Doracides at Mothership

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, high 50’s

SSH IC x 13

Imperial Walker IC x 13

Daisy Pickers IC x 13

Burpees OYO until the 2nd shovel flag got planted


  • Carolina Dry Dock Mile: 20 Dry Docks at each 1/4 mile mark
  • Partner up for Doracides:
  • Partner 1: 100 Merkins, 200 LBC, 300 Squats, 400 SSH
  • Partner 2: Suicides ( sprint 30 yds and perform 1 burpees and sprint back, sprint 60 yds and perform 2 burpees and sprint back, sprint 100yds and perform 3 burpees and sprint back)
  • Alternate until complete then join PAX until all in
  • Bearcrawl 100 yds
  • Karaoka 100 yds
  • Sprint 100 yds

Ratchet Blaster

Flutter Kicks for 60 seconds

Rabbit, Anklet, The Seeker, Yardsale, Orange Julius, Teacher’s Pet, Daniel Tiger, Pops
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Loved watching The Seeker power through those suicides. Mumblechatter kept morale high this morning.

Millennials Always Breaking Rules

75 degrees, 77% Humidity, no clouds, no gloom. A perfect morning.

PAX were welcomed and disclaimed.

    • SSH 20 IC
    • Imperial Walkers 20 IC
    • Figure Four – 30 sec each leg
      • (Have gotten a name for my hip stretch. Because Nature Boy loves the hip stretch so much, Chiochetti decided it should be called the Figure 4 after the great Ric Flair)
    • Get in pairs – each PAX will do 100 reps- after one person in the pair has completed 100 reps, both run to end of parking lot and hold plank until all groups in
      • Round 1: SSH x 100
      • Round 2: Lunges x 100 (50 each leg)
      • Round 3: Merkins x 100
      • Round 4: LBCs x 100
      • Round 5: Mt. Climbers x 100 (1-1)
      • Round 6: Squats x 100
      • Round 7: Shoulder Taps x 100 (1-1)
      • Round 8: Carolina Dry Docks x 100
      • Round 9: Flutter Kicks (1-1)
      • Round 10: The group had the choice between Burpees and Monkey Humpers. Monkey Humpers were decided and regretted by rep 15.
  • MARY:
    • Finished with some AbRipper – (1 is 1 on all of these)
      • 25 In and Outs (arms raised or on ground by side)
      • 25 Bicycles (Forward)
      • 25 Bicycles (Reverse)
      • 25 Crunchy Frogs
      • 25 Wide Leg Situps
      • 25 Fiefer scissors (one leg 6 inches, one leg 90 degrees and swap)
      • 25 Butterfly Hip Raises
      • 25 Reverse Crunches
      • 25 Right Oblique V-Ups
      • 25 Reft Oblique V-Ups
      • American hammers until 0800 (1min)

8 PAX – 1FNG (Gilligan, Daniel Tiger, Nature Boy, C-Lo, Nickelback, Chioccetti, Monk(FNG), U-Rock(QIC))

Challenged PAX to be men of their word. Let their yes be yes and no be no. Don’t be afraid to tell someone that you wont be able to be something. It is easy to want to please everyone and never say “no” – ultimately it will wear you down and let others down.

Third Q in one week – was unaware there was a rule that you aren’t supposed to do more than two. Typical Millennial…breaking the rules.

Camping Trip – Oct 12!

Whole Body Circuit

THE SCENE: 72 degrees, blue skies and sunshine.

Disclaimed. Not a professional, You are not paying to be here. Modify as necessary, stop at anytime.

Windmills IC 15, Imperial Walkers IC 15, Hillbillies IC 15, Daisy Pickers IC 15.
Mosey lap around the parking lot.

Nature Boy and Sleep Number led the way with their rucks on today. Great job men! It will payoff for you next week.

