Winter had better be Coming at the Annex

THE SCENE:  The hottest, thickest dang morning ever. IIRC, the hottest day of the year to this point. If you or any of your loved ones know the wherabouts of the stupid wind, contact Robert Stack immediately.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Not shouted because Gun Show was afraid of my Dad voice. Delivered to Sonic a little later

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20 (because we have rules)
Arm Circles IC x20 Fwd, x20 Rev
Daisy Pickers IC x 20
Imperial Walkers IC x 20
Windmills IC x20

THA-THANG:
We mosey over to the east side of the parking lot near the 400m/quarter mile loop for the Sword Coast Relay. I had orginially planned on doing the Relay race that I did at the Morg, Marc Cohn style – in the middle of the pourin’ rain.  But I think I needed about 8 PAX total for that to work, so I defaulted to an older game.

The Game:

  • PAX Circle up and remember their spot in the order. We start with Gomer and go around the circle.
  • PAX #1 rolls a 12-sided Exercise die (I found the good one. Miss me with that yoga die). He then runs clockwise around the loop, bearing THE BATON (Which was a NERF Sword. NERF OR NOTHING!).
  • PAX do the exercise the die winds up being. Difficulty ranges from “Water Break” to “20 Burpees”.
  • Once All In, PAX #2 rolls and runs Counter Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX.
  • Once All In, PAX #3 rolls and runs Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX, and so on…
  • After you hand off the sword, finish your loop and return to the circle and recover until the next roll.

No Rerolling this morning (except when I got tired of side planks and made an executive decision). Also, as people keep trying to tell me, fall is at hand, so the sun rises later, so the loop was super scurry and dark. To help the brave pax navigate the treacherous running paths of Ye Olde Cordova, I taped a flashlight to the hilt of THE BATON. Gun show immediately noted it was a lightsaber now! Is this what it’s like to be out-nerded? I don’t like it! 42! CUCUMBERS ARE FRUITS! g=9.81m/s^2! There. Better. Good eye Gun Show. Proud of ye you temporary AOQICHIM.

B-B-But what of the PAX that are running in the dark without the lightsaber? That’s what the disclaimer is for.

5 of the 6 PAX in attendance already knew this game and DHL learned the rules at next-day-air speed! T-Claps Sir! Everything went smooth, no shenanigans, so clearly the problem last time was Speedy and Grimace, as usual. Sonic and Tremor always impress me by finding ways to fit in extra reps, joining in the exercise when they finished their lap instead of recovering.

Gomer Dropped the Sword at one point, resulting in…Nothing. Didn’t have a rule for that.. Next time, Gomer…next time. Back at the ranch the Die just kept landing on Tuck Jumps, side planks, and jump lunges, so the core and legs got some good work that morning.

At about 6AM, Sonic Irish Goodbye’d to get to school. Go bench press some kids, you hoodied beast.

About 24 die rolls were made, but not a single water break. The probability of such a thing is approximately…whack. Oh well. On to Mary

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 10
4-count LBCs IC x 10
American Hammers IC x 10
4-count BBSU IC x 10

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 6 PAX
Gomer, Tremor, Sonic, DHL, Gun Show (Acting AOQ),  Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I had my first sermon to preach the weekend after this, so I gave the 45-second version: Just because you are technically allowed to do something with impunity, doesn’t mean you can be obnoxious about it. Whatever your faith, or creed, or vocation is, you should make it as approachable as possible, because stumbling blocks will make it harder for others to come to you and what you’re doing.

Prayers for DHL’s job search, for traveling PAX, and family health.

MOLESKIN:
Gonna need to get some headlamps from the Hazard Frought – I mean…Harbor Freight if I’m gonna encourage more running. I think everyone would be fine, but I’d feel much better. Of course, the sun may rise later, but It’s still hot and thick as anything. GAWD, I am tired of summer and it’s death grip on September. Be Gone! Gun Show done good as AOQ in Speedy’s absense, and even snagged us a Ghost Flag! Glad the mere thought of a Roomba Q scared everyone off (which is surely what happened). Also, with Sonic out for Name o Rama, we improvised (our efforts were blessed by the crow): https://photos.app.goo.gl/RQTuajQAcp51jE1E7

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Kids, Shine your tire sleds and don your weighted vests, because next Tuesday, the 24th, The Grimace Cometh. Evanescence and pain are going to have you seeing Purple and cursing the Hamburger Witch that borne him! Start Hydrating now.

