Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: April 5, 2022

2nd Convergence of ’22

Perfect morning. Lots of HIM. Plenty of Kotters. 2 FNGs. Lots of EC happening. Anticipation was high and the PAX was ready.

It must be the second Convergence of the year! This is what happened…

The PAX gathered in the Bunker, ready for the beatdown to come. Little did they know what we had up our sleeves. YHC welcomed everybody to the jamboree and gave the disclaimer for the FNGs and then handed things over to ex-Nantan Broke.

You Call That a Warmup!?

Broke felt like there was some corner cutting happening of late and brought in the reinforcements, The Form Police! Apparently the guys with the police hats are more qualified to call rep or no-rep than us regular PAX! In this section of the beatdown, Broke called for decreasing rounds of 15 Merkins, 15 Squats and 15 Big Boy Situps. After each round we’d reduce the rep number by 1 until we got to 1. Some of the PAX said this was excessive for a warmup but YHC says it was just right.

After Broke did his thing, the event was handed over to BOS who took us on a lap around the block and up to the track behind the old middle school.

PT Test?!

BOS caught everybody off guard when he announced that we’d all run a full mile around the track by doing 5 laps. This was completed in many degrees of quickness but it was definitely done. BOS then called for varying exercises done to a 60 second timer which was a good change of pace.

Bed Pan then took the reigns to finish off the beatdown. He led a mosey down to the lower pathways and gathered the PAX to explain things.

Triple Nickel and such!

The Pan called for 5 Mountain Climbers at the bottom and then we were to run up to the covereged picnic area for 5 Dips. Do this x5 and then it’s on to the next Thang. Partner Booyah Merkins. Do the Merkins then the partners would run different directions and then come back together for more Booyah Merkins. We did this until about time, where YHC called the PAX to gather under the amphitheather pad.

Time!  Great workout, great fellowship and great leadership by the PAX. Oh yeah, we had 50 HIM here today! Aye!!!

Announcements: Community Foundation Run & Speed for Need, Adopt A Highway cleanup, Honey Hunters game

Prayer requests: Turtleman, Huckleberry, Big Pappy & Family, Tesla, Max Foster chemo, Pilgrim’s Progress’ M, Pizza Man’s pastor Richard Myers


Always be EHing!!!

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

It’s Monday. I’m down. Natty game on tv tonight. Luckily I am up north doing a pre-startup electrical/mechanical checkout on a new Reese’s cup line.

Know what gets me down? Tarheel basketball.
Not the team itself. Just their fans. The obnoxious ones. The trash talkers. The ones who when you say Franklin they think of Blvd. Who think they wear a jersey and sit on the team bench. Who think when they die, they will go to blue heaven and hang out with Dean Smith.

(I hear Montross saying that GTHC derogatory phrase right now.)

Now I do feel bad for the good Tarheels. Non obnoxious ones. They do exist. The one’s who dropped big bucks to graduate from there. My F3 bros like JJ & Rudolph. Who love the team but have humility in them.

Know what gets me up? Obnoxious Tarheel basketball fans being shut up!

This has nothing to do with the backblast. Just venting.

It’s Tuesday. The day after the biggest chock job in the Finals. Its fricking pouring buckets at Charlotte Douglas Airport. Water over the curbs in Long Term 2. Feet soaked. Luggage soaked. YHC soaked.

Idiots on I85. Shocking.

Finally get to Midoriyama.
Still pouring rain 🌧 like Tarheel tears last night. See the site Q vehicle parked. Yes! At least someone has a set besides tonight’s Q.
Good conversation while waiting for 1730.
Decided to start a few seconds early. Thought with the rain pissing down if you ain’t here by now, you’re not going to be here.
Start mosey to big soccer field. Not a hundred yards in a truck pulls in to the parking lot flashing lights and blowing the horn. It’s Gumby! Circle back and pick him up. Keep moseying at a chatting pace.
Long way around big soccer fields, back past flag, around the corner to playground by pump track, down hill to pond.
Hang left at volleyball court, back up to front gate. Frogger across road, around and back to flag.
Mutiple rounds of: Wall squats. Dips. Calf raises. Squats. Lunges. Inclines. LBCs. Merkins. Pretzel crunch. Flutters. Moroccan Night Clubs. 22 of each all in cadence.
Prayer requests. Huck. Leppard’s wife. Gumby. Broke. Big Pappy. Swimmer. Others spoken and unspoken.

Nice to have a smaller crowd tonight. You can fellowship while still working out, rather than just struggle to keep up with the batflippers.

On my flight back home, I sat with a fellow veteran my age who was returning from one of his F division mates from the USS Coontz wife’s funeral.
A group of eight met in bootcamp, went both halves of A school, sea school and the same division on ship. 45+ years of history. Wives all were friends too. Seven were still married to first wife.

