We Pretended to be Frogs

THE SCENE: Shorts Weather – the elasticity from my underarmor briefs was failing.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Given
WARM-O-RAMA:

  • SSH ICx20
  • Merkins  ICx10
  • Pickle Pounders ICx10
  • Arm Circles Forward ICx15 Backwards ICx15
  • Squats ICx20

THA-THANG:
Frogger to playground. That was terrible.

At playground, stations were established for each PAX. Stations were tire pull, decline merkins, box jumps, battle rope, plyo-merkins, dips, CMU squats, and sandbag curls. PAX would perform AMRAP at their station while the tire puller pulled said tire down the hill and back up the hill which took roughly 45 seconds to complete, give or take. PAX were instructed to run backwards up the hill.

After completing 1 round, we did a Sidewinder approximately 50 feet total.

Complete another round of stations.

Another Sidewinder.

MARY:

  • Flutter Kicks ICx30
  • American Hammers ICx20

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
8 PAX – Gomer, Gun Show, Speedy, Tremor, Pronto Pup, DHL, Roomba.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
It’s easy to express our faith when we’re around other believers, go to faith based schools, or work at faith based organizations. Being away for 10 weeks and in a place surrounded by people that didn’t hold the same faith I did made for a challenging environment. My encouragement this morning was to get outside of your normal routine occasionally and put yourself around others who don’t have the same faith as you. You might rub off on them. 

MOLESKIN

I’m not sure if the Froggers or Sidewinders were worse.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Ask Speedy. I know nothing.

Winter had better be Coming at the Annex

THE SCENE:  The hottest, thickest dang morning ever. IIRC, the hottest day of the year to this point. If you or any of your loved ones know the wherabouts of the stupid wind, contact Robert Stack immediately.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Not shouted because Gun Show was afraid of my Dad voice. Delivered to Sonic a little later

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20 (because we have rules)
Arm Circles IC x20 Fwd, x20 Rev
Daisy Pickers IC x 20
Imperial Walkers IC x 20
Windmills IC x20

THA-THANG:
We mosey over to the east side of the parking lot near the 400m/quarter mile loop for the Sword Coast Relay. I had orginially planned on doing the Relay race that I did at the Morg, Marc Cohn style – in the middle of the pourin’ rain.  But I think I needed about 8 PAX total for that to work, so I defaulted to an older game.

The Game:

  • PAX Circle up and remember their spot in the order. We start with Gomer and go around the circle.
  • PAX #1 rolls a 12-sided Exercise die (I found the good one. Miss me with that yoga die). He then runs clockwise around the loop, bearing THE BATON (Which was a NERF Sword. NERF OR NOTHING!).
  • PAX do the exercise the die winds up being. Difficulty ranges from “Water Break” to “20 Burpees”.
  • Once All In, PAX #2 rolls and runs Counter Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX.
  • Once All In, PAX #3 rolls and runs Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX, and so on…
  • After you hand off the sword, finish your loop and return to the circle and recover until the next roll.

No Rerolling this morning (except when I got tired of side planks and made an executive decision). Also, as people keep trying to tell me, fall is at hand, so the sun rises later, so the loop was super scurry and dark. To help the brave pax navigate the treacherous running paths of Ye Olde Cordova, I taped a flashlight to the hilt of THE BATON. Gun show immediately noted it was a lightsaber now! Is this what it’s like to be out-nerded? I don’t like it! 42! CUCUMBERS ARE FRUITS! g=9.81m/s^2! There. Better. Good eye Gun Show. Proud of ye you temporary AOQICHIM.

B-B-But what of the PAX that are running in the dark without the lightsaber? That’s what the disclaimer is for.

5 of the 6 PAX in attendance already knew this game and DHL learned the rules at next-day-air speed! T-Claps Sir! Everything went smooth, no shenanigans, so clearly the problem last time was Speedy and Grimace, as usual. Sonic and Tremor always impress me by finding ways to fit in extra reps, joining in the exercise when they finished their lap instead of recovering.

