As I type this back-blast, men’s Olympic rowing is on the TV in the background. The commentators describe the race and comment on the difficulty of the third 500. As Freed To Lead communicates so well, a mans life in the 3rd 500 can also be as challenging. That point in life where a lot of energy has been spent to get there, and so much more energy must be spent to complete the race with strength and dignity. As ages go, YHC is probably still in his second 500, but I will hit my third 500 with force; I will hit it with the other high impact brothers of F3. Monk shared during the 3rd F this morning on a man’s compartmentalization and sad clown syndrome, as described in Freed to Lead. He then showed examples of the disciples being challenged by Jesus to take up their cross, and even the “Divine smack down” Peter received as he questioned the Savior, but later made an impact in his life. We can all learn from the disciples who entered their third 500 with force and changed the course of history.
The disclaimer: I suggest you get back in the car and go home. I am hushpuppy, I am a soft and squishy side dish but I will hurt your insides
The warm up: Short mosey to the library parking lot, Plank-O-Rama. Left arm up, then left leg, alternate, then regular. Hold the plank, plank Jacks, Shoulder taps, Peter Parkers, Merkins, Parker Peters, all X 15 IC. Then re position for planking caterpillars down the hill in the parking lot, then for fun, did it back up the hill! Mosey to flat area in the parking lot for SSH X 15 IC, imperial walkers X 15 IC. On the 6 for LBC’s, Flutter kicks X 15 IC.
Tha Thang: 1 mile Mosey to Lineberger Park. 3 Pearls of plank and some flutters on the way to let the breath and the 6 catch up; Then circle up at the flag pole once we arrived at the park. Looking on at the Stars and Stripes, and the POW/MIA flag, we remembered the High Impact Men who gave their lives. The pledge was made and then on to dips on the park benches, X 15 IC. Then, it was off to the playground! Partner up, 1 partner did ab crunches with feet on the swings and planking, pulling knees to chest, while partner 2 did pull ups from a piece of playground equipment. 3 rounds of that, and it was time for an uphill Mosey. Up the steep hill, across the parking lot and to the concrete steps beside the basketball goal. Incline pushups IC X 15, then Donkey kicks IC X 15 (thanks for the cadence call Bandit, YHC was a bit winded). Then Hip slappers IC x 15. At about the 4th slapper, I began to taste my morning snack in the back of my throat and Yo Adrian took over the cadence call. YHC tends to do that when is 6 is above his head. After a slow count off, it was mosey up the hill to the Spray Ground. Bear crawls on your own through the spraying playground! Some modified to keep their fancy shoes dry, but most had a good cool-down. Mosey back to the lower part of the park to find picnic tables for step ups. Due to the concern of the strength of the picnic tables, and the unusually low ceiling to the shelter, an Omaha was called and squats were done X 15 IC instead. Now began the mile long mosey back to the Schiele, with pearls at each of the same stop. Stroganoff reminded YHC of the tradition of sidewalk monkey humpers showing the passerby’s our best side, so it was 15 monkey humpers IC! At the bottom of the hill a hard left was turned into the nature trail and it was Lunge walk until the Q was no longer tired, then up the hill and back to the parking lot for ring of fire. 14 men held the down as the circle came round, then hold the up while it goes around, all until the Q was no longer tired. Then on the 6 for 25 flutter kicks by Stroganoff. With time for 1 more exercise, YHC attempted to communicate some side ab exercise that Dr Feelgood likes to do but I seemed to confuse people so I just started exercising and let everyone catch up. 10X on one side, shaking my hips sideways up and down, then flipped over for 10X on the other side. Just as #10 was called, the church bells sound and the beat down was complete!
Announcements: Billy Madison offering to host a small F3 group Fantasy Football league. Contact him if you are interested; Hushpuppy is moving Saturday, several offered to help. Much Appreciated.
COT: Prayers for Davinci and family traveling home from a mission trip, Bacon’s father and acquaintance of Monk and an acquaintance of Hushpuppy battling cancer, Our country and leaders.
It was an honor to lead 14 #HIM’s this morning. A year ago I would have never imagined I would be doing this, and I am better for it.