You’re All Shooting Stars to Me at the Annex

THE SCENE:  Not to bad. The soupy air of Memphis is chilled and ready to enjoy. Really Dewy. Can’t wait to end one of these with dry socks.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered! And again for Rosetta Stone.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20 (because we have rules)
Imperial Walkers IC x 20
Windmills IC x 20
Arm Circles FWD IC x 20 (Keep arms up)
Arm Circles REV IC x 20

THA-THANG:
See if you can guess the theme faster than the PAX this Morning! Hints in Bold. Gomer was a curious one, having a peek at the 3 cardboard signs I made the night before, now scattered near the NE corner of the Annex like a corrugated Triptych sloppily hurled at a hillside.

Mosey’d around the 1/4mi loop and argued about whether it’s a 400meter loop and not a 1/4mi loop. After completing one orbit, PAX gathered at the east end of the lot for AMRAP #1 to the tune of the Meteora album by Linkin Park, which was also the first album I bought with my own money. Sorry I’m late to that particular party, Speedy and Grimace. 8 minutes of the following:

Plank Jacks x 10
E
l Capitan up the hill  to the swings (Like a deep Lunge walk)
R
ussian Twists x 10
S
quat Jumps x 10
E
l Capitan backwards down the hill
I
mperial Squat Walkers x 10
D
erkins x 10

Another orbit round the loop up to the pavilion (after I had to get my shout on) and PAX picked out picnic tables for AMRAP #2. Another 8 Minutes:

Mario x 10 (Mostly done as step ups, because of all the dew we had accumulated)
Elevated Merkins x 10 (using the benches)
Tricep Dips x 10
Elbow Plank x 20 seconds
Obamas away from the pavilion until you hit 20 Merkins then
Reverse Lunge back until you have pavilion roof over you

The PAX started asking why I wasn’t calling the Elevated Merkins Irkins (short for incline Merkins). I said because it would upset the acronym. It was at this point that the PAX figured out the theme was the Meteor shower we had this week. Their reward was another loop! End at the east lot again. 6 minutes left for AMRAP #3:

Smurf Jacks x 10
Hillbillies x 10
Outlaws x 10
WWII Situps x 10
Everest up the hill
REVerest back down (Everest Backwards)

They only got done with one round before the timer went off. In addition to just spelling PERSEID METEOR SHOWER, I also stuffed as many Plyometric exercies into tha thang as I could. Plyometric exercises focus on burst of energy and usually have some kind of “shooting” action, in honor of the the shooting stars.

Nerds love alt text.
I am insufferable.

MARY:
OYO Limping back to STARTEX

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 6 PAX
Gomer, Gun Show, Rosetta Stone, Lager, Speedy (AOQ), Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
A reiteration of what Barney said a few weeks back about getting home and finding the energy to spend time with your family. I recounted that I’d been sleeping terribly this week and my 2.0 wanted to get up in the night and see the shooting stars this week. I was going to bed on the last night of the meteor shower not really intending to see them, but when my son woke up anyway around the start of the visibility window, I found the energy to take him in the back yard and do some literal stargazers with him. We saw 2, and his excitement more than made up for the sleep lost. Point is, HIM, your family is your first ministry, so dig deep for them.

Prayers for Rabbit’s 8th, and Gomer’s friends.

MOLESKIN:
So the last time I did AMRAPs, the whiteboard failed. Cardboard signs were way better and were hoboriffic! Must remember to bring a flashlight to point at them though, especially with the sunrise starting to shift. I had a much easier time leading this morning, and I think I’m feeling at ease commanding such hard exercise routines. The lunges and squat variants we did were brutal though.

PLC had awesome discussion about boat racing (I call drummer!), Banana blight, Japanese, and Books. Also Gun Show got hissed out by some Geese.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
2 year convergence at the Mothership. Freed to bring PLC Goodies. If you’re reading this and it’s still friday, the 16th, shut this off, go lay out your clothes, and go to bed now. Ghost flag will be there, so Trashville, come and claim it if you dare!

Smooth (skA)MRAPs at the (skA)nnex

THE SCENE:  Muggy, but not steaming (until we got to work).

