The Maize (8/20/20)-Second Wind

August 20, 2020 | AO – The Maize | 64° clear skies


Q: Slick

At promptly 5:30, PAX were welcomed to a beautiful morning at the Maize. Explanation of the mission of F3, the core principles, and that Slick is NOT a professional so modify as necessary. 1 FNG, Wyatt (would be named Char-Buff)

Call to arms from Slick that the mantra for today is tapping into their reserve and breaking through to their “second wind”.

PAX moseyed to middle of the football field


  • 15 SSH IC
  • 15 Cherry Pickers IC
  • 15 Hillbilly Walkers IC
  • 15 tap e taps
  • 21 Squats (7/7/7) x 2sets

Mosey to big hill down the sidewalk to the bottom

Pre-Thang: Plank O Rama

  • Complete set of 3 of the below at once, then mosey up and back down hill
    • 10 Merkins
    • 10 Plank kicks IC
    • 10 Alt shoulder taps IC
    • 10 Plank Jacks IC
    • 10 Mtn climbers IC
  • PAX completed another set of 2 of the above (modified second) and mosey’d up and back down the hill
  • Multiple 10 counts were given after each heavy-set

Mosey to adjacent hill down the block

Burp Back Mountain

  • PAX were instructed to partner up
  • Explanation of Burp Back Mountain: 1 partner burpees at the bottom of the hill while other partner back-peddles up/runs down x2. Switch and repeat until Omaha! is called.
  • Slick set the bar at 200 burpees for each partner group. If partner groups hit 200 they would continue back-peddle up/run down hill until Omaha! is called.
  • Slick modified during and gave groups who completed 200 burpees the option to continue mixing in burpees between back-peddle up/run down.

Mosey back to the shovel-flags. On mosey back, Slick asked first partner-group who completed 200 burpees (SumpPump & FNG:Char-Buff) how many American Hammers the group should do. “anything less than 30 would be going too easy, right?” Slick agreed.


  • Rotating 10 IC American Hammers ensued until PAX completed 51. Aye!

Count-o-rama/Name-o-rama/FNG Naming (CharBuff)


  • Q School the next 2 Saturdays
    • 8/22: Aldrich/Pit – 7a
    • 8/29: Aldrich – 6a
  • Slick/M boy is due 9/3. Request PAX keep them in thoughts & prayers


  • Yodel’s father-in-law’s dad passed away this week and asked for prayers from the group


William James “The Energies of Men”

  • “Everyone knows what it is to start a piece of work, either intellectual or muscular, feeling stale… And everybody knows what it is to “warm up” to his job. The process of warming up gets particularly striking in the phenomenon known as “second wind.” On usual occasions we make a practice of stopping an occupation as soon as we meet the first effective layer (so to call it) of fatigue. We have then walked, played, or worked “enough,” so we desist. That amount of fatigue is an efficacious obstruction on this side of which our usual life is cast. But if an unusual necessity forces us to press onward a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue gets worse up to a certain critical point, when gradually or suddenly it passes away, and we are fresher than before. We have evidently tapped a level of new energy, masked until then by the fatigue-obstacle usually obeyed… In exceptional cases we may find, beyond the very extremity of fatigue-distress, amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourselves to own — sources of strength habitually not taxed at all, because habitually we never push through the obstruction, never pass those early critical points.”


  • I talked this week with Roadhouse & Rollbar about the limits we put on ourselves and realizing how much more we have in the tank to be putting toward different aspects of our lives. We talk a lot about “accelerating” in F3. As you saw today during the workout we have tons of untapped resources that we can be pulling forward. It’s not necessary to do this in big ways everyday but think about how small and large boundary-pushing creats acceleration and momentum over-time. The bar continually gets raised, even if it’s small aggregation. After a year of continually doing this, think of how much growth you’ll have gained in whatever aspect in life it applies to.
  • PAX normalized burpees today and looked forward to them when back-peddling up/running down the hill. It’s all a mindset. It’s all a choice of how we choose to view the work in front of us.

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