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Several weeks ago, it was announced that our region, THE FORT, would be closing all Saturday AO’s and holding a convergence at FMHS to get the PAX together as we thank Rebel for his leadership of Whetstone and relaunch it under Repeat and World Wide Leader (WWL). I was excited to hear we’d be getting many of the region together but I wasn’t expecting what came next. It was a text asking if I’d Q the workout.
Q, like part of it, half of it or …? The response was, THE WHOLE THING. I love to Q every chance I get but to do so on a day like this, well, I better make sure it includes a little something for everyone. Or, almost everyone.
And this is where I let life get the better of me. I try to follow the 48hr rule on posting a BACKBLAST, especially when they’re significant but I let life and travel get in the way. It is now Saturday, one week later, and I’m just finishing this BB. Life can get challenging, it can get stressful, it can get you riding the highs or down in the lows. And this past week, our family has experienced some of each. Maybe this was the week where I really came to realize how valuable having a Whetstone partner can be. Someone that I can share the highs with and someone to help get me out of the lows; or to keep me honest when it’s my own doing that has me on the outside looking in on the joys of life.
That said, I’ll take you back to last Saturday, April 21 where we had a a few pre-ruckers and a total of 58 PAX converge to re-kick off this critical program.
We got ourselves into an odd-shaped kidney-like shape for the disclaimer, the announcement of why we were there this beautiful morning and to acknowledge our 2 FNG’s in the PAX. We counted off in 4’s then took off toward the big parking lot for a warm up jog in 4 lines. This jog included some karaoke’s and 4 lines doing an indian run which was way harder than it appeared on paper.
In these last 2 years, Whetstone has brought together some extremely HIM. One of those men has gone through a tough 18mos and he was gracious enough to share some of his story to include the impact Whetstone had on his life as we circled up to hear his words. I know he wouldn’t endorse this comment but anytime Mr. Clean wants to share experience or wisdom, the PAX listens. And listen we did.
After backing the group back out to a circle-like shape, I was giddy to honor Santini in the only way I knew how…with a deck of cards. However, on this day we utilized 1/2 the deck and considered it our warm up:
Hearts = Side Straddle Hops
Diamonds = Carolina Dry Docks
Spades = Squats
Clubs = Merkins
Then a little action from the Burp-Merk: Standing, we then dropped to a plank, did 5 merkins then jumped up. That equals 1 and we did 5 total.
This was when we got to listen to our very own Nantaan, Cake Boss, as he shared the impact Whetstone has had on him. Yet again, another powerful testimony.
Then off to do 4 corners in the lot with:
Corner 1 = Dancing Crabs x 15ea and Dips x 20
Corner 2 = Dying Cockroach x 15ea and Flutters x 20ea
Corner 3 = Burpees x 10 and Jump Squats x 10
Corner 4 = American Hammers x 25 and Freddie Mercury x 20ea
Mosey over to the wall for B2W while doing 5 “push ups” followed by 15 calf raises. We did this 3 times.
To close out our testimonies, my man Chicken Hawk laid it down for us. He shared the impact Whetstone has had on him, his marriage, his family…his life. Life isn’t meant to be traveled alone. Well said brother.
6ct Burpee which I needed a little help from the Helmet of Darkness to remind me the steps. Remember the line, “If you can’t Q it, don’t do it?” Yeah, me too but I obviously didn’t follow that too closely here.
This is where the cat-herding became evident. The PAX exhibited patience with me as we attempted a modified DORA series consisting of:
50 Flying Squirrels, 50 Diamond Merkins and 50+ Flutters
We then took off for the main entrance to the football stadium and lined up in 4 lines facing down the hill. Once everyone readjusted, it was 15 American Hammers, 15 Flutters and 15 Hello Dollies. This was done several more times.
Well, that put a bow on the workout portion of this convergence and after the COT, FNG naming of RBG and Whiskers, we then handed it off to World Wide Leader and Repeat to lead the Whetstone discussion.
