February 22, 2019

Finale, Beastweek at the Levee

THE SCENE: Rain with a side of whitetails

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Disclaimed, ‘Empire Stikes Back Style’: 

Feeling all right, sir?

Just like new, Dack. How about

Right now I feel like I could take
on the whole Empire myself.

(quietly, strapping
I know what you mean.

WARM-O-RAMA:   SSH x 3 IC (for all you traditionalists) 
THA-THANG:  Mosey to the softball fields where QIC had placed one orange cone, propping up an umbrella, and a bluetooth speaker.

Objective:  8 exercises, 100 reps each in 40 minutes

Execution: 1 minute time hacks to (perform two exercises, 10 reps each) rinse and repeat on the minute for 10 minutes.  Each round repeated with two new exercises for 10 minute sets.

Ist Round, 10 reps of Burpees and LBCs per minute for 10 minutes.

2nd Round, 10 reps of Squats and American Hammers (2=1) per minute for 10 minutes.

3rd Round, 10 reps of Merkins and Flutter Kicks (2=1) per minute for 10 minutes.

4rth Round, 10 reps of Jump Squats (2=1) and Mt. Climbers (2=1) per minute for 10 minutes.

Psychological 1st F:  Played non-stop Contemporary Christian Praise and Worship “rock” music (United, Kari Jobe . . . etc.) for the duration (minus the opening set of Ennio Morricone).

MARY:    One, all out sprint by pairs of PAX back to StartEX

16 PAX, 0 FNGs, 1 Willie Lohman; Orange Crush from Fort Mill, SC

Woody, Kudzu, Steinbrenner, Black Diamond, Slicnut, Moneybags, Cheesesteak, Peek-A-Boo, Tree Hugger, Watchita, Rabbit, Raven, Gus, Captain Obvious, Tomb Raider

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:  The word is “Warfare”

Warfare is all around us whether you are of the atheist, Christian, or other persuasion.  Our wives, our children, our friends, and those we do not know are under attack by forces vying for our attention and the lies of our culture and society.  

Yes, this life has moments of joy, love, peace, and hope but we must not forget that the war rages on in us and around us.  We must not be lulled into a false sense of complacency but continuously press onto into the fray.  Combat the lies that tell you you can’t do that, that you are not loved, that you are a failure.  As you fight, teach others how to fight.  How?  Kind words, kind actions, and ‘simple’ gestures.  

As a follower of Jesus, I know that this war is won, death is conquered, but I also know that there will be battles lost, loved ones lost, casualties.  However, we press on with our eyes fixed on the things unseen.  This is our hope, that one died for all and paid the price that unites us again to our Maker.  

So fight on men and as you fight in this great war teach others how to also.

MOLES KIN:   Arriving to AO Levee at 0500 I was able to set up in the outfield of the softball field where I noticed a herd of at least 7 whitetails running back and forth by the center-field fence.  I didn’t think much of it until 0534 when myself and the PAX entered the outfield only to see this same herd again frantically scattering and jumping over the fence.  Two of the younger fawns just couldn’t make it and flopped around on the ground like fish after smacking off the chain links.  The PAX were relatively undeterred by the prospect of a sharp hooved Odocoileus virginianus running full tilt into our midst.  Either way the 100 burpees in 10 minutes quickly acted as a distracting agent.  

A fitting finale for the Levee’s Beastweek.  Mud, grass, worship music, possibly the first appearance of an umbrella at an F3 workout, Cheesesteak criticizing a playlist, deer bouncing off fences, rain, cold mud, and brother’s encouraging brother’s to push each other past our perceived limitations.  

It was a pleasure and an honor to mystery q Beastweek.  The PAX really welcomed me in though this was only my 2nd posting ever at the Levee.  

The creamery was everything and more than the hype that precedes it.  I was not expecting the sarcastic mumblechatter from the hostess of the establishment though I found it fitting.  We left that place like a highschool locker room after a December football playoff game.  

Prayers requested and given for Raven’s brother, Jonathan who is dealing with some serious health issues and for Gus’s brother Halfpipe who is being deployed for Iraq.  If not for Halfpipe those of us who participated in GR12 would still be lugging that log around in the gloom.  Belated prayers for Orange Crush’s son Gannon who is 14 months old and will be having open heart surgery in the near future.