March 29, 2022|AO- The Colosseum|40 degrees with no wind, felt great

7 PAX:   Tin Cup, Blackjack, Stink Bait, Black Lung, Dirty Bird, Samples (Respect), 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 circled up for WOR:

  • 10 Tappy Taps IC
  • 10 Big Ones IC
  • 20 Second Small Ones Hold
  • 10 Monkey Humpers IC
  • 10 Cherry Pickers IC
  • 10 Tempo Merkins IC

Partnered up for the Pre-Thang:

  • One partner would run up the stadium stairs to the top and complete an exercise while his partner stayed at the bottom doing an exercise AMRAP until he was relieved:
    • Up the stairs, 5 Burpees, return; partner doing Dips AMRAP
    • Up the stairs, 10 Big Boys, return; partner doing Derkins AMRAP
    • Repeated each round for four total

Moseyed back out the gate and grabbed coupons for The Thang with the same partners:

One partner would Rifle Carry Lunge with the coupon about 20 yards, do a coupon exercise, then Murder Bunny back to relieve his partner who was doing an exercise AMRAP. 5 rounds:

  1. 25 Curls with coupon while partner did Ranger Merkins AMRAP
  2. 25 Goblet Squats with coupon while partner did Freddy Mercury’s AMRAP
  3. 25 Upright Rows with coupon while partner did Werkins AMRAP
  4. 20 Side to Side Merkins with one hand on coupon while partner did LBC’s AMRAP
  5. 20 Military Presses with coupon while partner did Alternating Shoulder Taps AMRAP

Omaha call at 6:08.  Circled up for Mary:

  • Each PAX led 15 reps of their favorite core exercise, ending with YHC leading American Hammers


Announcements/Prayer Requests


I am currently reading a book called The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.  It is historical non-fiction but reads like a novel.  I can’t put it down.  It starts on the day that Hitler invaded France and Neville Chamberlain resigned as Prime Minister to allow Winston Churchill to take over.  It then follows Churchill’s leadership throughout the Battle of Britain and threat of invasion from Germany.  It’s an incredible story of a High Impact Man, a magnanimous personality, and a determined leader that is often moved to emotion by the struggle and resilience of his countrymen.

Early on, Churchill’s wife Clementine recognized how the stress of the situation was getting to her husband.  He was not his normal self.  And that was totally understandable.  I can’t imagine the pressure he was under to keep morale high and try to compose a plan that did not result in the annihilation of his island nation. Clementine wrote Winston a note using a French maxim that he often quoted, “On ne regne sue les ames que par le calme” meaning, essentially, “One leads by calm.”

This guidance really resonated with me.  It is ironic that I am a person that struggles with panic and anxiety disorder but find total comfort and calm in leadership.  Perhaps it is because of my unending desire to be in control.  Q’ing a workout or leading an athletic department does not cause me any stress.  What typically triggers my panic is when I am confronted by others that do not remain calm in times of stress.  I feed off the negative energy and the feeling of not being in control.  I believe this is why my anxiety reached its worst during the COVID shutdown.  My wife is a person that tends to freak out about things and hates it when I say things like, “it’s fine” or “it’s gonna be OK.”  My bosses at work are similar.  They like to make mountains out of molehills.  My leadership style is one of calm.  I know things will get done and situations will not always blow up.  I gravitate towards similar leaders, which is part of the reason I love F3.  It gives me practice in not having control over what will happen at a beatdown but trusting the HIM in charge.  Following with calm is something I will continue to work on in the other areas of my life, and I challenged the PAX to do the same.

I led us out in a prayer of gratitude.

Here’s to good days and better tomorrows!

Cheers and SYITG,

Mother Goose

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