F3 Gashouse Operation ‘Grumpy Old Men’ officially soft launched on Saturday March 7 at 07:00 at the Schiele Museum. This new concept, a walking only AO was an idea that took wings a few months back amongst several Pax using coffee and eggs to nurse off some recent Gashouse Bootcamp and Painlab woes at the Union Road Diner. Having noticed some Pax that continue to post while on the IR simply modifying and coupling that with recruiting a targeted group of HIM’s that are not going to be BC or PL junkies, we are hoping to expose additional men to the second and third F’s where we can enrich the lives of new Pax and in turn learn from them.
Roscoe had our Bootcamp Q and Tube had Painlab. Bandit and myself were watching over the slowsey mosey. We started off with the pledge, announced our disclaimer and off we go. As we strode away into the sunrise we could already hear the pain being inflicted in the warm up upon the poor souls who chose not to join our group. Off to Grier we rolled. Six PAX total, two fng’s, two Kotter’s and two co-Q’s. F3 Gashouse, please welcome or welcome back to our group: Jester, Waterboard, Warden, and Toad, all respect.
We walked around Grier track 7 to 8 times. I’m not sure of our official tally but think we were a 1.5 to 2 mile range, most likely a PR for all of us. As it turns out, the Grumpy Old Men moniker is just a notion. These guys were anything but grumpy and the laughs and mumblechatter simply meshed. I was curious how this whole morning would go, but as I looked at my watch we had about 15 minutes to make one more round and get back down to Schiele. Our idea only cemented it’s need as I watched the BC and PL guys melt in 30 degree weather. I would say I’ve always been a slow runner, but maybe even a slower walker (does that make sense?) . All of these ‘respects’ kept a mosey pace I felt was quicker than a normal slowsey. These respects had it, they moved well, and I hope will be the new faces (fng’s and kotter’s) of a new generation of HIM’s to post at the Gashouse.
The name of our new AO is still yet to be determined. We will let the regulars of this launch determine that. We need your help to broadcast this walking AO to anybody that you know that would be interested. Heck, it’s free and they need it. And you need it. This AO is open to all men who want to come and slowsey mosey with us. You’ll keep a brisk pace if you keep with the ‘respects’, you’ll be able to mumblechatter if you walk with me. Please consider taking a co-Q position with us one weekend as leading into our ‘hard’ launch we will be reaching out to experienced Pax to walk with us. Bring your ruck sack or weight vest if you like. Bandit and I are committing six weeks from the official hard date launch (3/28) in hope’s of this taking wings on it’s own. Until then it will command and receive our full attention but we still need your help. Our plan is that we slowly hand this over to the regulars who attend and they can develop this into the F3 formula that work’s best for them.
Overheard at Gashouse:
“Show up and Post, it is other’s that need you”
“Remember, there is no bad weather, only bad gear”
“It is not good to be the last guy on a bombing run”
Roscoe graciously handed me the Q close-out so I’ve got the announcements and concerns here.
Shout out to Tube and his 2.0 friendly workout. Timeframe mentioned having a 2.0 fitness day of some sort to assist with scout merit badges.
Mortimer 100 Relay March 14: 100+ mile relay from Hickory to Boone, NC or more specifically Tator Hole to Howard’s Knob, only for the insane. Goal is to raise $1,000 for cancer services, see Roscoe for donation information.
F3 Gashouse Convergence March 21
Speed for Need April 4
Les Nessman and Sister in Law
Top Hat mentioned Kotter’s and those on the IR, being injured and out can really get you down