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
SSH x20, Imperial Walker x10, Hillbilly x10 (Choker: “These should feel more natural.”), Daisy Pickers x10, Windmill x10
Lil’ mosey over to a field.
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!
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.