Gomer Dropped the Sword at one point, resulting in…Nothing. Didn’t have a rule for that.. Next time, Gomer…next time. Back at the ranch the Die just kept landing on Tuck Jumps, side planks, and jump lunges, so the core and legs got some good work that morning.

At about 6AM, Sonic Irish Goodbye’d to get to school. Go bench press some kids, you hoodied beast.

About 24 die rolls were made, but not a single water break. The probability of such a thing is approximately…whack. Oh well. On to Mary

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 10
4-count LBCs IC x 10
American Hammers IC x 10
4-count BBSU IC x 10

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 6 PAX
Gomer, Tremor, Sonic, DHL, Gun Show (Acting AOQ),  Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I had my first sermon to preach the weekend after this, so I gave the 45-second version: Just because you are technically allowed to do something with impunity, doesn’t mean you can be obnoxious about it. Whatever your faith, or creed, or vocation is, you should make it as approachable as possible, because stumbling blocks will make it harder for others to come to you and what you’re doing.

Prayers for DHL’s job search, for traveling PAX, and family health.

MOLESKIN:
Gonna need to get some headlamps from the Hazard Frought – I mean…Harbor Freight if I’m gonna encourage more running. I think everyone would be fine, but I’d feel much better. Of course, the sun may rise later, but It’s still hot and thick as anything. GAWD, I am tired of summer and it’s death grip on September. Be Gone! Gun Show done good as AOQ in Speedy’s absense, and even snagged us a Ghost Flag! Glad the mere thought of a Roomba Q scared everyone off (which is surely what happened). Also, with Sonic out for Name o Rama, we improvised (our efforts were blessed by the crow): https://photos.app.goo.gl/RQTuajQAcp51jE1E7

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Kids, Shine your tire sleds and don your weighted vests, because next Tuesday, the 24th, The Grimace Cometh. Evanescence and pain are going to have you seeing Purple and cursing the Hamburger Witch that borne him! Start Hydrating now.

You’re All Shooting Stars to Me at the Annex

THE SCENE:  Not to bad. The soupy air of Memphis is chilled and ready to enjoy. Really Dewy. Can’t wait to end one of these with dry socks.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered! And again for Rosetta Stone.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20 (because we have rules)
Imperial Walkers IC x 20
Windmills IC x 20
Arm Circles FWD IC x 20 (Keep arms up)
Arm Circles REV IC x 20

THA-THANG:
See if you can guess the theme faster than the PAX this Morning! Hints in Bold. Gomer was a curious one, having a peek at the 3 cardboard signs I made the night before, now scattered near the NE corner of the Annex like a corrugated Triptych sloppily hurled at a hillside.

Mosey’d around the 1/4mi loop and argued about whether it’s a 400meter loop and not a 1/4mi loop. After completing one orbit, PAX gathered at the east end of the lot for AMRAP #1 to the tune of the Meteora album by Linkin Park, which was also the first album I bought with my own money. Sorry I’m late to that particular party, Speedy and Grimace. 8 minutes of the following:

Plank Jacks x 10
E
l Capitan up the hill  to the swings (Like a deep Lunge walk)
R
ussian Twists x 10
S
quat Jumps x 10
E
l Capitan backwards down the hill
I
mperial Squat Walkers x 10
D
erkins x 10

Another orbit round the loop up to the pavilion (after I had to get my shout on) and PAX picked out picnic tables for AMRAP #2. Another 8 Minutes:

Mario x 10 (Mostly done as step ups, because of all the dew we had accumulated)
Elevated Merkins x 10 (using the benches)
Tricep Dips x 10
Elbow Plank x 20 seconds
Obamas away from the pavilion until you hit 20 Merkins then
Reverse Lunge back until you have pavilion roof over you

The PAX started asking why I wasn’t calling the Elevated Merkins Irkins (short for incline Merkins). I said because it would upset the acronym. It was at this point that the PAX figured out the theme was the Meteor shower we had this week. Their reward was another loop! End at the east lot again. 6 minutes left for AMRAP #3:

Smurf Jacks x 10
Hillbillies x 10
Outlaws x 10
WWII Situps x 10
Everest up the hill
REVerest back down (Everest Backwards)

They only got done with one round before the timer went off. In addition to just spelling PERSEID METEOR SHOWER, I also stuffed as many Plyometric exercies into tha thang as I could. Plyometric exercises focus on burst of energy and usually have some kind of “shooting” action, in honor of the the shooting stars.