1.  25 Merkins, 25 Burpees, 25 bodybuilders.
Bear crawl 25 yards.
2. 25 BBS, 25 LBC, 25 Oblique situps (left) 25 Oblique situps (right)
(PAX were met by 2 of their F3 brothers, Speedy and Murdoch who were out running. While they couldn’t be convinced to join up, Speedy did save the PAX from penalty burpees by leaving The Annex shovel flag. Thanks man! You were there when we needed you.)
Crab walk 25 yards.
3. 10 Single leg squats (PAX formed a circle each one relying on his brother for balance.) 10 left leg, 10 right leg. 20 Diamond merkins.
Mosey lap around the parking lot.
4. 20 SSH IC, 20 Crossover IC, 20 Butt-Kickers OYO. (OBOP called the Q Satan after the crossovers; YHC couldn’t be happier being knighted by the Queen.)
5. Merkin challenge: 20 regular merkins, 20 wide arm merkins, 20 narrow arm merkins, 20 seal merkins. Goal is to get all 80 done or as many as possible in 3 minutes.
Mosey lap around the parking lot.
6. Bolt 45s.
7. 6-minute alternating merkins and squats. (do 20 merkins then 40 squats) as many sets as possible in time allotted.
American Hammers IC 20
Nolan Ryans IC 10 each side.
LBC IC 20 (Grimace)<——time to get a Q brother.
Plank 60 seconds

Hot-N-Ready, O Positive, Daniel Tiger, Nature Boy, Orange Julius , Nickelback, Grimace, Halpert, Teacher’s Pet, Sleep Number


YHC has always found the story of James Braddock, boxing heavyweight champion, particularly inspiring. While successful in the late 1920s he lost nearly everything by the early 1930s both in the ring and financially. His story is portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film Cinderella Man and the Jeremy Schaap book of the same name. (As is typical the book is a bit better than the movie.)

With a wife and 3 children to support, Braddock was nearly destitute and eventually went on public welfare much to his great embarrassment. Despite the adversity, he never gave up. He continued to push himself and, after several key victories in late 34 and early 35, he got a heavyweight title shot against the great Max Bear, the reigning champion and despite being a significant underdog, pulled off a stunning upset.

Braddock used the success of this victory to right his circumstances. He took care of his family, he paid back the welfare money to the state of New Jersey, though not obligated to do so. He cared about  many of the things we encourage each other in F3. Family, friendship, community. Fitness, Fellowship, Faith.

YHC believes each and every man is capable of great things, whatever greatness is as defined in our own minds.

Prayers for the East Coast with Hurricane Florence in general and Nature Boys brothers who live there specifically. Prayers for next weeks GrowRuck event and safety for all the PAX.
Great enthusiasm by the brave few PAX who came out today!

Fund raising for West Cancer Clinic brought a lot of traffic to usually empty parking lot. PAX kept an eye out on each other and everyone was safe.

GrowRuck next week. Saturday Mothership Q will be at ECS not at Shelby Farms.

Parking Lot of Pain

THE SCENE: 77° and gleeking. With the exception of Big Tuna (aka Halpert) and his eFNG lil bro, it was a late arriving crowd this gloomy morn. Pronto Pup came in on his hog in a Cannonball Run tribute to Burt Reynolds (#RIP). Roomba would’ve only been on time if we were on Mountain Standard Time.


Hillbillies IC x 15
Shoulder Taps IC x 10
Imperial Walkers IC x 15
SSH IC x 15
Arm Circles/Reverse IC x 10
Shoulder Taps IC x 10
Mosey lap around FedEx Event Center

THA-THANG: Partner up for five evolutions on the Parking Lot of Pain

– Evolution 1: 50 Jump Squats (P1 exercises, P2 sprints 30 yards and back, flapjack)
– Evolution 2: 100 Burpees (P1 exercises, P2 side shuffles 60 yards and back, flapjack)
– Evolution 3: 200 Merkins (P1 exercises, P2 runs backwards 30 yards and back, flapjack)
– Evolution 4: 11s on the hill (BBS & Carolina Dry Docks)
– Evolution 5: Vacuum Cleaners (derkin reps of 2/4/6 at each cone)

LBC IC x 20
Pickle Pounders IC x 10
Dolly-Rosie-Dolly IC x 10 each
Evil Lance Armstrong IC x 10 each leg
Pickle Pounders IC x 10
Dealer’s Choice:
> Orange Julius: Dying Cockroach IC x 10
> Laettner: Hello Dolly IC x 10
> Halpert: Burpees OYO x 10
> C-Lo: Captain Thor 1:4 IC x 5

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA: 12 PAX got right: C-Lo, Nature Boy, Pronto Pup, Slicnut, Harbaugh, Roomba, Halpert, Hot-n-Ready, Laettner, Orange Julius, Hotty Toddy (FNG), Captain Obvious (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: PAX were challenged the rest of this weekend to identify something they could specifically do to demonstrate the “I am third” (IM3) mindset that exemplifies the HIM. Acknowledgement was made regarding the difficulty with football on all day the next two days, but men do hard things. How can you love/serve your M? How can you engage your shorties? How can you lead your family in serving someone else so they experience IM3?