Announcements: The relaunch of Whetstone. Thanks to Rebel for getting this off the ground 2 years ago and to Repeat / World Wide Leader for taking the reigns.
Prayer Requests: Badger. Camp Care 5K. Jennings Palmer’s transplant. Olive’s 8K in memory of Sweet Tooth. Elmer.
Honored and appreciative of your patience.
Perfect weather and 52 degrees
disclaimer in detail because we had 2 FNGs (T-claps Paul Bunyon and Sasquatch)
and we were off
mosey around until I got tired…
Mosey around until I got tired…
Some abs and some core
Mosey around until I got tired…
partner up – 3 rounds of flutter, squats, and LBC while your partner ran the parking loop
Mosey until I got tired…
Same partner 4 rounds flutter kicks and pull-ups
Mosey until I got tired…
10 flying squirrel countdown with sets of 10 flutter kicks…
and I ran out of time…
COT/prayer or praise/BOM
welcome Llama and Puppy…weird that they were both animal names today…?
read your newsletter, and make a difference today, and my abs still don’t look Tesh…
6 for the preruck
2 for the prerun
conditions perfect overcast and 46 degrees
Longshanks on warm-up and he ran us to Double D Hill and we started working hard, more running around WEP with timely stops for a variety of PT, mosey to Springs Building for a peoples chair sequence followed by a mosey to Little Ceaser Park
Handoff to CSPAN
partner up with a man you don’t know
Finished up with a tug-a-war tournament
Mosey to COT
Prayer or Praise / BOM
Excellent Coffeerteria at Peach Stand
5 min till launch and the cars started rolling in. The PAX of The Coop are like the John Dally of F3…..they just show up and go!
Sugar Daddy took the lead for the warm up. The football stadium was open and so we utilizied the comfortable turf for COP. Dark Helmet was coming in hot, so we made sure we counted loud enough for him to locate the PAX.
Sugar Daddy did a great tradition warm up and then added a plank series to work our shoulders with some multiple taps. I felt like pre-school all over with Head, shoulders, knees and toes….. Was a great move and added to the coming meat of workout and not being able to use our arms the rest of the day.
YHC took over and did a little dynamic warm up back down the football field. Mosie to the pull up bars for a mini Murph written on the ground. Since being asked to Q, got to go to a quality no thought but painful plan.
Prayers for all the PAX and many things going on in life
Crawdaddy mention the Reading opportunities at Paradise…..make an impact Mondays and Wednesdays
YHC talked about Worry and Anxiety and how we are working ourselves to reach retirement and accumulation of stuff. With these goals they can cause stress when they don’t meet our expectations. We need to find contentment and joy in the work we do and see we work for a higher purpose than leisure…..which will lead to joy……less stress. Phil 4:19 Sky Q provides!
Thanks Sugar Bug for lead!
Cake Boss out!
The Beyond workouts initiated by Maximus at the start of this year are meant to test the PAX physically with black diamond-esque workouts, along with “extending” the Q in personal ways that may not occur at a standard workout. I jumped at this opportunity when presented and I recommend it to others to consider doing the same.
My Beyond topic was not going to be easy for me, and not known by many PAX. But I truly felt the need to use Beyond as a step moving forward and I have faith in support of the PAX. While my backblast is a little delayed, it is not for lack of thinking about how I was to write it up. I had already done a lot of thinking about it for weeks leading up to my Q.
The workout side of my Beyond was going to be tough and I’m sure the PAX who planned on posting knew a little extra running was coming.
As PAX were arriving, I advised to get their stretching in as we would be jumping right into the workout. A couple PAX arrived expecting Pantheon but were nudged into Beyond for a total of 12. Disclaimer given especially to modify as needed…but to try and push yourself.
I planned to speak in 3 parts during the workout about my spirituality, starting with my background (past), followed by my current status (present) and finishing with how I hoped to move forward (future)…hopefully with direct PAX help.
Before beginning the workout, I asked the PAX to keep an open mind and not to take anything personally. I needed them to bear with me as I knew only one way to speak on this topic and that was to be straightforward about my life experiences and observations. But as I get older, I see my mortality (and possible salvation) at hand.
