F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Author: Stroganoff (page 1 of 7)

Why F3?……a Personal Story of Hope & Support

An F3 Story.

Exactly two months ago today, my life changed in a dramatic way.  My Father passed away after a very short illness.  We received his diagnosis of Stage 4 Lung Cancer on August 20th, he died 13 days later on Sunday, September 2nd.  Those 13 days were a whirlwind of sadness, pain, agony, fear, anger, frustration, exhaustion, etc.  I could go on and on.

What does this have to do with F3 you might ask?

I have a terrific family, many friends (some far away) and acquaintances through Church, community organizations, from high school and college, work, etc.  Some of these people I have known for 35 – 40 years were not the first persons I thought of or the first persons to reach out to me.  As those 13 days were passing and I realized he was not going to recover, I found myself wanting to reach out to my F3 Brothers for support first.  Now, I did have support from my brother and mother but that is different.  Even with that, I was not really sharing with them what I was feeling or looking to them for support, I found myself wanting to support them more than looking for help from them.  I had support from some longtime friends but some were hours away.  As we’ve heard before in F3, proximity matters.  I had support from our Church and family as well but I found it to not be the same.

During those darkest moments of despair, the first persons that came to mind that I wanted to see and share my grief with were the guys I had been spending hours with in the gloom over the past 3 ½ years or so.  It was the guys I had spent nights out in the middle of nowhere and suffered through 30 hour relays with.  It was the guys that I had attended other visitations with to support another F3 brother in need.  It was the guys who helped push me up Crowder’s Mtn for a 2nd time during the Climb CSAUP.  It was the guys who might check on me if I haven’t been to one of my normal AO’s in a while.  It was the guys that helped me train for weeks and weeks to accomplish a half marathon for the first time this past Summer.  It was the guy who beat me in a 5 mile race by .7 seconds and won’t let me forget it.  It was the guys who I believe know me now better than some of the people I have known for 35 – 40 years.

The day after my Dad passed was the Labor Day Murph at Martha Rivers.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I could even get through it.  I decided to go….I decided I needed to go.  I needed to burn off some anger; I needed to start getting all this emotion out of my system.  I needed to see the men who inspire me to be better each day, who push me to be better.  I went through the entire workout without sharing it with anyone there even though a few guys knew from the previous day.  I struggled through it but got through it.  After the workout, Roscoe asked my permission to share with the group.  He did and at that moment, you guys lifted me up.  For the first time, I personally experienced the power of the shield lock.  I had been on the outside of this before in the last 3 ½ years, but never the reason for it.  I immediately felt different.  I felt supported.  I did not feel alone.  I felt like I would endure whatever was to come in the coming weeks and months.

The visitation was one of the hardest days of my life.  However, the burden was lightened for myself and my family (especially my Mother) as so many of you came through to pay your respects.  My Mother knows how much F3 means to me and she was thrilled to meet so many of you and hear about how some of you got your F3 Names.  She actually smiled during some of those explanations and introductions.  We were overwhelmed with the support.  If you ever wondered about moments like this and if your words of support, notes, texts, phone calls, etc. make a difference.  I can assure you they do make a difference.

Every day since September 2nd has been a struggle.  Each day brings a new thought, memory, count (as in today marks two months), level of sadness, joy, anger, despair, hope and fear. It sucks.  But I know I am not alone.

When I first showed up at the Schiele in April 2015, I had no idea where this would take me.  Something told me I should go and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life.  Maybe someone knew why I would need this group in the coming years, maybe it was just luck, I don’t know.

Men have lots of struggles these days and one of the biggest is loneliness and lack of connection with other like-minded men.  F3 can be the cure for this.  It has been for me.

With my faith, I believe I would have eventually struggled through the last 2 months.  Without F3, I’m sure it would have been more difficult and less hopeful as I would not have had the workouts and fellowship to help me get to this point.

I will never get over this but time and the support from so many will help me begin to heal a little more each day so I can get past the pain to move on toward the great memories and lessons I have from my Dad.

Last thing I want to share is something I’ve learned about the F3 Rock.  We get better by pushing the rock each day and helping each other push the rock.  We also have the opportunity to pause when needed to be the rock of support for those in need.  You guys have proven this to me over the past 2 months and I thank you.

