F3 Knoxville

7 Come 11

THE SCENE: 58 degrees with partly cloudy night skies.

SSH x20, Imperial Squat Walkers x10,  Overhead Clap x20, Cherry Pickers x12

Skip across parking lot and proceed to Waxjob Hill.
7’s on Waxjob Hill – Burpees to WWII Sit ups, run down – bear crawl up.

1/2 mile Indian run.  Front man carries 40# sandbag, man from back takes sandbag performs 3 squats while rest of group performs 3 WWII sit ups. The pack then catches up to front man to continue transfer routine.

11’s on the Grinder – Running the length of the Grinder (Had to modify due to CMUs being removed from the Bomb Shelter)

Three set of 11’s consisting of:

  • 2 Rocking Chairs ⇒ 20 Dips (increase/decrease by 2 at each end)
  • 1 Burpee ⇒ 10 Dry Docks
  • 2 Decline Merkins ⇒ 20 WWII Sit Ups (increase/decrease by 2 at each end)

In all three sets the 11’s were stopped before completion to move to the next one as time was running out.

Flutter kicks x10, wide flutter kicks x10, box cutters x10, LBC’s x40, box cutters x10, LBC’s to cash out.
Total of 10 battle hardened HIM’s.

Last time I reminisced about the last 10 years.  It was 10 years I was able to experience and Staff Sgt. Jason Dahlke was not.  He was killed in action while service in Afghanistan during 2009.  Today I want to talk about one of the major lessons I learned since that time.

I have always been “right.” Since I’m right either everyone agrees with me or they are wrong.  I got into some family trouble several years ago because of my “I’m right” attitude and it really caused some problems.  There were deep wounds and healing was not overnight.  It was a gradual process, took a lot of work, and a message to self hit me hard. Thankfully, the storm has been weathered and family relations are better than ever.

Life is not about being right all the time.  Sometimes (maybe most of the time) it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is listening to the other person(s) and picking the right battles.  It reminds me of my faith.  There are definitely essentials to the faith, but others are not. It seems to be the non-essentials that cause the problems in Christianity.  The division into denominations has mostly been the results of differences over non-essentials, the man made religion.  We should concentrate on the one place where Christians all come together – at the foot of the Cross.

Ashley’s beloved dog may be near the end and will be a hard loss after so many years.
3rd F is March 30th at The Outlook, 716 20th St, Knoxville, TN 37916.  All area AOs will converge at the Asylum that morning before heading over to the 3rd F at 8:30 am.

10 Years After

  1. THE SCENE:   34 degrees with calm winds

    Windmills x20, Overhead hand claps x20; Side scissor jumps x20; Cherry pickers x12.

Jog, karaoke, jog, skip across parking lot.

Indian run to Mt. Crumpit.

Phase 1.

7’s on Mt. Crumpit starting with 1 BBS at the bottom and 6 burpees at top.

Ascents were run, Bernie, run, run, Bernie, run.

Indian run back to AO

Phase 2.

Consisted of 4 Cell Blocks in a square pattern – each corner is 50 feet apart.

Starting at Alpha Block perform the first exercise.  Move to Bravo Block as directed and perform first exercise.  Continue to Charlie Block and Delta Block before returning to Alpha Block to perform exercise #2.  Continue until time is exhausted.


  1. CMU Swings                   OH Carry
  2. Merkins                         Lunge
  3. SSH (4 ct)                       Inch worm
  4. Release merkins              Crab crawl


  1. Mtn Climbers (4 ct)           Bear Crawl
  2. CMU goblet squat             OH carry
  3. Dry docks                       Lunge
  4. Flutter kicks (4 ct)             Inch worm


  1. Plank Jacks (4 ct)             Crab Crawl
  2. Box Cutters                    Bear Crawl
  3. CMU clean/press             OH Carry
  4. Squat Jumps                  Lunge


  1. WWII Sit-ups                    Inch worm
  2. Shoulder taps (4 ct)          Crab Crawl
  3. Dips w/CMU                   Bear Crawl
  4. CMU Curls                      OH Carry


Box cutters x20, Flutter kicks x20, ABC’s to cash out.

15 HIM’s, no FNG’s
I heard a song a few days ago by the band, Ten Years After.  The song didn’t get me to thinking.  It was the groups name.  I thought back to ten years ago (2009) – give or take a few months.  Memorable in many ways.  I remembered finding my wife, Julie, on the floor, blue in color. I remembered my stroke and heart surgery and the few warning signs I had a few weeks earlier.  I remembered Staff Sgt Jason Dalhke, 1st Battalion Ranger Regiment.  He was Emily’s and Travis’ (daughter and son-in-law) best friend.  Julie and I made full recoveries.  Jason was killed in action at the age of 29 in the mountains of Afghanistan.

