July 12, 2019

Hydration Hell

THE SCENE: brisk 75. Bell Ringer and HomeWrecker beat me there and I was early.


Arm Circles x 20 IC, Reverse AC x 20 IC, Daisy Pickers x 20 IC, Imperial Walkers x 20 IC

Used the hill right off parking lot instead of stadium stairs (questionable sturdiness from neglect, plus didn’t want to tote the Four 44lb water jugs down there).

Water up Everest
Set up PAX in 2 teams, one with 4 PAX, one with 5 PAX at base of hill. Half of each team went to top of hill . 1 PAX from each team carried 2 water jugs (88lbs) to top of hill while remaining PAX did Squats until handoff of jug. Once jug gets to top, the next PAX carries it back down and continue handoffs until each PAX has carried jug up once and down once. Then RINSE and REPEAT with Merkins while waiting.

Bucket Brigade
Line up at base of hill. The 2 teams lined up separately shoulder-to-shoulder to start trek uphill. Lowest PAX passes ‘bucket’ (44lb water jug) up to next PAX in line, then runs up to end of the line to receive object again. Once at top, repeat going back down.

Didn’t inform PAX that this was a race on 1st go round. *SURPRISE!*
Winning team did 5 Burpees, while losing team did 10 Burpees. *Soybean* was all in a tithy when he found out it had been a race (his team was poking along).

Amazing what a little extra work can do to motivate PAX to #dobetter.

2nd race was close, but the Bean Team won. Aww Yeah! YHC was tempted to forget the Burpees after this race, but alas, I am an honorable man. Burpees done!

Leave those vile water jugs and mosey to parking lot near shovel flag for:

1 Big Boy Situp (BBS), Bear Crawl 10 yd, 10 Merkins, Back pedal to start
RINSE and REPEAT adding to BBS and subtracting from Merkins
by one to keep total at 11. Hold plank until All-In
(modified to Al Gore, cuz my arms were spent)

Soybean was a true Q and joined the 2 PAX who were finishing up 11s, or was it just because he didn’t want to hold plank or a tree.

Freddy Mercury x 30 IC, 60 count rest (don’t want anybody keeling over on me), American Hammers x 25 IC, another 60 count (same reason, plus fluffing for time), asked Soybean to lead Gas Pumps x 20 IC.

9 PAX: Soybean (Nantan), Photoshop (QiC), Bell Ringer (AOQ), Cupid, HomeWrecker, Ringless, 3 FNGs:  Dundee, Big Brown, Upstate


Do Hard Things

An interesting map is on display in the British Museum in London. It’s an old mariner’s chart, drawn in 1525, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. The cartographer made intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote, “Here be giants,” “Here be fiery scorpions,” and “Here be dragons.” Fortunately, explorers ignored his warnings—and discovered whole new continents as a result!

The cartographer’s notes did not reflect truth—they reflected fear. In our own lives, it’s not actual giants, scorpions, and dragons that keep us from doing hard things. It’s the fear of them. Once we take that scary first step with God’s help—and keep going forward—we’ll experience the bigger, more fulfilling life God has in mind for us.

Fear is the fence that keeps us stuck in our comfort zones. To be fair, we usually feel fear for a reason: often something is outside that should make us afraid. The problem is when we just sit there.

We wait. And we wait.

Why? We’re waiting to stop feeling afraid before we attempt anything. We’re often afraid to try something new because of painful past experiences. We tried stepping out before, and it blew up in our faces. We poured everything we had into something we cared about, and our efforts fell short. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves again.

The truth, though, is that if we’re waiting until the fear and feelings of inadequacy go away, we’ll never venture outside our comfort zones. Until we take a step in spite of our fears, none of us will ever truly be able to do hard things. If we want to continue to grow and learn for the rest of our lives, we must beat these fears—not by making them go away, but by recognizing that there is something worse than discomfort, worse than the unknown, worse than failure. The worst thing is to never try at all.

God is ready to work through us, even with our limitations. Instead of worrying about future fears, we can, as Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

How could your life be different if you chose to do hard things by stepping outside your comfort zone?

Upstate – buying first house after 2 years of marriage. Prayers for his M and him to relax and trust in this process.
HomeWrecker – final class for being licensed to foster and then hopefully adopt.
Cupid – just sent 16yo daughter off on a mission trip to Guatemala
Bell Ringer – pray for growth and effectiveness of Hernando AO

Awed at how God works. We were trying to make it where Soybean didn’t have to come down to Hernando again today, but there were no other PAX from Memphis that could. So he did. And he got to chat with another PAX who will be fostering and possibly adopting at some point. How cool is that?!?

Wish I had video of that *2nd Buckets Brigade* race. It looked comical from where I was in the fire drill line.

2nd Anniversary convergence at Mothership on August 17, 2019.