Pronto Pup spoke up and exhorted the PAX with a reminder to put down our phones. AYE!

MOLESKIN: Shout out to Big Tuna/Halpert for supplying half the PAX with gloves for Vacuum Cleaners. It’s like they had never F3’d before. Shout out to Pronto Pup and Roomba for pushing through limits. Shout out to Nature Boy for being the most technically sound exercise technician and encourager in the 901. Shout out to OJ for rocking those thirsty ½ length tights. Shout out to your mom for the humidity.

GrowRuck is nigh. Prepare your hearts.

11’s and BOMBs at The Mothership

THE SCENE: Plenty of sunshine and getting toasty quick…there ain’t much gloom left at 7am. Canadian geese gave us a flyover salute (sans droppings) as the disclaimer was given. I don’t like Canadian geese, but it was a timely moment.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Delivered with zeal.


SSH x15
Daisy Pickers x15
Imperial Walkers x15
Squats x15
Merkins x15
Mosey to the hill near the FedEx Center.


11’s – 4-count Flutter kicks, run up the hill, squats at the top, run back down
Mosey to the hill by the little amphitheater (if that’s what it is)
BOMBS – 50 burpees, 100 Overhead claps, 125 Merkins, 150 BBSU’s, 175 Squats
Mosey to STARTEX –
Line up with your partner again – one runs across the parking lot and back while the other does reps –  100 flutter kicks, 200 Imperial Walkers – YHC called an audible during IW’s to relieve the PAX…or so they thought.
Finished with “Green Sally Up Squats” accompanied by Moby’s classic “Flower” (Most PAX hated this song pretty quickly, but I was so into it I twerked…or something similar, who knows)

MARY: No time left


Teacher’s Pet, Snowman, Gland (FNG), Chaperone, Bus Stop (FNG), Sleep Number, Nickelback, O Postive, Tree Hugger, Grimace, Canary (Willy Loman from Nash-vegas), Orange Julius, Schrute, Standard Deviation, Nature Boy, Socks, Halpert, Moth Ball, Cheesesteak

In Mark 2:15-17 Jesus is dining with “sinners” and is criticized by religious leaders for associating with them. Jesus responded by saying he came to save sinners, not the righteous. Jesus calls us to love the broken because we are all need of his help and forgiveness. Those already in great shape physically, relationally, and spiritually might not be the kind of folks we invite to F3. We don’t need to EH those guys first. Let’s make sure we’re looking out for those who need F3 because they’re lacking in those areas….of course, we all need it, but you get the point.

After the CoT we realized there was no American shovel flag, so 10 burpees were completed.

It was a tough morning and a tough workout. Not much mumblechatter…maybe all those PAX were out of town. It was getting hot but the PAX rallied and worked hard. Great to have a Willy Loman with us.


None made, but GR12 is getting closer.

Debut GMT-angle

THE SCENE: Immediately after some extra motivated PAX gathered in the pre-gloom, middle of the night, to ruck several mileZ, dawn broke, a nice cool breeze off the lake, and a very wonderful 72ish degrees.  unfortunately with the launch of F3s Little Rock and Mobile, the mothership was without a shovel flag.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Was disclaimed, then after some FNGs posted a few minutes late, was disclaimed again
SSH x 25 IC, Daisy pickers x15 IC, Imperial Walkers x 15 IC, Arm circles both forward and backward x 15 IC
Plyometrics: approx. 25 yards one way…Frankensteins, butt kickers, high knees, karaoke x2 (facing same way), Best Stretch ever (this elicited many midwife noises as PAX felt stretches in places they may not have known existed).

Broke PAX into groups of 3.  Each performed a 12 minute AMRAP as discussed below.