I have been given the gift of the last ten years, as have Julie.  Jason, for whatever reasons God has, didn’t get to experience them.

So here I was a few days ago, not thinking “why” but thinking “what.”  Not why me.  Rather, what have I done with the last 10 years.  Sure, I can remember successes, failures, mistakes, joy, … all kinds of things.  Did I earn those 10 years?  No way.  I don’t believe that’s how it works.  Rather it made me think about the things I need to learn from the past 10 or whatever number of years.  I need to take what I have learned and build on it for the future.  I challenge each of you to think about the last 10 years and to think of the personal progress made – and the personal miscues experienced.  Then think about the way you have been able to build upon the past – hopefully in a positive way.

I intend to get into some follow up BOM talks in my upcoming Q’s.  We’ll see how that goes.  Until then, remember that in many ways our future is built upon our past.  First, though, we have to learn from it.

Sake asked for prayer in an upcoming interview.
Habitat for Humanity work day for the Bomb Shelter is Saturday, March 9th.

Where Do You Want to Go

THE SCENE: 33 degrees F, 97% humidity, overcast skies

SSH, Cherry Pickers, Little Baby Arm Circles, Overhead/Forward Hand Claps

Run to Dalton Street and then down to the base of Waxjob Hill for a set of 7’s.  Started with one BBS at the base and 6 Burpees at the top.  Each time was Bear Crawl up and Mosey down.

Three stations using CMU’s

Station 1 (Touch It)

  • Incline Merkins – x17
  • Toe touches – x17/foot
  • Decline Merkins – x17
  • Dips – x17
  • Crossover Planks – x17
  • Bobby Hurleys – x17
  • Shoulder Taps – x17

Run length of the Grinder and return to Station 1.  Bear Crawl with CMU to Station 2.

Station 2 (Lift It)

  • Bent Rows – x12
  • CMU Swings – x12
  • Squat to OH Press – x12
  • Dead Lifts – x12/arm
  • Triceps Extension – x12
  • Curls – x12
  • Goblet Squat – x12

Run length of Grinder and return to Station 2.  Overhead carry CMU to Station 3.

Station 3 (Throw It)

  • Two hand CMU push throws toward West direction.  Throw six times.  Retrieve and OH carry back to Station 1 then run length of the Grinder.

Return to Station 1 and repeat stations 1 through 3.

Flutter kicks, box cutters, LBC’s, ABC’s (capital letters), LBC’s
Total of 18.  No FNG’s.
I try to read two books a year.  I just made it under the wire in 2018 when I finished “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff on December 30th.  In the book Bob mentions that he recognized each of his 4 children’s 10th birthday in a special way.  His question to them was, “where do you want to go?”  His 4th child is an adopted boy from Uganda who had been mutilated by a witch doctor in that country.  His genitals had been cut off when he was 8 years old and left to die.  Charlie at age 10 wanted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.  After a few days they made it to 16,400 feet when Charlie decided he could not go any further.  At that point Bob holds a ceremony and gives Charlie medals for his efforts.  Medals for bravery, for effort, for strength.  He proclaimed him a Mountain Climber.  Bob Goff finishes Chapter 23 with this encouragement:

The most important part of our ceremony wasn’t what I said or all the medals.  It was what I didn’t say.  You see, I didn’t tell Charlie how far he had to go.  I said, “Charlie, look how far you’ve come.”  People who are becoming love celebrate how far the people around them have come.  They’re constantly asking the question, “Where do you want to go?”  Then they help the people around them get there.

Go do that with the people you love, including your enemies.  Don’t talk to them about their failures and the dark places they’ve been.  Talk to them about who they’re becoming and the bright hope that is their future.  Speak truthful and wise words over them.  Bring a few medals too.  As you put the last one on their chest, look them in the eye and tell them, “Look how far you’ve come.”  Knowing that the journey you and I are on never really ends, we can ask the people we love one of the most important questions ever conceived.

“Where do you want to go?”

I personally want to add that I see a lot of this going around with the Bomb Shelter HIM’s.  Sometimes we even intuitively know where our partners in the gloom are going.  We are there for them and we help them get there.

Continued to lift Derrick up in prayer as he endures a long recovery from an auto accident  We added Tony for surgery recovery and also Rainman from F3 Knoxville.
Partnership construction with Blount County Habitat for Humanity has been cancelled for this Saturday.  A reschedule for late February is anticipated.

12 Days

THE SCENE: Foggy and 46 degrees F.

Grab CMU and mosey to Mt Crumpit.  Stopped five times to do SSH, Little Baby Arm Circles (Forward and Backward), Cherry Pickers, and Hillbilly Walkers


Start with #1, then perform #2 then #1, then #3, #2, #1.  Continue until reach #12 and do all numbers down to #1.