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Your Roomba is synced to the Atomic Clock. Started promptly at 5:30. Disclaimed like 4 Times Total. Some day I’ll actually get to meet the REAL Meter Maid.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH, Daisy Pickers, Imperial Walkers IC x 20
Arm Circles IC x 15 Forward, 15 backward

THA-THANG:
MICROSCOPIC mosey to a grassy bit near the track. PAX saw a whiteboard and Gun Show reminded me that he was promised NO MATH. We did AMRAPS. This was based on a routine the M came up with for FiA, based on a periodic table of excercise to target a different muscle group, and to challenge each group incrementally. I guinea pigged this  and workshopped it with her. Made some adjustments for this morning based on challenge level and whimsy. I call them smooth because the exercises sort of flow into each other (Supermans feel good and give you an excuse to collapse after Merkins, etc.).

And the soundtrack? It’s in the title, boyee. SKA!

AMRAPS Progress as follows, changing one or 2 things each round.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Duration 5 Minutes 6 Minutes 7 Minutes 7 Minutes 5 Minutes
Rep Count/ Hold Time 10 Reps/Seconds 10 Reps/Seconds 15 Reps/Seconds 15 Reps/Seconds 15 Reps/Seconds
Exercise 1: Legs Squats Squats Squats Squat Jumps Squat Jumps
Exercise 2: Cardio SSH Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Exercise 3: Shoulder/Chest Merkins Merkins Merkins Merkins Merkins
Exercise 4: Back Superman Superman Superman Superman Ethan Hunt*
Exercise 5: Front LBCs LBCs Cross Planks Cross Planks Cross Planks
Run! Run to First Street Light Run to First Street Light Run to First Tree on Left (farther point) Run to First Tree on Left Run to First Tree on Left

An Ethan Hunt Is something YHC invented when trying to keep my arms out on a Superman, but kept losing balance. You extend your arms Forward and legs back like a Superman then move them to the sides and bring them back for one rep. Not sure why it’s an Ethan Hunt? Remember than one scene in Mission Impossible? You know the one…

No (But it is a good one), the one with the wire and the sweat drop…

Yeah! That! That’s why. It looks like that, but more sweat drops by this point.

The Mumblechatter was terrific and YHC had to take breaks from the laughter. We Gave Sonic and Tremor ribbing about them being so competitive with each other (These inhuman weirdos go for a sprint during the 20-counts that were betweent the last few rounds). Talking about celebrating Grimace’s First Q back by visiting different AOs that day. Sonic wants to do Karaoke of Come on Eileen. Paralegals are obviously Ghost Lawyers. The Reps and steady ramping up in difficulty was really felt later on, with lots of freely-offered information about what exercises everyone hates and how we have at a lot of misanthropic knees in the group. Gun Show just can’t stop knee-capping, even if it’s his own patellas…

Micro-mosey back to Startex for Mary. 

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 10
American Hammers IC x 10

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 10 PAX
Gun Show , Tremor, Paralegal, Lager, Beetus, Sonic, Jiminy (FNG), Couch Potato (FNG),  Speedy (AOQ), Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Yesterday, I went to a Funeral for a man I didn’t know, but I knew from the speakers that he was such a pillar of his community and family and business that the room was a standing room affair. A few times it was said that others now have a large burden to bear now that his is gone. Freed to Lead also encourages HIM to be so integral in our communities that others aren’t sure what they’ll do without us. Let us strive to be that lynchpin and train up the next wave of men to be able to shoulder the burdens we’ll leave behind.

MOLESKIN:
I Finally got to name some folks! The first guy was a fan of Cricket, hence Jiminy, and our second guy kept saying he was very active and hated sitting around, hence Couch Potato. Welcome guys. Hope you come back soon. I think that was Tremor that EH’d them. Good work, dude. I like the AMRAP model because it lets everyone go as hard as they can and self-regulate. I’m liking the new set of regulars. With it being Tiger Lily’s last day posting, I thought it was gonna be like 4 PAX total, but I’m really impressed with the turnout! Good PLC, talking about our preferences with Museums and TVs

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
F3 Memphis’s 2nd Birthday is 8/17 at the Mothership. Don’t know if it’s an official convergence, but it’s gonna be big. Will there be a dunk tank where you can dunk the Nantan? Not with that attitude, there won’t be.

