Cornhusker Handicap BACKBLAST: Face Your Fears Day

10/16/2018. Cornhusker Handicap AO | Aksarben Village

PAX: 17 – Tonight Show, Daniel San, Biggie Smalls, Selleck, Mayhem, The Big One, Lowman, Waffle House (Respect), Brazilian, Borland, Folsom, The Plague, Hootenanny, Dufresne, Tater Tot, Wait Time, No Doze.  17 PAX ties AO record for a third time.  The Handicap can’t seem to get over the hump.  If only Rollbar didn’t #inadvertentfartsack.  

Q: No Doze 

Weather:  39 degrees, clear, no wind.  Basically perfect.

YHC arrived sans shovel flag, but with prior assurances from Wait Time that he would pick up said flag at the Monday Murph.  While awaiting the flag, which duly arrived, YHC marked off a 100 yard dash to prep for the Thang.  Lowman arrived next with some trepidation, but was relieved to find that No Doze was not in full “scary” clown regalia.  

Mission statement and disclaimer were given.  No Doze welcomed the PAX to Face Your Fears Day.  

 Mosey to the Obelisk for Warm-o-Rama:

-SSH -15 IC

String Rippers aka Tappy Taps – 15IC

Moroccan Nightclub 10IC 

Chinooks – 10IC each direction

Annies – 7 each arm IC

#REDBULLSMURFJACKS -20IC. 

 The PAX remained at the Obelisk for Part 1 of 

The THANG: 

Part 1 –Every Minute On The Minute (EMOM)

Every minute for 10 minutes the PAX completed 5 merkins and 5 squats and an increasing number of burpees.  Any timeleft over during was rest time until the next minute started.

Minutes 1-10
Merkins x 5
Squats x 5
Burpees (1, 2, 3 . . . up to 10)

PAX completed 50 merkins, 50 squats, and 55 burpees in 10 minutes.  YHC offered the PAX a choice on the 10th round of burpees of either 6 reps to add up to 50 or 10 reps to get to 55.  The PAX voted to do 10 for 55, though Tonight Show astutely noted above the mumblechatter that 10 – 6 = 4.  

 Mosey to the playground for Part 2

Part 2 – 100’s

100 cherry pickers – yikes!

100 yd sprint 

100 mountain climbers 

100 yd sprint

100 monkey humpers – howling PAX!

100 yd sprint

100 count superman (arms, legs, and head in the air)

100 yd sprint

25 wide arm merkins, 25 merkins, 25 diamond merkins, hold plank for 25 seconds

100 yd zombie walk 

6 MoM:

Dollys – 20 IC

Freddy Mercury’s – 20ICAmerican Hammer – 20 IC

 COT:Name-o-Rama 

Announcements: Waffle House is organizing a Veterans’ Day neighborhood flag placement event.  He needs 5 volunteers placing 200 flags on November 11 at 6:30 am. Additional details in the next O-Rag, but all you need to know is this:  warm, buttery, maple-syrup drenched waffles for every volunteer.  Aye!

T-claps to Rollbar (despite #inadvertentfartsack) for organizing Wheels for Jakson fundraiser.  Pax raised $750.  Tater Tot donated auction items which presumably will go towards total for Rollbar’s pink tutu post at the next Oracle.

Close/Thought for the Day: Courage is setting aside fear to turn hardship into grace.

 No-Doze reminded the PAX that F3 is not a group with leaders, but a group of leaders.  Encouraged all Pax to check out the QSource blog and to be a Q.  Can’t wait to see what this group looks like by April 2019.  The QSource notes that courage is setting aside fear to turn hardship into grace.  Grace is being all the things a man should be; what we should aspire to be as men when Adversity, Pain and Chaos confront us.  

No-Doze shared the poem “If – ” by Rudyard Kipling, endorsed its message (not its messenger) and encouraged the PAX to reflect on and aspire to its description of courage and grace. If we are not the man described, this should be the type of man we aspire to become.

If –

If you can keep your head when all about you
 Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
 But make allowance for their doubting too.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
 Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
 And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
 If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
 And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
 Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
 And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make a heap of all your winnings
 And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
 And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
 To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
 Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
 Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
 If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
 With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
 And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

On my drive home, the radio played a story about true courage and grace.  Please read the following without regard for political views, current events, etc.

The opinions expressed are those of YHC: 

Fifty years ago today, Tommie Smith and John Carlos won Olympic gold and bronze medals running for Team USA in Mexico City. Smith and Carlos, and silver medalist Peter Norman of Australia, faced their fears and protested racial injustice. Smith and Carlos respectfully, gracefully bowed their heads to receive their medals, and as the Star Spangled Banner played, raised their fists, as Smith stated later, “acknowledging the American flag — not symbolizing a hatred for it. Normanwore a patch on his tracksuit for the Olympic Project for Human Rights an organization protesting racism in sports.

Smith and Carlos were booed, ordered to leave the Olympic Stadium, and stripped of the medals they won for their country. Norman was vilified in his home country for supporting the Americans. Smith and Carlos received death threats, and the repercussions of their protest followed them for years, which they knew would occur.

I heard that story on the radio immediately after today’s workout and know that I have nowhere near the courage and grace of Smith and Carlos.  I’m not sure if hearing that story today was frequency illusion or fate, but I believe that Smith and Carlos personify Kipling’s poem. I have no idea who christened October 16 as Face Your Fears Day or why, but to my mind they damned sure picked the right day!   

-No-Doze

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