I challenge all of us to continue to spread the word about F3.  I’m sure there are more men out there like us who would benefit from this.  They know something is missing, they just don’t know exactly what it is.  We can help others in the same manner you all have helped me.

See you soon again in the gloom.

Aye!

Stroganoff

The Pub is not Complicated

YHC arrived around 10 minutes before the start time to find a few getting EC in, some stretching and others yawning.  Let’s get it on.

We ran north, turned north-northwest, moseyed a while, turned a slow turn, turned back east, turned back south….we were done.

Sargento attempted to EH an existing Gashouse PAX along the way….nice work, he is the king of the EH while we’re running.

Some started early (Stone Cold), some got in some EC (Gastone, Madoff), some got in some EC by running to the AO from their house (Monk) and the rest of us followed the instructions.

Good work men.

Announcements:  Need a driver for BRR Van 1; Nomads headed to Fort Mill Saturday – meet and leave from Roses in Belmont at 0500; CSAUP on the 25th; 2nd F at Sargento’s on the 25th.  All is good.

Several prayer requests to keep in mind:  Sargento’s M – knee; Gastone’s mother-in-law; Nikki Bailey health

Thanks for the push men.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

Better at 48

I was up early and ready to go this morning as I had not Q’d a workout in a while due to being on/off the DL lately.  Add in the fact today was my 4th birthday since getting involved with F3, I was ready to get it on.

I was awake early as usual so why not head to the Schiele for some EC running, someone else might be there.  No, so what do I do………….do it anyway.  Got in a 5k (slow) before the main workout.

Arrived back to find Huckleberry and Canteen ready to go but no one else.  Huckleberry inquired if this was normal, I said no.  We’ll see if anyone shows.

Why yes, by the time we were ready to go, we had 14 including the Q’s.

No FNG’s so no real disclaimer though we did have some Kotters on hand.

We did discuss this was my 48th birthday and the bootcamp might have a 48 theme.

Warm-Up IC

SSH X 24

Imperial Walkers X 12

Moroccan Nigh Clubs X 12

Time to split up and mosey (6 braved the bootcamp with YHC)

Quick stop at the Flag for the Pledge

The Thang

Mosey around the back of First Presbyterian and on to the track at Sherwood Elementary for some track work:

Partner up;  Run half lap in opposite directions until you meet back up for 12 Booyah Merkins (no idea if that’s spelled correctly); run back to the start for 48 LBC’s OYO;  Rinse/repeat 3 more times with 48 Flutter Kicks, 48 Freddy Mercury’s & 48 American Hammers after each set of 12 of the Booyah Merkins.  It was fun and reps focused on the number 48.

48 lunge steps along the back of the track to finish off the work at Sherwood.

Mosey back toward First Pres up to the Scout Building and down the steps for some step work:

48 LBC’s – Run to the top of steps for 8 Merkins and back  down.

48 Flutter Kicks – Run to top of steps for 8 Merkins and back down.

Continue sets with 48 reps at bottom and 8 Merkins at top.

48 Freddy Mercurys – 8 Merkins

48 American Hammers – 8 Merkins

48 Moroccan Nightclubs – 8 Merkins

48 Squats – 8 Merkins

Another fun-filled exercise.

Mosey to the track at Grier middle School for more track work with a modified Wolfpack Grinder:

12 Squats IC – Run half lap – 24 Merkins OYO

12 Squats IC – Run half lap – 48 Mountain Climbers OYO

12 squats IC – Run half lap – 24 Merkins OYO

12 Squats IC – Run half lap – 48 Mountain Climbers OYO

Mosey to the picnic tables to finish off the work at Grier:

24 Dips IC – 24 Step-Ups IC – 12 Derkins IC

12 Dips IC – 12 Step-Ups IC – 12 Derkins IC (I should know better by now not to work right beside Dolph)

Mosey back to the Schiele to finish off with 22 Merkins for the Vets led by Canteen.

Good work men.

Announcements; Prayer Requests; Name-o-rama – The PAX even sang Happy Birthday to me.  Many thanks.