I first told of my past as it pertained to religion. I was not raised in a religious family. I went to church a couple times, sometimes with my grandparents. Of course I was around Christianity my whole life, but I had no formal education. I told the PAX what I learned of religion as a child amounted to what I saw on tv…the Jim Bakers, the Benny Hinns, etc. And what I was remember was a lot of asking for money and reading stories like those of older people giving away their life savings to guys like them. In college, I had some discussions with two brothers of the previous partying-type who had recently found God. So, my background is more logical and scientific without faith, or a faith ‘base’.
(I am sure this backblast may miss some things I talked about at Beyond, but possibly add a few things, too)
We moseyed around the school parking lot loop to the start of the straightaway for some “Burpee Miles”. Our burpee miles were shortened for the .3 mile loop and consisted of 15 burpees, immediate sprint the straightaway cone to cone about :30, jog around the loop back to the first cone. Rinse and repeat for 3 laps.
We went back for the 6 and crossed to the field for a break while I covered my “present” (or near present) within the last couple years. A few years back, I used to have lunch meetings with a friend to discuss his Christianity and my spirituality. He always referred to me as a seeker. Some of the best discussions we had was coming at it from the point of view of Jesus as a man on earth. He loved everyone no matter the skin color or religious belief. He treated everyone equally. He had empathy for all men. He believed in good behavior by men. I have taken this to heart and apply it to experiences in life, social issues, political issues, etc. Very simply…what would Jesus do? What would Jesus say? Are people around me acting in a manner that Jesus would support?
I told the PAX that in quiet moments, I talk to God almost every day…even if I don’t have him defined by a book or even if I don’t know if I believe! I ask questions, I ask for forgiveness for myself and I apologize for a lot of bad behavior that I see in the real world. I thank F3 because I know that without the opportunities that F3 has afforded me in this area, especially seeing the positive things that faith offers, I would be nowhere near the seeking point I am now. While the F1 and F2 are of course important, its the 3rd F that is most consequential for all of us.
Our field work consisted of a continuous cycle through of exercises individually while each PAX put on a 40# ruck sack and carried a 30# sand bag overhead while crossing the soccer field and back. The exercises were, 25 each:
Much to the PAX dismay, we had time for 2 more burpee laps but with the burpees reduced to 10.
In COT, I addressed my “future” and how I move forward from here. I asked the PAX present, as I am asking any PAX reading this now, to reach out to me to discuss their faith….as of this writing a couple already have. I need to reach out to Whetstone and continue pursuing in various ways. I will add here that while reading verses is ok, relating your personal belief system to me and how it applies in the real world is what I feel I need to hear. Tell me how you came to believe and about the positive ways your faith affects your life. I see a lot of negativity in the real world, and our past history, and these things weigh on me heavily. But be warned, if you take on this challenge that I present, there will be hard hitting questions and topics that I am not addressing here.
But I will continue seeking and ask for your help in the journey.
Forgive me as there was more at COT but I waited too long for this backblast.
We had a total of 28 guys in The Fort region post yesterday (Monday, Feb 26) amidst the rain so I threw out the challenge of getting 28 men out to the Colosseum this AM. With some help from Jeckyll, Pusher, Ginsu, Cha Ching and a few others, we got that done. The PAX made it even better when that was just the boot camp number as we totaled 31 with our 3 runners included.
I can not even begin to tell you how humbled I was to see headlight after headlight roll in and to have 27 other guys run around this AO at 0515 with me. As Assassin mentioned in COT, we do in fact know how special it is to be blessed with the opportunity to be out with the PAX on just another Tuesday morning. To see some faces out there that I haven’t seen in quite a while was great. With the chatter that ensued, I knew I had better bring it.
So after our disclaimer and the departure of the Pathfinder runners, us boot campers jogged to end of the back parking lot. We counted off to our number of 27 at the time and dropped down for a 2min plank followed by a 2min reverse plank. Well 90 seconds into that latter plank, we had a masked ninja run up to join us for our lucky number 28. That ninja also goes by the name STRAIGHT UP and man, it was good to have him join us.
