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

The A Lot of Things Mile

THE SCENE:
35 degrees.  In other words, perfect.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
Aye.

WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH IC x20
Windmills IC x15
Imperial Walkers IC x15
Little Arm Circles IC x10 (each direction)

THA-THANG:
Blatantly stolen from Jigglypuff of F3 Carpex, with minor tweaks.  We ran around the perimeter of the Morg, making 10 9 stops for the exercises listed below.  The first exercise was done at the first stop.  At each subsequent stop we repeated the exercise(s) done at the previous stop and then added a new one.  It created a mountain of suck and was awesome.

5 burpees
10 merkins
15 BBS
20 LBC
25 Squats
30 Carolina Dry Docks
35 Alternating Shoulder Taps
40 SSH
45 Overhead Claps
50 Mountain Climbers (ran out of time before we got to the last stop)

Totals:  45 burpees, 80 merkins, 105 BBS, 120 LBC, 125 squats, 120 CDD, 105 shoulder taps, 80 SSH, 45 overhead claps

MARY:
Throughout.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
6:  Choker (QIC), Commie, Flobee, Orange Julius, Sleep Number, The Streak

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Be Jack Pearson.  Except for the mustache.  And the alcoholism.

 

MOLESKIN:
If you’re looking for something new for your next Q, check out the backblasts from other regions.  They are full of great and terrible ideas.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
QSource lunch Friday at Whole Foods in Germantown.

Service project Saturday morning – see preblast for deets.

2F lunches in various areas now – deets also in preblast.

T.U.R.D.S at the Annex: Part Deuce

THE SCENE: 
I was worried that we might have heat casualties as it was a balmy 24 degrees out, but luckily for us the wind chill brought it down to a much more pleasant 13.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
Not a professional, know your limits, yada yada.

WARM-O-RAMA:
Gave my standard WOR for whenever FNGs or newish guys are in attendace.  I informed the PAX that the Warm-o-rama would consist of 6 exercises, each of which would be a set of 10 burpees.  However, a correct answer to a trivia question for each one would result in changing that burpee set to a more standard warmup exercise.

Question 1:  What is the mission of F3?  Correctly answered by Anklet or Pops (it was early and I’m old):  “To plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.”  Reward:  SSH x20

Questions 2-6:  Name one of the 5 core principles of F3. All were correctly answered by various members of the group.  Rewards:  Daisy Pickers x15, Windmills x15, Imperial Walkers x15, Arm Circles Forward x10, Arm Circles Reverse x10.

THA-THANG:
Inspired by the outstanding Cordova AO at Bert Turd Ferguson Park, this morning the PAX utilized the B.O.M.B.S framework with a different set of exercises.

Partner up. Perform following exercises until team total reaches amount stated below. Partner 1 performs the exercise while Partner 2 runs to the other side of the parking lot and back. Flapjack until complete, then move to next exercise.

T: Tony Hawk Burpees x50 (burpee with 360 degree spin during jump)
U: Upright Row (with coupons) x100
R: Ranger Merkins x150 (merkins with hands below ribcage)
D: Dan Taylors x200 (1 rep = 1 squat plus 1 lunge with each leg)
S: Smurf Jacks x250 (SSH in squat position)

MARY:
ABCs IC
Nolan Ryans x10 IC (each side)
Aww Yeahs x10 IC (each side)
Flutter Kicks x25 IC
1 Minute Plank

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 PAX: Anklet, Choker (Q), Grimace, Gus, Photoshop, Pops, Roomba, Sonic, Speedy, Tremor

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
When my 2.0 turned 13, we got her a smartphone.  We had parental controls in place and her social media access was severely limited, but in retrospect it was still too early.  Those devices have a way of turning users into zombies, and she was not immune to that effect.  My M and I have talked over the last few months about revisiting that decision, but it’s hard to take something away once you’ve given it.  She’s a great kid and very responsible, and we didn’t want to create an attitude problem.  But with my 2.1’s 13th birthday approaching, we knew there would be an expectation that she would be getting one, too.  So we decided to get ahead of the problem, bite the bullet, and dumbify the 2.0’s smartphone.