The Moleskin

As always, it’s terrific to Q a workout and at my advanced age, just being able to get out there and get some work in is a privilege.  I mentioned this during the workout but 3 1/2 years ago at age 44, I was almost 40 pounds heavier, had a few good friends and was a borderline sad clown.  Things have changed a little since.  Besides being in better shape at age 48 as compared to 44, I feel I have a group of men I can count on if needed.  F3 is the answer for some of the issues that men currently are having in our society.  Keep spreading the word, there are many others that  could benefit.  The PAX of F3 Gastonia are helping me to think the best is still yet to come for this old(er) man.  I couldn’t think of a better way to start off my birthday than in the gloom with a group of HIMs as I did this morning.  The 6 guys in the bootcamp pushed me today to work hard through my Q and I didn’t want to disappoint.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

Gashouse is under new management

Just another Saturday and another workout at the original F3Gastonia location……Gashouse.  I had announced on Friday that this was my last Q before turning over the Site Q reigns to Linus so I wondered who would have the guts to show for a little Forrest Gump action……well, a great group showed knowing good and well we might run a little.  Great crowd showed for Mayor’s Pain Lab also.  Another humid morning.  Time to get after it.

No FNG’s.  What would we do?

Let’s start with 5 burpees OYO…..that’s right…..I called some burpees.

10 Imperial Walkers IC

Pledge

Split the group between the bootcamp and pain lab.  I was very happy to head off for the bootcamp after glimpsing Mayor’s torture chamber set up.

The Thang – The Forrest Gump (one of my early workouts that had to be brought out again)

Mosey to East Garrison Baptist Church for some IC work:

Merkins X 11

Prayer Squats X 15 (facing church)

LBC’s X 20

Mosey to Hillbilly’s for more IC work:

Merkins X 11

Prayer Squats X 15

LBC’s X 20

Hillbilly’s X 10

Mosey to the flag circle at Lineberger Park for some Dora 1-2-3:

Partner 1 does exercise, Partner 2 runs up to top of steps toward the pool and back until the cumulative reps are completed as noted:

100 Merkins

200 Squats

300 Flutter Kicks

Mosey to the upper picnic shelter inside the train tracks (exactly 1 mile from the Schiele for those wondering) for some IC work:

Dips X 15

Step Ups X 20

Derkins X 10

That was so much fun we Rinsed/Repeated for a second set.

Mosey back to the Flag Circle at Lineberger Park for some Ring of Fire:

10 Merkins Ring of Fire

20 Mountain Climber Ring of Fire

Time to start the mosey back toward the Schiele with the next stop back at the Baptist Church for more IC work:

Merkins X 11

Squats X 15

LBC’s X 20

Forrest Gump tradition of Monkey Humpers X 10 for all the drivers on Garrison….you’re welcome.

Wait…what???   5 more burpees OYO……had to do it.

Final mosey back to the Schiele to catch up with the Pain Lab for some Mary:

Dying Cockroaches X 20 (where’s Bandit?)

Flutter Kicks X 25

Bells ringing – we’re done.

Time for a terrific impromptu ‘Passing the Torch’ ceremony as Linus takes over as Site Q.  I know that Roscoe spent many, many hours of prep into it.  It was quite moving.

Announcements:  Convergence at Poston next Saturday; June 23 Grandfather Mountain hike/ruck; many great things happening in F3 Gastonia Region.

Several prayer requests; COT prayer

The Moleskin

I appreciate once again the opportunity to lead a workout at Gashouse.  I’m also grateful for the opportunity to be the Site Q at Gashouse for the last couple of years.  At the same time, we need to remember the purpose of F3 is to invigorate male leadership in our community so it’s imperative that we allow others to take on leadership roles such as Site Q’s.  I am looking forward to following Linus’s leadership in the coming year.  I hope I have set a decent example.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

Gashouse is Fun

Another special day at Gashouse with a special guest that runs the 85 Podcast.  Welcome to Zach Brown (Cod(cast)).

More than a few for some EC running before the workout (this F3 thing won’t work in Gaston County).

Good crowd showing just before 7:00 and wait, how about a couple of Kotters….Dr. Feelgood & QT.  Let’s get it on.