Revenge of the Nerds comes to the Morg

(A.K.A. The time I tricked the Morglians into LARPing)
THE SCENE:
  Rainy, cool, and lacking a QIC. I parked at the wrong lot. Cobains.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Started by Orange Julius, and reinforced by me 4 minutes later. Clearly not a professional.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH, Daisy Pickers, Imperial Walkers IC x however many OJ prescribed
Arm Circles IC x 15 Forward, 15 backward

THA-THANG:
A mosey around the parking lot. Full disclosure, I had planned this for the field on the other side of the park, so this was literally a scouting run. Found my Target — A 50ish meter stretch of parking lot median with a tree at one end. The baton, that looks suspiciously like a Nerf Sword, was placed at the tree and the group was divided at the other end, 3 lamp posts away. Team 1 and (wait for it) Team 2. YHC was on glorious Team 1 with OJ, The Streak, Bruce, and Ratio. Team 2 started with Croissant, Flobee, Sleep Number, Miracle Ear.  Imagine the following, but dark and riddled with puddles and rain and mud:

Nerds love alt text.
God, I’m good at MS Paint…

The Game: Push-the-Cart Dora Relay Race. Game is as follows

  • Each team has their own identical Exercise Die with 12 exercises.. Difficulty ranges from “Water Break” to “20 Burpees”.
  • At “Go!” the First PAX on each team Rolls the Die and takes off running to the sword, on his team’s side. The Remaining PAX perform the Exercise as fast as possible.
  • Whoever gets to the sword first gets possession, rounds the tree and starts heading to the enemy team base on their side.
  • When the Sword bearer encounters an opponent headed their way, they must hand off the sword. The sword changes possession and goes the opposite way along the track to the opponents base. No cutsies at the tree.
  • Back at base, once PAX are All In from their team’s Dice Exercise, PAX #2 rolls and runs, leaving the remaining PAX to perform the roll’s result. Continue on with Subsequent PAX.
  • After you hand off the sword, finish the track and return to your own base and recover until the next roll.
  • Teams continue cycling through runners as fast as the group can perform the exercises. “Water Break” is a freebie, meaning the next PAX can roll and run immediately.
  • If a team manages to run the sword to their enemy’s base, they score. The sword is replaced at the tree and the next round starts.

It took about 5-10 minutes for everyone to get on the same page about the rules, but eventually everyone got their competetive edge on. OJ incorporated the strategy of holding the die just off the ground and waiting in the sprint-ready stance for All In, before simply dropping the Die so we wouldn’t waste time waiting for it to stop rolling/bouncing. It also helps that he runs like a beast.

Sleep Number and a few others had the interesting tactic of throwing the sword away before the handoff to delay the other team. Shenanigans! 30 points from Griffinmorg!

Turn order was not always held, and some runners lapped others. Eventually IIRC, The Streak and Croissant decided they didn’t trust the others rolls and wanted a designated roller representative from each team, before rolling each other’s die to start the penultamate round, amid much trash talk. We essentially had Wet Calvinball with swords, and it was amazing. Too Tall joined in in the middle and evened up the teams (Team 2 was short handed until then). Miracle Ear looked ecstatic everytime he got to play the with sword.

Finally we were getting close to time, and I figured the score was about 2-2, so I placed the sword at the middle lamppost, about half the distance. SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME. Team 2 got a Water Break and an easy second runner right after the first. Team 1 got…20 Burpees. DOH! Team 2 walked it in easy before I got to my 3rd Burpee. Well played Team 2, ya filthy animals.

Nerds love alt text.
And there was much rejoicing…


A slow, almost swaggerly mosey back to Startex for Mary. 

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 20
LBCs IC x 5 (with the 4-count, it was 20)
Aww Yeahs x 3 each Side
A dumb squat hop pyramid thing I got from Speedy X 10, then X9, then X8 (27 total)

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 9 PAX
Croissant, Flobee, Sleep Number, Miracle Ear, Too Tall, Orange Julius, The Streak, Ratio, Bruce,  Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
My church regularly asks men in the congregation to lead a sermon a few times a year. I told the Elders I was up for it, and nothing happened for a long time. I was starting to think they’d forgotten or didn’t think I was mature enough to do it. Then I just got told yesterday that I need to start preparing a sermon with them to be preached in about 1-2 months. I’m now the other kind of anxious now that it’s actually happening. I’ve got two takeaways for the men. One past, one for going forward:
1) If something is righteous to do, be patient and trust in the Lord. Whether or not it comes to fruition, God’s will is happening.
2) If you are struggling/ nervous in doing something worthwhile, ask for help and receive it graciously.

Prayers for my FIL and all unspoken.

