Friday, Dec. 24 | The Armory | Ta-Ha-Zouka Park | 34 degrees
PAX (12): Slap Shot, Tee-Ball, Truly, Cradle, Borland, Lincoln Log (Respect, Respect), Dr. Thunder, Rimshot (FNG), Slow Clap (Respect), Sweet Sweet, Chaser (FNG), Sparty
Pre-Runners: Slap Shot, Tee-Ball, and Truly
This day was an audible before it even got started. Our man, LPC, was scheduled to be the QIC today but came down with the flu. Since I was scheduled for next week, I offered to swap weeks out. I showed up early to drive around as I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but needed to confirm a few things in order to execute the plan. As I rolled passed the parking lot for my lost confirmation, I passed 3 HIM on a nice little pre-run. Just to the northwest of the park is the high school legion field, which YHC was always very fond of. I had also done the “Kandi Run” 3 years in a row, so I was familiar with this area and wanted to take the PAX up this hill. What I was unaware of, and Slap Shot help call out, the park ranger hadn’t opened the gate yet even though they open at 5am…….I had a solution. So I turned back around and returned to the parking lot to wait for 5:30am. In true HIM fashion, upon my arrival, a few of the PAX were picking up trash that was scattered around the lot.
As 5:30am struck the clock, I was delighted to see the perfect size group for the day. We had 2 FNGs so I wanted to make sure everyone said hello and got their names, then I proceeded to got through our Welcome: “Welcome to F3. My name is Sparty and I will be your Q today. F3 stands for fitness, fellowship, and faith. Our mission is to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the reinvigoration of male community leadership. We operate on 5 principles – we are free, open to ALL men, always outside, lead in a rotating fashion, and always end in a circle of trust. My one disclaimer is that I am not a professional, so please feel free to modify as needed.” While I feel strongly about the importance of sharing this each morning (Bubbles would disagree, but I haven’t seen him in a while so his opinion doesn’t matter), I feel that is vital that we share this credo when we have FNGs. I also let the men know that we would be doing quite a bit of running today and I would try to set a respectful pace for all the PAX. Lastly, there was a chance we were going to be breaking the law, which got a few chuckles. My approach today was to execute this as though we were at Paradise. However, I was very aware that most of these men have never posted there, and probably won’t due to the amount of running that is there. So I needed to continually be staying in tune with the PAX.
1st Mosey – we made our way to the northwest and turned off the path to go up the drive towards the baseball field. This is when we ran into the closed gate and Slap Shot commented on someone fartsacking this morning and not unlocking the gate. First modification was for the men to chose their way over, under, or through the gate or fence. We made our way up the hill and dodged some massive holes along the way before we stop at the top to circle up for a quick warm-up.
- Sun Gods – 10F/10R IC
- Big Ones – 20 IC
- Small Ones – 20 count
- ATMs: Alternating Shoulder Taps 15 IC, 10 Tempo Merkins IC, and 10 Merkins
2nd Mosey – we made our way back down the hill and over/through the fence/gate then jumped back on the trail and headed towards downtown. Before we got to downtown, we ducked over to the football field for a quick beatdown.
Foxhole: Perform 1 merkin, roll east, 1 WWI Big Boy sit up, roll east, and “continue with this pattern until I say so!” The initial facial expressions and noises that were made were expressing uncertainty and reluctance. As we got into, there was concern that maybe we were rolling in dog poop. While this was something YHC didn’t even consider and immediately had regret, we discovered that Slap Shot was releasing some stomach soreness. Then a comment was shared about vertigo and the nervousness of getting sick. As a fellow vertigo’er, I could sympathize with this struggle so I called for a stop.
3rd Mosey – we got back on the trail and continued our way towards downtown. Once we got to the middle of Main St. we performed 20 Burpees OYO. It was at this time I started to notice that some of the men were battling through the pain.
4th Mosey – we headed north on Main St. and jumped on Glenn St. to head back west. As we went up and down the hills, separation was beginning to happen amongst the PAX. We darted over to the Middle School and made our way to the football field. I asked Slap Shot to take the men to the bottom of the hill by the fence and have everyone hold a plank until I returned. Then Tee-Ball and I doubled back to pick up the Six. It was at this time that I learned one of our PAX was back out in the Gloom for the first time since getting Covid and was a hurtin unit. I felt terrible as I had no idea. The 6 made its way back into the field and the men recovered for a quick beatdown.
The Crowd-Pleaser: I informed the men that we were going to do a quick tabata that I love and so do the PAX. I had previously performed this at The Berm, Dragon’s Lair, and Sanitarium.
- 20 Seconds of Bernie Sanders then forward back down the hill. When the timer goes off, 10 seconds of Monkey Humpers.
The initial reaction told me none of these men knew what was about to hit them……….pain. Through the first cycle, mumblechatter could be heard. Once we got to the 2nd round, it was whining and complaining. Typically this is a 6 minute Tabata which circulates through 12 cycles. This was my last audible as I could tell it was really kicking their butts, so we stopped halfway through.
5th Mosey – we headed back to the “Parking Lot.” This was my first beatdown in 2 ½ years that we didn’t have a shovel flag. This was causing me anxiety and made me want to attend the next Site Q meeting, but that’s a fight for a different day, today we needed to stay together.
- Gas Pumpers 15 IC
- Heel Touches 15 IC
- American Hammers 15 IC
Name-a-rama: Not a lot of energy, but quite a bit of fog and heavy breathing.
FNGs: Slap Shot brought out Chaser as he loves to chase his M around the house……..and Rimshot is not anything inappropriate. This is Slow Clap’s (Respect) son-in-law and enjoys a nice jam session on the drum set.
Announcements: Santa Saunter on Sunday
Prayers: Our man Chiclets as a damaged wing that requires surgery. Please keep him in your prayers. Also pray for all those that are traveling over the next couple of weeks.
COT: I was originally on the Q for NYE and I had an idea for a COT and I still wanted to do it. So I gave a disclaimer that this wasn’t going to be a Christmas filled message. I was going to do what I originally experienced 2 years ago when Selleck was on the Q at The Oracle. It’s been a really shitty year for a lot of people. But we have so much to be grateful for. So what we did is each HIM took a moment to verbally share out loud what they were grateful for in 2021. I want to respect the men’s privacy to what they shared. Just know that the men were genuine, vulnerable, and there were even a few beautiful tears shared. My message, I am incredibly grateful for the PAX. We did some extraordinary thing this year and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. Also, losing Nugent was the hardest experience I’ve ever had, and I know I made it through this difficult time because of all their love and support. I encourage all of you to take time over the next few days when you are with your families and ask them to do the same – share with people they love what they are grateful for this year. Thank you for the opportunity to lead this morning!