With the FNG/Podcaster on site, we had the disclaimer and short question about the Painlab.  Hipaa and Rudolph were the only ones so they decided to join the Stroganoff bootcamp…….excellent.

Quick IC warm-up:

SSH X 15

Imperial Walkers X 10

Pledge

Let’s get after it.

The Thang

Mosey up to the main parking lot at Grier Middle School for some modified Stroganoff’s:

Bear crawl across parking lot – 10 Mountain Climbers – Lunge Back (That’s one)

Rinse-Repeat for a total of 5.

Mosey to the steps at First Presbyterian Church (a favorite Gashouse location) for the Rally to 1000 – leg & shoulder edition:

Partner up – Partner 1 performs called exercise – Partner 2 runs to top of steps under overhang – 5 CDD’s and returns and switches positions with Partner 1; cumulative reps as follows:

Mountain Climbers X 200

Squats X 200

Moroccan Nightclubs X 200

Calf Raises X 200 (Our FNG got a taste of F3 fellowship when the Q called these leg raises; several of the PAX chastised the Q for this (rightly so I might add) so the Q reminded them they were all #1 in his heart……oops)

Overhead Claps X 200

8 groups – 1000 reps each – 8000 reps total – nice work

Plenty of time left for a mosey back to Grier’s track for a shoulder style Wolfpack Grinder:

Squats IC X 10 (once again the Q’s personal space was violated by multiple individuals – what gives?)

Run half lap – 20 CDD’s – plank for the six

Squats IC X 10 – run half lap – 30 mountain climbers – plank for the six

Squats IC X 10 – run half lap – 20 CDD’s – plank for the six (I think it was here that Short Sale took off for a Daughter event – setting a good example for putting family first.  He also successfully jumped the fence unlike YHC at a previous EC workout last year)

Squats IC X 10 – run half lap – 30 mountain climbers – plank for the six

Mosey to the picnic tables for one last bit of In Cadence reps at Grier:

Dips X 15

Step Ups X 20 (two of the PAX that will remain unnamed converted to Derkins during this set for some reason)

Derkins X 10

Rinse-Repeat sets above for a total of 2 rounds

Pushing the clock now toward 8:00 am so lets mosey back to the Flag for some quick Mary:

Flutter Kicks X 30

LBC’s X 30

Bells are ringing

Good work men.

Announcements – Prayer Requests – Name-O-Rama (Welcome FNG Cod – This might be revised)

The Moleskin

Another great morning for me as I was able to start another Saturday off with a great workout (including some EC running beforehand).  I greatly appreciate the accountability from the PAX.  F3 has provided this to me without anyone having to stay on my case (most of the time) just by the numbers that post to weekly workouts.  I have found myself wanting to get out there when possible because I know so many of you are out there each and every day.

We need to continue to EH others, ask others to get in leadership positions and keep moving the group forward.  Groups like this (or any organization) can get to a point where growth slows and stagnation can potentially creep in.  Right now some AO’s are thriving while others seem to be struggling.  Keep aware and keep pushing.  You guys are making an impact.

F3 PSA:  One other thing, when running a route that is about to be used by a Girls on the Run event, it might be a good idea to not tell the volunteers helping to set up the route that we like to “beat elementary school girls” as Qeruicdwhe did during the EC.

Be on the lookout for the 85 Podcast (put on by the Gaston Gazette). The FNG Zach Brown is the host and is podcasting about the positive things going on in Gaston County.  I subscribed tonight through iTunes and will be checking it out.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

The Pub – Watch out for that Curb

11 HIMs pushed the rock for some moseying and rucking.

9 Ran (one was attacked by the curb near the start….I won’t name that individual but it rhymes with fiva).

7 for 5; 2 for 3

2 rucked (one with an impressive old school pack)

It was fun.  A great way to start a day full of opportunities to impact others.

Thanks for the push.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

Quality…..not quantity

As I arrived back into the parking lot at the Schiele after an EC run, I was expecting a big crowd as I have not posted at Gashouse in well over a month due to travel, the CSAUP relay and other running events.  As I pulled in, all I saw was Moses.   Maybe the PAX was apprehensive about another Stroganoff Q……..unlikely.  Shortly, a few more arrived but it was a small crowd compared to the normal numbers at Gashouse.  We would still make the most of it.

