Today started off great. It was warm(ish) around 58 degrees. Set up at the Poopdeck and pulled in to a big crowd of guys. In total we had 21 when I gave the disclaimer. Once again really glad to see Funhouse, Fishsticks and Anchorman on their tour of the region for Asskickin’ April! 30 days, 30 AOs around the region, year #2!
So my teaser in twitter last night was a note on “Show up today to find out what happened 1097 days ago!” We would take a little trip down memory lane. I gave the disclaimer and we were off.
dynamic warmup run = High Knees – Buttkickers – Toy Soldiers
SSH – IWs – Daisy Pickers – Merkins – Windmills – Broga – Mt Climbers
At the end of COP I shared what happened 3 years and 2 days ago (1097 days). That was the first day of the launch of The Deep on the west side of Lake Wylie. It has been just over 3 years that F3 has been around (seems like yesterday) for many of these men. I let them know we would take a stroll down memory lane because I pulled some ideas off a few of my weinkes from that time.
Lt. Dans with 10 flying squirrels at each of three cones
At the end we took an “Apache 10 count” and Anchorman got to share about himself.
I discussed that 1st day at thee Deep and Dark Helmet’s introduction to our own “special” exercise…the Kraken Burpee. Half the guys didn’t know what it was! (I have truly failed you). For the guys that did know, they let out a sigh knowing what was to come.
This evolution required four corners (cones) and one in the center for:
- Center 5 Kraken Burpees
- Corner 1 30 Merkins
- Corner 2 30 Squats
- Corner 3 30 Crunchy Frogs
- Corner 4 30 Bombjacks
We split into four groups, started at the properly numbered cone. Did the exercise, then met in the middle for the 5 Kraken burpees each time then rotated clockwise (yes Flux CLOCKWISE) to the next cone.
When all this fun was done I shared an old moleskin that I wrote back on 4/24/2016 a few weeks after The Deep’s launch. I was so glad to see Anchorman today, because he’s mentioned in it!
Here it is:
Moleskin from 4/24/2016:
For the last month I have butterflies every time I pull up to The Deep…I always feel like I’m going to be alone at 7am. But every week, my fears go away when that first car makes the long turn into the parking lot…and more just keep coming! It’s been an honor to be able to share what F3 has done for me over the last year with the men of Lake Wylie. And although we didn’t have any FNGs this day, I know that the men already involved are going to make a difference in this community.
During our 10 counts today I shared some of the great truth nuggets I’ve gathered from our 3rd F conversations around fatherhood. There were 3 main lessons we received from What Did, Double D, Anchorman and Gekko at the 3rd F convergence a few weeks ago…and I thought it was something to repeat to the PAX today. So Fatherhood was my 10 count. Here’s what my interpretation looked like…I hope it does justice to the men that shared!
- Respect your M for your family to see. Your children see everything…every fight, joke, rudeness you put out there. And then they think this is an acceptable way to treat a woman or wife. Make sure it’s positive.
- Be present: We usually get family time at our worst time. The last few hours in the day after you’ve done what it takes to feed the family. Through F3 I’ve received the energy and strength to make that time worth while…when I used to want to veg out in front of the TV or my iPad for my alone time. When you do get that time, use it and be there in mind, body and spirit!
3. I shared Gekko’s story about his daughter’s recent break up with her boyfriend. In short, she broke up with him because she expected more, like the relationship that Gekko and his M have. What a complement to being a parent! But Gekko shared that his #1 advice was to raise his children to glorify God, and point them in his direction… and that’s the best you can do. I appreciate those words Gekko. Wanted to make sure they were shared!
Long enough share. Mosey over to the wall by COT. BUT WAIT! on our run back we see the Cat Lady… 5 burpees men!
Went to the wall…
BTTW Mosey that Bart created back on his VQ in 2016. PAX would stand in a line doing reverse lunges while end of line would go to the wall, post up in BTTW and then hand walk down the full length of the wall. This was new for a LOT of guys this morning. Lots of mumble chatter on this one. Half way through we switched to Squats to finish out the long line.
Jack Webbs to 10…another crowd pleaser. Radar lied and said he didn’t know what these were…
Back to COT with no time to spare
Announcements – Ass kicking April and Savage race 5/18
Prayers: For healing for Chop Block’s FIL with brain tumor and needs a true miracle, Rocket in Lake Norman and his biopsy, Bones, Tinsel and Davinci for injuries that need healing.
BOM and we’re out!
BUT WAIT… on my way home I get a text from one of the PAX. Next time you see Jedi you’ll understand what I mean… THAT happened at the Poopdeck. I’m so glad he is OK, pride will heal and cuts do as well… with 5 stitches.
An honor to Lead