Top Rope Backblast: Climb the Ladder to Your Ikigai

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | Aldrich Elementary AO | Top Rope | Sunny & Humid 72 degrees
PAX: Nemo, Arm Bar, Tub Socks, Short Sale, Wentworth, Room Service, Roadhouse, Lemon Law, Roll Bar, Kingpin, Patton, Othello, TC, Stogie, Swinger, Riverdance, and Wait Time.
QIC: Wait Time
Your Humble Correspondent (YHC) greeted the PAX in the gloom of hump day. Six PAX pre-rucked and 11 more PAX joined for the second week of Top Rope. After sharing the F3 Mission Statement, Principles and disclaimer, the PAX moseyed eastward up the frontage road.

WARM-A-RAMA:
SSH X 20 IC | Hillbillies x 15 IC | Crab Cakes x 12 IC | Groiners x 15 | Turkish Get-ups x 8 each side

PRE-THANG: PLANK HURDLES
PAX continued to mosey eastward through the business park. PAX stopped at a vacant building with a great parking lot meant for the gloom. We split into the two groups and completed Plank Hurdles across the front of the parking lot – approximately 50 yards. When finished the PAX moseyed to the Northwest corner of the parking lot to being the THANG. The parking lot has a strategic incline which is perfect for running laps.

THANG: LADDER GRUDGE MATCH
The PAX were instructed to complete a 10-rep ladder workout. They began with 9 Merkins and 1 Squat Jump. Each station was in opposite corners of the parking lot. The PAX completed the ladder to mid-way point before YHC called “Omaha.”

POST-THANG: “MERKIN MANIA”
The long mosey to the shovel flag included one stop for MerkinMania.
Diamond Merkins x 10 | Werkins x 10 | Ranger Merkins x 10 | Crucible (or Seal) Merkins x 10

6MOM:
PAX moseyed to shovel flag for 6MOM:
Oh-Yeahs x 10 IC each side (shout out to Roadhouse) | Pickle Pushers x 15 IC | Heels to Heaven x 15 IC | American Hammer x 15 IC

Announcements and Prayer:
Blood Drive: Blood drive at Nebraska Blood Bank is scheduled for next week. Register on SLACK.
Book Study: “White Fragility.” Friday at 12 noon. Details on SLACK.
Prayers: Short Sale asked for prayers for his grandmother who is battling cancer and celebrating his stepmother’s important anniversary. Continued prayers for Slick and his M. Prayers for Nemo and his new job – detasseling.

COT:
Ikigai (uh-KEY-GAH-ee) is the Japanese word for “what gets you out of bed in the morning.” It is that sense you have when you wake up in the morning and know that this day matters, that there are new experiences to be had, that we have work to do and a contribution to make. Your IKIGAI is your reason for being.

For me, my ikigai was discovered when I realized that F3 wasn’t just a workout. At one time, I was one of the PAX who finished the workout and after the COT walked directly to my car. I never attended Coffeeteria or leaned into the Second and Third F. One day, a PAX member confronted me after I began attending a Q SOURCE. He said, “you have changed.” “When I first met you, I didn’t think you liked me.” “Now, that you attend coffee, you are a different person.”

Snooki was the PAX member and he expressed great courage to tell me that story. Sometimes, you don’t see the change in your life until someone points it out. I realized that F3 was not just a workout. There is something more going on here….you just have to open yourself up to it.

With that, I closed in prayer.

Grace & Peace,

Wait Time

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