Lots of sea stories shared between the two of us.

If you have a bond like that with college roomies, frat bros, shipmates, cousins, work, F3 dudes, whatever, give them a call and check up on each other.

YHC prayed us out.
Oh yeah, as usual, the rain stopped as soon as the colors were furled.

Q site swap

Change of pace with good idea from Flintstone/Speedracer-site Q swap. Today Speedracer came in from Lake Wylie and Q’d for a day while Flintstone did the same at Crow’s Nest.  We warmed up as the Q was coming in hot then he took over. Mosey to Martha’s parking lot for Walls of Jericho. Supposed to be 7 exercises X 7 rounds with 7 reps each exercise. I think either I remember it wrong or we just did 6 exercises…..could be either. WHAT I REMEMBER IS THIS: Plank Jack, Merkin, SSH, American Hammer, LBC, and Flutter kick with 7 rounds of mosey to the 3rd island and back to start. We moseyed to the picnic tables for the 2nd part: 11’s with Dips (Nur to the sign down the hill by the bench) and Diamonds at the bottom. We got thru this then moseyed back to start for COT and naming of the FNG brought by Boudin. Not much chatter this am due to a lot of counting and keeping track of reps. Solid workout and great crowd, especially Balljoint and other representing from Folsom, Orangeman coming from Belmont area, and (Kotter) Hushpuppy coming out of nowhere.

great idea for the site Q swap


Shoulder day

YHC showed up to the PAX getting in some EC.  Clock hit 5:30 am, time to get started.





15 Imperial Walker IC

10 Merkins IC

10 Gravel Pickers IC

20 Squats OYO

Moseyed to the concession stands by baseball field for an escalator

10 Merkins mosey to gate 10 Merkins, 20 Bigboys, mosey back to concession stand 10 Merkins, 20 Bigboys, 30 Monkey Humpers mosey back to the gate 10 Merkins, 20 Bigboys, 30 Monkey Humpers, 40 Mountain Climbers count right leg.

Amtrak went by so 5 Burpees for the train.  Mosey around upper parking lot to the back wall for some work.

3 rounds

10 Dirty Hookups

20 Hip Slappers

30 Shoulder Taps

Mosey to gate and back.  Wall sit until 6 was in.

Moseyed to the back parking lot where the buses where being warmed up to go pick up the children.

Route 66

Squats with bear crawl every 2 spaces then had to come back where I left my phone

Route 66 back

Merkins and lunges every 2 spaces.

Sargento started reminder of time at this point, so we moseyed back toward the start and stopped at the round about.

Here we did

30 Mountain Climbers

20 Reverse Lunges

10 Merkins

Moseyed up the school entrance

Here we did

30 Freddie Mercurys

20 Plank Jacks

10 Merkins

Moseyed back to the start for some core work

25 of the following exercises



Heals to Heaven



Time 6:15 am


Prayer Request


I took us out in prayer.

Thank you for the opportunity to lead. SYITG

Westside block party

Today was the kotter Q for the month at Folsom great idea Balljoint. Only one problem 5:30 no kotters 🤷‍♂️. Oh well maybe next time. But here’s what we did I planned minimal running for kotters but it was still a good one.

warm up: ssh,gravel pickers,squats,mountain climbers,merkins all x10 IC

11’s booyah merkins and big boys while listening to the greatest soundtrack ever Rocky IV

Blocks with tabata 30 seconds work 30 seconds SSH 3 sets each exercise curls,OH press, tricep extension, squats,KB swings,one arm rows.

mosey to bottom shelter 5 pull ups, 40 step ups,20 dips repeat 3 times

mosey to flag for Mary abs Time!

pledged it up took prayer requests,shared a word with the men from 1 thessallonians about persecution is to be expected. Made announcements then I prayed us out.

It was a pleasure to lead again F3 is an awesome thing for men to take part in the kotter Q’s is a great idea to help some get back into it. I look forward to the next time I get to break a sweat in the gloom with my brothers at Folsom Westside out

Coochie and Precious

3 or maybe 5 PAX posted at Members Only Sunday morning for some miles. Golddigger had some of his fast friends out again. I’m pretty sure he said their names were Coochie and Precious. What I am sure of is I’m uncomfortable running beside a 2:20 something marathon guy at an 8 minute pace. Luckily that didn’t last long and they ran off and left Bubba and I. Of course knowing Bubba could run off and leave me didn’t help to much but we had a good talk and run. Afterwards  Coochie and Precious didn’t seem interested in being on camera or sharing during the COT so the COT was just us three. Bubba and I had a great conversation on shorties at Q source. It always helps to know that others are going through struggles like you. You are not alone!

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