06/24/21 / Battlefield AO / Westside HS / 70 degrees – Wet, rainy and humid
PAX: Bubbles, Sleep Number, Sister Act, Grillz, Two Step, Dirty Bird, Super Nasty, Sven, Waterboy
The rain started about 2am and continued until about 4:30, just in time for Grillz and Bubbles to get a pre run in. PAX gathered just inside the stadium. Waterboy welcomed the PAX, shared the mission statement, core principles, and disclosure.
Welcome to F3: Fitness, Fellowship & Faith
Mission – To plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.
I am not a professional, modify as needed.
Core Principles: Free of charge, Open to all men, always held outdoors, led in a rotating fashion and ends in a Circle of Trust.
PAX moseyed as a group around the track for one lap them let in the middle of the football field. We had a nice long Warm-o-ramma knowing that these men has some running ahead of them that day. Some side straddle hops, mucho tappy taps, tater taps, big ones and some goof ball for good measure.
The PAX them mosied over the the east bleachers for our Pre-Thing. PAX broke up into partners. Partner One ran up the north stairs, along the back, and down the south stairs, while Partner Two completed as many rounds as possible of a given exercise. Then partners switched. The PAX went four rounds.
The PAX was pretty soaked at this point with LBCs and Burpees on water logged concrete. It lifted our spirits.
The PAX broke up again into two separate groups. Group One Started on the North side to the track, while Group Two started on the south side of the track. Each group was instructed to do all the exercises at the cone, then mosey around the track to the opposite cone.
Hand Release Merkins – 20
Plank Jacks – 20
Mountain Climbers – 20
Bonnie Blairs – 20
Bobbie Hurleys – 20
Imperial Walkers – 20
It really started to rain at this point.
Mary: 25 American Hammers
Ok, at this point we made a run for it to the school entrance to get out of the rain.
As some of you may know I am a huge audio book fan. And I love to talk about the books I’m reading and how they impact my life.
Right now I am reading a book that is free on Audible. It’s called The Road to San Donato. And it a true story about a father and son who cycle through Italy as they hope to explore their family heritage. A good summer or vacation read. Not to heavy.
The author of the book is the son. And in the book he is talking about his father. And he talks about his fathers temper when we was growing up and how it could be set off by the slightest thing. This hit me hard because my father was and kind of still is the same way. And I grew up in fear of pissing my father off or setting off his rage. I still get a little fearful when I call up my dad.
But now that I am a husband and a father I know that I have that same temper. And if I don’t do the work to control my thoughts and feelings after time I get to a point where the slightest things set me off. And I’m yelling at my wife or yelling at my kids. And letting out that steam or energy may feel good in the moment. But it really makes me feel like shit for the rest of the day. And it takes a long time to repair the mood in my house when that happens.
Before I started coming to F3 mornings sucked for my wife and kids. They didn’t know who they were getting every morning. I would wake up groggy. Or even worse I would sleep in too long then try to rush to get working by 8. And it created stress in my house. F3 has done a lot for me. But I would say the best thing it has done is create a happy guy at 6:30 in the morning. Now I walk-in to the house. I’m awake, I’m engaged, and the positive energy flows through my family. By me winning my morning, my family wins the day.
Just yesterday my alarm went off at 4:45 and I thought I’m qing tomorrow, let’s sleep in get some rest today. But then I thought, I want to be that joyful person that walks in at 6:30 for my family. I want to bring them this energy so they start their day right.
So guys what you are doing here at 5:30 in the morning, it does a ton for you, but it can also do so much more for your family and the people in your lives. And I just want to thank all of you for providing me and my family with that energy.
Grillz took us out in prayer!