MOLESKIN:
I still love the Exercise Die. That was the first time I Q’d in the rain and the first workout sesh totally out in the wetter elements with ne’ery a gazebo or pavillion. What an experience, though! Also, that morning was hectic. I forgot my phone, was running late, despite getting up earlier, went to the wrong parking lot, had to improvise, and do it all in the cold rain, but it’s amazing how little that matters when you don’t sweat the details and stick to the rest of the plan as best as you can. We ended up having a blast and I think we were all sufficiently spent by the end. The post BC weather felt amazing, and apparantly Kansas dwellers don’t know what humidity is. Thanks to OJ for warming them up for me and props to the M for the BB Title.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Tremor’s VQ is this friday at the Annex! Tiger Lily is leaving soon, and something might be going on at Neverland next week. Check Slack.
Also, Dexter still has a pending VQ.

Live and DIE by the SWORD at the Annex

THE SCENE:  A little humid, but forgiving. Grimace and Speedy are already sweaty and panting. Can’t imagine why.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Totally on time. Why would you ask? Repeated for Meter Maids (Or Roombas as they are known at the Annex). Speedy spent this time EHing a recent critic of the F3 Nation.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20 (because we have rules)
Windmills IC x 20
Daisy Pickers IC x 20
Hillbillies IC x 20

Speedy kept doing Jawflappers

THA-THANG:
It’s revenge of the nerds time! More Dungeons and Derkins!
We mosey over to the east side of the parking lot near the 400m/quarter mile loop for the Sword Coast Relay. For those that still think Monopoly is an acceptable board game, The Sword Coast is a location in a popular D&D setting that’s positively brimming with adventure.

Nerds love alt text.

Our loop was just like that, but without all that pretty water, and with lots of ragweed and joggers.
Speaking of, our illustrious leader, Speedy, finally joined us for the explanation.

  • PAX Circle up and remember their spot in the order. We start with Gomer and go around the circle. (Place your bets on whether the PAX stayed in order).
  • PAX #1 rolls a 12-sided Exercise die (I found the good one. Miss me with that yoga die). He then runs clockwise around the loop, bearing THE BATON (Which was a NERF Sword. NERF OR NOTHING!).
  • PAX do the exercise the die winds up being. Difficulty ranges from “Water Break” to “20 Burpees”.
  • Once All In, PAX #2 rolls and runs Counter Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX.
  • Once All In, PAX #3 rolls and runs Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX, and so on…
  • After you hand off the sword, finish your loop and return to the circle and recover until the next roll.
  • As with the last D&D Q, all PAX have the ability to reroll one of their own rolls once that morning. 

The interesting twist with the reroll this time is that you don’t have to do the exercises, so you can reroll to try and make it harder or easier on your fellow PAX. Tunes were started and we were underway! Gomer rolled a 20 Burpees straight away and completed the loop before we could finish, like a boss. The first round proceeded with minimal shenanigans. Everyone chanted for Water Break and we all experienced disappointment as a family. Everyone hung in there for lots of jump lunges and jump squats.

In the second round, I witnessed Grimace go out of turn. Mark it folks. Civility died in the Annex at 5:57AM. For Shame. Not long after Speedy finally rolled the first “Water Break”, He then tipped it over to change it to 20 burpees, and ran off like we wouldn’t notice that.

Speedy’s Stealth check: 4 (Broad daylight, and like 6 people staring straight at him)
PAX Perception check: 30+ (Again, we watched you do it, dude)

Gun Show tossed it up to make up for that chicanery and we got a Water Break, which translated to a 20-count. Sonic and Tremor did the burpees anyway. I think they take burpees as a free action. Beasts. Speedy on the other hand is obviously Lawful Evil. By the last rounds, order was mostly forgotten, but good laughs and mumblechatter was had.

Everyone went about 3 or 4 loops. I figure the sword was carried about 3.5 miles in total. Good job PAX. Get you some of Speedy’s Potion of Jitteryness.

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 20
LBCs IC x 20

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 9 PAX
Gomer, WannaCry, Tremor, Sonic, Grimace, Speedy (AOQ), Gun Show, Pronto Pup,  Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Accidentally keeping with the theme, I talked about Treasure. Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. It is crazy easy to say you support someone or something, but that is nothing unless you are putting time, energy, and/or expense into it. I am so proud of the F3 community as we take care of each other, especially during the floods a few weeks back. I felt I was preaching to the choir because every one of them takes this seriously enough to put sweat and time and planning into this. I told them to evaluate where their brethren place their treasure to find out what they are actually serious about.

