Expose the Pecker – BLOPS


Cloudy and 64 degrees Fahrenheit next to the river.  I mosey’d one mile from work down to the park just before noon with FNG.  When we arrived at the park we saw crews setting up stages and fences for Memphis in May.  This was a problem because the parking lot was closed and I didn’t bring a phone.  At noon, no other PAX had showed.  I figured that the next likely place they may have parked would have been down at Martyr’s Park, so I left the FNG and ran that way.  Fortunately, the other PAX were waiting for me a mile in the opposite direction.  When I didn’t find them, I ran back to meet FNG at Beale St Landing.  Now I figured FNG and I were going to be alone.

FNG suggested that we sprint up the Landing hill.  I thought this was a bad idea, but I did it anyway.  Upon reaching the summit, I developed an early onset case of acute mountain sickness because I neglected to stop and camp for a day in the middle of the climb.  I felt like this was a good place to conclude the day’s exercising.

Shortly thereafter, I was surprised/relieved/wheezing to see three PAX ascending the other side of the hill.  We jumped in with a disclaimer and began warm-o-rama at the peak.  As we were just getting started, “guy in the orange shirt” passed by, was invited to join, and did so.  (I’m sure there’s an F3 word for that, but I haven’t learned it yet).  I believe some effort was made to get more information from him, but I’m not aware of how that went due to the high altitude pulmonary edema I was suffering.  For now, we’ll just assume he’s the ghost of one of the steamboat passengers that didn’t make it to Tom Lee’s skiff.


SSH x 21 IC

Daisy Pickers x 20 IC

Windmills x 20 IC

Mosey to bottom of hill.



Partnered up, one partner did exercise while the other ran up and down the hill.

50 Burpees

100 Overhand Claps

150 Merkins

200 Big boy sit ups

250 Squats

When “guy in the orange shirt” realized that he was supposed to do squats after running up the hill, he decided he’d rather resume drowning in the river and disappeared.  He put in really good work though.  Hopefully he’ll be back.

I felt like the using the hill like this was going to be terrible, but that it was the right thing to do.  It was worse than I expected.  However, I know that if was working out on my own I never would have done it more than once.  I did it a lot more than that today, and I’m thankful to be a part of a group that pushed me to do it.


Carolina Dry Dock x 15 OYO

American Hammer x 25 IC

Woodpecker, Phat Pat, Mama’s Boy, Bruce, Air Bud (FNG), ?


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

Rambled about that some in relation to my winding career path.  My group at work was eliminated last week and I was assigned a new role.  I’m happy to still have a job, but struggle to make sense of things.  I’ve had several jobs that haven’t play out at all as expected and have felt unrewarding for lots of hard work.  I wish I could read verse 6 and know that because I believe in Him, He will provide a straight, easy path ahead with no obstacles.  I don’t think that’s how it works though.  When I look back I can see how  God has used different jobs and people there to teach me a lot that I needed to learn.  So for today I can know that He is working in me in this.  Whatever the path looks like along the way, the destination is Jesus, and He knows the best way there.

That is all.
Things are occurring.

Rolling on the River

AO: Tom Lee Park (Black Ops)

QIC: Bruce

PAX: Lazarus, Teacher’s Pet, Four Eyes, F150, Ergo, Sir Mix-a-lot, Captain Obvious, Slicnut, and Bruce

Conditions: Foggy and wet, 48F



SSH IC x 15
Imperial Walkers IC x 15
Goofball IC x 15
Nancy Kerrigans IC x 10 (each foot)


*Mosey to Battle Ropes*

Battle Ropes
1 PAX performed Power Slams x 15 (both arms slamming ropes using full body) while remaining PaAX squatted until all PAX had a turn.  Rinsed and repeated with Alternating Wave x 10 each arm, remaining PAX performed burpees until all PAX had a turn.  Rinsed and repeated with Arm Circles x 5 each arm, remaining PAX performed side lunges until all PAX had a turn

*Mosey to Beale Street Landing*

Rolling on the River
PAX lunge-walked up the hill.  PAX partnered up at top of hill.  PAX #1 performed 10 derkins, while PAX #2 performed squats.  Then PAX swapped and rinsed and repeated until 50 total derkins were performed.  All PAX moseyed down other side and down steps.  PAX #1 then performed 10 dips while PAX #2 performed step-ups.  Then PAX swapped and rinsed and repeated until 50 total dips were performed.  All PAX box jumped to top of stairs and lunge-walked back up hill.  Rinsed and repeated with 50 merkins/50 dips and 50 irkins (incline merkins)/50 dips.  PAX lunged walk back to top of the hill for Mary. (Approximately 350 yards of lunges)

Proud Mary
Q played “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  PAX performed LBCs until “Rolling” was heard. Once “Rolling” was heard, PAX switched to Gas Pumps until “Rolling” ended. Then PAX switched to Flutter Kicks and performed Flutter Kicks until next “Rolling”.  Then PAX switched back to Gas Pumps until “Rolling” ended.  Then PAX switched to LBCs.  Rinsed and repeated until song ended.



COT / BOM: QIC shared something that has been on his mind lately.  Expectation and approval.  Everyone has their own expectations of how things should go. How their kids should behave, how clean their house should be, how their friends view them, how they view Christ, etc.  These things stem from wanting approval. Wanting to be confirmed. QIC shared his expectation of perfectionism in everything that he does and explained that sometimes we expect too much of ourselves in order to please others or to fit a false reality.  Instead, we should do our best with what we have, the time we have, the people we have around us and trust in the Lord.

MOLESKIN: PAX tested a potential AO (Tom Lee Park) and enjoyed a dense gloom on the Mississippi River. Lesson learned: Battle ropes are heavy when saturated.