An FNG, thanks to Hunchback.  Disclaimer.  Short warm up:

SSH X 20 (IC)

Imperial Walkers X 10 (IC)

Pledge

Time to split up as Clavin had the Painlab Q

The Thang

We moseyed to the main parking lot at Grier Middle School for some Stroganoff 5’s:

Bear Crawl across parking lot – 10 Merkins – Lunge walk back to starting location

Rinse – Repeat for a total of 5 reps

Mosey to the steps at First Presbyterian Church for some partner work – Rally to 1000:

Partner 1 does exercise – Partner 2 runs up the stairs for 5 Merkins and back down to switch with partner:

LBC’s X 200

Squats X 200

Flutter Kicks X 200

Mountain Climbers X 200

Freddy Mercury’s X 200

Mosey to the track at Grier for some Booyah Merkins Half Mile:

Same partners.  Partners run opposite direction on track and perform Booyah merkins once they meet up as follows:

1st Half Lap – 8 Booyah Merkins

2nd Half Lap – 6 Booyah Merkins

3rd Half Lap – 4 Booyah Merkins

4th Half Lap – 2 Booyah Merkins

Short mosey to the picnic tables for the following IC work:

Dips X 15

Step Ups X 20

Dips X 15

Step Ups X 20

Mosey back to the Schiele to finish off with some Mary:

LBC’s – Box Cutters – Dying Cockroaches – Mountain Climbers – Nolan  Ryans

Announcements – Prayer Requests – Closeout with a Prayer

4 for Coffeeteria

Good work men.  Good to be back at Gashouse after a long absence.

Welcome FNG Stagecoach.

Thanks for the opportunity to lead.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

April 5th – It’s 38 degrees

Wow, it’s cold for April.

What do you want to do?  Run?  Ruck?  Both?

2 ran 4; 1 ran 5; 1 rucked for 45

It was fun.

Let’s do it again sometime.

Until the next one….Aye!

Stroganoff

Going to the Library shouldn’t hurt

After yesterday’s leg beatdown by Roscoe downtown, I had to rethink the workout today.    My legs were in agony this morning….what would we do?

I showed around 6:15 to get in some light running/walking so I could stretch the legs and get warmed up a little before the main workout.  I guess it worked….I also did some recon (I know….how many times have I posted at Gashouse, why do I need to do some recon?) to come up with something new.  I’m sure the PAX would be disappointed  if we did not have the Wolfpack Grinder portion of the program but it might not happen today.

13 PAX showed by 7:00 am (4 for the Painlab; 9 for the boot camp) and T-Square made sure YHC knew that 7:00 am was upon us.

Let’s get in some IC warm up:

SSH X 22

Appalachian Americans X 10

Pledge

Groups split up (Thanks to Roscoe for grabbing his phone as we need one with us at every workout)

The Thang

Mosey across Garrison to the lower parking lot behind the Library for something new from me.  For those of you that have been posting for a while and know me, this is big when I come up with something knew.  I have yet to come up with a name for this but here’s what we did:

Partner Up

Partner 1 runs up the two sets of steps to the backside of the Library and back to the start while Partner 2 performs as many reps as possible of the following exercises:

Merkins X 4 Rounds

Very short rest before starting the next exercise/running session

Flutter Kicks X 4 Rounds

Very short rest before starting the next exercise/running session

Deep Squats X 4 Rounds

This was so much fun we decided to do 2 more rounds of each with no rest between changing exercises

Merkins X 2 Rounds

Flutter Kicks X 2 Rounds

Deep Squats X 2 Rounds

After Monk gave us a quick 10 count, we moseyed back across Garrison to the track at Grier Middle School for another new short exercise:

Run/Mosey/Sprint a Half Lap – 5 Burpees – Run/Mosey/Spring a Half Lap (back to the start) – 5 burpees – 50 LBC’s

Mosey to the picnic tables (now this is how we end a Stroganoff workout) for some IC work:

Dips X 20

Step Ups X 20

Derkins X 15

LBC’s X 25

Dips X 15

Step Ups X 20

Derkins X 10

LBC’s X 20

Time is running out.  Time to mosey back to the Flag.  There was much curiosity at Hipaa’s Painopoly game, I will await that BB.  Just enough time for some IC Flutter Kicks X 40………finished just as the First Pres bells were ringing.

