We knew there would be a small group this morning with guys tapering for BRR and the GRT 31 next weekend. YHC has been battling a non-covid cold this week so I pre-skipped the pre-ruck and rolled in to see Zohan’s car alone in the parking lot. Within a few minutes, he appeared along with two other familiar cars. A quick disclaimer as 7:00 rolled around and we were off.
Mosey past the proselytizing men who are a fixture at the Widowmaker up to the concession stand by the baseball fields for:
SSH x15 IC
Weed pickers x15 IC
Hillbillies x15 IC
Not on the weinke, but with the concession stand wall right there we proceeded to do 5 donkey kicks then hold our feet on the wall for 5 seconds. Next, we upped it to 10 donkey kicks and hold for 10 seconds. Closed it out with 15 donkey kicks and a 15-second hold. We were all officially awake and alert.
Mosey to the bottom of the parking lot by the pickleball courts for a round of Triple Nickels. There was some discussion/disagreement about why they call it this so allow me to explain
Do 5 burpees at the bottom
Run to the top
Do 5 merkins at the top
That’s three things that some people refer to as a Triple. We did that triple thing five times. A nickel is worth five pennies which is where the Nickle came from. So voila! A Triple Nickel. If you still don’t get it there’s just no hope.
Over at the pavilion by the pickleball courts, we tried something called the Hail Mary. Partner up and P1 assume a plank position while P2 assumes a dip position with his legs on the back of P1. Since we’d never done this before we tried it with a test subject and the results were questionable so YHC called an audible. 30 dips OYO. Rest for a few seconds. 20 dips OYO and try to go lower on your dips this time. Rest. 10 dips OYO and try to touch your butt to the ground. Fun stuff.
After a walking 10-count, we moseyed toward a particular coupon pile but ended up at another coupon pile. We each selected a two-handed coupon and headed up to the picnic tables next to the oddly placed piano. We tried the Pickle Grinder. Partner up and P1 lays face-down on the seat of the picnic table with his waist at the edge of the seat. P2 holds P1’s legs down and P1 does 15 [insert name of movement here]. Essentially it was a torso lift at the waist. The coupons were offered as an option in the exicon but YHC quickly called another audible and the coupons were not used for this one. After P1 did 15, the partners switched. We repeated it again, this time with 10 each. This one needs some refinement.
Since we had some coupons there we couldn’t just not use them so YHC called for 30 skull crushers. A few seconds rest and we did 20 skull crushers then another rest followed by 10.
Return the coupons and proceed to the bottom of the Widowmaker where we did a spells-out-a-word exercise. Since rain was in the forecast I thought it would amazingly clever to do the following Dora-style exercise:
American Hammers x100 (alpha)
Step-ups x125 (reduced from 150 due to time constraints)
Hip thrusts (aka pickle pointers) x150 (or 200 if you’re Zohan)
Some guys were glad the girls’ cross-country team wasn’t practicing in the area while we were doing the last exercise. No eye contact was allowed for that one.
Lastly, to get up the hill we adopted a variation of something Ha-Ha did a few weeks back. Sprint for 10 seconds then stop for 10 seconds then Bernie for 10 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Rinse and repeat all the way up the hill or until YHC felt like he was going to pass out, whichever comes first.
Moseyed to the flag and somehow got a Tesla driver to honk at us for daring to run on the road. Arrived at the flag as time was called.
Prayers offered up for Mater’s wife who had a death in her family. Also for Bo Knows and his M who just was diagnosed with breast cancer. Prayers of safety and bonding for the BRR and GRT men. Prayers for those who are silently suffering without drawing attention to themselves.
It’s always an honor to lead, even when I’m the six. We enjoyed some great 2nd F afterward and part of the discussion was around the question “who will carry your casket?” In other words, are there at least 6 men in your life who you are close enough to, who really know you that you would want to carry your casket?
The men of F3 should be able to answer that question quickly or, if you cannot, just need to look around as you work out and realize those are the men who would carry your casket. It’s not meant to be a morbid question but rather a thoughtful one. Consider your answer and take a step toward being able to name those men if you cannot do it today.