• Post Type: Backblast
  • When: 12/19/2020
  • AO: Fighting Yank
  • QIC: Flintstone
  • FNG's: Sweetheart (Matthew Lee)
  • PAX: Doodles, Watts Up (R), Brutus (R), Geezer, Nutria, Rebar, Dirt (R), Tricycle, Shell Shock, Sargento, Dry Rub (R), Pilgrims Progress, BOS (R), Freon, Slim Shady, Latte, Pockets, Norwood, Gavel, Buckshot

It was a great day to turn 38, with a strong crowd of 22 including a FNG (Sweetheart) and a visitor for the occasion in from Shelby (Latte) for a birthday event with singing but no cake.

The Thang:

  • 38 x Goofballs (IC)

Seemed the most logical way to start a birthday beatdown.  Then to the pavilion, which had chairs set up, either for YHC’s birthday, or an event the night before.

  • 10 Burpees (OYO)
  • 10 Toe Touches (IC)

Up the hill to the picnic area for

  • 10 Dips (IC)
  • 10 Decline Peter Parkers (IC)

To the track for

  • 10 Mike Tysons (IC)

Then back down the side of the hill by the park bathrooms for

  • 10 Freddie Mercuries (IC)

The push of the PAX is one of the best things about F3, so the workout today was designed to be a partner workout where both partners complete separate parts of the workout, then come together for combined exercises before switching the workouts.  It went something like this:

  1. Dora 1-2-3
  2. PT Test 100 Round OR Elevens
  3. 400 Combined Flutter Kicks
  4. Elevens OR PT Test 100 Round
  5. 400 Combined MNC


  • 100 American Hammers
  • 200 Seal Jacks
  • 300 Dying Cockroaches

PT Test 100 Round:

  • Run 1 Lap
  • 100 Merkins
  • 100 LBCs
  • 100 Squats
  • 100 SSH
  • Run 1 Lap

Same Rules as PT Test in that you can’t move on until you’ve completed all 100 exercises.  No splitting it up


  • Pavilion: 1 Burpee & 1 Toe Touch
  • Picnic Area: 10 Dips & 10 Decline Peter Parkers

Well by the time YHC had finished the opening monologue of instructions to get this workout in motion, we were almost 20 minutes in.  Everything quickly became double count, and we got in what we could.  All groups finished Dora, first workout, 400 flutter kicks, and were into the 2nd workout when time got short and we headed back to the Pavilion for COT.

Still waiting on the day when 100 Merkins feels easy.  MHC enrollment was up as a result of this workout.  The Hill on the Elevens had things at a crawl for the second group.

YHC apologized for talking too much.  The PAX said they wished there was even more talking.  Anyways, was a different way to lead a workout, and I think I’d try it again, maybe next time with a few fewer instructions.  I’d like to see how it’d turn out if given enough time.

To kick off the COT, the PAX broke into song, with a surprisingly on-key rendition of “Happy Birthday”.  These were not the same men who bellowed “The 12 Days of Christmas” at the Yank last week, that’s for sure.  The official F3 Gastonia Choral Director must have put in some work over the week.


  • BOS thanked everyone who participated in the Food Ruck and in donating cans
  • Convergence 1/9 @ Folsom in place of the Christmas Party
  • 10 miles from Coconut Horse on 1/1.

Prayer Requests:

  • Tiger’s hand
  • Orangeman’s daughter
  • Sister Act’s upcoming surgery
  • Slim Shady’s dad with chest pains
  • Norwood’s friend and wife dealing with separation
  • All those with COVID concerns

We welcomed Sweetheart to the group, as he mentioned marrying his “high school sweetheart” during the naming.  He wasn’t warned.  We look forward to seeing him back in the Gloom.

Always a privilege to lead, and this one meant a little extra with the birthday thrown in.  Also, thanks to Latte for making the drive down from Shelby.  He came out to the Shelby convergence and has been putting in work up there.  I’ll have to make a return trip to the Powderhorn to return the favor.

Still no sign of the cake.  I guess we will have to wait until next year.

Yabba Dabba Doo