January 22, 2021



F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER was short but sweet, like myself

a too long explanation of how to do the first exercise

MOTIVATORS – 6:countdown IC

Daisy Pickers  X 10 IC

Mosey around track.

This morning, I had the PAX do a series of lots of exercises with lots of moseying in between, always going back for the 6 and trying to bring them in with encouragement. I was wanting to have us spell out DARK THOUGHTS (which I explain in my COT) with all the exercises, but we were only able to spell out DARK THOUGH, which is fine. My goal was simply to push everyone, and I think I succeeded.

We lined up on the starting line for 4 sets of..

  • Devin Hesters. One PAX holds a CMU and starts about 10 yards ahead of all the rest of the PAX. When I say go, we all try to pass the PAX holding the CMU within a 100 meter sprint. We went through 4 different PAX holding the CMU (Bo Peep, Altar Boy, Paper Trail, and Lipton)

Mosey to the courtyard (holding plank til all in) for a set of..

  • Alternating Shoulder Taps x 10 in cadence.

Mosey to the foot of the stairs leading up to the bridge (holding plank til all in) for a set of..

  • Russian Dips x 10 in cadence.

Mosey to floor 4 of parking garage on other side of bridge (holding plank til all in) for a set of..

  • King of Hearts (varying sets of suicides done within different forms of transportation. We did a set of suicides normal. Then held Al Gore til all in. Then a carioca set. Held Al Gore til all in.)

Mosey to the top of the parking garage (holding Al Gore or going back for the 6) for a set of…

  • Tempo Merkins x 15 in cadence at top of garage

Mosey to floor 2 or so (holding Al Gore or going back for 6 til all in) for a set of..

  • Hip Slappers x 10 in cadence

Mosey to top of bridge (holding Al Gore or going back for 6 til all in) for a set of..

  • Outlaws x 5 in cadence, switching directions and then x 5 in cadence again

Mosey to bottom of stairs in courtyard for a set of..

  • Up downs, about 10 times going down and back up all together of course.

Mosey about 100 yards further into the courtyard (holding Al Gore til all in) for a set of..

  • Gorilla Humpers x 10 in cadence

Mosey to shovel flag (bringing in the 6 til all in) for less than a minute of

  • Hand-release Burpees ended up being OYO because I messed up on trying to count them off in cadence.

The remaining exercises that we ran out of time and couldn’t complete were..

  • Tempo Squats x 10 in cadence and
  • Slingshot Run (Indian Run) one lap around track

MARY wasn’t present.

13 PAX. Upgrade (QIC), Altar Boy, Billboard, Bo Peep, Chioccetti, Lipton, MIB, Moth Balls, Paper Trail, Scarecrow, Squeegee, Teacher’s Pet, Vengeance

Around the 12th hour of Bauer during Photoshop’s torturous Q (and also really well-executed, love you, Photoshop), my thoughts started to get pretty dark. I realized I was thinking about myself too much and not those around me. I started leaning heavily on the PAX around me, asking them specific questions about potential injuries, their hunger pains, their feeling of tiredness, the dark thoughts we both shared. I think we helped each other to sort of come out of our own heads and just be there together, present. There is something to be said about going through a situation like this with other men. Experiencing something painful with other men. It builds character.

Exactly two weeks ago at Barracks, Altar Boy had us doing 4-count Alternating Shoulder Taps. I got really discouraged because everyone else was doing them way faster than me, and I accused them of not counting the exercise correctly. I was being sassy, but I think most everyone was a bit annoyed with me and took it as exactly what it was, an accusation. It’s shitty of me to say the least. I apologize to all PAX who were present that day that weren’t there this morning, considering I already apologized to you (Tomb Raider, Beauty Shop, Millennial, Snookie, Ricky Bobby, and Shy Guy). I take my bad attitude seriously, because it effects those around me. I had a bad attitude that morning and it wouldn’t have been the same at all if I hadn’t been out there for myself that morning.

So that’s why I had us do all these “DARK THOUGHTS” exercises together in cadence this morning, continuing to go back for the 6, and encouraging the 6, bumping his fist, asking him how he’s feeling, and bringing him in. When we have a spirit of togetherness, our attitudes aren’t as irritable. Iron sharpens iron.

Bauer changed me. I know that sounds dramatic, but it did. Seeing Vengeance (who is often a self-proclaimed Clydesdale or the word is jokingly hurled at him by other PAX who lump him in with other Clydesdales) sprint ahead of all the other PAX, leading the way during Paper Trail’s Bauer Q in the 23rd hour was special. And afterward, I went up to him with my jaw dropped and bumped his fist and said, “I had no idea you could run like that”. I knew he was having a moment, realizing he can do something others might think impossible for him to do. I’m going on a little long here, so I’ll tie it up and just give a shout out to the others who pushed me along the way: Slater, Lochte, Hobo, Speaker, Paper Trail, Evan Almighty, Chef, Scarecrow, Squeegee, Ricky Bobby, Paper Cut, Orange Julius, and man…honestly, so many more. I hate to write novels in all these posts I’ve been writing since Bauer, but I have a lot to say and it’s hard to contain the awakening it’s lit up in me. I highly encourage you to already have on your mind 24 hours of Bauer next year. It’s a crucial experience to go through and you better believe I’ll be doing all 24 again next year.

Love the new exercises I implemented. Well, they were new to me at least: Devin Hesters, King of Hearts, Gorilla Humpers, and Hip Slappers. Look them up in Exicon. They are difficult and really push the PAX.

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