21 August 2021 / The Oracle / 6:00 a.m. / Aldrich Elementary School / 65 degrees / Wind NNW 9 mph / 63% humidity / Clear

PAX (12): Chucky, Pothole, Cheap Seats, Pantyhose, Bubbles, Tube Socks, Slow Pitch, Grease Fire, Wait Time (Respect), Vandelay (Respect), and Gator

QIC: Gator

I arrived about 5:05 a.m. and made my way down to the field. I really appreciated Tony the Tiger lending me his jump ropes for the Q. He recently delivered a heckuva beatdown at Dragon’s Lair with these same jump ropes and I was eager to share his workout with the Oracle crowd. After setting up all the cones, clipboards, and jump ropes, I realized I had one small problem: the grass was too long for using jump ropes. So, I moved to Plan B – the basketball court. I managed to finish up in time to prerun.


At 6:00 a.m, the Q welcomed the PAX and gave our mission statement; the credo, the not-a-professional disclaimer, and then YHC asked, “how much do we cost?” Cheap Seats reminded the Q that the workout is free. YHC asked Wait Time whether we only allowed men under the age of 50, to which he responded that “F3 is open to all men.” In response to more questions, Moon Man told us we are “always held outside” and Pantyhose reassured those present that YHC does not (thankfully) lead all of the workouts because “we are peer led in a rotating fashion.” The Q ended with a note that we always end in a COT and saw that we were FNGless. Then we went for a short mozy around the school and circled up on the basketball court for…


We then performed the following exercises:

Sun Gods x 10 IC (forward and reverse)

Tappy Taps x 15 IC

SSH x 20 IC

Cherry Pickers x 15 IC

Imperial Walkers x 15 IC

High Knees x 15 IC

Then we lined up against the wall at the basketball court for

The Pre-Thang:

We started with a Wall Sit where each PAX did a 10 count

Then we did Walking Lunges to the other side of the basketball court

Followed by Air Squats x 25

We returned to the other side via Walking Lunges and then did

Balls to the Wall where each PAX did a 10 Count. A slow 10 count from Moon Man and

Then we did a Bear Crawl to the other side and did

Merkins x 25, also courtesy of Moon Man

We did a Bear Crawl back and did a rinse and repeat with slight modifications – this time we only did a 5 count. Like synchronized swimmers, the PAX orchestrated an awesome rotation between counting up to 5 and down to 5. But the synchronicity would breakdown somewhere on the far side and the PAX groaned like they had just seen the score from the East German judge. We also modified with Bernie Sanders back and forth as the basketball court’s gnarly features had destroyed the PAX’s hands.

Then we did a count off into groups of three and the Q explained the Thang

The Thang: 3-Man Jump Rope Grinder

PAX #1 would start on one side and begin performing the following AMRAP exercises until relieved by one of the PAX on his team:










PAX #2 ran to the middle of the court and performed 5 Burpees. Then ran to the end of the court where…

PAX #3 would jump rope AMRAP until relieved. He would then run down the court, stop for 5 Burpees, complete the run and relieve PAX #1.

The PAX hit this grinder hard for a solid 20 minutes. The Q heard some quality mumble chatter and agreed it was time to call OMAHA at 6:40 a.m. We circled up for

The Post-Thang: Sunshine Merkins

The Q played “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers and told the PAX that we would hold plank during the song and then do Merkins each time Withers sings the word “she” or “she’s”

(He does so 16 times in just over two minutes, most of which occurs at the end)

We finished and moved over to the grass for some


Death Rolls x 10 IC

Gator Spears x 10 IC (right arm up)

Gator Spears x 10 IC (left arm up)

Gator Tails x 10 IC (right leg out)

Gator Tails x 10 IC (left leg out)

We finished and went back up to the Shovel Flags for

Count Off and Name-A-Rama

Announcements and Prayers

We will continue to pray for Wait Time’s cousin as he awaits a transplant.

COT: Respect!

Today is National Senior Citizens Day

The Q asked a Trivia Question:

Which President signed the proclamation naming August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day?

Cheap Seats and Chucky both had good guesses by picking modern day U.S. Presidents, but Wait Time was the first to provide the correct answer:

Ronald Reagan, in 1988

We had Wait Time’s 50th birthday and a Respect Popup this week, so this was the perfect time to talk about getting older. I came across the following quote by Carl Jung:

“A human being would certainly not grow to be 70 or 80 years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species to which he belongs.

The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life’s morning.”

This quote struck me because I’ve been thinking a lot about how it feels like the “morning” of my life is ending and I am headed quickly to the “afternoon.”

And what I realized is that Jung is right: the afternoon of our lives does have meaning and significance of its own.

The other notable thing Jung said about aging was:

Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”

I went to a respect pop-up with my 71-year-old father-in-law (Dragonfly) this summer. It was great to do a beatdown with all the respect PAX. One thing Dragonfly said to me beforehand was “Don’t worry about me keeping up. I’ll modify as I need to. I’m 71. I have nothing to prove to anyone.”

I can think of no better way to live the afternoon of my life than being in great shape and feeling like I have nothing to prove.


– Gator

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