1/2 of 28 equals 14 Burpees so that is what we did followed by 28reps of the following:
Dying Cockroach, Boats & Canoes, Jumping Lunges, Jump Squats, X&O’s, American Hammers, Monkey Humpers and Squat Calf-Raises
We partnered up for:
Partner 1: Run to the 1st speed bump and back
Partner 2: Diamond Merkins then flap jack
Partner 1. Run to the 3rd speed bump and back
Partner 2: Merkins then flap jack
Partner 1: Run to the gate that was no longer in existence
Partner 2: Carolina Dry Docks or some ab work then flap jack
Bring it back to the GHMS side of the bus parking lot and circle up for some coupon work.
Begin with the 30lb Ruck and 35lb Kettle Bell on opposite sides of the circle. When the coupon came to you, 10 bicep curls of your choosing while the rest of the PAX cycled through Freddy Mercury, Rosalitas and Flutter Kicks.
Announcements: Read that Sunday email containing your F3 Newsletter. New AO launching from Regent Park. Includes (br)yoga, run and coffeeteria (contact Cake Boss or Sasquatch) every Friday. Don’t forget about the drive for 218 FNG’s. Reading center opportunity (service).
Prayers/Praises: Flat Tire’s new promotion, Straight Up’s wife is feeling better and S.U. is back with us. Cornerstone’s daughter Emma had her last chemo pill last night and will be ringing the bell soon. Ginsu’s daughter took her first steps yesterday. Jeckyll’s son is now a Boy Scout and Jeckyll has now handed over the leadership. Prayers for Mr. Clean and his desire to be out in the gloom. Prayers for Squeaky for what he is facing right now. Praises for reconnecting with my daughter.
Thank you again for coming out in the gloom.
It was an honor to lead 6 High Impact Males this morning in the Ruck WO at Golden Corral. This is always a difficult Q for me because I never want to underestimate the abilities of the men I am leading.
We began the morning by circling up for a short COP to warm ourselves up and performed the following: Imperial Walkers, Low Slow Squats, Peter Parker Peters, & Merkins. We than Rucked 2×2 over to the Rite Aid where YHC had set up our workout.
The first time I ever attended a Ruck WO Zima was on Q and this is what he did. A Ruck Pyramid doing the following: 25 Burpees; 50 Merkins; 75 Ruck Swings; 100 OH Flutters; 75 Ruck Curls; 50 CDDs; & 25 Burpees. I know this sounds crazy, and trust me it was. Between each set of exercises the PAX were to run around the Rite Aid back to where we began. We then Rucked 2×2 back to the COT where I shared what is below.
Are you prepared for each day as you approach it?
I asked the PAX if they were spiritually prepared to face their maker. We better ourselves everyday physically but are we doing the same spiritually. Does what we do at F3 in the morning compare to the rest of our lives?
If we aren’t prepared, how do we lead our communities? How do we lead our M’s, our 2.0’s, our F3 brothers, our coworkers? We cannot lead unless we are prepared. We cannot lead unless we are being led. Are you being led by this world or your maker.
You have a choice to make. What will you do today to be prepared?
Luke 12:40 ‘You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
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Multiple prayers for sick family members.
Prayers for PAX who are suffering.
Neighbors and police were alerted of a suspicious shadow dropping off cones and a dangerous-looking gray mass onto dark, empty parking lot and then driving off to meet with CEO-looking PAX at Walter Elysha. YHC started giving the disclaimer but Site-Q Bonsai felt insecure about Latino accent and wrong use of words so he took over and messed it all up. FNG was very confused and the rest, embarrased.
Mosey on running track swinging some Buttkickers (Site-Q alerted YHC that A**kickers is a curse word), high-knees and uphill Karaoke.
Once in COP: SSH – Windmills – MNC – Squats – Doggie paddles – plank and 6-inch keeping mississippi count.
PAX were asked to perform Bearpees along ten trees.
