• Post Type: Backblast
  • When: 12/24/2020
  • AO: Folsom
  • QIC: Huckleberry
  • FNG's:
  • PAX: Wichita, Hacksaw, Stogie, Bedpan, Volt, Big Pappy, Sarlaac, Westside, Gumby, Achy Breaky, Mayor

12 men ventured into the gloom with a promise of minimal running.  As I enter the park I see that Sarlaac is already out getting in that EC.  Volt shows up early and gets his in, even though he was going to stay for the entire workout.  Mayor rolls in and decides to park in the middle of where everyone was standing.  There was some good chatter before we started, and Achy Breaky apparently has a Yule Log stuck in his intestines.  Depending on who you ask 0530 struck and it was time to clock in.

Warmup: Toy Soldiers X 20IC.   Time to do the only real running we’d get in this morning.   Mosey to the closest shelter.

The Thang

As bad as I am at running, I’m even worse at drawing.   We are going to build a Christmas tree, and as you can see above, it looks worse than Charlie Brown’s tree.  What was not lacking is the work that was put in.  To build this tree, the following was needed.
1 – burpee
10 – hand release merkins, plank jacks IC, SSH IC, merkins, and shoulder taps IC
20 – air drama, lunges, Freddy Mercury IC and wide arm merkins
30 – monkey humpers, flutter kicks IC and overhead claps
40 – mountain climbers and moroccan nightclubs
50 – calf raises
100 – YHC was planning 100 OYO.  Sarlaac was not pleasure and wanted 100IC.  After 50 Sarlaac called Omaha and stopped, but Hacksaw wasn’t having any of that and finished the final 50.  Strong work.

During the building of the tree, we had a little Christmas trivia.   The plan was to have a five burpee penalty for the wrong answer, but we didn’t.  So, after Bedpan paid his 5, it was just for fun.

  1. What song plays during the end credits of Die Hard?  Let it snow
  2. What Christmas song has been in the most movies?  Jingle Bells
  3. Why does Cousin Eddie quit eating squirrels?  He found out the were high in cholesterol.
  4. What is the name of the Grinch’s dog?  Max
  5. In A Christmas Story, what is the name of Ralphie’s little brother?  Randy
  6. What is the best selling Christmas song of all time?  White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  7. Who is the first company to use Santa Claus in an advertisement?  Coca Cola
  8. The movie Miracle on 34th is based on a real life department store.  What is it?  Macy’s
  9. In Home Alone; Where are the McAllisters going when they realized the had left Kevin behind?  Paris
  10. In Christmas Vacation, what is the name of the neighbors?  Todd and Margo


After we built the tree, we did AMRAP exercises spelling out Merry Christmas

Elf on a Shelf
Rocky Balboas
Reverse Crunch
Yves Poll

Carolina dry docks
Rosalita Wip
Imperial Walkers
Twinkle toes
Mexican squats
American hammers
Smurf Jacks

Lastly was a mixture of lunge walk/slow mosey back to the launching point where we finished with the pledge.


Announcements: NYD 10 miler, Convergence at Folsom on 01/09
Prayer requests: I’m ashamed to admit, but I did not write them down and don’t remember them all.  In fear of leaving one out, I have trust the Lord remembers.

Big circle of man: YHC prayed us out.

NMM – I hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas.  While we enjoy time with family, let us not forget the true meaning of the season.  Let us give thanks for the birth of our savior.  He came to pay a debt we couldn’t to extend us Grace the we do not deserve.  To me, it’s at times mind-boggling that the King of the world wants to have a relationship with a person like myself.  May you all have true Joy and Peace, the kind that can only come from Christ.  This year has been a challenge for many – even many within the confines of F3 Gastonia.  One thing I hope you all know, as I can testify, you are not alone.  No matter who you are, you have brothers all around you that will always have your back.  Whether it is physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually… anything.  Remember that admitting you need help (in any form) is not a sign of weakness.  The world tells us men that it’s not masculine to admit you need help.  If this year has taught me anything, it’s that is a load of crap. I thank you, to all the men that has walked with me this year.  I can’t imagine what my mental state would be right now without you all.  Through the brotherhood afforded to us by Christ, I love you guys.

Philippians 4:13