Nerds love alt text.
I am insufferable.

MARY:
OYO Limping back to STARTEX

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 6 PAX
Gomer, Gun Show, Rosetta Stone, Lager, Speedy (AOQ), Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
A reiteration of what Barney said a few weeks back about getting home and finding the energy to spend time with your family. I recounted that I’d been sleeping terribly this week and my 2.0 wanted to get up in the night and see the shooting stars this week. I was going to bed on the last night of the meteor shower not really intending to see them, but when my son woke up anyway around the start of the visibility window, I found the energy to take him in the back yard and do some literal stargazers with him. We saw 2, and his excitement more than made up for the sleep lost. Point is, HIM, your family is your first ministry, so dig deep for them.

Prayers for Rabbit’s 8th, and Gomer’s friends.

MOLESKIN:
So the last time I did AMRAPs, the whiteboard failed. Cardboard signs were way better and were hoboriffic! Must remember to bring a flashlight to point at them though, especially with the sunrise starting to shift. I had a much easier time leading this morning, and I think I’m feeling at ease commanding such hard exercise routines. The lunges and squat variants we did were brutal though.

PLC had awesome discussion about boat racing (I call drummer!), Banana blight, Japanese, and Books. Also Gun Show got hissed out by some Geese.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
2 year convergence at the Mothership. Freed to bring PLC Goodies. If you’re reading this and it’s still friday, the 16th, shut this off, go lay out your clothes, and go to bed now. Ghost flag will be there, so Trashville, come and claim it if you dare!

Crossfit games tribute!

THE SCENE: Friday August 2nd, muggy and warm
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

Pax were disclaimed and warned
WARM-O-RAMA:

20 SSH, stretch on your own, then short mosey around the lot.
THA-THANG:
in honor of the Crossfit games that started on August 1 the PAX performed multiple benchmark workouts named after females.    Each workout was modified from the original due to lack of equipment.

Helen: Pax perfomed with a CMU 3 rounds of 12 pull ups, 21 CMU swings, and a 400 yard run each round.                  Pax rested for a 30 count

Fran:  reps 21-15-9 of CMU thrusters and bent over rows with the CMU  21 reps of both then 15 then 9.                      Pax rested for a 25 count

Nancy: 3 rounds of 15 over squats holding CMU then 400 yard run down the hill and back.     Pax rested for 25 count

Grace: 30 reps of ground to overhead with CMU, pax had to pick up the cmu from the ground then press over head each rep.

MARY:
Insert information about any additional post-THANG work (if applicable).
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
12, Roomba, Lager, Sonic, Chyna, Tremor, Couch potato, paralegal, rosetta stone, meter maid, Jiminee, Speedy, Barney
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Psalms 73:26 “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”   Pax were encouraged to make sure their strength came from God and not by their own power.  Strength is needed to pour yourself out everyday at work then at home with the family.  You don’t want to give your family your leftovers from a busy day.  Strength in God helps you to be able to keep pouring out of yourself so that your family is happy and fulfilled by you.
MOLESKIN:
Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Spooky Flags

THE SCENE: Shorts weather for sure. YHC thought about using our nice upper practice field for this Q, but decided on the Goose Field. What is more Annex than burpees in goose scat. It was slightly spookier than normal.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER. Given multiple times. 5 Principles of F3. Mission of F3, Credo of F3. Welcome to KOTB
WARM-O-RAMA:

IC 25 SSH, 15 Hillbillies, 10 Daisey Pickers, 10 Arm Circles Forward n Back. Jump Squat Holds (a personal fave). Steinbrenner thought there wasn’t enough hold……. not sure he still feels that way. If you aren’t doing these……. do them. Short mosey to shake out them gams.
THA-THANG:
Doracides…..  It is a favorite of mine so we did them. YHC also had my weekly Annex meeting with Mayor Strickland, and he advised he was raising taxes on the Annex pax. Partner UP! (with someone you do not know preferably). While partner 1 puts a hurting on the count, partner 2 runs to first cone (burpee) and back, and repeats for the 2nd and 3rd cone. Tossed a little Louisville in with the switch. Before you swapped with your partner you did 5 “Booya Merkins” which is a merkin with a hand clap with your partner. (A pax chirped that that was a “Patticake” Merkin…. but he wasn’t on Q so…….)

