• Post Type: Backblast
  • When: 06/27/2022
  • AO: The Sandlot
  • QIC: Flintstone
  • FNG's:
  • PAX: EZ Rider (R), Cinderella (R), Watts Up (R), Dirt (R), Stroganoff (R), Linus (R), Maybelline, Nutria

9 of Gastonia’s finest grabbed their bricks with both hands and got a little Dirty.  Here’s what I remember:

Dirt & EZ hit the road for some EC.  Stroganoff got a mile or so in before 0530.  The Footmobile was parked in a different spot.  You know what that means

The Thang:

  • 10 x SSH (IC)
  • 10 x Imperial Walkers (IC)
  • 10 x Don Quixotes (IC)
  • 10 x Crab Marches (IC)
  • 10 x Dying Cockroaches (IC)
  • 10 x Mike Tysons (IC)

Everyone grab 2 bricks from the Footmobile.  The rest of the exercises on the day would involve bricks.  Let’s get acquainted shall we?

  • 1 x Brickee (OYO)

Mosey to Martha’s.  Mumblechatter seemed to be on the stupidity of running with bricks.  No matter.

  • 2 x Brickees (OYO)
  • 10 x Hi-Lo Punches (IC)
  • 10 x Plank Flys (IC)
  • 10 x Penguins (IC)
  • 15 x American Hammers (IC)

Mr. Rider with a 10 count, and we were off again, this time to the Turd Shack.  Turns out, Ms. Daisy needed a lift to her weekly game of Bridge.

  • 3 x Brickees (OYO)
  • Driving Miss Daisy
    • Wall Sit with arms extended with coupon as if driving.  Make turns according to Q’s call

To the classic 11’s spot for some Dirty 11’s.

  • 4 x Brickees (OYO)

With Dirt moving before the end of the week, it seemed fitting to do a complicated set of 11’s with stuff in the middle, so here’s what we did:

  • Far Side
    • 1 x Hammer Curl L&R (OYO)
    • 1 x Upright Row  (OYO)
  • Middle
    • 1 x Brickee Each Way
  • Near Side
    • 10 x Pullover/Chest Presses (OYO)
    • 10 x Crunchy Frogs (OYO)

As with 11’s, work your way up from 1 and down from 10 until it’s inverted.

EZ called it stupid.  Cinderella was lookin for snacks.  Maybelline used the brick as a sweat rag and paid the price.  We all got through it, just in time to pick up Ms. Daisy from Bridge.

  • 5 x Brickees (OYO)
  • Driving Miss Daisy

Back to the top of the lot to finish up

  • 6 x Brickees (OYO)
  • 10 x Hi-Lo Punches (IC)

Time’s getting short.  Gotta go.  To the Footmobile.

Time for 1 more call, Stroganoff, whaddaya got?

  • 10 x Flutter Kicks (IC)

And that’s it.


  • Convergence Folsom July 16th
  • The Sandlot moves to 0700 for July 4th
  • The Yank open on July 4th at 0700 for Tesla’s beatdown & reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • Tubing trip July 30th

Prayer Requests:

  • Dirt
  • Huckleberry
  • Turtleman
  • Flintstone’s 2.1 in Texas
  • Cinderella traveling on a Youth Trip
  • Nutria traveling
  • Nutria’s BIL
  • Whoopee
  • EZ Rider’s friend ministering in Zimbabwe


I’ve said it 100 times, and will say it 100 more.  I’m sure he’s tired of hearing it, but so many of the important lessons I’ve learned in F3 I’ve learned from Dirt.  Here’s a few of them:

  • Consistency
    • It’s 0500 somewhere, and Dirt’s out in the Gloom getting in EC.  I spent a lot of time just trying to keep up with where he was posting.  Dirt’s push to put in work every chance he could led him (and me, and Watts Up) to be among the few to take a Skillet from Seuss in the last couple years.  I’ve learned how important it is to be that dependable person in appreciating how important it always was for me to know that Dirt would show up.
  • The importance of Every Rep
    • Before I really even knew what was going on, my path crossed with Dirt frequently enough that I could distinguish him from Tiger.  I struggled with reps early and got easily frustrated, but never wanted to short anything.  I wasn’t going to do half reps.  I wasn’t going to cut reps.  I was just going to be the 6.  Turns out, I wasn’t the only one.  I often saw Dirt doing the same thing.  We’d often be on the same pace, giving us a chance to talk through the workout.  Since then, the merkins have gotten easier, and I find that what used to be hard just isn’t anymore.  But there haven’t been any shortcuts.  It’s been one rep at a time.
  • Fellowship
    • Over the course of all those EC miles, I found a spot where I fit in at a time when I needed it.  Lots of things were making sense to me, but in the Gloom, I got to see it in action and talk about it on those 0500 runs.  I’m not the only one.  Countless PAX have joined Dirt for an EC run, but everybody knows it’s Dirt’s EC run.  From the looping routes to the serpentine parking lots, a Dirt EC run has it’s own feel, and everyone is always welcome.  It’s a subtle EH, but man it works.

I could go on and on, but y’all don’t need to hear it all.  The PAX in Denver are getting a good one.  Dirt’s a rock, and shows you don’t have to be the fastest or strongest or loudest (or tallest) to lead.  You’ve just got to keep showing up and encourage others to join you.  Thanks, Dirt.

Yabba Dabba Doo