Prayers for Pronto Pup’s friends that are terminal, for traveling PAX, Frosty’s M, Rabbit’s job, and all else unspoken.

MOLESKIN:
The Slack channel has been abuzz with rules lately, and today we fudged our way through my set of rules, but still had so much fun, in spite and because of it. I was happy to see WannaCry back out there. His quote on Slack said it all. It’s not motivation. motivation is fickle. It’s discipline that keeps us coming. I missed having Pronto Pup out there, and wish him luck on his VQ at the Levee. Can’t remember much about the mumblechatter, except that they hate that Die. I love the die. I don’t have the heart to tell everyone to do 30 mountainclimbers. It does :). I’m glad to have Sonic stick around after for the summer. Can’t wait for the next session…er…Q. Think I’ll finally bring that dragon I’ve been saving. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Convergence at Mothership on 4th of July. 6:30AM – 7:15AM. All other AOs are closed that day, so you need to get your freedom fix there. Grimace is on Q, which is no coincedence. Red, White, and Blue all mix to make a light purple.

Golden Spiral of Pain at the Annex

THE SCENE: Room temperature, if someone dropped a bucket of steamed towels in the room. Kinda warm, kinda humid.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20
Windmills IC x 20
Sonic cleared Dodge Charger Zone 2 and joined us and was disclaimed.
Daisy Pickers IC x 20
Hillbillies IC x 20

THA-THANG:
We did the first ever (until I’m told otherwise) Fibonacci Workout! We spelled Fibonacci with Exercises, incorporating numbers from the Fibonacci Sequence. Real Quick Nerd alert!
The most beautiful nerds check the Alt Text.
The Fibonacci sequence approximates the dimensions for a spiral shape commonly found in nature. The first number is 1, the second number is 1, and every subsequent number is the sum of the previous 2 numbers. 1+1=2 , 2+1=3, 3+2=5, and so on. Props to the M for helping me build this with the Exicon. We did:

  • 1 Flutterkick (2 is 1, so it’s not that dumb)
  • 1 Indian Run, around the place where the books were (I miss them), to the south, left at the tree (nannerheads know it), up to the tennis court.
  • 2 Burpees
  • 3 Obamas, a bear crawl, and every 4 hand moves you do 4 merkins, in honor of the 44th.
  • 5 Nadals, Named for Rafael Nadal, where we run the perimeter of a Tennis court.
  • 8 Agassis, Named for Andre Agassi, and it’s suicides on a Tennis court. We were getting smoked on running by then, so each leg of a suicide counted as 1.
  • 13 Carolina Dry Docks
  • 21 Crunchy Frogs, Start in a v-sit, hugging your knees, then quickly fly all your limbs out and bring them back in.
  • 34 Imperial Walkers
    At this point we finished round one! So, what’s another F exercise that uses the number 55?

I use this site way too much, probably.

  • A Four hundred and Fifty-Five meter run to the gazebo!
  • 89 Inverted rows. This is when things got awful.
  • Bolt 144s, that’s deconstructed squats, 48 standing to halfway, 48 half to all down, 48 full squats.
  • 233 seconds of Overhead claps. Thanks to Chuck E. Cheese for correcting my math when setting my alarm. You win the number 159.
  • 377 Nolan Ryans, a side plank, with the top arm punching under the gap. For context: First Ten Seconds of this
    A few minutes into beating up Robin Ventura (and explaining the finer points of historic sports violence to Gomer), it was time to mosey down for Mary. No D&D, but Grimace still found some loot on the way.

MARY:
LBCs IC x 20
BBSs IC x 13

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 6 PAX
Sonic (shouting from his car), Gun Show, Gomer, Chuck E. Cheese, Grimace (AOQ), Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Tomorrow marks YHC’s 1-year of being in F3. The Fibonacci Sequence and Spiral is associated with optimal growth in Nature, and I feel like this past year has been some of my most optimal growth as a Man. I take on harder tasks, I take more initiative with my family, friends, and work. I’ve done a lot of Hard things that have no immediate value, like earning a banana flag signature, GORUCK, and want to shoot for more things that are hard and have no reason. If you can do something hard for no reason, you’ll be better equipped to do challenging things that have a purpose in your life. I encourage all PAX to keep doing the hard things that make everything else doable.

