Crucible Light.

THE SCENE: Cool air, clear skies, ready to run
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  done amidst a lot of mumble chatter, wardrobe changes/decisions, and car adjustments.  I believe some heard the disclaimer…I believe.
WARM-O-RAMA:

Brief mosey around OF parking lot, SSH x 20 IC, Daisy Pickers x 15 IC because of Pirtle’s concern for his hamstring.  OYO stretching while YHC described run route to Sandlot.
THA-THANG:
Route 1: OF to Sandlot (5k)-> several “speed bump” stops (as so named by Shoestring) along the route to keep the PAX together.  Merkins x 10 IC at one speed stop, Squats x 10-11 IC at another, and Mountain Climbers x 10 IC at the last

As we reached the Tobey, Four Eyes mapped out the following for the BC Thang.  At this point, MIB was MIA due to an urgent bathroom situation.  He was not seen for the first 10 minutes of BC.  He did return safely for the second half of BC and was in a fantastic mood.  It must have gone well for him.

Catch me if you can: P1 bear crawls. P2 does 10 burpees, then runs (forwards) to catch P1.
Once you both “catch,” Flutter Kick til all in.
Repeat with 20 HRMerkins, then with 20 “Good Mornings.”

Mosey to corner at top of hill near Conex.

Group 1: down hill, do 8-12 pullups, back up hill. Group 2: side shuffle or carioca sideways across field, then 20 overhead claps, then side shuffle/carioca back. Flutter/gas pump til all in.
Flapjack. Repeat til 20 min elapsed.

Once all in, route 2 was a 1.75-2 mile course back to OF.  Altar Boy had geometry lessons this morning so he didn’t want to be late so he ran back like Usain Bolt and was an Irish Goodbye by the time we made it to ENDEX.  Mirage also left BC early to get back to his car so that he could take his son to his first day of daycare; however, when he arrived at OF he did not have his car key(s). As of this posting, his keys remain lost.  The last time I did a backblast where keys were lost, I had to update it based on their prodigal return.  Fingers crossed for an upcoming backblast update and the killing of the fatted calf over their safe return.

MARY:
N/A
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
12 PAX (no FNGs): Four Eyes, Chioccetti, Toms, MIB, Shoestring, Jailbait, Mirage, Handsy, Pirtle, Bottomless, Teacher’s Pet, Altar Boy
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Prayers for Hezekiah on his first day of daycare and for Mirage and his wife on the changes in their life with his wife going back to work and his son going to daycare for the first time….and him losing his keys.
MOLESKIN:
Great group.  The Crucible will be difficult and the PAX were confronted with that reality this AM.  Everyone put in work this morning and I think we all made each other better for it.  I was surprised by the PAX ability to run distance while staying pretty much together.  Speaks a lot of the importance of your brothers being there to push you even when you might want to run slower or stop completely.

  • Shoestring bear crawled across the rugby field faster than I think is possible….and then almost threw up.
  • MIB took whatever frustration he might of had about the events of the morning out on the bathrooms at Tobey.  Poor bathrooms.
  • I don’t think the rugby field at Tobey Park is every dry.
  • No snakes were harmed during our mosey through the OF towards the Sandlot; however, they would have been if seen. Or we would have run faster and improved our overall time. Either way.
  • Handsy left his left over coffee from yesterday at home (smh).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
prepare for the crucible; Easily Amused VQ on Wed at OF

Stairmaggedon.

THE SCENE: Crisp, cool with clear skies
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:done.
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • SSH x 20 IC
  • Merkins x 20 IC
  • Imperial Walkers x 10 IC
  • Windmills x 10 IC
  • Daisy Pickers x 10 IC
  • Hillbillies x 10 IC

THA-THANG:
Mosey to the stairs near The Ruins parking lot.  There are 70 total stairs from Front up to the landing near the parking lot.  We would start at the bottom of the stairs and perform the following up the stairs x 2:

  • Quick Step (lead with the same foot on every step) x 2 (140 stairs)
  • Skip (plyometric jump skipping steps each time) x 2 (70 stairs)
  • Lateral (facing left/right going up the stairs) x 2 (140 stairs)
  • Lunge (every other stair) x 2 (70 stairs)
  • Squat Jump (each step for the first 15 stairs then sprint to the top) x 2 (140 stairs)
  • “Grizzcalator”: In plank position, ascend the stairs doing a merkin on each step
  • Everest: Lunge and bring feet to the same stair and do a squat alternating the leading foot x 2 (140 stairs)

Mosey back to the parking lot.  With the last 10 minutes, we did 11’s with a run in between exercises.  Two exercises were BBS and Carolina Dry Docks.  All PAX completed 11’s routine at 0615.

MARY:
N/A
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
13 PAX (no FNGs; 1 Willy Loman – Rusty from Naperville, IL) Bottomless (QIC), MIB, Chocker, Sir-Mix-Alot, Handsy, Hitch, Easily Amused, Low Note, Crayfish, Chiocetti,  Woodpecker, Four Eyes
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Shared the common thread of the COTs that I’ve heard this week about difficulty, and failure.  The idea of a stair workout is overwhelming.  You look up at 70 stairs and have to come to grips with the reality that ascending those stairs will be difficult.  This is especially true if you have to do this multiple times.  However, this seemed a lot less daunting in community.  Having brothers there for encouragement and, simply, to be there during a hard time.  Christ does not make any promises that this life will be easy, but he does promise us that he will always be with us.  We do not thrive in isolation; however, we can do hard things in community…even if its flights and flights of stairs.

MOLESKIN:
4 PAX showed up to complete the 86 for 86 challenge before boot camp this AM.  Great cause and enjoyed putting in this work with Woodpecker, Choker, and Bookworm.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Service project saturday…see slack for details

Crucible 2019

THE CRUCIBLE

cru·ci·ble
/ˈkro͞osəb(ə)l/
noun
noun: crucible; plural noun: crucibles
a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.
“their relationship was forged in the crucible of war”

Get ready for the Crucible, an event that will challenge the pax of F3 Memphis to come out the other side better MEN.

March 30, 2019 the pax will gather at Old Forest at 0600 for our first Crucible.  We will travel(RUN) to 5 different AO’s across the region(14+ miles) with a 20-minute beatdown at each AO, led by the HIM of F3 Memphis.
Begin preparing your souls for a 3+ hour endurance event hosted by Shoestring, our 1stF Q.  We will run as a group with no man left behind. We will have a Q for each of the 20 minute beatdowns at the designated AO’s.  There is no fee for entry and this will test the pax physical abilities.
The AO’s we will visit:
Old Forest (startex)
Sandlot
Barracks
Bermuda Triangle
Blazing Saddles (endex)

Twenty-Nineteen!

Date: 01JAN2019

AO: Mothership

QIC: Gus

PAX: U-Rock, Roomba, Granola, Bookworm, Cowbell, Sonic, Lodge, Park Bench, Teacher’s Pet, Anklet, Tiger Lily, Grimace, Commie, Rousey, Cheddar, Dial-Up, Soybean, Choker, Potiphar, Mile High (visiting from Dallas TX), Bottomless, Pops, Billy Blanks, Tree Hugger, Bombay, Altar Boy, Nature Boy, Casio, Lipton, Tremor, Halfpipe (visiting from Jackson MS), Crayfish, One & Done, Snowman, O Positive, Jail Bait, Rabbit, Black Diamond, Lazarus, Speaker, Stephen King, Orange Julius, Halpert, Pablo, Rosetta Stone, Gus | FNGs (4): The Sizzler, Guess Who, Nissan, Homebody

Conditions: Clear and 48F; B-E-A-utiful!