*after looking up Booya Merkins…. and Patticake merkins…… said pax was correct

  • 150 BBSU
  • 250 Merkins
  • 350 Squats

No time for the rest of the wenkie.

MARY:
IC 20 Freddie Mercuries, 20 LBC, 20 Flutter Kicks, polished it off with Freddie Mercuries till time.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
21 Pax. La-Z-Boy, Halpert, Double Vision, Topanga, Dial-Up, Chyna, Gomer, Rabbit, Steinbrenner, Chuck E Cheese, Backseat, Beetus, Blank Stare, Gun Show, Master Pee, Paralegal, Pillsbury, Pronto Pup, Motel 6, Roomba, Speedy (QIC).
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Letting go of habits or things that have a hold on you to focus attention elsewhere. Do hard things.
MOLESKIN:

Regional T-Claps to the Pax of Louisville, who created their Ghost Flag and welcomed us with open arms when the Memphis PAX arrived to take it! Yalls hospitality was off the chain. Ya’lls park was dope. Your Coupons were heavy, and Diablo and Kilo lead an excellent Q. Hope to return to “The O” in the future.

For the Ghost Flag’s inaugural F3 Memphis exchange, The Levee brought 11 PAX and claimed that sucker. Good work guys, it was nice to have yall out to the Annex. YHC has posted at very few AO’s, however have been attempting to change that and get out to meet other PAX.

Also T-Claps to Bailout who showed up with the drone and got the money shots!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
City Ruck Tour Friday!!!! YHC is hoping to go.

Smooth (skA)MRAPs at the (skA)nnex

THE SCENE:  Muggy, but not steaming (until we got to work).

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Your Roomba is synced to the Atomic Clock. Started promptly at 5:30. Disclaimed like 4 Times Total. Some day I’ll actually get to meet the REAL Meter Maid.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH, Daisy Pickers, Imperial Walkers IC x 20
Arm Circles IC x 15 Forward, 15 backward

THA-THANG:
MICROSCOPIC mosey to a grassy bit near the track. PAX saw a whiteboard and Gun Show reminded me that he was promised NO MATH. We did AMRAPS. This was based on a routine the M came up with for FiA, based on a periodic table of excercise to target a different muscle group, and to challenge each group incrementally. I guinea pigged this  and workshopped it with her. Made some adjustments for this morning based on challenge level and whimsy. I call them smooth because the exercises sort of flow into each other (Supermans feel good and give you an excuse to collapse after Merkins, etc.).

And the soundtrack? It’s in the title, boyee. SKA!

AMRAPS Progress as follows, changing one or 2 things each round.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Duration 5 Minutes 6 Minutes 7 Minutes 7 Minutes 5 Minutes
Rep Count/ Hold Time 10 Reps/Seconds 10 Reps/Seconds 15 Reps/Seconds 15 Reps/Seconds 15 Reps/Seconds
Exercise 1: Legs Squats Squats Squats Squat Jumps Squat Jumps
Exercise 2: Cardio SSH Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Mountain Climbers
(2 is 1)
Exercise 3: Shoulder/Chest Merkins Merkins Merkins Merkins Merkins
Exercise 4: Back Superman Superman Superman Superman Ethan Hunt*
Exercise 5: Front LBCs LBCs Cross Planks Cross Planks Cross Planks
Run! Run to First Street Light Run to First Street Light Run to First Tree on Left (farther point) Run to First Tree on Left Run to First Tree on Left

An Ethan Hunt Is something YHC invented when trying to keep my arms out on a Superman, but kept losing balance. You extend your arms Forward and legs back like a Superman then move them to the sides and bring them back for one rep. Not sure why it’s an Ethan Hunt? Remember than one scene in Mission Impossible? You know the one…

No (But it is a good one), the one with the wire and the sweat drop…

Yeah! That! That’s why. It looks like that, but more sweat drops by this point.