There was disappointment, but to my great relief there was no blowback or attitude problems.  On the contrary, my within 2 days my M found that 2.0 was much more talkative on the rides home from school.  Instead of silence and screen staring, there was unprompted discussion of her day.  2 days after that, 2.0 actually thanked me for the change, reporting that she felt happier and more connected.

If less time with a smartphone can have that effect, why am I spending so much time staring at my own phone?  My challenge to the PAX was to put our phones down when we get home from work.  Plug it in and forget about it, and plug yourself in to your family.  You’ll be happier and so will they.

MOLESKIN:
TAPs to Grimace and his M on their adoption not working out.  God is good, and has a plan.
Dan Taylors and Smurf Jacks make running more not fun that it already is.
I’m coming for you, Nanner Flag.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
QSource lunch today at Germantown Whole Foods, 11:30

Bear Crawl 1-2-3 at The Bluest of all Collars aka tFBH

THE SCENE: This is all Phat Pat’s fault. You see, PhoaP got a “real job” where The Man holds him down on the daily. Can you believe his boss demands he be onsite at a definite time every day? This is 2019! I’m a knowledge worker. At my job, I show up when I feel like it because you can’t just make knowledge work happen at will. The mood has to be right. I need my Aeron chair, ear buds, and dual 27″ monitors. 

Anyway, so PhoaP decides that people with “real jobs” also deserve F3, too. I had this idea months ago, but PhoaP wouldn’t go for it! Go figure! Typical PhoaP. Anyway, he finally agreed to be AOQ, so this week, we’re throwing a launch party. The dilemma for me was I had already promised myself to the Old Forest for King of the Bluff. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I devised a scheme to Q at the Blue Collar, then head to Old Forest for the last part of their workout. Some may find this dubious. I just call it zeal. #Freed2Lead

My alarm went off at 0400. I cranked up “Danger Zone” and grabbed my clothes. After some shadow boxing in the mirror in my skivvies, I got dressed, and hit the john.

At 0420 (shout-out Howze Park!), I slipped on the Brooks and headed out. Drizzle! Did not account for that. Fortunately, it never matters. By the time I arrived at tBC, the ground was sufficiently moist and the air pleasantly cool. PhoaP was nowhere to be seen, but Choker and Gilligan were waiting in their cars. I planted the state’s shovel flag and waited for the laborers. At exactly 0429, the lot filled and all ten PAX were assembled. Not a single man was late. 

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Done

WARM-O-RAMA:
All in cadence, naturally…SSH x20; IW x15; Buttkickers x15; High Knees x15; Prisoner Squats x10; Tempo Merkins x10; Al Gore+OHC x10

1-2-3-4-5-Hit-the-Deck (There might be a name for this. I have no idea. Basically, bend your knees slightly, hands out in front, and chop them feets fast. First PAX counts to 5 then we all hit the deck for a burpee. Recover and continue chopping. We went around the circle twice, which was two too many times.)

S-L-O-W mosey to the tennis courts!

THA-THANG:
PAX paired up and did Bear Crawl 1-2-3. It’s like Dora, but even better! 

Lining up on the sideline of one court, Partner 1 starts on the exercises while Partner 2 bear crawls to the opposite sideline and crawl bears back. Flippy floppy until each pair completed: 100 merkins, 200 big boy sit-ups, 300 squats.

YHC turned to his advisor (Ganon) and asked him to pick 11s or Tammy Wynette. Ganon chose 11s. Bad choice, Ganon!

11s with Carolina Tennessee Dry Docks and V-Ups. Instead of moseying or something in between exercises (BORING!), we just stayed put and did 10 smurf jacks (FUN!). So, 10 dry docks, 10 smurf jacks, 1 v-up, 10 smurf jacks, 9 dry docks, 10 smurf jacks, 2 v-ups, etc.

