Top Rope Backblast: Salute to our Veterans

November 11, 2020 | Top Rope | Aldrich Elementary | 19 degree wind chill

PAX: (15) –  Chucky, Roadhouse, Knobs, Big One, Jean-Claude, Wait Time, Othello, Convoy, U-Haul, Mother Goose, Pele, Armbar, Khakis (Respect), Flanders, Sparty

QIC: Sparty

Pre-Runners: Armbar, Roadhouse, & Jean-Claude

YHC Showed up to Top Rope with a few cars already there, which is always delightful. With the recent increase in Covid cases, and taking additional precautions while being good leaders for the community, Sparty took Tater Tot’s advice and adjusted the beatdown. As a result, there was very little set up needed. While it was cold, the lack of wind made the crisp air feel glorious! A perfect size group was gathered as YHC welcomed the PAX right at 5:30am. However, 3 cars pulled up late (Big One of course), so Sparty tried to delay the start to allow for them to join the group. An additional disclosure was given to remind the HIM to try and follow the CDC’s guidelines of keeping space when we can. As the late HIM arrived to the Flags, Sparty let the PAX know that when Top Rope was launched, he was introduced to something that he insists on leading when he is on Q. Not time for warm-a-rama, so we jumped right into it:

  • Beaver Run: for 10 minutes, or at least that was the plan, the PAX ran together in a pack down the access road. They were quickly greeted by a fast approaching truck, our man Khakis (Respect) was a little behind and about ran the HIM over. It was initially planned to run for 40 seconds with your arms up, then drop and do 10 Merkins before 20 seconds was up. Repeat this for 10 minutes. Maybe it was the cold, or maybe it was Sparty’s bulging quads, the timer stopped twice. YHC noticed it had been right around 10 minutes, so the men were instructed to mosey back to the flags.

Upon arrival back to the parking lot, Sparty had the PAX circle up and count in groups of 2. YHC pointed to the 2 separated cones, and explained the Thang. Our incredible Site-Q Leader (Armbar) took one group while Sparty took the 2nd:

Zachary Tellier Hero WOD (F3 Style) – (Partner up and run about 200m between each round)

  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Burpees, 25 Merkins
  • 10 Burpees, 25 Merkins, 50 Alternating Lunges
  • 10 Burpees, 25 Merkins, 50 Alternating Lunges, 100 Big Boys
  • 10 Burpees, 25 Merkins, 50 Alternating Lunges, 100 Big Boys, 150 Air Squats

Sparty knew that with the time remaining after the Beaver Run, and what this beatdown requires of the men, they would not finish the entire workout. However, he was incredibly impressed with the speed and positive energy the PAX were working with. He did catch an F-Bomb from Othello, which was greatly appreciated. He assumed it was being recited in the other group as well. At 6:07, it appeared most of the HIM were on the final round of the workout, and “Omaha” was called. Sparty said it quietly to group 2 and started walking towards the flags when he noticed he had some help from Othello and Jean-Claude yelling out “Omaha” to Group 1. At the Shovel Flags, YHC received some compliments from the men as they enjoyed the beatdown. We weren’t done yet!

6 MoM:

  • American Hammers 22 IC

Name-a-rama: Knobs gave a special shout out to Veterans, Big One giggled at something and the assumption it was due to Roadhouse, and the men kept their distance without contact as they followed the great leadership of how F3 Greensboro has executed name-a-rama.

FNGs: None

Announcements/Prayers: Big One shared with the PAX the message Tater Tot explained to the Site-Q’s the night before. “No-Shave November” is an opportunity to let it all grow out and donate to good cause. Continued Prayers for Wait Time’s Father-In-Law (Dale). Sparty shared a brief update on his Father-In-Law. Knobs spoke up and shared with the PAX what Veteran’s day means to him with some powerful insight while speaking straight from the heart. We all appreciate your you Knobs for your commitment to serving our country, and continuing to be a great leader for us all.

COT – Today was a great opportunity to honor a military vet as we did the Zachary Tellier Hero WOD workout. Zachary was killed in the line of battle and today’s workout was a small gesture to commemorate him and his sacrifice for our country. My COT message today I believe ties in directly to what Knobs and other men and women chose with their life. Last week we had an incredible conversation at Q Source as the article was “Prayer.” This was not about how you speak with your Sky-Q, but what your relationship is to them. There are two questions that we must ask ourselves: What-What? 1. WHAT will happen when I die? 2. WHAT does that mean about the way I should live? Most of our Veterans can speak so much more clearly than civilians because they made the decision to put their life on the line for our freedom, and through surviving this, life has a lot more meaning for them. I encourage you all to spend some time this week thinking about these 2 questions, and even discuss them with your M or Shield Lock. It’s a powerful discussion that helps provide clarity to your life and what your purpose may be. Find your mission and live with purpose.

Knobs took us out in a powerful prayer.

Sparty,

Aye!

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