WELCOME

DISCLAIMER (given, with apologies, after the first two exercises of Warm-o-Rama)

Warm-o-Rama
SSH IC x 19
Pike walkouts OYO x 10
Daisy Pickers IC x 19
Side Stretch (hold each side 30 secs)
Annie IC x 10 (each side)
Groiner Stretch (hold each side 30 secs)
Fire Hydrant IC x 10 (each side)
Baby Arm Circles IC x 10 (forward & reverse)
Windmill IC x 19

* Mosey nearly one lap around parking lot; partner up *

MINIATURE DORA
50 BBSU
100 Merkins
150 Squats

* Mosey north to small hill; find a partner with similar body type *

PARTNER CARRY
PAX 1 carries PAX 2 up the hill.
Mosey back down.
PAX 2 carries PAX 1 up the hill.

* Mosey to visitor center *

HANDSTAND PUSH-UPS 19
(Combined reps always add up to 19.)
10 HSPUs; 9 squats
9 HSPUs; 10 squats
. . . .
2 HSPUs; 17 squats
1 HSPU; 18 squats

* Mosey back to SP parking lot; Monkey Humpers along the way just for good measure *

MARY
Flutterkick IC x 19
Hello, Dolly! IC x 19

Ratchet Shoulder Blaster to ENDEX

Count-o-Rama (50)

Name-o-Rama

COT / BOM: In the coming year, don’t let external conditions determine your level of Commitment.

MOLESKIN: The Sky Q blessed us with a beautiful morning, and the PAX showed out. Only a couple complained of their physical status before the workout began, which led me to believe that the PAX rang in the new year without over-indulging. Those who partied with F3 Memphis at the 2018 New Year’s Day Convergence were familiar with many of the elements of today’s workout, but we were about 40 degrees warmer than one year ago. The difference in temperature is what inspired my challenge to the PAX–meet your commitments regardless of external conditions. Today was pleasant, but the storms are coming.

T-claps go out to…

  • Rabbit, who long ago EH’d a Texas Man, who eventually posted in Dallas and was named Mile High. Mile High ended up posting today and bringing two FNGs, which means Rabbit is credited with three PAX! The Man knows how to multiply.
  • U-Rock, who took some amazing still images of today’s workout. You can tell he used to work at Olan Mills.
  • Halfpipe, who probably only posted because his little brother asked him to.
  • Snowman, for carrying my Six up that hill.
  • O Positive, Bradshaw extraordinaire, for bringing food and beverage for Parking Lot Coffeeteria.

Preblast: 3rd F Bible Study – Mark

WHO: All men

WHAT: 10 session study through the Gospel of Mark

WHEN: Wednesday mornings, 6:30-7:30 am (full schedule below)

WHERE: Einstein’s Bagels, 4631 Poplar

WHY: Because you need to study to accelerate your faith. 

SCHEDULE:
You do not need to prepare anything ahead of time, but it would be helpful to have already read the passage. This schedule is subject to change. 
11/14 – Mark 1:1-20
11/21 – Break for Thanksgiving
11/28 – Mark 1:21-3:12
12/5 – Mark 3:13-6:6
12/12 – Mark 6:7-8:26
12/19 – Mark 8:27-9:50
12/26 – Break for Christmas
1/2 – Mark 10:1-52
1/9 – Mark 11:1-12:44
1/16 – Mark 13:1-37
1/23 – Mark 14:1-15:15
1/31 – Mark 15:16-16:8

Our discussion will be guided by the COMA method (Context, Observation, Meaning, Application). We’ll study the text, pray together, and end by 7:30. 

PREBLAST: First Dad Camp

On Friday, October 12, 2018, the PAX will assemble at the home of Rock (Jesse Carpenter), located at 2855 Sinai Drive in Mason, Tennessee. Shorties of all ages are welcome. Wives are not welcome.

SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, 12 October
1700-1800 – Arrival and tent set-up
1815-2000 – Supper and bonfire
2000ish – Move to camp site

SATURDAY, 13 October
0800-0830 – Workout with Shorties
0900ish – Breakfast

  • The camp site is located about 250 yards from where we’ll eat supper and enjoy the bonfire (near Rock’s house).
  • We’ll have a smaller campfire pit to enjoy at the camp site.
  • Portajohns will be available at the camp site for Elvises and people who can’t pee in the woodline.
  • The forecast shows chilly temperatures overnight. Bring warm clothing for you and the kids!
  • Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, s’mores ingredients, and water will be provided for supper on Friday night. If you want other food or drink, bring it!
  • Eggs, sausage, biscuits, oranges, coffee, Sunny D, and water will be provided for breakfast on Saturday morning. If you want other food or drink, bring it!
  • Suggested donation for each family is $10. If you can’t swing it, don’t sweat it. If you want to give more, feel free.
  • SYITG

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
Head east on I-40.
Keep going east on I-40.
Take Exit 35, then turn left.
Immediately after you pass over the interstate, turn right onto Poindexter Road.
Follow Poindexter around a big S-curve and then on a long, straight section until it dead ends into Sinai Drive.
Turn right onto Sinai Drive.
Turn right into the gravel drive.

If you get lost, call Gus at 901-634-0148. If Gus doesn’t answer, call Rock’s house at 901-594-5329.

GrowRuck 12 – Grow School Workout

On September 22, 2018, F3 Nation’s GrowRuck Q (Bono), Weasel Shaker (Slaughter), and Nantan (Dredd) led 62 PAX in a 60-minute beatdown at ECS. This is what happened, in Bono’s words.

GrowRuck 12 Memphis Workout

It was 0700 at Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, TN. The pax gathered near the entrance to the astroturf field engaging in that nervous mumble chatter that occurs when men don’t know exactly what to expect. This was the beginning of GrowSchool and GrowRuck 12. 62 men joined us for the disclaimer…

Disclaimer
We always begin with the Disclaimer. Here’s a version the Q sometimes uses: “Welcome to F3Nation. We are a free, peer-led workout, which means that even if you think I look like a stud, I am not a professional. This will be difficult and I recommend you get in your car and go home. Or you can modify as needed and watch out for your brothers beside you. We leave no man behind, and we leave no man where they are. Pay attention to the Q. Pay attention to what your body tells you.”

The Thang
Follow Me/Shock & Awe – The unexpected is part of what we expect during a GrowRuck. A “Follow Me” run allows us to break a normal routine of doing 20 Side Straddle Hops IC. We circled up at the football practice field and started with a warm-up of 10 Burpees OYO. Next we continue with 8 Burpees IC (6-count); Then we continue with 6 burpees. The pax started to figure out the routine and determined that next we would do 4 Burpees. Before the final round, the pax had to guess the count – NOT 2 burpees, but 10 burpees. Never think the finish line is the finish until you hear “recover”, aka “Get prepared for the expected, BE prepared for the unexpected.

Counting Cadence – Next Dredd gave a quick overview of counting cadence. He reviewed the reasons WHY we count cadence and led the pax through a series of exercises. Throughout the workout we had several pax come up at count cadence and learned that even though Dredd almost always does a 4-count cadence, a Q can use a “tempo” cadence if it works for the exercise. After that we did another “follow me” to the track.

Dirty McDeuce – The Dirty McDeuce is made up of 4 sets of 3 exercises done to 12 reps. Each set has one chest exercise, one leg exercise and one core exercise. After each set of three exercises, you run a lap of a track or whatever else is handy (parking lot, etc.)
1st Stop – Merkins, Squats, Flutter Kicks
2nd Stop- Carolina Dry Docks; Mule Kicks, Freddy Mercurys
3rd Stop – Wide Arm Merkins, Jump Squats, “Oh Yeah!! IC. This time we made sure to connect with another pax on the mosey around the track.
4th Stop – Merkins IC, Squats IC, Flutter Kicks IC – This round was done IC with three locals leading the way.
Then Gus led everyone around the track to mosey as a TEAM, it became a side shuffle, hand holding effort. We learned why the “Rule of 3” is key in leading a large group of men, because as the Q whispered changes to Gus, it was harder to communicate and meet the standard. The pax did not meet the standard, so the Q led the pax in 10 burpees IC. The pax then moseyed to the luxurious astroturf field for a final evolution. On the way we stopped for the 6 and pounded out 59 4-count flutter kicks (that’s about how many men registered for the Tough challenge originally…”Be prepared for the unexpected…”

Bear Crawls – The final evolution was modified to become a bear crawl to the 45 OYO and followed by a team bear crawl back. On the way back the men determined that pausing at the yard lines became a good way to stay together, which was a skill used early on in the Tough that evening.