-Nine??? Someone complained. -How do you expect us to bearpee eight trees? There’s no way I’m gonna bearcrawl seven trees.
But in the end pax overcame and did all six trees as originally requested.
Mosey to parking lot next to lady who doesn’t like PAX screaming. Backwards uphill climb. At this point attempting to do the pain stations seemed pointless since most PAX were out of breath, so YHC simply introduced the BeachBall (see pic), which PAX bounced around like infants. LBCs ensued while rotating BeachBall and then the ArmWrestlingRollingCarousel (patent pending) was introduced: PAX lay flat on their bellies facing each other in two rows, and arm wrestle in manly tension while one reads theme verse (Isaiah 41:10). Then one row rolls over and faces next contendor while new PAX reads verse. Rinse & repeat until all have read verse (arm switch when first row is done rolling). Of course, Long Shanks arm-wrestled two at a time in an audacious display of arrogance.
Co-Q Cornhole took over at this point with what was left of PAX, but mercilessly had all bearcrawl downhill on reenactment of Civil War battle but with pinecones. People’s Chair for all while two PAX graciously jumpjacked with the sunrise behind, silhoueting the too much barBQ from the night before. Deconstructed Burpees took everyone by surprise and there was a lotta groaning and destructive chatter.
Derkins, step-ups and dips brought joy back to brave PAX.
Then alternating pull-ups, step-ups and laps around kiddie park.
Ab-lap where Atticus over-underperformed, making Pusher blush, but he claimed him as Q-school disciple all the same.
FNG was interviewed an named Oz, but YHC missed out on all the cultural references.
PAX were encouraged to not be anxious and prayers were lifted up.
2nd F at Peach Stand in support of community business. A joyful moment.
When Smuggler organized this Q combo, he must’ve known a lot of PAX were looking for that Saturday morning push. After some banter back and forth between the WEP Q’s and us Alcatraz Q’s, we were pleasantly surprised to see car after car after car roll into Runde Park this Saturday morning. The weather was warm and the PAX were primed with the early mumble chatter. With the typical “don’t hurt yourself and don’t sue if you do hurt yourself” disclaimer, we took a very abbreviated (10yd) mosey to the right side of the parking lot (a slight teaser for what was coming).
Jog to the other end of the lot and back then repeat.
Walking lunges 1/2 way down then high knees to the end. Same thing on the way back to the start.
Windmills & deadlifts to warm up the legs a little more then mosey to the top of “THE HILL”
PAX squat for 20sec then jog to the base of the hill followed by an all-out sprint back to the top of the hill and squat for the six.
Repeat for a 40sec squat hold then the jog down/sprint up and squat for the six.
Repeat for a 60sec squat hold then the jog down/sprint up and squat for the six.
Find some curb and 50 calf raises each leg.
Mosey to the field for a circle up.
This was when I think they really lost my mind…Lt. Dan’s (1 squat and 4 jumping lunges (2ea side counts as 4)) and we went to 8:32 before handing it off Tesh!!
With Tesh on Q, you just had a feeling this was going to get bad.
With the PAX in a very long plank:
10 Mountain Climbers
10 Peter Parkers
Various Tesh-approved CORE exercises
Mosey to the fence line:
Merkin-Turtle crawl (can’t explain…you had to be there)
Bear Crawl 50yds
More Tesh-approved CORE exercises
10 Bombjacks x 3 rounds
Mosey to the playground and split into 4 groups
Rotate through 5 pull-ups & 10 dips. For those waiting, hold the Al Gore pose.
Yet more Tesh-approved CORE exercises
Repeat the above 2 lines
Closed it out with 6min of Mary which couldn’t end fast enough.
Announcements: Yeti (Newsletter), Reading in Paradise
Prayer Requests: Praise for Palmer family, Cornerstone’s family, continued prayers for the Family & Friends affected by the recent tragedy’s our community has experienced, our officers, job transitions, marriages.
I’m sure Smuggler will get a little verbal backlash on this but hey, it made us better and everyone crushed it.
Maximus & Tesh