The Mumblechatter was terrific and YHC had to take breaks from the laughter. We Gave Sonic and Tremor ribbing about them being so competitive with each other (These inhuman weirdos go for a sprint during the 20-counts that were betweent the last few rounds). Talking about celebrating Grimace’s First Q back by visiting different AOs that day. Sonic wants to do Karaoke of Come on Eileen. Paralegals are obviously Ghost Lawyers. The Reps and steady ramping up in difficulty was really felt later on, with lots of freely-offered information about what exercises everyone hates and how we have at a lot of misanthropic knees in the group. Gun Show just can’t stop knee-capping, even if it’s his own patellas…

Micro-mosey back to Startex for Mary. 

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 10
American Hammers IC x 10

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 10 PAX
Gun Show , Tremor, Paralegal, Lager, Beetus, Sonic, Jiminy (FNG), Couch Potato (FNG),  Speedy (AOQ), Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Yesterday, I went to a Funeral for a man I didn’t know, but I knew from the speakers that he was such a pillar of his community and family and business that the room was a standing room affair. A few times it was said that others now have a large burden to bear now that his is gone. Freed to Lead also encourages HIM to be so integral in our communities that others aren’t sure what they’ll do without us. Let us strive to be that lynchpin and train up the next wave of men to be able to shoulder the burdens we’ll leave behind.

MOLESKIN:
I Finally got to name some folks! The first guy was a fan of Cricket, hence Jiminy, and our second guy kept saying he was very active and hated sitting around, hence Couch Potato. Welcome guys. Hope you come back soon. I think that was Tremor that EH’d them. Good work, dude. I like the AMRAP model because it lets everyone go as hard as they can and self-regulate. I’m liking the new set of regulars. With it being Tiger Lily’s last day posting, I thought it was gonna be like 4 PAX total, but I’m really impressed with the turnout! Good PLC, talking about our preferences with Museums and TVs

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
F3 Memphis’s 2nd Birthday is 8/17 at the Mothership. Don’t know if it’s an official convergence, but it’s gonna be big. Will there be a dunk tank where you can dunk the Nantan? Not with that attitude, there won’t be.

A VQ to Please the Crowd – The Crowd Pleaser

THE SCENE: 75ish degrees, nice weather

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

PAX were welcomed and disclaimed.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH x25 IC
Daisy pickers x10 IC
Windmills x10 IC
Arm circles x10 IC (each forward & reverse)
Imperial walkers x10 IC

THA-THANG:
Mosey from STARTEX to do merkin mile (25 merkins) and finish at the playground.
3 rounds of AMRAP at the playground.
1st round:
Five minutes of jump squats x15, leg tuck or leg raises x10, and breakdancer merkins
2nd round:
Five minutes of broad jump burpees x5, angle grinder x10 (2=1), and American hammer x10 (2=1)
3rd round:
Five minutes of jump lunges x10 (2=1), crowd pleaser 1(merkins):1(thrust feet forward & back) to 5:5, van goghda x10 (2=1)
Mosey back to ENDEX.

MARY:
Heels to the heaven IC until 0615.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
26 PAX: Tremor (QIC), El Bano, Ike, Slots, Chuck E Cheese, Paralegal, O Positive, Beetus, Gun Show, Iceberg, Sonic, ABBA, Roomba, O’Reilly, Choker, Lager, Billy Blanks, Shoestring, Bruce, Farmer, Gomer, Photoshop, Bailout, Chyna, Snookie, Speedy.

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Make priorities. The top priorities should be the most important things in life. Do the top priorities first before other things. If we do the other things first, we won’t have time for the most important things. The analogy for that is like an empty jar and we fill it with golf balls until we cannot put any more golf balls. However, we still have some space in the jar for small pebbles until it’s full. After the pebbles, we can pour some sand to fill up the remaining space in the jar. The golf balls represent the most important things in life such as family, health and/or whatever it may be, it’s the top priorities. The pebbles represent the other important things, for example our house or car, and the sand represents the small things in life. If we pour the sand first into the jar then you won’t have space for the golf balls which is the most important things.