6MoM – Slaughter finished out the last 3 minutes with some of his favorite ab exercises. The trick here is by not “recovering” the burn was compounded, even in 3 minutes. Remember to make things difficult, so “no man is left where we found him.”

COT/BOM – Thanks was offered for the pax, safety, and strength. We got to sing “It is well” and all was well.

PAX 
Co-Qs – Bono, Dredd, Slaughter
Memphis PAX – Shoestring, Uncle Rico, Pops, Halpert, Short Timer, Commie, Choker, O Positive, Bruce Wayne, Tiger Lily, Cheesesteak, Slicnut, Soybean, Speaker, Nature Boy, Tomb Raider, Toms, Captain Obvious, Handsy, Woody, Gilligan, Snowman, C-Lo, Mama’s Boy, Renfro, Daniel Tiger, Tree Hugger, Bookworm, Woodpecker, Bombay, Gus, Lazarus, Harbaugh, Teacher’s Pet, Thundercat, Nickelback, U-Rock, Sleep Number, Phat Pat, Carport, T-Swift, Four Eyes, Pronto Pup, Bottomless, Snookie, Laettner, Meter Maid, Geppetto, Orange Julius
Willy Lomans – Kramer (STL), Sheldon (STL), Halfpipe (Jackson MS), Duck Tales (Chattanooga), F150 (Dallas), Boy Scout (Houston)
FNGs (4) – Rock, The Seeker, Mercy, Young Lucille

Moleskin – Jocko once said, “Life is like burpees, you fall down and get back up. You fall down and get back up.” This group of men started with a bang and at this workout and never disappointed the F3Nation pax. We figured out how to do burpees, how to count cadence, how to recover when falling by diving. We moseyed with brothers, we muscled through 59 flutter kicks when they were not expected. We were men enough to hold each other’s hands (man the Q was surprised when that took place) and we began to learn the power of connecting with a brother by asking him questions and leading through love. When we had to work as a team, it seemed like the pax was given a heads up on the bear crawls, because the Q didn’t give directions, the pax organized themselves. This was a Sua Sponte occurrence that continued to take place as the Individual Initiative (I2) took place over the next 24 hours through the challenge.

This weekend was one of the most rewarding, difficult things the Q has participated in. The bonds of brotherhood and friendship that started with the Friday Night 2nd F really culminated at the service on the Mississippi led by 4 Eyes at the end of the Tough. YHC is proud to call all of the F3 Memphis, St Louis, Dallas, Houston, Jackson, and Chattanooga, pax a brother.

Thank you my friends. SYITG – Bono 

GrowRuck 12 Reflections

GrowRuck 12 PHOTO GALLERY

On September 23rd, at approximately 0800, 52 men finished GrowRuck 12 standing in a sand volleyball pit. We started with 52 men at 1800 the night before, a few who had only just registered in the previous 24 hours. We endured 100 ruck overhead squats, sand munitions, Crab Mountain, a 3,000 pound Implement of Woe, and 13 miles under ruck. Below are some comments from the GRTs who started and finished as a team:

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No Time to Get Ready

Date: 09/11/2018

AO: The Ruins

QIC: Gus

Conditions: 63F and breezy – real nice

WELCOME

DISCLAIMER

No Warm-o-Rama; we just got to work.

The PAX moved out, with Hitch leading the way. Most Men wore rucks or weight vests; a few did not. That weight was surrendered or redistributed at times. Hitch and I reminded the Men at various points about the thoughts, feelings, and external circumstances that the firefighters would have experienced on 9/11/2001 and encouraged the Men to continue onward. The last three ascents were executed in silence.

Thirty trips up x 73 stairs = 2,190 stairs

God bless America.