Several announcements:  October 6 – BurpeeThon will return; CSAUP coming up on April 7 (Today is last day to register) – Sounded like an HC from JJ and Roscoe; Community Foundation Run on April 14th; Christina Latini Memorial 8k (Operation Sweet Tooth) on April 21

Several Prayers including JK2’s Dad, Monk’s Daughter (State Gymnastics Competition), Gashouse Goruck Team, Def Leppard’s Son, and others.

Name-O-Rama with video (I normally forget) – Sorry, no group picture.  Several for Coffeeteria at Panera.

Moleskin

After travelling and being on the DL briefly over the past few weeks, I realized how much I rely on you men to keep me focused and grounded (and in shape – did I say my legs are killing me?).  When I miss posting or working out somewhere for several days, I lose that sense of daily accomplishment and progess.  I know I have said it many times before but F3 matters and you guys are making a daily positive impact on the persons around you.  Keep it up.

I hope today’s workout was worthy of your time.  Thanks for the opportunity to lead.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

10,000+ reps; salt; Timberlake; Kotter; Grinder; 5’s….makes perfect sense

Friday gloom.  Was I late?  Boudin seemed to think so or maybe he thought in my advanced age I was lost and confused (he is much younger) as he came to check on me as I scoped out the parking lot.

Large crowd downtown including a Kotter……..welcome back Woodstock.  Great to see you…Go Wolfpack!!  Montross is a Timberlake fan….Go Team!

A few had already completed some EC.  I attempted to get in my 25 burpees before the workout but only got in 15 due to time.  I missed Wednesday but caught up with 50 last night……..that was brutal and will not allow that to happen again.  My youngest child (12 years old) is now asking me each night if I’ve gotten my burpees in yet…….nice work Pizza Man.

Not sure if it was just laziness, lack of creativity or I’m just a simple guy but on the way to the AO, I decided I would just do a repeat of my Q from this past Saturday at Gashouse, or at least get in as much as I could in 45 minutes.

No FNG’s.  No disclaimer needed.  Let’s do the Pledge with a short IC warm up:

SSH X 15

Appalachian Americans X 12

The Thang

Mosey east through the parking lot and around to the back side for some Stroganoff 5’s:

Start at one curb – bear crawl to other side – 10 merkins – lunge back (that’s one)

Rinse – Repeat for 5 full sets.  Fun time #1.  Gastone should have brought gloves.

Mosey for some frogger across Long Ave (or Airline or Ozark or whatever it is right there at the Courthouse) and down behind the social services building for the Rally to 1000.

Partner up for some short running – merkins – exercise rotation for cumulative reps:

Partner 1 performs exercise – partner 2 runs up left side steps to upper parking lot – 5 merkins – run back down right side steps to switch with partner for cumulative reps as follows:

Flutter Kicks X 200 (that’s 200 per leg…..why is this so hard?)

Mountain Climbers X 200

Freddy Mercury’s X 200

Plank Jacks X 200

LBC’s X 200

Lot’s of reps, over 10,000 plus a giant load of merkins.  Fun time #2.

Count off before another frogger mosey back to the parking lot at the pavilion for a modified Wolfpack Grinder until time to quit:

For those participating, today marks day 35 of Roscoe’s 40 Days of Discipline…..might have an impact on the reps below.

10 Squats IC – run to other side of parking lot – 35 merkins – Plank AT THE DISCRETION OF THE Q BOUDIN!

10 Low & Slow Squats IC – run back to the beginning point of parking lot – 35 Plank Jacks – Plank for the six

Rinse & Repeat for one more round before moseying to the flag for one last set of IC Flutter Kicks X 30 (not sure why I didn’t take it to 35). Fun time #3

Announcements/Prayer Requests/Name-O-Rama

Good work men.  I appreciate the opportunity and apologies for the lack of creativity, especially if you posted Saturday at Gashouse.  Apparently I have tapped out my thinking cap already this week.  I’m a simple guy.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

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