FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023 | ELMWOOD PARK AO | THE WOODSHED | 5:30 AM | CLEAR, COOL 38 Degrees
PAX: Roll Bar, Mufasa, Beta Max, Safe Ride, Hindsight, Toad Stool, Tight Lip, Water Boy, Invictus, Rocket, Honey Badger, Khakis, E85, Honey Stinger, Vandelay, Cheap Seats, Blades of Glory, Buns of Steel, Icy Hot, Baby Shark, Kelso, Paramount, Technic, Sandy Cheeks, Polaroid, Painkiller, Black Lung, Good Lookin’, Beeps, Sweet Roll, The Big One, TC, Hoser, Slow Pitch, Pony Express, Bubbles, Blood Shot, The Plague, Frosty, Space Bar, Gunner, Q-Tip, Almost Famous, Honey Maid, Boji, Ozark, Dirty Bird, Penny Marshall, Scoober, Spreadsheet, Hi-Hat, Doppler, Stapler, Line Dance, Tater Tot, and Wait Time.
QICs: Tater Tot and Wait Time
The Qs welcomed 54 PAX to the gloom in celebration of the five-year “wooden” anniversary. Seems only appropriate that we celebrated the five-year milestone at the Woodshed. The wooden anniversary is distinguished by “strength and endurance” of wood. With that in mind, the Qs foreshadowed a plan to deliver a brutal beatdown on the eve of the five-year celebration at Boys Town, which is planned to focus a little more on fellowship and fun. After delivering the customary five principles, the mission statement, credo and disclaimer, the Qs led the PAX to the pot smoker’s grotto for Warm-A-Rama.
WARM-A-RAMA: GOTTA GO TO THE GROTTO
SSH x 15 IC | HILLBILLIES x 10 IC
PLANK x 30 | CHILCUTT x 30 | MERKINS x 10 | AMAZING SPIDERMAN x 10 IC | MERKINS x 10 | PLANK x 30 | CHILCUTT x 30 | MERKINS x 10 | AMAZING SPIDERMAN x 10 IC | MERKINS x 10
PAX moseyed to the CREEPY CORNER for the Pre-Thang.
PRE-THANG: Monkey Humpers x 15 IC | Pickle Pushers x 20 IC | Burpees x 5
THANG: FIVE YEARS = 60 MONTHS = 260 WEEKS
The PAX moseyed to the UNO stairs for the Thang. PAX were divided into pairs for a two-man grinder. One partner ran to the top of the stairs and did FIVE BURPEES. After running to the bottom of the stairs, the partner stopped for a 60 SECOND PLANK. While this was being completed, the other partner started 260 REPS [CUMULATIVE] of the following exercises: AIR SQUATS | LBCs | AIR PRESSES | SHOULDER TAPS.
“OMAHA!” was called and the PAX moseyed back to the shovel flag for 6MOM.
6MOM: American Hammer x 56 IC (Rancid Style)
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Blood drive later in the afternoon, and the Saturday festivities for the Five Year Anniversary.
COT: WHAT DID I THINK WAS IMPORTANT WHEN I STARTED F3, and WHAT DO I REALIZE IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW?
Tater Tot and Wait Time reflected on this question, “When I started F3, what did I think was important? …. versus “What do I think is important now about F3?” We encouraged the PAX to consider this question.
Tater Tot shared: What was important to me in the first 6 months
Try not to puke…
To the man that EH’d me. Spend as much time as I could with the Big One (Not saying that has changed)
Be on time for something for the first time in my life
Complete two unnasisted pull-ups at the Murph, which was one more than Ponzi ever did.
Spelling Mahktar N’ Diayes accurately on a Q sheet
Remember someone’s real name – still hasn’t happened
Try and beat OMT in anything. He was the bar.
Getting Bubbles and Slow Piiiiiiitchahhhhhh to buy in to the cult.
Memorizing the intro at a Q and not get stuck on the word reinvigoration
Finally be honest with myself as I had be living years worth of excuses and lies.
And lastly, Reaching out to every FNG and try and make them feel the way you made me feel my first day.
What is important now ?
Still spend as much time as I can with The Big One – I love you brother.
When considering buying a house, make sure the garage is not directly under the master bedroom
Designing workouts that are more about the PAX connecting and less about the burpees
Finishing every drop of coffee you are poured at Khakis Cafe, or else.
Prerun, prerun, prerun – and it has nothing to do with the running.
Open a third checking account, only for f3 apparel items
Look at the windchill, not the temperature
Just show up. You will never regret tying your shoes and meet at flag
Truly live the words of F3 and not just say them.
And lastly, Tell Wait Time thank you every opportunity I have for pouring his life into this amazing machine that keeps us humble, keeps us mindful and respectful of a world outside ourselves, keeps us moving forward during our darkest days and most importantly gives us faith that together we can truly make a positive difference in this world. I love you.
Wait Time shared: When I started F3 I thought it was about the workouts. Early on, I didn’t go to coffeeteria. I was always really fit, and before F3, I worked out on my own. So when I started posting, I went to merely get a tough workout. After we finished, I would go to my car and leave. I was like a lot of PAX, and thought I needed to impress the other guys from a fitness perspective.
Now, I have realized it doesn’t matter how many Merkins you can do, nobody fucking cares. What matters is how you bring yourself to the gloom. What matters is how you show up in the circle of trust. When I started F3, I spent the first 15 months believing it was about the workout. Finally, there was a moment in Greensboro where it hit me. I had recently quit my job. I was burnt out. I felt disconnected from the mission and I was not going to advance, so I quit. It was a dumb move. My son was a freshmen in private college and tuition was over $40K. But I quit anyway. All the while, I never told anyone that I was struggling. I hadn’t even told the PAX that I quit my job.
That December 2015, my son flunked out of college. He was about to go back to campus and I asked him to see his grades. When we opened his computer, there was a letter from the Dean of Students explaining that he had an opportunity to appeal his suspension. That opportunity to appeal had expired two days before we were reading the email.
I was so angry at my son. I asked him, “If you were struggling, why didn’t you ask for help? Why didn’t you tell us?”
About a month later, my son had begun posting with F3. We named him Daniel San. We were standing in the Circle of Trust together, and the Q asked if anyone had prayer requests. I realized in that moment, that I had not told any of the PAX about my situation. I remembered the words that I uttered to my son, “If you were struggling, why didn’t you ask for help? Why didn’t you tell us?”
I was so convicted in the moment. I felt like such a hypocrite. I knew that I had to speak up. I knew that I was teaching him the wrong things. So, for the first time I asked for prayers and I told them about my job search.
Before I got to my car, two men grabbed me and told me that they were going through the same thing. They were guys that I really respected, and I had no idea that they were in the same situation. I didn’t know because I was not bringing my full self to the gloom. I was going to the car as soon as workouts were over and I wasn’t sharing my heart and being vulnerable. That day, with my son, was the first day of F3 for me. That was the day that I realized what F3 was really about – what was important.
Grace & Peace,
Wait Time and Tater Tot.