Circle of Trust
Count-O-Rama: 25
Name-O-Rama: Hitch, Mama’s Boy, Blart, Bookworm, O Positive, Shoestring, Chioccetti, Crayfish, Beaker, Billy Blanks, Rapunzel, Handsy, Pirtle, Tomb Raider, Captain Obvious, Yard Sale, Iced T, Boucher, Rabbit, Speaker, Teacher’s Pet, Daniel Tiger, Toms, Reznor, Gus | FNGs: N/A
BOM: In a time of crisis, there is no time to get ready. You have to be ready. The firefighters, policemen, and other first responders who took the call on 9/11 had no time to become stronger mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically; no time to set things right with their families; no time to add to their legacies; no time to become a better version of themselves that may be more capable of doing what needed to be done. The time is now to act and prepare for the crises that will inevitably come. It’s why we Post, and it’s why we support our Brothers.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5

Moleskin: This was our second time to do a memorial stair climb on 9/11. I look forward to many more.

Taking 3 F’s to Little Rock

THE SCENE: Little Rock, AR. YHC took the M and 2.0s over the night before for a short getaway. Five other Memphis PAX were clown-carring over Saturday morning. YHC had thoroughly scoped out War Memorial Park on Google Maps ahead of time. I had not, however, checked about events at the stadium. I arrived at the park at 0600 to put the finishing touches on my workout plan, only to be greeted by some municipal employees who were closing the road to our parking lot! 

Me: “What in tarnation are you doing??”
Worker: “We’re closing the roads.”
Me: “For why?”
Worker: “The Salt Bowl is today.”
Me: *blank stare*
Worker: “It’s the annual Bryant and Benton football game.” 
Me: *rolls eyes dramatically…leaves to find a new meeting spot*

Instead of spending the next 45 minutes in blissful peace, putting the final touches on my weinke, YHC was texting, tweeting, attempting to facebooking to make sure people knew about the change. Did it work? Perhaps. We had 4 FNGs show up (one left less than 10 minutes into the workout). YHC can only assume 15-20 drove to the original meeting spot and were turned away. 

Once the Memphis PAX arrived, another municipal worker came to warn us that police might be coming to close more roads and that would be followed by millions of tailgaters. We decided to stand our ground, come what may. 

In the end, there were no tailgaters or police. We had other things to sweat over – like burpees. 

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: PAX were welcomed and disclaimed

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH x20, Imperial Walker x10, Hillbilly x10 (Choker: “These should feel more natural.”), Daisy Pickers x10, Windmill x10

Lil’ mosey over to a field.

THA-THANG:
B.O.M.B.S. – The PAX partnered up. P1 started on reps while P2 moseyed about 30 yards to a retaining wall, did 5 SSH, and moseyed back. Cumulative rep targets were: 50 burpees; 100 overhead claps; 150 merkins; 200 big boy sit-ups; 250 squats.

Next, we took a little mosey down the walking trail (stopped for flutter kicks while we waited on the six), carefully crossed the road, and came to a stone retaining wall. Here we did dips, step-ups/box jumps, and derkins – repeating some, forgetting others. 

Another mosey, circling back around to our start point. We stopped for some plankage, then did some core work near our BOMBS field: hello dolly, rosalita, BBSU.

Next, mosey to path near start point – ATMs (10 IC shoulder taps, 10 IC slow-count merkins, 10 fast merkins OYO), WWI sit-ups, ATMs, LBC, pickle pounder, J-Lo.

Shoulder blaster at lot, courtesy of Phat Pat. He’s a slow runner, but great at telling people where to point. 

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
9 PAX (3 FNGs – Welcome to Milli Vanilli, Brendanawicz, and Safe Room)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
YHC shared the concept of Sad Clown Syndrome and how my own life has been impacted by F3. Hopefully we’ll get things going in The Natural State very soon!

MOLESKIN:
Whatever happens in Arkansas in the future, this was a good time. The PAX pushed through and the FNGs didn’t miss a beat. We had 100% retention for coffeeteria at River City Coffee (coffee ice cubes are super), and hopefully planted some seeds for F3 in central AR.