T-Square came up with a genius idea to move Pain Lab downtown Gastonia at the Speed for Need tent on Saturday morning. I saw the tweet late Friday night but threw it out there anyways letting the PAX know we would redirect to Rotary Pavilion at 7:15AM. This would allow me a few extra minutes to meet anyone that showed up at the Schiele and have them follow me downtown. That said T-Square rounded up the troops downtown and I met Moses and Billy Madison at the Scheile and automobile moseyed to the Rotary Pavilion. The scene was jumping early downtown. Everyone was getting their tents setup and Speed for Need were unloading the chariots. We decided to setup Pain Lab in the grass in front of center stage near the Speed for Need tent.
Painopoly of course! I mean, why not? This is a great workout and does not require hours of planning a weinke. It is all on the game board. We did 45 minutes of it and we all finished stronger, sweatier and smellier by the end.
Pain Lab Downtown
There were 5 total PAX and about a quarter of the way through a young boy that had been looking on decided to join us for some kettlebell fun. He did all of the exercises we landed on and with vigor. Good kid with good spirits. Wish he could have stayed for the entirety but he had to go find his family so did not get a chance to name this wonderful 2.0.
Duh, Community Foundation Run in about 30 minutes
YHC took us out in prayer
The one thing I can say is F3 and Speed for Need got some wonderful exposure. We had a lot of curious on-lookers, some asked questions about F3 and Speed for Need in which we directed these folks to the tent. I hope that our Nantan did a good job explaining things. If there is one thing of purpose we fulfilled by doing Pain Lab downtown it was Plant. We planted the seed of what F3 is about.
Tube, good to see you out here brother!! Thank all of you men for taking a detour from the normal Pain Lab spot, it was greatly appreciated. You all pushed hard, even though it may have been uncomfortable doing these exercises in front of a bunch of complete strangers. However, know this, if there is one thing that has helped me since joining this group it is how to step out of your comfort zone and face challenges you may never have.
17 PAX showed up at Midoriyama. 3 went for a MTB ride. There was no sighting of the varsity captain. Someone said he was probably already in bed.
SSH x forever
Morrocan Nightclubs x when ever I say stop
Low Slow Squat x 10
Let’s Mosey to get the blocks and hit the hill at the soccer field
We did a workout from a few weeks ago. Partner up.
Dora 123- 100 burpees partner runs up the hill with the block, 200 squats with the block partner NURs up the hill and back, 300 IN/Out partner runs up the hill with the block.
Running low on time we modified the next round. 50 step ups partner bear crawls 10-15 yds and runs back, 100 overhead press bearcrawls continue, 150 curls and still bear crawling.
Mosey back to the flag for a little Mary.
Announcements-Tooltime is leading The Forge this week 6:30 Wednesday night at Grits n Greens, Virtual run at Rankin Lake Saturday for Operation Sweet Tooth see Pizza Man, I’ve already got our speakers for this quarters 3rdF event! Way to step up guys. Dates and times to come.
Prayer Request-Def Leppard will be gone to China the whole month of May, Several friends and Family battling cancer.
Moleskin-This one sucks! We will continue the beatings at Midoriyama because that’s what we do. Many of us are not runners but we run, we are weight lifters but we lift. We do these things to get better. Always work to improve. Always Be Training-ABT!
It was a frosty 30 degree’s this morning when I pulled into Folsom, Medicine Woman called E.C. The night before and he was not joking. Like a triad Ninja he come running (1.5 miles Aye!) in looked up ice on his mask, said what’s up Bedpan. I thought to myself today is a day to be maniacs! (I’ll explain later),all of the sudden the parking lot was full at Folsom. 11 HIM’s showed up for my VQ. It’s AT’s bday and he showed up with a codpossum ready to get down in the Gloom. (Show to know).
Warm A Rama
cherry pickers x 10
10 hillbillies on the right side
10 Appalachian Americans on the left side
25 night clubs oyo
Mosey to the bottom
team work makes the dream work
25 Maniacs (Chris Farley/tommyboy) then plank until teammate makes two laps x’s2
mosey to covered area
dips x 10
captian Morgan x 10 oyo
mosey to the flag
mountain climbers x 10
LBC’s x 15 oyo
tennis court lunges
stop at end and Bobby Hurley add 1 per court. Then rinse and repeat.
