Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: December 26, 2020

12/26/20 Fighting Yank Gift Return

December 26th + 19 degrees + 14 HIM = a good time had by all. Driving into Belmont I was looking through the hole in my windshield the defroster had cleared for me. Knowing Tiger and Breaker were out for an early ruck, and Dirt was probably continuing his running streak I kept my eyes open for these early birds on the road.
The Pax began to grow as we reached 0700 so we were off after a quick disclaimer YHC mentioned it was time to return some gifts. It went something like this…

Warm-Up
Side Straddle Hop x 20 IC
Frozen Grass Pickers x 20 IC

Mosey up Main Street, Right turn at Nellies, Right turn at Jekyll & Hyde to the parking lot across the street from the barber shop.
The Gift Return:
With 10 “Gifts” listed on the board the first gift was revealed, completed and then followed by a run around the block. Each trip around the block was 1/4 mile. First one back reveals the next exercise.
Gift #1 = 100 LBC
Run
Gift #2 = 90 Squats
Run
Gift #3 = 80 Dips
Run
Gift #4 = 70 Lunges (single count) YHC did not specify!
Run
Gift #5 = 60 Merkins
Run
Gift #6 = 50 Monkey Humpers
Run
Gift #7 = 40 Shoulder Taps (each shoulder) YHC did specify!
Run
Gift #8 = 30 Step Ups (each leg) YHC did specify!
Run
Gift #9 = 20 Burpees
Run
Gift #10 = Three options were given by YHC and only one was expected, but of course these guys being the rock pushers they are, did all three.
V-Ups x 10
Goof Balls x 10
American Hammers x 10
The speedsters who finished first didn’t want to get cold so they chose to make up the Lunges they avoided earlier. (see Gift #4)
With a fellowship mosey back to the Fighting Yank it was all the time we had.

Announcements:
1/1/21 – F3 10 Year Convergence – (Metro) AG Middle school
1/1/21 – Ruck/ Run 10 Miler. Staggered start to finish by 0800. @Coconut Horse
1/9/21 – F3 Gastonia Convergence – @Folsom

Prayers:
Tiger – Continued healing for his hand.
OrangeMans Family – Daughter recovering from surgery.
Flintstone – Covid Quarantine

YHC was impressed but not surprised at the number of PAX that came out this morning. If anything like me they overate Christmas day and needed to burn some of it off. We warmed up quick and stayed warm throughout the entire time. If you stayed home because of the temp this morning you missed a good time.

Good Stuff!
BOS

Forrest Gump was cold at the Gashouse

It wasn’t really gloomy at the Gashouse but it was cold, at least for these parts.

For 18 degrees, a good crowd showed up for the bootcamp and my goal was to get us moving and stay that way.

We settled in for a short warm up for this glorious day after Christmas 2020.

Warm Up as follows:  SSH X 15 IC – Imperial Walkers X 15 IC

We’re off with 10 following me and two hanging with Rudolph at the Pain Lab.

The Thang

Mosey out of the parking lot and at Garrison we paused to discuss the work ahead.  Having not Q’d in a while at Gashouse, I decided to bring out a modified Forrest Gump, a workout we first did back in late 2015.  We would have to modify due to some recent shoulder issues so shoulder and arm work was out today.

Mosey west along Garrison Blvd to our first stop at East Garrison Baptist Church for a few sets of work as follows:

In Cadence low-slow squats X 12

50 LBC’s OYO

10 Lunges OYO

25 Flutter Kicks OYO

Time to mosey to stop #2 at the former location of Hillbilly’s BBQ which is now transforming into a new restaurant; we did some sets as follows:

Repeat exact work at East Garrison Baptist Church but added a set of Hillbillies before leaving to pay homage to the location.

Mosey to stop #3 at the flagpoles at Lineberger Park for some work as follows:

12 low-slow squats IC – 50 LBC’s OYO – 10 Lunges OYO

Time for some Dora 2 – 3 – 4 as follows:

Partner up – Partner 1 runs to the top of the stairs up toward the pool area and back while Partner 2 performs the exercises and then switch off for cumulative reps:

200 Squats – 300 Flutter Kicks – 400 LBC’s

This was a tough little Dora session so kudos to the group for pushing through it.  Did I mention it was 18 degrees?

Still enough time for more moseying through the park with a couple of stations along the way:

Dying Cockroaches X 20 In- Cadence

Next stop included Dying Cockroaches X 20 IC plus a set up Pretzel Crunches X 13 IC

Time to start working our way back to the start.  Mosey back to the former Hillbilly’s location:

Dying Cockroaches X 20 IC – 13 Pretzel Crunches X 13 IC

Mosey to the final location back at East Garrison Baptist Church:

Dying Cockroaches X 20 IC – 15 Rear-Facing the Road Monkey Humpers IC (This is a must before finishing off a Forrest Gump workout and several drivers were rewarded as they passed by)

In-Cadence set of Freddy Mercury’s to finish it off before heading back to meet up with the Painlab group back at the Schiele.

Good work men.

Unfortunately, we had more than our fair share of prayer requests as is often the case around the holidays but this year particularly seems to be hitting several families harder than normal.

We finished off with my annual book giveaway.  I try to Q one off the closest workouts to Christmas at Gashouse each year and have given out a book the last 5 years.  This year I chose a great, short book called Make Your Bed by William McRaven.  It is a great book about habits and making an impact each and every day.  If I am healthy and capable, I will do it again next year.

The Moleskin

It is one thing to consistently post at workouts but it is another to post in conditions such as we had this morning.  I saw great numbers across F3 Gastonia this morning and is a testament to the group of HIMs here in our Region.  Great work men.

It has been an honor to be involved with F3 Gastonia now for 5 1/2 years.  I have accomplished things I never would have imagined before F3, in fact, many of them are things I never would have even thought of.  This year was unique for me as I became a member of the Respect group as I turned 50 back in July.  Just this year I have done two things I have not done before.  The week of my birthday, I set a goal of covering 50 miles rucking and running and I accomplished that.  At the Pub this week, I clicked over 1300 miles for the year when combining my running, rucking and moseying at bootcamps.  This is hard to believe as I set a goal of 1,000 miles for 2020 back near the end of last year.  During that same run on Thursday, I had PR’s for 5k and 10k distances, at least since my days in college.  Again, this is a testament to the F3 PAX pushing me and holding me accountable to continue working to get better.  I have gotten so much out of F3 besides just my health.  The Shieldlock and Whetstone programs have made a positive difference in my life that I just can’t measure and continue to do so now.  I would encourage all of you to get involved with those.  I will be happy to talk to anyone in more detail about either.

In my opinion, we need to continue to spread the word, especially considering the year we have had in 2020.  You never know who you might impact by getting them involved with F3.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to hang out with you men and it was once again an honor to lead a workout this morning.

Until the next one.  Aye!

Stroganoff

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