MOLESKIN:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Revenge of the Nerds comes to the Morg

(A.K.A. The time I tricked the Morglians into LARPing)
THE SCENE:
  Rainy, cool, and lacking a QIC. I parked at the wrong lot. Cobains.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Started by Orange Julius, and reinforced by me 4 minutes later. Clearly not a professional.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH, Daisy Pickers, Imperial Walkers IC x however many OJ prescribed
Arm Circles IC x 15 Forward, 15 backward

THA-THANG:
A mosey around the parking lot. Full disclosure, I had planned this for the field on the other side of the park, so this was literally a scouting run. Found my Target — A 50ish meter stretch of parking lot median with a tree at one end. The baton, that looks suspiciously like a Nerf Sword, was placed at the tree and the group was divided at the other end, 3 lamp posts away. Team 1 and (wait for it) Team 2. YHC was on glorious Team 1 with OJ, The Streak, Bruce, and Ratio. Team 2 started with Croissant, Flobee, Sleep Number, Miracle Ear.  Imagine the following, but dark and riddled with puddles and rain and mud:

Nerds love alt text.
God, I’m good at MS Paint…

The Game: Push-the-Cart Dora Relay Race. Game is as follows

  • Each team has their own identical Exercise Die with 12 exercises.. Difficulty ranges from “Water Break” to “20 Burpees”.
  • At “Go!” the First PAX on each team Rolls the Die and takes off running to the sword, on his team’s side. The Remaining PAX perform the Exercise as fast as possible.
  • Whoever gets to the sword first gets possession, rounds the tree and starts heading to the enemy team base on their side.
  • When the Sword bearer encounters an opponent headed their way, they must hand off the sword. The sword changes possession and goes the opposite way along the track to the opponents base. No cutsies at the tree.
  • Back at base, once PAX are All In from their team’s Dice Exercise, PAX #2 rolls and runs, leaving the remaining PAX to perform the roll’s result. Continue on with Subsequent PAX.
  • After you hand off the sword, finish the track and return to your own base and recover until the next roll.
  • Teams continue cycling through runners as fast as the group can perform the exercises. “Water Break” is a freebie, meaning the next PAX can roll and run immediately.
  • If a team manages to run the sword to their enemy’s base, they score. The sword is replaced at the tree and the next round starts.

It took about 5-10 minutes for everyone to get on the same page about the rules, but eventually everyone got their competetive edge on. OJ incorporated the strategy of holding the die just off the ground and waiting in the sprint-ready stance for All In, before simply dropping the Die so we wouldn’t waste time waiting for it to stop rolling/bouncing. It also helps that he runs like a beast.

Sleep Number and a few others had the interesting tactic of throwing the sword away before the handoff to delay the other team. Shenanigans! 30 points from Griffinmorg!

Turn order was not always held, and some runners lapped others. Eventually IIRC, The Streak and Croissant decided they didn’t trust the others rolls and wanted a designated roller representative from each team, before rolling each other’s die to start the penultamate round, amid much trash talk. We essentially had Wet Calvinball with swords, and it was amazing. Too Tall joined in in the middle and evened up the teams (Team 2 was short handed until then). Miracle Ear looked ecstatic everytime he got to play the with sword.

Finally we were getting close to time, and I figured the score was about 2-2, so I placed the sword at the middle lamppost, about half the distance. SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME. Team 2 got a Water Break and an easy second runner right after the first. Team 1 got…20 Burpees. DOH! Team 2 walked it in easy before I got to my 3rd Burpee. Well played Team 2, ya filthy animals.

Nerds love alt text.
And there was much rejoicing…


A slow, almost swaggerly mosey back to Startex for Mary. 

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 20
LBCs IC x 5 (with the 4-count, it was 20)
Aww Yeahs x 3 each Side
A dumb squat hop pyramid thing I got from Speedy X 10, then X9, then X8 (27 total)

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 9 PAX
Croissant, Flobee, Sleep Number, Miracle Ear, Too Tall, Orange Julius, The Streak, Ratio, Bruce,  Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
My church regularly asks men in the congregation to lead a sermon a few times a year. I told the Elders I was up for it, and nothing happened for a long time. I was starting to think they’d forgotten or didn’t think I was mature enough to do it. Then I just got told yesterday that I need to start preparing a sermon with them to be preached in about 1-2 months. I’m now the other kind of anxious now that it’s actually happening. I’ve got two takeaways for the men. One past, one for going forward:
1) If something is righteous to do, be patient and trust in the Lord. Whether or not it comes to fruition, God’s will is happening.
2) If you are struggling/ nervous in doing something worthwhile, ask for help and receive it graciously.

Prayers for my FIL and all unspoken.

MOLESKIN:
I still love the Exercise Die. That was the first time I Q’d in the rain and the first workout sesh totally out in the wetter elements with ne’ery a gazebo or pavillion. What an experience, though! Also, that morning was hectic. I forgot my phone, was running late, despite getting up earlier, went to the wrong parking lot, had to improvise, and do it all in the cold rain, but it’s amazing how little that matters when you don’t sweat the details and stick to the rest of the plan as best as you can. We ended up having a blast and I think we were all sufficiently spent by the end. The post BC weather felt amazing, and apparantly Kansas dwellers don’t know what humidity is. Thanks to OJ for warming them up for me and props to the M for the BB Title.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Tremor’s VQ is this friday at the Annex! Tiger Lily is leaving soon, and something might be going on at Neverland next week. Check Slack.
Also, Dexter still has a pending VQ.

“I’m already down here,….. So what’s one more” – roomba

THE SCENE: shorts weather, sticky. Alot of people at the park this morning. Looks like some paid actors tossed together a dinky workout group on the tennis courts. We gave them a wide berth this time just to not embarrass them. Holes and poles were present. Sonic arrived and promptly ran a mile, then another during plc. #100
F3 WELCOME & Disclaimer. Given
WARM-O-RAMA:

IC ssh x 20, hillbillies x 15, daisey pickers (slooooooow) x 10, arm circles x 20. Ditched last movement cause my knees hurt…. Poor boy
THA-THANG:
Alot of cheekieness from the annexians this weekend. Flag shenanigans, mumble chatter galore. Chirped up early enough for me to modify my wenkie for this morning. Thanks to grimace – merkins, gun show – a run, rabbit (no show) 8ct body builders, choker (no show) Tony hawk somethings.

Merkin mile, quick pace. Lots of ehing going on during the jog. Each 1/4 we paused for 25 merkins and some card flips. A 5 or less had 5 reps added to it. Face cards = 15, aces 20, joker dealers choice 50

  • Spades – 8 count body builder (47 total)
  • Hearts – jump lunge (62 total)
  • Clubs – Carolina dry docks (91 total)
  • Diamonds – Tony hawk squat jumps (54 total)

MARY:
Knees felt better after our mile so jump squat holds till time. This should be in every workout. It’s brutal
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
6 pax, roomba, grimace, sonic, gun show, tremor, Speedy (aoqic)
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Disapointment sucks. See the opportunity not the obstacle.
MOLESKIN:
Thanks to the 6. Sonic did yell @ roomba and pushed everyone the last 1/4. Great job. Got some heavy 345 commitments! Onward men!
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
4th convergence

Live and DIE by the SWORD at the Annex

THE SCENE:  A little humid, but forgiving. Grimace and Speedy are already sweaty and panting. Can’t imagine why.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Totally on time. Why would you ask? Repeated for Meter Maids (Or Roombas as they are known at the Annex). Speedy spent this time EHing a recent critic of the F3 Nation.

WARM-O-RAMA:
SSH IC x 20 (because we have rules)
Windmills IC x 20
Daisy Pickers IC x 20
Hillbillies IC x 20

Speedy kept doing Jawflappers

THA-THANG:
It’s revenge of the nerds time! More Dungeons and Derkins!
We mosey over to the east side of the parking lot near the 400m/quarter mile loop for the Sword Coast Relay. For those that still think Monopoly is an acceptable board game, The Sword Coast is a location in a popular D&D setting that’s positively brimming with adventure.