Finished up with 25 squats slow and low per Pax request, and you can’t lose your V without at least 5 Burpees.
I learned a lot this morning, Captain Morgan is best left for the afternoon, add more reps, but most importantly I learned how Great it is to be surrounded by the Men of F3.
It was good to be back this AM. It’s been a minute since I have surfaced. It was a struggle but what isn’t….right?!
As I pull up and park I see Mayor trying to pull over the light poll (what a beast). I saw Dolph wearing more clothes than he intended. I heard Boudin vow not to dress warm again this winterspringsummer we are having. And Hippa wrapped up like a ninja. As others filtered in, it was time. Here’s what I recall………….
S= ssh 15ic
T= toy soldier 15ic
O= overhead squats 10ic
R= rocky Bolboa 15ic
M= moroccan night club 25ic
Mosey to tennis courts
Bear crawl across court
Squat walk aka Duck Walk across court
Lunge across court
Sprint back to first court
Mosey to top of parking lot.
Mosey down hill to stop sign
Mosey to start for Mary:
8 pax for 8 different ab exercises
5 minutes left……
Mary Speed Round: (there was some nut busters)
Be on the look out for Burpeethon info and Hippa needs anyone with photos from community run to post on slack. He is creating a video.
Loved ones for sickness and new adventures. Co-workers for strength to over come.
8 men showed for some time with Gastone. Strognoff told me he must leave by 6am. It was chilly and it was drizzling.
20 Imperial Walkers
5 Diamond Merkins
Mosey to BB&T for a small break at 10 Diamond Merkins
Mosey To Robinwood School under the long cover path.
Partner Up in the middle.
Partner A run to the end and do 20 Squats while partner B runs to the other side and does 20 Squats. Then back to the middle for 1 parnter Merkin. Squats are constant but partner Merkins grow all the way to 11.
At this point Stroganoff said in the most pitiful voice and maybe with a tear “I guess I will leave now since it is a mile to run back”. We all agreed that it almost made us feel bad for him, it was a moment.
Then we got back to work minus 1.
11’s with a patner. A and B run to the opposite sides and do 10 Dips back to the middle for Partner Derkins 1. Rinse and repeat until the number is flip flopped.
6:09 at this point so we began our great journey back to the start. Whoopee and Someone else went back for the 6.
We accomplished over 3 miles with our workout and we felt the workout as well. So I would say we all had fun.
Time for everyone to pick up some Q’s. Although, I have fun doing these Q’s it really defeats the purpose for me to do them. Be ready for more of a push on Q’s over the next 3 weeks. I should only see the schedule about once every 2 months if all are being diligent.
Whoopee made an announcement about a Marathon Rucking event. I believe he wants to do this at Table Rock or some crazy location, that would be perfect then.
Prayer request for Drone, US President, and the world.
Hell, where do I begin? Let me take it back to when this SpeedForNeed thing first kicked off. I was hooked from the start!! Being at the first event on July 4th until now when I watch everyone’s videos, I still get the same feeling. This year ToolTime informed me that I had a new role, SFN regional Q for F3 Gastonia. I can’t explain how excited this made me!!! Many of you know me and know that when I take on a role or anything that I do, I give 110% in every aspect. The first 2018 SFN event in Gastonia was on the schedule for April 14th. It really seemed like the event was so far away and would never get here, then the closer it got the more excitement there was. Now it’s race day, the stage is set. ToolTime, my M, and I arrive at the Rotary Pavilion in Ole’ Blue pulling a pine needle trailer(as Tolkien described it) with two badass racing chairs. Thanks to all my F3 brothers and the supporters that helped set up the tent and get everything in check. The Track Commanders James and Luka arrived, now it’s show time. Coming into this I wanted to do one thing throughout the event, get a lot of footage of everyone on the course. I felt like Tolkien Jr. during the event with all the interval running I was doing. Hopefully with all the footage we got throughout the event it will create memories for a lifetime. That is was what this is about!!! I want to personally thank Jim Dunn and the Cardona family for giving F3 Gastonia the opportunity. I also want to thank everyone that helped this event be a success!! Sorry for the long BB but it’s really hard to put into words what this means to me!! Please take time to read ToolTime and Stroganoff’s take away from the weekend.