  • GROWN MAN THIGH-ANGLE – 3 cones placed in triangle approx. 15 yards apart.  Cone 1 –  12 squats…broad jump to cone 2, Cone 2 – 12 mountain climbers (total or per leg, each PAX decide), lunge walk to cone 3, Cone 3) 12 single leg deadlifts.
  • Arm circuit – had 2 sandbags of approx. 60 lbs and needed a few rucks as well.  Partner up and in a you go, I go fashion, perform:  10 bent over rows, 10 curls, 10 triceps extension (skull crushers), 10 Shoulder to overheads…then 5 each front and side raises with partner resistance
  • Cardio Circuit:  start with 15 ruck thrusters, then jog big lap around the lot, halfway around, 15 burpees, then back to start…rinse and repeat.
  • Much mumblechatter, and maybe it was the aforementioned mileZ, but particularly a lot of groaning coming from the thigh-angle throughout all 3 groups.
  • Took approx. 60-90 second breaks between each round.
  • One PAX splashed merlot, not exactly sure who it was, but initially said he had to pee…what as expelled was from a different hole (thankfully for all of us)

just a few mintues for mary, called Nature boy to pick exercise 1) flutter kicks, did a lot, I lost count.  then Speedy called freddie mercurys

Finish with stargazers.
21 PAX with 4 FNGs:  nature boy, lazarus, gus, teachers pet, moon pie (FNG), renfroe, chaperone, t swift, sleep number, tree hugger, speedy, u rock, stumpy (FNG),  nickelback, grapo, luther (FNG), schrute (FNG), standard deviation, grimace, thundercat, mamas boy
YHC was really encouraged today during the pre-ruck gloom when Bootheel and I had opportunity to get to know one another better.  We were both lamenting some of the needs surrounding both of our work with the youth in Memphis, and at the end of the ruck time, he reminded me of James 1:2 – ” consider it pure joy my bothers when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”
YHC has been in a bit of a dry spell spiritually, where I have felt sometimes overwhelmed by demands of fatherhood, work, relationship with the M, stresses from family and church, etc, etc.

This verse reminded me that these trials and dry spells produce perseverance, which when the next verse reminds us that when perseverance finishes its work, it leads to maturity and FAITH.
I was so thankful for this group of men who show up together, encourage one another and help pull each other through difficult things (be they workouts, rucks, growrucks, or spiritual trying times).
This is so much more than a workout men!  thankful for you all!


It’s a Celebration

I’ve been involved with F3 in three different Regions: Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis. This is the first time I’ve been in one place for a whole year. I’ve Posted with the Men of F3 Memphis in rain, sleet, snow, extreme heat, and bitter cold; early in the morning and late at night; for breakfast, lunch, and supper. I just EH and Post, but somehow we’ve grown to cover the city of Memphis and every major suburb in Shelby County. To God be the glory, and to Memphis Men be the T-claps!

Prepping for this workout made me appreciate the steady Leadership I’ve seen from other F3 Men: Dredd, OBT, Mini Me, Cap’n Crunch, Proton, Woodshack, Ratchet, P-Nut, Angus, Bagger Vance, etc. Those guys made it easy to remember that it’s not about me (IM3). That’s the first lesson of being a Workout Q. Leading 50+ Men in a sixty-minute workout isn’t easy. There’s so much room for failure, so many ways I could look foolish, that I was anxious about putting pen to Weinke. But it’s not about me. If there’s anything F3 teaches us, it’s that.

Date: 08/18/2018

AO: Mothership

QIC: Gus

Conditions: 75F and breezy – better than we deserved



SSH IC x 50
Daisy Pickers IC x 15
LBAC IC x 10 (each direction)
Imperial Walker IC x 15
Sprint at 25% – Butt Kickers to start
Sprint at 50% – Carioca
Sprint at 80% – High Knees
Sprint at 90% – Power Skips

Find a partner. While moseying to hill, find out your partner’s (A) hometown and (B) favorite breakfast food.

Monkey Humpers at top

Burpees at Bottom

Flutter Kicks while you wait!

Find a new partner. While moseying back to parking lot, find out your partner’s (A) high school alma mater and (B) favorite Gatorade flavor. [Some Men immediately declared that Gatorade only comes in colors, not flavors. I encouraged those Men to discuss that nuance with their respective partners. Powerade drinkers were not recognized.]

Divide into two groups based on partner’s favorite breakfast food: savory over here, sweet over there. I made a few adjustments to make the groups relatively even in number.

