The Pre-Drive

The Pre-Drive

Quotes from the Gloom:

  • “Bro! We just did the pre-run!” – Rousey
  • “Pre-run? You just got out of your cars.” – Tagalong
  • “Yeah, well, we drove over to the parking deck because it was raining.” – Rousey
  • “So, is that a pre-run or a pre-drive?” – Tagalong

That’s pretty much how the mumblechatter went the rest of the time. But now onto…

The Thang

  • Mosey from CoT over to small lake in Ballantyne Corporate Plaza.
  • Warmup
    • Grab some wall and do Prime the Pump (Fairly rapid calf raises while steadying self against a wall or piece of playground equipment.) – x35 I/C
  • Moderate-paced Run around the lake.
  • Side Straddle Hop x25 I/C
  • Low Slow Squat x25 I/C
  • Plank-o-Rama
    • Makhtar N’Diaye (pronounced “Mac-tar Jie”, rhymes with “sky”).
      • 4-count exercise: Left elbow down / Right elbow down / Left hand down / Right hand down (essentially alternating between elbow plank and high plank)
      • X10 I/C
    • Right hand straight out. Left foot straight out.
    • Left hand straight out. Right foot straight out.
    • Right hand to the sky. Right foot to the sky.
    • Left hand to the sky. Left foot to the sky.
    • Plank Jacks x20 I/C
  • Run around the lake.
  • Shoulder-o-Rama
    • Arm Circles forwards x15 I/C
    • Arm Circles backwards x15 I/C
    • Seal Claps x15 I/C
    • Overhead Seal Claps x15 I/C
    • Moroccan Night Clubs x15 I/C
  • Partner Work Part 1!
    • Partner 1 is the timer. Run a lap around the lake.
    • Partner 2: Cut a Flip – 5 Merkins, 5 Big Boy Sit-ups, repeato until Partner 1 gets back.
    • Switch until each partner has run around the lake twice.
  • Ab Web
    • Big Boy Sit-up x1
    • American Hammers x4 I/C
    • …we got up to 7 Big Boy Sit-ups / 28 American Hammers before moving on to…
  • Carolina Jackass
    • Carolina Dry Docks x10
    • Donkey Kicks x10
    • Wall hold (keep feet up on the wall on the last Donkey Kick) x10 seconds
    • Repeat going down to 9 of each.
    • …We got down to 6 reps each before deciding to go back to some more Partner Work.
  • Partner Work Part 2!
    • Partner 1 is the timer. Run a lap around the lake.
    • Partner 2: Bench a Flip – 10 Dips, 10 Step-ups (1=1, so 5 per leg), repeato until Partner 1 gets back.
    • Switch until each partner has run around the lake twice.
  • Finish up Carolina Jackass from 5 down to 1.
  • Mosey back to near CoT.
  • Jack Web
    • Merkin x1
    • Air Press x4
    • We got up to 7 Merkins and, I think 35 Air Presses. Which means that, somewhere along the way YHC must have switched to Air Presses Yeah, we were all pretty toast by that point, so my counting was likely way off.
  • Hallelujah Toy Soldiers (like Toy Soldiers but with arms extended straight above head the entire time) x30
  • Time!

Moleskine (i.e., Spreadsheets from the Gloom)

It was a great time posting with these guys in SOB-land that I had met during my Passport Challenge travels. I’d crossed paths with Lex Luthor, Tagalong, and Rousey at least a couple of times and always enjoyed sweating alongside them. During the workout today, there was plenty of mumblechatter until everyone got too gassed to say much.  =)

The 2nd F Coffeteeria afterwards at Einstein’s Bagel’s was equally awesome. I shared with the Pax there that, on the days when the weather is intense (i.e., heavy rain, low temperatures, high wind, snow, etc.) I always wake up and just smile, because I know it’s going to be one of those more “memorable” experiences. We rarely remember the sunny, 65 degree workouts as much as the beatdowns in the pouring rain. Deep thought for the day: One of the reasons why we men of F3 get up early to do hard, memorable, meaningful things while those we care about are still sleeping, is so that we can then go back home and do hard, memorable, meaningful things for and with those we care about. Life training happens in the gloom.


  • Site Q School
    • Monday, 03/14/22
    • 5:15A to 6:15A
    • @ Cuthbertson Middle School
    • See Chastain for more details.
  • 3rd Friday 2nd F Lunch
    • Friday, 03/18/22
    • 12:15P to 1:14P (?)
    • @ location TBD
    • See Das Boot for more details.
  • Q Source (leadership discussion group)
  • Q School
    • Saturday, 04/02/22
    • 6:30A to 8:05A
    • @ Cuthbertson Middle School
    • See Fuse Box for more details.
  • Waxhaw Trail Fest 2
    • Saturday, 04/30/22
    • 6:00A to 11:00A
    • @ Carolina Thread Trail
    • See Kid Rock for more details.


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