We got about halfway through and YHC called it to save a couple minutes for Mary.

MARY:
Flutter kicks x20 IC, keep feet up, Hello Dolly x15, rest, flutter kicks x15, switch to low plank, pickle pounders x15, 30 second low plank.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 PAX, no effin’ G’s

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
YHC shared Romans 12:1-2 and related the sentiment of an article I read recently about career progression. We can easily get so caught up in growth at our company that we end up being conformed to the company’s culture. Paul tells us not to be conformed to the world, but to renew our minds in Christ.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…”

MOLESKIN:
Great work this morning by the PAX. The Bear Crawl 1-2-3 turned out to be more of a slog that I expected. The mumblechatter was limited. Spellcheck killed it. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Check the preblast for a weekly lunch in your ‘hood. Crucible coming March 30. 

AFTERWARD:
I stuck around a few minutes and got to catch up with Moana and Part Timer. As they left, Phat Pat put his hand of my shoulder. Looking down and away hoping I wouldn’t notice the tears, he said, “Just go, Beans. Your people need you.” Back in the car, YHC cranked “Danger Zone” back up and headed to the urine-soaked streets of Midtown. Checking Slack (at a red light, obviously), YHC’s source on the ground had not provided any location information for the Old Forest. I skidded into the lot and took the first spot available. Jumping out, I immediately started running and scanning the playground area and parking lot. Nothing. Just silence and darkness. I was preparing to start a recon mosey on the trail when a glint of orange caught my eye in the distance near the abnormally long picnic table. It was a t-shirt! As I started towards it, suddenly the whole host came into view. Arrayed around the stone table were dozens of PAX. In the middle was Four Eyes himself! I planted myself next to Dewey, who donned the orange shirt, and joined in the timer work 4E was leading. We did squat jumps, big boy sit-ups, and some burpees. Shoestring was talking about doing extra reps. I did more. Mary was a horrible circuit of hello dolly, american hammers, and groiners. 27 PAX came out to the Old Forest, but Blart and Lazarus inexplicably went to the Levee and ruined everything. There’s always next month!

The Lost Boys love their Burpees

THE SCENE: Double the temperature from yesterday.  The spitting rain didn’t bother us one bit.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Disclaimed as the nervous mumblechatter filled the air.

WARM-O-RAMA:  Mosey 30 feet from the parking lot to the grass.
THA-THANG:

  • Burpee Pyramid x 10 tiers IC
  • Base of the grassy hill PAX were given a choice either to have us sprint all out up to the top or lead us in a set of Burpees x 10 IC.
  • 8 hill sprints, 2 sets of Burpees (1 abstain due to injury)
  • relocated further downhill and rinse and repeat this time the choices were hill sprint or a set of Burpees x 5 IC.
  • 3 hill sprints, 7 sets of Burpees (1 abstain)
  • Monkey bars; 1 PAX performed the monkey bars while calling out an AMRAP exercise for the rest.  (Merkins, Amerkins, Flutter kicks, Freddie Mercury, LBCs, BBSUs, . . . . , No Burpees)

MARY:  extended Mary (10 minutes):  Dying Cockroach x 30 IC, Boat/Canoe, American Hammers x 30, J-Lo x 15 IC, Pickle Pavement Pounders x 15 IC, Guantanamo Bay x 2, Alternating Plank 1 minute, Mountain Climbers 1 minute.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
11 PAX, 0 FNGs
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Wednesday night in Nutbush a young man pulls up in a white sports car, rolls down the window, and sticks his head out and hollers over at us.  Typical drug dealer, I think noting the facial tats, lanky arms, and bling.  He calls over a few of our street friends and begins handing out $5 bills.  He begins telling us that he was once out on these same streets addicted to heroine.  Now he’s over a year sober, and wanted to give back.  He offered me $5 and I quickly said I was ‘all good bro’.

Many lessons I am learning from this brief encounter:

1) My pride is crippling and corrupts my vision.  Should have taken the money, not because I ‘needed’ it but to honor his sacrifice.