Groups started diagonally across and completed the following circuit:

Bear Crawl — — — — Crab Walk
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Crab Walk — — — — Bear Crawl

Flutter Kick IC x 30
Hello, Dolly! IC x 30
Not-So-La-Z-Boy (hold for 30 seconds)
 – Cheesesteak started singing Sweet Caroline during this hold, because he’s a yankee. When I remarked that he was a yankee, he thought he was correcting me by pointing out that song’s popularity in Boston. Only a yankee would not know that Bostonians are yankees.
Pickle Pounders IC x 10
J-Lo IC x 10
Jane Fonda IC x 10 (each leg)
Hollywood Side Crunch IC x 10

In the parking lot at the Mothership, there are concrete pads that jut out to form a sort of sidewalk for pedestrians. They roughly divide the length of the parking lot into thirds, which was suitable for my purposes.
1/3 – walk back
2/3 – walk back
3/3 – walk back
2/3 – walk back
1/3 – walk back
2/3 – walk back

This was a bit messy, both because of the size of the Group and because I use phrases that could reasonably be misconstrued as directions to begin sprinting (e.g., “Let’s go!”) to exhort the PAX. We made it. Orange Julius pulled a hammy.





Circle of Trust
Count-O-Rama: 56
Name-O-Rama: Soybean, Woodpecker, Red Sox, Speaker, Hitch, Four Eyes, Teacher’s Pet, Bootheel, Squeegee, Vocals, Jailbait, U-Rock, Roomba, Beauty Shop, Cheesesteak, Shoestring, Heavyweight, Snookie, Rabbit, Cowbell, Phat Pat, Snowman, Mama’s Boy, Bottomless, Orange Julius, Renfro, Nature Boy, Transplant, Moana, Slots, Speedy, Baby Gap, Nickelback, Pops, Sleep Number, Tiny, C-Lo, Murdock, Captain Obvious, Laettner, Harbaugh, Bookworm, Uncle Rico, O Positive, Lazarus, Gus | FNGs: Thundercat, George the Baptist, Fabio, T-Swift, Red Hot, Chili Pepper, Landshark, Standard Deviation, Daniel Tiger, Grapico
BOM:  After Cain killed Abel, God asked Cain where his slain brother was. Cain’s sardonic reply: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The rest of the Bible and the course of human history tells us that, if we are going to make it, each of us is our brother’s keeper.

This is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:15-17

Moleskin: Fifty-three Men showed up to celebrate a whole year of F3 Memphis. We picked up a few more along the way. There’s no stopping us now!

Daily Down PAINment at Mothership

THE SCENE: Sunny, hot, and humid. Very little wind.

Slaughter Starter: Burpees x 10 OYO

Mosey to far end of Lower Parking Lot grass area (plank until all in)

Abe Vigoda IC x 10

Arm Circles IC x 20

Merkins IC x 15

Overhead Press IC x 15

SSH IC x 20

Mosey to benches in front of The Kitchen (Al Gore until all in)


  • Box Jumps x 20 OYO (plank until all in)
  • Incline Merkins x 20 OYO (plank until all in)
  • Dips x 20 OYO (plank until all in)
  • Mosey to Startex for B.O.M.B.S. (Al Gore until all in)
  • Partner #1:
  • Burpees x 50
  • Outlaws x 100
  • Merkins x 150
  • Big Boy Situps x 200
  • Squats x 250
  • Partner #2:
  • Backpedal half way down concrete path to the lake
  • Bear crawl second half of concrete path
  • Sprint up the grassy hill to Partner
  • Partners alternate until all exercises were complete (we didn’t quite make the full routine but Squeegee and Nature Boy probably could have done it twice)
  • Mosey around parking lot and circle up for Mary

Hello Dolly IC x 20

Nolan Ryan IC x 20

LBCs IC x 20

10 PAX – Orange Julius, Teacher’s Pet, Snookie, Nickelback, Nature Boy, Uncle Rico, Harbaugh, Squeegee, Hot-N-Ready, Pops
Task and Purpose: Think about the purpose of your tasks in life rather than just going through the motions. This applies at home, work, and F3.

Life is a grind but easier when we do it together.
PAX pushed hard today and it was tough. Great mumblechatter and encouragement. I could feel the energy when the men would holler for me to get up that hill to relieve Nickelback.

I intentionally had us doing BOMBS in close proximity to Ol’ Sounder as I had a cooler full of ice cold waters in the back of the truck. That was a life saver for some of us.

The Six Cone Crawl-O-Rama with Blindfolds

This workout was co-Q’d by Costello and Tree Hugger.

A perfect day to be at the Mothership; about 72 degrees.


