August 9, 2021|AO- The Octagon|72 degrees and humid

17 PAX: Bloodshot, Sister Act, Jeeves (Respect), Caddyshack, Z-bo, Romeo, Slow Pitch, Black Flag, Wide Right, Rollbar, Smashmouth, Sportiva, Khakis (Respect), Hoosegow, Edison, Wentworth, Mother Goose (QIC)

5:30 AM- Recited meaning, principles and mission of F3 and gave disclaimer; no FNG’s


Moseyed a ¾ lap around the track and met at midfield, circled up:

  • 10 Tappy Taps IC
  • 10 Big One’s IC
  • 10 Imperial Walkers IC
  • 10 Tater Taps IC
  • 10 Moroccan Night Clubs IC
  • 10 Tempo Merkins IC
  • 15 Monkey Humpers IC

No Pre- Thang, counted off by 5’s for the Thang (5 rounds in the Octagon):

  1. (Push Group)- Team Burpees
    1. The plan was for groups of 5-6 PAX to complete 250 Burpees together, where anyone that finished their portion early could pick up the 6 and take some off their plate.  We had groups of 3-4 so we modified to 175 for a group of 4 or 125 for 3.  That math doesn’t check out but oh well.  YHC hoped it would take 5-6 minutes for them to finish before pushing the other groups and that worked out.
  2. The Hill
    1. Run up the hill and grab the fence
    1. 20 deep squats
    1. Bernie Sanders down the hill
    1. 20 Monkey Humpers IC
    1. Rinse and Repeat until pushed
  3. 21’s working at your own pace
    1. Starting at a cone in the northeast corner, perform Big Boy’s, then mosey to the middle cone for Hydraulic Squats
    1. 20/1, 19/2, 18/3, 17/4…
  4. Coupon Station!  PAX worked at their own pace.
    1. Clock Merkins
      1. 10 right hand on coupon
      1. 10 both hands on coupon
      1. 10 left hand on coupon
      1. 10 both feet on coupon
    1. 20 Overhead Presses
    1. 20 Curls
    1. 20 Front Raises
    1. Rinse and repeat until pushed
  5. Shoulders and Core (PAX counted together):
    1. 20 Carolina Dry Docks
    1. 20 Imperial Walkers IC
    1. 20 Overhead Claps IC
    1. 20 Hillbillies IC
    1. 20 Alternating Shoulder Taps IC
    1. 20 Mountain Climbers IC
    1. 20 Cherry Pickers IC
    1. 20 Plank Jacks IC
    1. Rinse and repeat until pushed

6:03- YHC’s group finished the rotation at the team burpee station and the Omaha call was made when we finished our number of burpees.  All PAX then gathered at the north end of the field for a little post-Thang. 

YHC had gotten through the round of 16/5 for 21’s so we did three more rounds of 21’s with Big Boy’s and Hydraulic Squats (15/6, 14/7,13/8) then circled up for Mary:

  • 10 Hello Dolly’s IC
  • 10 Rosalita’s IC
  • 10 Box Cutters IC
  • ABC’s but instead we spelled B-L-O-O-D-S-H-O-T-O-C-T-A-G-O-N to honor our brother Bloodshot who will be passing the shovel flag next week.  Thanks for your leadership, brother!


Announcements/Prayer Requests:

  • Support the new sites and VQ’s
  • Sign up for Iron Pax Challenge is live
  • Khakis encouraged all to attend Q-school if you are new, or if you just want to freshen up your understanding of why F3 does things in certain ways
  • Wide Right thanked the PAX for the prayers and support as his little girl went through a scary surgery and was grateful for its success and asked for more prayers.


As school is starting up again for so many students and teachers/administrators over the next few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on first impressions.  I am a person that is typically poor at first impressions, and it works both ways.  I tend to be a little too loud and confident sometimes in meeting people and can come across as arrogant.  Conversely, I have often written others off on first impression for one reason or another, especially co-workers.  F3 has helped me with that.  There’s something about meeting someone in the gloom or at coffee that allows me more patience in getting to know them.  Some of my best friends in F3 are guys that I honestly would have previously not given much of a chance. 

I’m reading a novel right now called A Gentleman in Moscow and it is awesome.  Humorous and gripping…  The other night I was reading it and the main character has a realization that he had written off an individual upon first impression when she was in a moment of stress, but after having a chance to see her in a different environment, saw her in a whole new way.  This is how it is written:

“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel?  For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli.  By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.”

After I read that, I stopped and put the book down, then read it again.  I knew it was the topic for my next COT.  I challenged myself and all the PAX to consider someone they may have dismissed upon first impression and reengage them, and also to consider if they had given a bad first impression to another and hope to reengage that individual as well.

I led us out in a BOM and prayer of gratitude.

Here’s to good days and better tomorrows!

Cheers and SYITG!

Mother Goose

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