2) Tell your story of brokeness, trials, or hardships to a brother.  You don’t know how or to what extent you will alter the course of someone elses life.

3) Give to others your treasures, talent, and time, its ALWAYS about breaking down your own addictions as much as its trying to help others with theirs.

Finally, don’t let your past identity and your past mistakes define you today.  You are forgiven already or God wants to forgive you though His son.  Live in your new identity and share your story for His glory.

MOLESKIN:  It was an honor to struggle alongside the Neverland HIM.  Very encouraging PAX.   Tiger Lily was ready for a Burpee pyramid greater than 10 tiers.  He also smoked us on the hill sprints and particularly enjoyed the low lying monkey bars, hah!

Start at the very bottom of the hill first with the PAX choice then move it uphill to balance out the pain.

154 total Burpees performed to celebrate Feburpeeary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Prayers for Kendle and Rick Sr. for healing.  Complete the 2nd F lunch survey to start a network near you.

Non-Symmetrical Pyramid

THE SCENE: It was a chilly low 20s out but the wind was cutting through everyones clothes making the gloom extra terrible.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:

50 SSH IC

25 BBSU IC

40 SSH IC

20 BBSU IC

30 SSH IC

15 BBSU IC

20 SSH IC

10 BBSU IC

5 SSH IC

THA-THANG:

Today we are doing a pyramid workout that will use the CMU that is sitting in front of Cheesesteak that he is complaining that we have not used yet.

The pyramid is as follows:

·         10 Overhead Squat w/ CMU – IC

·         20 Single Count Thrusters w/CMU – IC

·         30 Lunges – IC

·         40 Burpess w/in 4 min (hold plank until 4 min timer is up) – OYO

·         30 Lunges – IC

·         20 Single Count Thrusters w/CMU – IC

·         10 Overhead Squat w/ CMU – IC

Since we finished this with plenty of time left, we jumped into a round of 11s

·         Merikans – (4 count) IC

·         CMU Curls – (4 count) IC

MARY:

It was so cold with the wind, that we skipped Mary today and finished a touch before 6:15

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

12 PAX, no FNGs

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Quick discussion of standing up and fight.

Quote from Braveheart where Mel Gibson’s character said, “Fight, and you may die. Run, and you’ll live. At least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance – just one chance – to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take out lives, but they’ll never take our freedom?”

Everyone is fighting for something, some are fighting for thie marriage, some for their kids, some for a better life for their family, but everyone is fighting and we may not know what that is. Reguardless of whatever it is that you are fighting, do not run from it but stand and fight. If you do not know how to stand and fight it, then reach out to a brother here at F3 and ask for help. Chances are someone here has encountered what you are going through and will help you fight in a heartbeat.  But either way, do not run from it but fight whatever it is you are supposed to be fighting.

MOLESKIN:

It was really cold and the wind made it brutal. I was well over half way home before my hands finally stopped hurting from the cold. I apologize for cutting it short, but will make up for it next time I Q at the Levee, assuming I am still welcome. It was great to be there with everyone this morning.

I know that I did not show up for oatmeal, but Choker is extremely disappointed that he ventured out of the northeast kingdom and then had to each oatmeal all by himself with Chris.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Continue to push on the Equinox challenge and venture out of your comfort zone and meet other F3 PAX that you do not normally see.

A Few Merkins and Situps

THE SCENE:
A perfect 40 degrees.  I rolled up a few minutes before the preruckers finished up, and assumed I was a half hour late when I saw that Rosetta Stone was with them.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
Given, then given again when Sonic arrived mid-WOR.  Welcome to the Morg, Sonic!

WARM-O-RAMA:

Commie successfully recited the F3 mission and credo, and Flobee and Wall Builder worked together to recite the 5 core principles.  Thus, the PAX were rewarded with a standard warmup instead of 50 burpees.