Side Straddle Hops x 20
Arm Circles x 20; forward and backward
Costello likes to warmup with Burpees – 25 Burpees; done

Moseyed from the upper parking lot to the field next to the stage.  Six cones were situated in a rectangle, each about 20 yards apart.   PAX partnered up and went to a cone.  At the cone there were two exercises and instructions on how to get to the next cone.  One PAX had to be blindfolded while his partner guided him to the next cone.  The six cones had the following exercises and instructions:

Cone 1 – Diamond Merkins x 25, Alternating Shoulder Taps x 25, Crawl Bear to Next Cone.
Cone 2 – Lunges x 25, Little Baby Crunches x 25, Wheelbarrow to Next Cone.
Cone 3 – Merkins x 25, Big Boy Situps x 25, Bear Crawl to Next Cone.
Cone 4 – Carolina Dry Docks x 25, Flutter Kicks x 25, Army Crawl to Next Cone
Cone 5 – Monkey Humpers x 25, American Hammers x 25, Spiderman Crawl to Next Cone
Cone 6 – Squats x 25, Box Cutters x 25, Crab Crawl to Next Cone

PAX continued from cone to cone until we reached 7:45; water break, then moseyed back to the upper parking lot for Mary.

Mary was Dealer’s Choice; O’Positive led PAX in a mountain climber push-up exercise, Shoestring led PAX in ABCs, and Teacher’s Pet led PAX in leg raises.

11 PAX (No FNGs)

Costello shared a few words with the PAX.  Who is your guide 20/20? Who’s is Guiding your thoughts your senses?
Who is Guiding your Family – the news, the phone, television,
Social Media?
Or Is God Your True Guide..?

As Costello would say….it was a  blessed day.



July Ruck Sim AAR

THE SCENE: YHC took the reigns for this sim. While there’s never a good time to wake up at 0200, doing it after a dinner party on 4 hours of sleep is an especially bad time. YHC arrived at startex at 0240. O Positive was there waiting. Cars started flowing in a few minutes later. By 0255, we were all mostly assembled at startex and ready to go, although we were missing a couple HCs (they know who they are).

GORUCK events, and especially GrowRuck events, are team-centered, leadership-development events. It’s not about which single PAX is working the hardest; it’s about finishing together and learning something about yourself along the way. YHC’s goal for this sim was to simulate some of that teamwork/leadership dynamic and get some good miles under weight.

73*, gloomy, but lit by a full moon

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: YHC welcomed the PAX and disclaimed all liability for injury. None of us are professionals. Don’t hurt yourself, but don’t sell yourself short.

Bruce started us off with a gear check. Guys mostly had what they needed, with the exception being extra headlamp batteries (2 infractions). It was great to see that some PAX brought extras of some items to cover. Just as we were finishing up gear check, [Redacted] comes strolling up grumbling about Army terminology. One (1) late PAX resulted in an additional infraction. The penalty was 10 8-count body builders per infraction, paid in full. Bruce then led us through some PT (SSH, IW, man-makers, ruck-to-shoestrings). Next we did a circuit of merkins on one curb, bear crawl to the opposite curb (staying together as a team), merkins, bear crawl back. 

The PAX reassembled in two lines. In order to get the full experience (and really for a good gear test), we dipped our lower extremities into Hyde Lake to get our shoes and socks nice and soaked. [Redacted] said he’s never been wet at a GORUCK event, but others present remember the Great Monsoon of GrowRuck 05. At this point, YHC asked the PAX to stow their watches. [Redacted] responded, “Soybean, you’re starting to really chap my [expletive].”

YHC singled-out the PAX who had never completed a GORUCK event and randomly assigned a Team Leader (TL – Orange Julius) and Assistant Team Leader (ATL – Tomb Raider). TL was responsible for navigation, safety, communicating orders, pace, and spacing. ATL was responsible for keeping count of PAX and coupons. Our coupon inventory included: Two (2) 60-lb sandbags, one (1) 80-lb sandbag, one (1) ~35 lb water can (leaky), and one (1) 35-lb kettlebell. The PAX made a quick stop at the cars to retrieve the Med Ruck, then headed off. 

