Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 | Danger Zone | Papillion South High | 70 degrees with 98% percent humidity. Perfect weather for jeans.
PAX- Tater Tot, Yogi, Stretch, Animal House, Fun Dip, Sweet Roll, Schrute, Echo, Girl Dad, Rooney, Levee, Convoy, Tony the Tiger, Overtime, Gobbler, Arch, Double Dip, Jean Claude, Trench, Hotcakes, Skidz, Wait Time, Feeny, Swiper, L-Train, Escobar
The nerves started Tuesday night. I felt like I was getting ready for my VQ. It was a new site to me, one I had never even been at. And I so badly wanted to serve up a great morning for my Sarpy County compadres. It felt like the first day of school and I wanted them to like me. And speaking of school, where was Papillion South? There was so much to figure out.
I hardly slept and eventually got out of bed at 4 am. I had a long drive ahead of me. I pulled into the lot at Papio South at 4:41. I had just missed the pre-run group. The plan was going perfectly. Jean Claude was creepily sitting in his car staring at me as I pulled up. Next into the lot was Gobbler. We walked around and I got a lay of the land.
By 5:15 there were 28 of us. Some familiar faces. Most of them new to me. It was a gorgeous morning and I greeted the PAX, introduced myself, and gave the F3 welcome. 3Fs, check. Mission, check. Five core principles, check. It was at this point that the real fun began.
I spoke about the Danger Zone and how it connected me to a movie from my youth. You got it… Top Gun! And while it inspired me, it also left me with one burning question. How do you play volleyball or exercise while wearing jeans. And with that I untied my draw strings on my sweatpants and dropped them to the concrete. The crowd couldn’t look away and stared in awe at my stiff… pair of wranglers. I then unzipped my hoodie revealing a tight white tank top. My magic mike show took a turn for the worse as I struggled to get the sweats off over my shoes. I hopped and shimmied until they finally came off. I looked at the faces in the group and found a combination of anxiety, fear and arousal. It was time to start.
We jogged to the north side of the parking lot and circled up for warm-a-rama.
Silent SSH’s 20 IC (+ 5 burpees… Dammit)
Big Ones 10 count
Cherry Pickers 15 IC
Imperial Walkers 10 IC
Goof Balls 15 IC
With that, we headed down to the field. I moseyed to the 50 yard line and asked the PAX circle up around me. At this point there was a small puddle forming in my blue jeans. This could end poorly. There was only one pre-thang that would be appropriate today. While wearing jeans and a tank, it was time to put the reinvigoration back into our mission statement and break out a sexy-pre-thang!
Pickle pushers 20 IC
Pickle Pointers 20
Oh Yeahs x10 each arm
Monkey Humpers 20 IC
Calf Raises with an Air Hump 20
With testosterone flowing through our loins, it was time to grind.
THE THANG: 3 Man Grinder
Goaline Station 1- AMRAP-
Hand Release Merkins
The third man will do cornerback runs (25 yards backwards and then turn and sprint last 25 yards) between stations.
I called Omaha but informed the PAX that we were not done. At this point my jeans were soaked and not in a good way. They were heavy and moist and my regret in wearing them was growing. We moseyed over to the wall just west of the field and lined up for some wall work.
THE POST-THANG: Wall Work
10 Donkey kicks
10 chicken peckers
10 Australian mt climbers
I barely survived the wall work and stumbled back to the 50 to finish the beatdown with some Mary.
American Hammer – Rancid Style 28
I had a blast with Name-a-Rama as I got to see this group’s uniqueness and flare. From Swiper’s swipe to Trench’s Dig and of course the gentle wipe from Skidz.
CSAUP this Saturday for the 4th of July. 5:30 and 7 at the Oracle. 6 am at the Pit.
Keep both Knobbs and Schnapps in your prayers as they deal with difficult times.
I recently read a book called Solve for Happy and in it the author talks about happiness. He says our default setting is happy and that when we are unhappy it is because we have chosen to do so. You see if you wake up each morning looking for things to make you unhappy, you will quickly find them and find them all day long. But the reverse is true as well. If you wake up and look for joy, it will reveal itself to you all day long. It is all what we look for.
So your homework this week is to pay attention to where your thoughts are focused and make sure you look for the things that bring you joy and happiness because the fact is, there is plenty of it out there.
After the COT we walked up to the shovel flags and handed out awards. The MVP went to Escobar for his amazing hip work. And in the end, Roadhouse got his wings!
Thanks for the opportunity to lead my Sarpy friends. You have inspired me.
I love you all.