SSH IC x21
Daisy Pickers IC x21
Flobee:  “What’s up with 21?”  Me:  “You’ll see.”
Windmills IC x21
Little Arm Circles IC x11 (forward) x10 (reverse)

THA-THANG:
21s, merkins and BBS.  Rest break in the form of a 0.2 mile mosey lap after rounds 12, 15, 18, and 20.

1 merkin, 1 BBS
2 merkins, 2 BBS

21 merkins, 21 BBS

Totals:  231 merkins, 231 BBS, 231 groans, moans, and complaints (mostly from YHC)

MARY:
ABCs IC

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8:  Choker (QIC), Commie, Flobee, Orange Julius, Rosetta Stone, Sonic, The Streak, Wall Builder

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Saturday I had some commitments in the morning and evening, but my afternoon was free.  I had been wanting to complete the January Ruck Callout – 12 miles in 3.5 hours or less.  As the afternoon approached I was tired and cranky and didn’t really feel like doing it.  But, #patch.  And the weather was perfect for it.  So I filled up my Source bladder and headed to the Greenline.

I stepped off, and during the first mile I started to reassess my decision.  Maybe I could just go 4 miles and turn around, and when I got back to the start point I’d have 8 down and the opportunity to decide whether to do the rest or call it a day.  By the 1.5 mile mark I was leaning toward turning around at the 2 mile mark.

But then, I passed Zima and The Streak.  They had gotten there mid-morning, gone a full 6 miles before turning around, and were less than 2 miles from finishing.  And they were moving – faster than I was.  Seeing Zima moving quickly after 10 miles is no surprise – he’s a workhorse.  But seeing The Streak keeping up with him changed my whole afternoon.

The Streak just started rucking a month ago.  His previous longest ruck was 5 miles.  And he’s RESPECT RESPECT.  That motivated me to stop the internal whining, speed up, and push through to the 6 mile mark before turning around.

When you take the DRP and post, you’re pushing yourself to do better.  But what you may or may not realize is that you’re also pushing your brother to do better.  My COT today is a shout-out to The Streak – thanks for pushing yourself and inspiring me to do the same!

MOLESKIN:
231 is a lot.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
QSource lunch has a new location this week:  Whole Foods in Germantown.  See you there Friday at 11:30!

If you haven’t already, please fill out the 2F Lunch Availability form.

I wish I had remembered to make these announcements this morning instead of just adding them here.

“Welcome to tabata!” 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

THE SCENE: Tolerable cold, but dry
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  done.
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • SSH x 30 IC
  • Daisy Pickers x 10 IC
  • Windmills x 10 IC
  • Hillbillies x 10 IC
  • Static downward dog, calf stretch, child’s pose…lat/low back stretch R/L

THA-THANG:
4 rounds.  Each round is 5 total min with 4 exercises done AMRAP for 20 seconds with 10 second rest twice.

Round 1 (AC/DC)

  • Merkins
  • Carolina Dry Docks
  • Low Plank
  • Superman

Round 2 (Rocky Theme)

  • Burpees
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Jump Squats
  • Boxcutters

Round 3 (Dr. Dre)

  • Squats
  • Bobby Hurley’s
  • Al Gore
  • American Hammer

Round 4 (MGMT)

  • SSH
  • Triceps lifts (R)
  • Triceps lifts (L)
  • Hello Dollies

Bonus Round…Repeat Round 2

MARY:
Integrated into workout
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
6 PAX (no FNGs)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Shared Tom’s thoughts from the Dalai Lama that he shared during COT at the Ruins.  Thought provoking and wanted to share it with some that might not have heard it.

When asked what surprised the Dalai Lama most about humanity, he said:

“Man.  Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
MOLESKIN:
First time to post at the Morg since it has ABD (addition by division).  Great group of HIM that put in the work.  Commie has a new method for mountain climbers and you need to go out to the Morg and see it.  Appreciate the Equinox Challenge for prompting me to get outside of my usual AOs and post with my brothers in other areas.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Coffeteria at Moma’s

Pull-up routine at the Cockpit.

