The Combine Backblast: Leaving a Legacy

November 20, 2020 | The Combine | Kiewit Middle School | 37 degrees

PAX: (20) – Roadhouse, Big One, Wait Time, Khakis (Respect), Tube Socks, Hard Hat, Panty Hose, Patton (Respect), Convoy, Short Sale, Bubbles, Skipper, Biff, Cataracts, Doppler, Tater Tot, Gunner, Slow Pitch, Splinter……cell, Sparty

QIC: Sparty

Pre-Runners: Roadhouse, Tater Tot, Bubbles, Panty Hose, late addition from Hard Hat that sprinted to catch up

Semi pre-runners: Slow Pitch, Big One, Short Sale, & random guy we failed to EH

YHC showed up early with the Pre-Runners but needed to spend the time organizing the Combine in preparation for the beatdown. There were some hilarious greetings by Roadhouse and Tater Tot asking the Site-Q who was leading today……Ya, Sparty sent Pre-Blasts for 4 straight days! “Whatabout it, wanna fight?” As Sparty was taping workout instructions on the building of the school, he noticed he heard someone running toward him from the west. Confusion set in as he was initially concerned something happened to one of the pre-runners. Then he didn’t recognize the man. Guilt set in as he was worried it was another PAX member that lived in the neighborhood that chose to run to The Combine rather than drive, and he had no idea who it was. Turns out, it was some random guy that got out of his fartsack to accelerate his fitness, but he could really use some fellowship and faith. Missed opportunity by YHC.

The PAX started showing up one at a time and before you knew it, it was 5:15 and we had a great size group. Sparty went through the traditional greeting and added a few disclaimers: 1. I am not a professional, please modify if you need to, but I think today’s workout should be fine and not require much. 2. Be Covid-conscious around the other PAX members. We will break up into smaller groups for the workout and feel free to go through the exercises individually, in pairs, or in your group of 5. Last announcement before the men took off, Warm-a-rama will be a little different today as we will mosey together and do exercises without a cadence while Sparty will explain each station.

Warm-a-rama: Mosey to Station 2 on the football field, Sun Gods were performed. Mosey to station 3, Big One’s nice and slow. Real short mosey to station 4 for some Cherry Pickers. Then the last mosey was a little longer to the hill on the east side of the parking lot where the PAX performed Imperial Walkers. The PAX then counted off into 4 and groups were formed with 5 HIM in each group.

The Thang:

  • Station 1 (Push Group) – Bear Crawl up the hill then perform 20 Monkey Humpers IC
  • Station 2 – Football Field – Burpee Broad Jump (AMRAP)
  • Station 3 – Baseball Diamond – Core Stations:
    • Home – Gas Pumpers 20 IC – Crab Walk to 1st Base
    • 1st Base – Heel Touches 20 IC – Crawl Bear to 2nd Base
    • 2nd Base – ETK 10 each side – Lunges to 3rd Base
    • 3rd Base – Starfish Crunches 20 IC – Alligator Walk to Home
  • Station 4 – School Building – 1 man runs backwards around oval drive while the other men wall sit up against the building. When he returns, next man goes.

At 5:53am, “Omaha” was called and relief from the PAX could be felt. The HIM then made their way to the west side of the lot to finish things out.

6 MoM:

  • American Hammers 20 IC

Name-a-rama: Sparty kept his distance from the HIM which resulted in some great efforts from the men on their Spartan kicks. It was a big circle as everyone took the 6 feet distance seriously. YHC appreciates the respect.

FNGs: None

Announcements/Prayers: Turkey Trot has now raised more than $1200, and don’t forget the 10k is at 5am, 5k at 5:30am, and beatdowns start at 6am. Virtual Q’s for Saturdays start tomorrow, keep an eye out for a message on Slack. Shout to Lawlors for hooking us up with shirts. If you are going to be buying any local sports clothes, consider going to Lawlors as they have been so kind to make us shirts without receiving any profit from it. If there is anything I’m missing, I apologize.

COT – Something I am passionate about and have been spending a lot of time exploring is leaving a legacy. I want to start by going back a few weeks as I was on the Q at Top Rope and I gave a COT about a lot of the crap I’ve gone through in my life and my message was around how these experiences have humbled me, and the power humility can have on a man. After I was done, Wait Time came up and hugged me (not Covid friendly, and he made a joke here that he kissed me too hahaha) and told me I was one resilient dude. I had never been told this before, and for some reason, it just stuck with me. Fast forward a few weeks to last week, and I spent some time thinking about my grandpa (paternal) as it was Veterans Day. My grandpa was a tough guy that grew up on the South-side of Chicago and he was a pilot in the Korean War. His plane was shot down and he became a POW. After being released and returning home, he became an Alcoholic. From the day I was born, he had quit drinking and never missed a week of at least one AA meeting. My other grandpa basically learned at the age of 5 that his mother didn’t want him anymore and sent him from California to Boys Town where he ended up living until he became an adult. I believe that the legacy that has been left for me from my grandpa’s is resiliency.

This led me to think about what kind of legacy am I leaving for my kids and future grandkids. I teach my kids each and everyday to be kind to everyone without exception, and that each of them can change the world. I thought for a long time that this was my only purpose in life and this would be my legacy. I was able to learn through F3 that there is so much more I can do to help our community which will be a part of my legacy as well. I want to help provide young men less fortunate than me with the opportunity to go to college. But it goes beyond that. Through partnering with different local organizations, I have discovered that there is so much more we can do with these opportunities. I feel like my life is really just starting as I’ve finally discovered my purpose. I have no idea how big this will all be or what type of impact this all may have 20 years from now, but I’m starting to build my legacy today. I want you guys to spend some time over the next few weeks thinking about, “what will your legacy be?” Really make this a priority as there is so much more that we can be doing. This world needs help and there is no better group than us to make it a better place. Thank you for the opportunity to Lead today!

YHC was tired of hearing himself talk, and asked Wait Time to take us out in Prayer.

Sparty,

Aye!

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