As many of you know SpeedForNeed has been a passion of mine since last year when I first saw a tweet about it. I remember sending J.R.R Tolkien a private message that said ” I have to be a part of this. I have to push”. Shortly after I found myself as the Regional Q for Gastonia! However I still hadn’t pushed a Track Commander. As a matter of fact I pushed a Korean War Vet for a very short distance in the Charlotte marathon relay last year. So this year when the opportunity was given to me by Vuvuzela to push Luka his 2.0 I was extremely excited. Running that race with Luka ahead of me the whole time was something that you can only truly understand once you’re able to do it. Luka pushed me men ….it was all about him….nothing else mattered just Luka getting across that finish line . I had a conversation just before we lined up to start with Vuvuzela and how Luka would communicate. he said to me ” If Luka his kicking his legs he is happy and having fun.” I took the information in and went over to the starting line…the countdown happened and we were off…..however it was on a hill on 6th street that Luka did it….I saw the hill and said to him ” Luka were going to crush this”….going down was easy….however as we started to go back up it quickly became apparent that this was going to hurt….then it happened…..Luka kicked both of his legs up in the air and moved them around ….it was all I needed ,Luka had given me the strength to crush that hill. To be honest after that I was on cloud nine! This young boy had strengthened me, made me stronger, because it was about him. I will cherish that moment until the day I die. Thank you Vuvuzela for allowing me the honor of racing with your son. He truly is a special boy.
After running and carrying a flag at the Christmastown 5k in late November with Speed for Need & F3, I was psyched and a little nervous about being a driver for Speed for Need at the Community Foundation Run. My small amount of anxiety was relieved when I met James and his grandfather Jim on Saturday morning and looked around at all of my F3 brothers getting ready to run. I confirmed a few of the PAX to run with me in case I needed some relief and to carry the Gashouse flag. James was unbelievable with his infectious smile and generally calm demeanor. After some good tutoring from Tooltime and Pizza Man, I was ready to get after it.
After arriving at the start line with James, Luka and the group, I took a few steps forward to get a picture back toward the group. It was an impressive sight to see so many of our PAX there to help carry us through.
The excitement for me personally grew as the countdown started thanks to Hunchback and we were off. As we started moving, James threw both of his arms out as if he was flying, it was terrific. A Gazette photographer caught this moment and if you have not seen this picture, please look out for it. I think it captures the entire day for me.
We were off. I went out too fast….really Stroganoff, I’ve done this before. The excitement of the moment with James and all our F3 PAX, I just took off, not as fast as Tooltime however. We kept a good pace up as runners passed us but I had F3 guys all around me. Whoopee was there to help push along the way, Slaw carrying the Flag, Roscoe to my right, it was terrific. Pizza Man, Hipaa and Spider Monkey with the video. I’m pretty sure Pizza Man got in some serious interval training while going back and forth between the chariots. After we crested the first big hill (after about 1.7 miles) I was personally spent and handed off to Whoopee and somewhere toward the finish line Roscoe took over the flag. We continued at a good pace as we made the last turn to head up South St. I could hear the crowd cheering James on. I’m pretty sure he lifted us up to the finish. There is a great shot of us running through the finish line, Whoopee on the chariot’s main handles, myself pushing on the left side handle, Roscoe carrying the flag and Tyson to my left (Tyson had come back to help push us up that last hill). This moment was also captured by a Gazette videographer, look for it on their website.
That was quite a moment for me personally and it took quite a while to get the smile off of my face. Smiles all around, pats on the back, James smiling, his Grandfather thanking us and telling stories, friends from the community patting us on the back, well earned sweat, gratitude…..I could go on and on. This was just another terrific moment for me since getting involved with F3. However, this was different. It was about James and Luka. After we awarded the medals to James and Luka, I had the great pleasure of picking him up out of his chariot and getting him back into his own chair. He relaxed just enough to make it easy for me to get him comfortably situated. He looked up at me and smiled. This is what Speed for Need is about. I did not really know until that moment. It was an extremely impactful 2 – 3 hours for me, I hope it was also for James and his Grandfather. I will not soon forget this day and am grateful for F3, F3 Gastonia, Pizza Man for the opportunity, Speed for Need and all the Gastonia PAX. When can we do this again? Until the next one. Aye!!