THE SCENE: Crisp, clear,  and cold at the Cockpit. But Passport was waiting eagerly and early to post as YHC pulled up. The AOQ of the Cockpit showed up but quickly lamented that his shovel flag is not as big as the visiting AOQs shovel flag. 

The circle was complete when Choker showed up. 

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

Still not a professional.
WARM-O-RAMA:

Imperial Walkers   IC   15

Hillbillies     IC   15

Big arm circles/reverse   IC 10

Overhead claps    IC   25
THA-THANG:

Mosey lap around the track.

Gathered at the playground which has a decent monkey bar allowing for pullups. 

Performed a Pullup/Merkin routine as follows:

Pullups 10/Merkins 5

Pullups 8/Merkins 4

Pullups 6/Merkins 3

Pullups 4/Merkins 2

Pullups 2/Merkins 1

6-minutes alternating 20 merkins and 40 squats.

Repeated Pullup routine without the Merkins. Count to 10 between sets.

SSH IC 50

Mosey lap around the track. 

MARY:

Pickle Pounders IC 15

WW1 Situps IC 15

Dying Cockroach IC 15 (Soulja Boy)

LBCs IC 15


COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Passport, Soulja Boy, Choker, Orange Julius (QIC)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Numbers 22

V34And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

Interesting Bible story of a man, Balaam, apparently a man of God, going his own way despite knowing better. He persists in his mission right down to the point where a donkey converses with him in human language. 

Although it is a bit of a drastic representation of foolish stubbornness so often we find ourselves blindly pursuing our own will when Gods voice is pushing us in another direction. 

While we may not have a talking donkey tell us when we are making a big mistake, we should be in tune with Gods voice and will for own lives.

 

Prayers for employment for Passport. 


MOLESKIN:

Always love the Cockpit. Small group but big heart today! Pullups are just not fun. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Lots of stuff ahead: Basketball game Sunday the 27th, Possible 2nd F lunches, See Slack for more details. 

AMRuckPalooza

THE SCENE:

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER


WARM-O-RAMA:

SSH IC x20
Imperial Walkers IC x15
Daisy Pickers IC x15
Little Arm Circles IC x10 (each direction)

Ruck up.

THA-THANG:
Bodybuilders w/ruck – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/4 mile
Overhead Ruck Squats – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/4 mile
Merkins w/ruck – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/4 mile
Ruck V-ups – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/2 mile
Bodybuilders w/ruck – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/2 mile
Overhead Ruck Squats – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/2 mile
Merkins w/ruck – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/2 mile
Ruck V-ups – 1 minute AMRAP
Ruck 1/4 mile

Total miles: 3
Total reps: lots

MARY:

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
3:  Choker (QIC), Hitch, Soybean

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
If you were tuned in to social media or political “news” shows this weekend, you probably heard about the events in DC.  Initial reports and video purported to show a group of students of one ethnicity harassing a group of demonstrators of a different ethnicity.  My Facebook feed was immediately filled with condemnation and  virtue signalling.

It took me all of 45 seconds on Google to discover the rest of the video, which told a very different story.  I then spent the next hour composing and deleting, and rewriting replies to the Facebook posts of friends and family that were spreading the false narrative.  But each time I came close to hitting the “save” button, I stopped and thought about what this would accomplish.  I wasn’t at the event; maybe my interpretation was also wrong and there’s another video showing things in a different light.  Maybe my response would have been technically right, but is arguing about something strangers did on the other side of the country (over a public forum and without the benefit of nonverbal communication clues) something that is going to strengthen my relationships with those family members?  Is my tone going to help or hurt my witness to others?  It was a struggle, but I resisted the urge to wade into the muck.  I have not always been successful at this – this is one of my many Jesters.

There are some good things about social media.  I don’t know if they outweigh the bad.  But I do know that you’re not going to change someone’s mind about political issues in that kind of forum.  You’re just going to hurt feelings and break relationships.  Resist the urge.

MOLESKIN:
Rucking is best when it incorporates all 3 Fs.  That happened today.

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