Prayers for Physical Recoveries, Family problems, and that all the Kids out for summer make good choices.

MOLESKIN:
Mumblechatter was pretty low, except for valid complaints about the higher rep exercises. I think everyone’s gonna take a break from math… or squatting easily… or arm lifting for a while. Why do these nerdy Qs end up being very arduous? Guess I’ll have to do more to gather data. I’m liking having Gun Show and Gomer out here as regulars, enjoyed meeting Charles Entertainment Cheese, and am looking forward to Sonic raising the bar as he can post more often now that school is out!

Grimace did great as a stand-in AOQ for Speedy. The universe agreed and rewarded him with the aforementioned loot! A working Bluetooth Speaker left in the parking lot! PLC was had with some classic 80s music, but now Bring Sally Up will likely be a MORE common staple of upcoming Grimace Qs. -_-

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Memorial Day Convergence at the Barracks. Murph (a lot of hard exercises) at 5AM, Workout at 6AM, 5-mile Speed Ruck at 7AM, COT to follow, featuring name of the fallen family members within our community. Come for some or all.

Dungeons and Derkins at the Ye Olde Annex

THE SCENE: Cold and dark as the Mines of Moria once the Fellowship entered, and just as still.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20
Daisy Pickers IC x 20
Arm Circles IC Fwd x 20
Arm Circles IC Rev x 20
Hillbillies IC x 20

Meandering mosey on over to the Bert Ferguson Awning

THA-THANG:
We played a little session of Dungeons and Derkins, and I made the switch from Q to Derkin Master. Props to the M for the name! 
PAX were assigned the class called…PAX and were thrust immediately into a fight! Initiative was assigned and sometimes even remembered:
1) Slider (our Willy Loman from Birmingham!)
2) Speedy (AOQ)
3) Boba Fett
4) Third Wheel
5) Sonic
6) Photoshop
7) Park Bench (his first time at the Annex!)
8) YHC
Our brave and noble party squared off against a giant Bugbear!

Rawr.
Rawr.

How do you fight a Bugbear? With DeadBUGs and BEAR crawls! Fighting goes like this:

  • The PAX attack by all doing 10 deadbugs (on your six, raise opposite arms and legs alternatively, where one arm and leg up = 1 rep) and then bear crawling the length of a handrail outside the community center. This slight uphill climb is the same Photoshop subjected us to a few weeks prior, as most of the PAX well remembered.
  • After “All In”, one PAX (whoever’s turn it is), rolls a giant 6-sided die, numbered 1-6. The result is how much damage was done to the bugbear, who began the fight with 100HP.
  • Mosey on back to the start and deadbugs/ bear crawl again for the next strike!
  • Once all PAX get a turn, it’s the bugbear’s turn, and he hits us all for damage equal to the result of a nifty exercise dice.
  • PAX have a magic power: Once per workout, a PAX can reroll one die, one time, accepting the new result.

Round one recap: the PAX collectively did 34 Damage, leaving the bugbear with 66/100HP! The Bugbear hits us all with his mighty club for 1 Minute Wall Sit Damage!

We spend some of this round talking about bees.


Bees.

Round two recap: the PAX are consistent warriors, collectively doing 33 Damage, leaving the bugbear with just 33HP Left! The Bugbear breathes fire on us, doing 20 Merkins of Damage!

We continue talking about swarms of bees and debate about the two planets we spotted in the southern sky, about which is Jupiter, and which is Venus.

<I DON’T WANT TO SEARCH FOR “BEES AND PLANETS IMAGES”. I’M SCARED.>

Round three recap: Slider gets his first non-six roll of the fight and gets a one! He uses his magic power and gets…a one! PAX use their rolls and rerolls well, getting 4-6 points per roll. Finally, the bugbear has 8 points left, and Park Bench rolls a 5! With 3 HP left, and only YHC’s turn left (and no powers left) before the bugbear strikes again, YHC needs a 3 or higher…and gets a 6! Ain’t no kill like overkill! The Bugbear is crushed with 2 minutes to spare and there was much rejoicing! Mosey on back to the flag.

Total XP: 240 Deadbugs, about a 1/4mi. of Bearcrawling. LEVEL UP!

MARY:
Just enough time for 10 Hello Dollies IC.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 8 PAX
Slider (Willy Loman), Speedy (AOQ), Boba Fett, Third Wheel, Sonic, Photoshop, Park Bench, Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
It is not Submission, Trust, or Obedience if you were going to do it anyway
A book I read a while back said that “God never commands anything that comes
easy to everyone”. The bible doesn’t say “Keep doing you.”
Submission to authority only happens when it’s something you don’t want to do.
The rest of the time, it’s just your will happen to fall in line with authority. It is no great act to not commit the same sins you never do (I have a 30-year streak on not killing people), but to resist the ones you realllly wanna do.
Likewise, trusting god only counts if you don’t know or don’t think things will
be okay. A positive attitude is great, but trust is only worth something when
your trust has no safety net.
These not only apply to god, but your families, government, and fellow humans.

Prayers for Physical Recoveries, Furloughed/Expecting Spouses, Slider’s work and return home to Birmingham.

MOLESKIN:
On any given morning I really want to stay in the fartsack, but something is always the tipping excuse to go. Trying something dumb for Speedy’s GIFs, PLC, Signing a humourous flag featuring bananas. This morning, were I not already on Q, I’d be there for the mumblechatter alone. A nerd Q indeed. Talking about beekeeping and classes at the agricenter about them, astronomy, bedroom dice, critical fails, and a bunch of other things to keep each other motivated and entertained. 

We didn’t get a chance to use the sword I brought for a relay, but that will be left for Advanced Dungeons and Derkins next time.

Photoshop et. al. investigated a bunch of cars that accumulated in the west end of the parking lot while we were exercising. Turns out they were ROTC, meeting an army recruiter. Apparently, our form, flag, and callouts made them think we were actually army. I’m proud of us!

Missed Grimace this morning, hope he feels better.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Q source lunches are happing now at Whole Foods. Check the Preblast for times, and fill out the survey on Slack to help pick a time that works for the most people.

Crucible is coming up soon, and a “Basketsball Match” against someone named “Youcie Eff” is this Sunday. Equinox Challenge is underway. GO READ!

Go here for details: https://f3memphis.com/preblast-for-the-week-of-1-21-19

Mosey Game: Fert Berguson Edition

THE SCENE:  Dark, Cool, yet Soupy and Drinkable, like a fine Gazpacho. Grimace still has a weighted vest on.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
WARM-O-RAMA:

Warm up theme: Running Stretches
20 Squats OYO
20 Daisy Pickers IC
15 Imperial Walkers IC
15 Hillbillies IC
20 SSH IC

THA-THANG:
We went for a mile long mosey in the dark while playing the mosey game. Every tree on the left (within a CMU throw away) needs 30 Tree-huggers from the group, combined. Every Bench on the Right needs 30 Box Jumps (or Step-ups), Combined. It was a memory exercise too, Trees to the left of me, Benches to the right (and here I am, stuck in the middle with you). PAX kept in a tight group and everyone did their fair share of 5 each. All in all, we hit up 2 benches and hugged about a dozen trees. The Tree Bowing started getting very zen, and debating over whether or not we could hit that tree with a CMU was a lot of fun!

These amazing weirdos finished the route really fast and we did calling out exercises. Apologies for discrepancies.
Boba Fett – 15 Hillbillies IC
Pronto Pup – 25 Big Boy Situps OYO
Renfro – 20 Merkins OYO
Speedy – 15 Body Builders OYO
Grimace – 100 Squats IC (we shared the count)

Short Mosey to Mary

MARY:
20 Flutterkicks IC
20 LBC IC
15 Hello Dolly IC
15 Big Boy Situps OYO
20 SSH IC
10 Daisy Pickers IC
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
6 PAX. Boba Fett, Speedy, Pronto Pup, Grimace, Renfro, Roomba
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
We as men can get ludicrously competitive, but all that energy and drive often is used on things that ought to be lower on our priorities. There’s nothing wrong with being enthusiastic over your job or your sports team or your hobbies and interests, but let’s try to see our personal relationships, the people that depend on us, that we are committed and devoted to, as something to get competitive about. Get excited about being the best at that. Follow through, Love the ones close to you.
MOLESKIN:
It was upon Amen from BOM that YHC began to get faint. I blame Grimace because I was seeing purple. I’m thankful to the PAX for helping me through that. I’d been sweating my VQ because I barely have the strength to get through these things, and it was a nice reminder that leading doesn’t mean being best. Thanks to my HIM for showing up and really SHOWING UP.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Annex is Tuesdays and Fridays now.