Our first objective was to pick-up supplies at Wolf River Greenway (1.25 mi). YHC did not provide a map or directions. TL did not know the way, but eventually found a PAX who knew where we needed to go. From the jump, [Redacted] was seen shaking water out of the jerrycan. When we approached the Wolf River Bridge, PAX were instructed to bear crawl across. PAX carrying coupons had to lunge walk. In an unfortunate lapse in judgment, YHC grabbed the 80-lb sandbag just before the bridge and had to lunge walk that bad boy across. We all suffered. On the other side of the bridge, Bruce was at the front yelling that he didn’t know where to go. At the very last minute, instructions were passed forward on which way to turn at the fork. 

We arrived at Wolf River Greenway parking lot several minutes ahead of schedule. PAX took a breather, then YHC instructed TL that there were two railroad ties planted in the area that we needed to pick up and transport. TL grabbed four PAX to retrieve the logs and prepare for departure. Bruce gave us all a quick lesson on handing off sandbags without losing much pace. 

YHC also took this opportunity to share my COT content on Candor, which is “graciously telling the hard truth and demanding to hear it from others.” See Q Source here. In the spirit of candor, we took a minute to give TL feedback on his performance. The PAX shared some positives and opportunities. TL took these words to heart, and we prepared for our next movement.

Our next objective was Regel Pharmalab (~3 mi). This ended up being quite the adventure. It’s basically a straight shot down Wolf River Blvd, but it took us most of that distance to figure out how to rotate logs and coupons with some efficiency. We ended up being divided into four, 4-man teams. Two teams on each log, and two teams with the coupons. Then the log and coupon teams swapped out. It was a terrible three miles, and we kept a terrible pace. 

We arrived at the empty lot across from Regel, dropped the coupons, and reformed our ranks in the luscious, dewy grass. YHC had tapped Shoestring for a short beatdown here before making the return trip. Shoestring looked over at me and said, “I really don’t want to do what we’re about to do.”

He then instructed us to form two lines, laying on our stomachs, with your feet on the shoulders of the man behind you. We did a number of push-ups in this position on his “up” and “down” commands. This was also terrible. When we were done, [Redacted] stood up and said to the man in front of him, “Your grundle smells like a grundle.”

Next, Shoestring had us low crawl across the field (~80 yards) with all coupons and one of the logs. This is where we discovered that the supple-looking grass was actually evil botanical razors, likely one of Slicnut’s R&D projects to try to keep ruffians from the other side of Kirby from playing on Germantown’s grass. During this exercise, YHC inadvertently grabbed a soft pile of dog poo with my bare hands. Good times.

Our next objective was to ruck back to startex via the greenline (~4.25 miles). We left the dumb logs in the dumb grass because we were going to have to keep a pretty brisk pace. Lots (and I mean lots) of confusion and complaining about the coupon rotations. TL decided to call for rotation every 2 minutes, which was a great call. However, somehow weight wasn’t rotating up and down the line like it should have. [Redacted] shared all of his feelings about it, but failed to inspire any improvement. He did succeed in dumping the rest of the jerrycan water out on the Wolf River bridge.

We made it back to startex at 0700, did a quick count and name-o-rama, and took a pic. Several of us headed to Mothership (Uncle Rico’s VQ) – some drove, some rucked, Nature Boy sprinted with his ruck. The ruck to/from startex was 8.5 miles. Adding the ruck to Mothership ended up around 9.5.

17, no FNGs

Candor. Reject subjective feelings. Give and seek honest feedback from your brothers. 

The PAX came out strong. I think more than half of our group had never done a GORUCK event, so this was probably the closest they’ve experienced. Ruck workouts during the week are great, but you can’t fake several hours under weight and the toll that takes on your mind and body. It was interesting that even the GRTs among us were complaining about being sore and chafed after the event. I thought I had all that figured out! 

T-CLAPS to: Orange Julius for leading the group; Tomb Raider for always trying to take coupons from someone; Rabbit for working through a cramp on the last leg; Giant for rallying on the last leg; Bruce and Shoestring for playing cadre for a minute; and everyone else for coming out to suffer and get stronger together. 


1) Be ready to take the reigns if you’re assigned a leadership position. You may have to adapt your standard leadership style based on the needs of the group.

2) Be creative with moving/rotating coupons, and communicate the plan to all PAX. It took us a while to come up with a good rotation plan, and even then it was far from perfect. 

3) Be aware of the guy next to you and bear his load. It’s inevitable that someone is going to struggle during GrowRuck – physically and mentally. We’ll need to pick each other up. If a guy is lagging behind in the back, go check on him.