Backblast: @F3OMADangerZone – Blackout Return– 1/12/22 (Tater Tot)

Let me start off by saying I was fully expecting to bury myself after missing my last two Q’s getting sidelined with the Vid, but I didn’t think it would be before I got to introduction.  The Danger Zone has an earlier start time of 5:15am and a 3.7 mile lake pre-run option which I have rarely enjoyed even at full strength.  So why not jump right back in with both feet?…  I told Fire Walker I had to set up a light in Walnut Creek and would meet the 4:40am group on the trail.  I still very much wished I would have hidden in the bushes and watched their lights go by.  Shit, they spotted me.  I knew I was in trouble when Fire asked if we needed to pull off the throttle.  That noticeable eh?…  As we approached the final uphill climb Baby Shark and Girl Dad caught us after a late start with Trench and Swiper circling back and took every one of those HIM’s to keep me from trying to dive into the frozen lake and sink into an abyss.  As we finished at the shovel flags, Tater needed every last minute to pull out of his state of blackout and attempt to lead a large group of HIM.  And we were off(ish). (Feel free to share the joke I told on the trail Fire Walker. Top five worst joke all time)

30 PAX: Irish Car Bomb, Farva, Sweet Sweet, Swiper, Samples (Respect), Borat, Animal House, Wait Time (Respect), Knobs, Lucky Charms, Schrute, Echo, Trench, Feeney, Sparty (Happy 38!), Girl Dad, Khakis (Respect), Ear Tag, Zoro, Fun Dip, Baby Shark, KOA, Double Dip, Ditty, Duracell, Fire Walker, Gobbler, Cobalt (Welcome FNG!), Milo and Tater Tot.

Tater navigated the intro coming in and out of consciousness and at one point Gobbler thought Tater forgot the fifth core principal. Not so fast my friend.  Just taking a detour brah.  Tater asked if anyone had done a Khakis warm a rama before followed by a few raised hands but mostly questioned faces.  Tater jumped right in at the flags and shouted “Side Straddle Hop, in cadence, exercise. One, two, three…HAULT!” and a Khakis warm a rama was completed followed by a good amount of laughter and chatter.  That was the juice Tater needed to get back on track and lock in for the next 45 minutes.  A quick line up in two by two fashion and we started north headed to the mouth of Walnut Creek performing Arm Bar’s famous beaver run for ½ mile up hill climb to a picnic table area overlooking the lake. 

Pre Thang1/2 Mile Beaver Run

Run 20 seconds arms out front,

Run 20 seconds arms straight up

Halt and do 10 Merkins passing the leadership back with every stop

Picnic Table Talk

Tater asked PAX in F3 for 6 months or less, “What is one thing that has surprised you about F3?”.  Borat was bold enough to kick us off and share his thoughts and then followed by leading 10 burpees with a silent 15 second count. Thank you Borat.  

Tater asked PAX who were in F3 for 1 year or longer, “What is one thing one wish you would have known before you started F3?” and KOA stepped up and shared his thoughts and then followed by leading 10 burpees with a silent 15 second count. Thank you KOA.

Tater asked all PAX one last question in the form of a riddle and if answered correctly no burpees would be performed.  “What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to and the answer is within this group?”  By golly the one many who knew it was Echo and he confidently responded.  “An echo” That worked well.  He shared a few thoughts as well and then was given the opportunity to pick his favorite exercise which he chose 10 burpees to help those completing the burpee challenge. Thank you Echo.

.75 Mile Beaver Run back to Papio South Football Field

Run 40 seconds and chat with your running partner.

Halt and do 10 Jump Squats passing the leadership back with every stop

Once we reached the top of the stadium stairs entrance Tater asked for one more set of Squat Jumps to be led and Duracell quickly took the lead.  This is where things got blurry.  He called out 15 burpees which threw the audience for a loop to which Tater quickly adjusted to 10 knowing he wouldn’t get back up on 11.  Pretty sure Duracell had not idea he temporary killed a man. As we made the short jog to the stands Tater heard a high pitched ringing sound and noticed stars.  Thanks for leading me down the stairs Khakis. Night night….almost. 

The Thang

The PAX were asked to line up on the goal line where there was a large six sided die and a cone with exercises listed.  A PAX member would roll the die and lead the group in the corresponding exercise followed by a 50 yard run, 3 burpees and return.  For whatever reason the gambling Gods were in favor of the #6…

Do or Dice

Exercises listed on Cone

  1. 10 Burpees 2) 25 Hand Release Merkins 3) 25 Jump Tucks 4) 25 LBC’s In Cadence 5) 25 Groiners 6) 25 Chuck Norris Merkins

Pretty sure we rolled a 2, 6, 6, 6 (Tater changed to 3), 1 & 6.  Our final exercise was 25 LBC’s in cadence and Omaha was called finishing with 25 American Slammers.  The Mubblechatter during the last set of Chuck Norris Merkins was actually just anger.  No chatter.  Just loads of hate.  Tater went from Chuck Norris Merkins, to Carolina Dry Docks, to one inch elbow extensions to basically holding a fist plank.  Officially burnt toast. 

Name a Rama was performed with a lot of energy consisting of Tater getting the dice thrown into his face and totally not picking up on the fact that it was Sparty’s 38th Birthday.  Happy Birthday brother! The naming of the FNG was a lot of fun and Cobalt took it like a champ.  Z-27 does sound pretty epic but Cobalt is what he is officially and will be a great addition to F3.  There were more than enough announcements and prayers to suffice as the COT but that is a good thing as it means we have a lot going on and guys are willing to share what is on their heart.  Really special to sit and listen to guys opening up.  Tater pulled the group a little tighter combined the COT and prayer.  Per Swiper, Tater was a little long winded as he was getting chilly and I can’t blame him for wanting to maximize coffeteria.

COT 

COT – You don’t have to look far to continue to see a polarizing nation and local community.  One year ago when we were seemingly navigating the same situations, F3 prevailed.  Stayed the course.  Continued to be respectful men that can agree to disagree and continue to do hard things together and build one another up.  There are no politics in burpees, just hard work, together.  I had a good friend, Jack, share this prayer with me last year when I was sharing all of the good that F3 was doing and he connected this prayer to how he felt F3 is represented. I always remember that and until today never shared.    

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People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.

Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.

Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.

Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and your God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

~Mother Teresa

Gentlemen, continue to be good people and the leaders that this community needs now more than ever.  Share the love you experience every morning.  People are watching.   People are learning from you.  Don’t forget that. 

Thank you as always for allowing me to leave and I couldn’t think of a better entrance back into Q’ing than the morning I had with you fine HIM. 

I love you,

Tater Tot

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