Once again, I want to thank everyone that helped this event be a success!! This would not have been possible without each and every one of you!!!
Merkins, plank jacks, WWII situps, same 10, 15, 20 repeats.
Mosey to corner of knowledge
dips, step ups, dirkins 10, 15, 20 repeats.
Mosey down to the Field of dreams for some BIMPS work
Burpees 10X, Karaoke to the other end of the field, mosey back.
IW X 10, backward run to the other end, mosey back
Merkins 10X, karaoke to the other end, mosey back.
Plank jacks, 10X, backwards run, mosey back.
Copperhead style squats 10X, run and hit the ground at each utility pole and back up to the other end. 5 drops. Rinse and repeat coming back.
Triple nickel on Heartbreak Hill: SSH, run to the top, hand release merkins.
On over to the playground for some additional torture!
3 rounds: Velocioraptors 10X, incline merkins 10X, run steps to the top and merkins 10X.
Time for Mary which included Roslalittas, Heels to heaven and Dollies.
Pledge and done,
Short on pax but great effort. Glad those that made it did. Solomon rucked. Hate it was a short group but glad for the participation we had at the race event today. Knew it would be like this so YHC was committed to the AO. Looks like Tiger is up next week and Breaker Breaker after that!
9 #HIM showed up for an early beatdown at Folsom. YHC had thought about bringing the coupons out but didn’t make it much farther than that.
Warm Up; SSH, Toy Soldiers, Mericans, Squats all by 10 IC.
Mosey to lower picnic shelter – 10 dips IC, run to picnic shelter at top of hill 40 LBC’s oyo. Repeat x 3
Mosey to playground – 10 pullups, run to ampitheater 20 hipslappers both oyo. Repeat x 3
Mosey to bottom of hill at ball fields – 20 squats at paved path, run up hill to paved path 40 flutter kicks. Repeat x 3
Mosey to small parking lot at ball fields – 11’s, 1 big boy sit-up run across lot 10 burpees, you know the rest.
Mosey back to start, stop at tennis courts for 25 shoulder tap mericans.
Mosey to start parking lot for Mary; all pax called exercise. I apologize for not remembering.
Moleskin; Nice work by all men, kept the Pax moving on this tour of Folsom. There is still a lot out there that we didn’t touch. Mike Falls – Gravity, worked hard and never gave up. Thanks to Pax for pushing each other.
COT; Namorama, Named FNG Mike Falls – Gravity, Welcom brother. Announcements, Prayer Requests.
What is it?
The FIRST EVER CSAUP event at the Coconut Horse AO in Gastonia.
When is it?
Sometime in the late summer-early fall.
Why would I want to do it?
If you are asking, you can skip this and go back to your fartsack.
What will it cost me?
Everything if you miss it. Even more if you decide to take the challenge.
However, it will not cost you any money at all.
This will be an event that combines rucking, running, push-ups, sit-ups, and a lot of chocolate milk at the end. The idea is similar to a GoRuck Qualification event and will be held at the Coconut Horse AO at a date to be determined. We will have categories that will have goals for you to hit to qualify (and possibly receive a patch) as far as time and repetitions. All finishers, however, will be eligible for the chocolate milk at the end.
Do a lot of push-ups.
Do a lot of sit-ups.
22 men yes 22 #HIMS went out for some fellowship and a mosey or a Ruck ….All did 5 miles and 1 did more all got out of the fartsack and made each other better. YHC continues to be amazed at what is happening in F3 Gastonia. You men truly are an inspiration and we are making a difference! Keep EH’ing because there are so many more Sad Clowns that don’t know about this treasure we have.
Christina Latini 8k next Saturday in Huntersville with a Virtual option at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia Pizza Man will tweet out details,
YHC was at a loss for words today while praying ….simply couldn’t believe how many men showed up today
JK2’s father, Sargento trip this week, F3Sly and his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan , Def Leppard traveling to China and India , Breaker Break’s friend Battling cancer.
17Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)
13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous.[a] Be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (HCSB)
13 Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong