed up and pried off the couch. Glad to have you!
Uncle Leo staked out the Meathead location for us, which is preferred for the carries, of which we did some but not as many as planned.
Frehley’s Comet joined us about halfway through the Neupert sequence, after having warmed up at Stonehenge. Said something about it being “easy”. (Or maybe I’m confusing it with the snatch discussion…)
Good work gentlemen. Honor being among you.
Another week, another Clyent Dinner
Because of the “April 1 Q Challenge” I thought Boitano was on Q
However, Boitano was
Which quickly became apparent at 5:29pm.
So with less than a minute to go it also became apparent that a lot of guys had already been on Q this month and were like:
So we looked at 8 year old Speed Bump and said:
and his reaction:
And off we went!
Mosey around parking lot to front of middle school
Run to the tables behind the middle school
Run along back of school to the path
Grab a rock
Mosey to COT for Heals to Heaven / Flutter Web
Run to next corner of lot
Run to next corner of lot
Run to next corner of lot
Run to next corner where we started
Run to front of Middle school
Run Back to COT
We got sprinkled on a few times during the workout. Elsa must not have signed on for rain because “It’s Raining” was heard many times with this exact expression:
Pretty funny and cute
Orkin, The Beans, and Rock were playing with a frog right before we started. We we get to the front of the middle school and somehow the frog made it with us. Clyent Dinner is not frog friendly so he had to go in the bushes
Hats of to Speed Bump for Qing a workout on the fly to save Clyent Dinner from being the workout that brought down the 1 Q April Ship. Streak still in tack.
Great to see SCUBA back out. I know you’ve had some calf issues (seen today at Homecoming) but now that your shoulder is feeling better everyone else better watch out.
I think everyone’s triceps are still hurting after the 120 dips to start
Well done everyone
What a beautiful morning to get out and bathe in the pollen that is suffocating right now. 8 very fit guys and 1 fat feller showed up for a nice 4 miler at Homecoming. As we were ready to start Recal looked at me and growled “I am waiting for some damn Clydesdales to pull in”. Yep you and me both buddy. I at least knew Zinny Boy would play in the back with us as he was up late last night in the sauce and stirring up trouble on the Ol Crest of the Briars Facebook page. I gave the disclaimer and checked to make sure we had a CPRer on hand as I am a month into Keto, just had my Johnson and Johnson one shot yesterday and I am allergic to everything on God’s shiny green Earth. Off we went on a long opening Mosey.
Warm up in the back of the school with some stretching, Merkins and SSH’s.
1st Exercise: In big parking lot in back run down to curb Merkins x10 back pedal back to curb at start for Bobby Hurley’s x10. Five Rounds.
Mosey to Alcove in back for 1/2 Web of Merkins and V-Ups. Mosey back to front of school to bottom of the hill.
I pre-apologized to the guys that this exercise would be bad. Start at bottom run to the top of the hill and do burpees at bottom do a 30 second plank hold each round. First round 10 burpess, then 8, 6, 4 and 2 burpees each round at the top of the hill. That hill is simply miserable. I’d like to name it Mount Misery. Marketing Department please make those changes. I think Gerber successfully lapped us all on the lovely exercise. This also inspired my title of this backblast. Let’s mosey to basketball courts.
Everyone was pretty gassed at this point but let’s line up for some suicides. Worked in some V-Ups and Big Boy’s in between Suicides.
Mosey to front of school for some partner work. Partner 1 runs while partner 2 completes 100 speed skaters, 100 Bobby Hurley’s and 100 Squats.
Mosey back to start for 3 minutes of Have a Nice Day!
It really was great to lead this group this morning. We had some good banter with the group. It was good to learn about Honeycomb’s son Chum as we were going through the exercises. He is on a college fishing team hence the name Chum. Also had some great discussions afterwards at Coffeteria. Discussions ranged from Wolverine is a maniac on a mountain bike, breaking your putter in a round of golf, Nascar(Scuba Steve has been to every track in the country) and buying ticket for the new soccer team in Charlotte. All in all a great morning to get out with a great bunch of guys. I’m sure you all didn’t mean to call me all those potty names on Mount Misery as well.
Rockwell is permanently moving Off the Chain to Wednesday nights. Locations may change but will always be Wednesday’s now.
Waxhaw Clean Up is next weekend with Coffeteria to follow. Bring blowers, rakes, gloves bags etc…….