Nerds love alt text.

Our loop was just like that, but without all that pretty water, and with lots of ragweed and joggers.
Speaking of, our illustrious leader, Speedy, finally joined us for the explanation.

  • PAX Circle up and remember their spot in the order. We start with Gomer and go around the circle. (Place your bets on whether the PAX stayed in order).
  • PAX #1 rolls a 12-sided Exercise die (I found the good one. Miss me with that yoga die). He then runs clockwise around the loop, bearing THE BATON (Which was a NERF Sword. NERF OR NOTHING!).
  • PAX do the exercise the die winds up being. Difficulty ranges from “Water Break” to “20 Burpees”.
  • Once All In, PAX #2 rolls and runs Counter Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX.
  • Once All In, PAX #3 rolls and runs Clockwise, getting the sword from the previous PAX, and so on…
  • After you hand off the sword, finish your loop and return to the circle and recover until the next roll.
  • As with the last D&D Q, all PAX have the ability to reroll one of their own rolls once that morning. 

The interesting twist with the reroll this time is that you don’t have to do the exercises, so you can reroll to try and make it harder or easier on your fellow PAX. Tunes were started and we were underway! Gomer rolled a 20 Burpees straight away and completed the loop before we could finish, like a boss. The first round proceeded with minimal shenanigans. Everyone chanted for Water Break and we all experienced disappointment as a family. Everyone hung in there for lots of jump lunges and jump squats.

In the second round, I witnessed Grimace go out of turn. Mark it folks. Civility died in the Annex at 5:57AM. For Shame. Not long after Speedy finally rolled the first “Water Break”, He then tipped it over to change it to 20 burpees, and ran off like we wouldn’t notice that.

Speedy’s Stealth check: 4 (Broad daylight, and like 6 people staring straight at him)
PAX Perception check: 30+ (Again, we watched you do it, dude)

Gun Show tossed it up to make up for that chicanery and we got a Water Break, which translated to a 20-count. Sonic and Tremor did the burpees anyway. I think they take burpees as a free action. Beasts. Speedy on the other hand is obviously Lawful Evil. By the last rounds, order was mostly forgotten, but good laughs and mumblechatter was had.

Everyone went about 3 or 4 loops. I figure the sword was carried about 3.5 miles in total. Good job PAX. Get you some of Speedy’s Potion of Jitteryness.

MARY:
Flutterkicks IC x 20
LBCs IC x 20

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA – 9 PAX
Gomer, WannaCry, Tremor, Sonic, Grimace, Speedy (AOQ), Gun Show, Pronto Pup,  Roomba (QIC)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Accidentally keeping with the theme, I talked about Treasure. Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. It is crazy easy to say you support someone or something, but that is nothing unless you are putting time, energy, and/or expense into it. I am so proud of the F3 community as we take care of each other, especially during the floods a few weeks back. I felt I was preaching to the choir because every one of them takes this seriously enough to put sweat and time and planning into this. I told them to evaluate where their brethren place their treasure to find out what they are actually serious about.

Prayers for Pronto Pup’s friends that are terminal, for traveling PAX, Frosty’s M, Rabbit’s job, and all else unspoken.

MOLESKIN:
The Slack channel has been abuzz with rules lately, and today we fudged our way through my set of rules, but still had so much fun, in spite and because of it. I was happy to see WannaCry back out there. His quote on Slack said it all. It’s not motivation. motivation is fickle. It’s discipline that keeps us coming. I missed having Pronto Pup out there, and wish him luck on his VQ at the Levee. Can’t remember much about the mumblechatter, except that they hate that Die. I love the die. I don’t have the heart to tell everyone to do 30 mountainclimbers. It does :). I’m glad to have Sonic stick around after for the summer. Can’t wait for the next session…er…Q. Think I’ll finally bring that dragon I’ve been saving. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Convergence at Mothership on 4th of July. 6:30AM – 7:15AM. All other AOs are closed that day, so you need to get your freedom fix there. Grimace is on Q, which is no coincedence. Red, White, and Blue all mix to make a light purple.