1 Bernie ascent of Mt Crumpit

2 x 10 yard Bear Crawl

3 BBS/American Hammer (progressive to 3 BBS/12 Hammers)

4 All Americans (8 count)

5 laps around the fountain

6 Burpees

7 CMU Goblet Squats

8 CMU Derkins

9 CMU Triceps Extentions

10 CMU Swings

11 CMU Squat Presses

12 Overhead CMU lunges (12 per leg)

Most made it into #9 or #10.  Called everyone together with about 12 minutes left and everyone worked the routine (#12 down to #1) before heading back to the AO.

Stopped three times on the way back to the AO to do protractors, LBC’s, and flutter kicks.  Returned CMU’s and started Count Off.
8 including second timer Lay Up and Bagger who is making the AO rounds.

Winter of My Life (Author Unknown)

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing of years.  It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.

And yet, in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all…..

And I have glimpses of how it was back then, and of all my hopes and dreams…..But, here it is…..the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise….

How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my babies go?  And, where did my youth go?

I remember well……seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things. I know that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last,
when it’s over…..it’s over!

Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done…..things I should have done.  But, indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done.

It’s all in a lifetime…..
So, if you’re not in your winter yet……
Let me remind you…..
It will be here faster than you think!

Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life…..Please do it quickly!  Life goes by so fast.  Do what you can today, because you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…..

So, live for good today and, say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…….

“Life is a gift to you.
The way you live your life is your gift to those who came after.
Make it a fantastic one!”
Remember, yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift….

We likely will begin to know when the winter comes as we live longer into our 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s but winter can come early for us.  I remember Gary, a friend I played baseball through high school with.  His winter came at age 23 as did my brother-in-law, Tom, at age 27.  There winter lasted days and weeks. Then there was my hiking buddy, Gig.  His winter came at age 49 and lasted three years. Or Gail, whose winter started 8 years ago and ended last month.

We cannot forecast our winter but we can live our life knowing that it will come.  Jesus told us how to do that when he said that we should love the Lord, our God, with our entire being.  Likewise we should love our neighbor (friends, enemies, and those we don’t know) as we love ourselves.   As the writer of the text above wrote, “The way you live your life is a gift to those who came after.”

Pray for Pinnocchio’s friend Derrick involved in a head on crash on December 22nd.  He is facing a long recovery.
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Christmas Flyby

THE SCENE: 40 degrees, 79% humidity, calm winds, clear night skies

SSH x20, Windmills x10, Overhead/Out Front hand claps x10

Various trips across the parking lot: run, Bernie, bear crawl, side shuffle

Retrieve CMU and overhead carry with both arms, then right arm only, then left arm only, then both arms as we travel to Mt. Crumpit.

Two stations were set up about 150 yards apart on the path below Mt. Crumpit.  Cardio and Upper Body F3 workout cards were at the first station (CMU’s were left here to assist in any exercise needing them).  The second station had the Legs and Core F3 cards.  A card was turned over at Station 1 and the exercise and specified reps were performed before running to Station 2.  Running back and forth between stations occurred until time was exhausted.  Any sprint, bear crawl, or Bernie card turn over at Station 1 required a trip up Mt. Crumpit and around the Christmas Tree.

Carry CMU’s back to the AO.

There were plenty of core work included in THA-THANG
8 HIMs and 0 FNG’s

Last Wednesday and Thursday, I had the privilege of watching the various services and tributes to the late George H W Bush.  I had a tough time staying hydrated.  All the water I drank just ran out through my eyes.  I decided that I really need to be more like him.  I have 28 more years to reach that goal, assuming I live to his final age of 94.

Listening to the seemingly endless accolades reminded me of the late General Fred Forrester from the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base.  He was a Maryville resident and civic leader for many years.   Anyone who ever encountered Fred was made to feel like the most important person in the room.  Like the late President Bush he knew the value of friends and family.

Anyway, I wanted to share some things that I picked up watching the tributes to President Bush.  They are not in any particular vein of thought or theme.  They just stuck with me and perhaps they may have some significance to you.  Here are the quotes attributed to him:

  • We know what works. Freedom works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right.
  • It’s a very good question, very direct, and I’m not going to answer it.
  • Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in.
  • The idea is to die young as late as possible.
  • Failure is part of living a full life but don’t let failure define you.
  • Old guys can still do fun things.

The prayer that George H. W. Bush recited at his presidential inauguration in January 1989 was another thing that impacted me.  Here is the full text of his prayer:

Heavenly father, we bow our heads and thank you for your love.  Make us strong to do your work, willing to heed and hear your will and write on our heart these words: use power to help people.  For we are given power not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.  There is, but one just use of power and it is to serve people.  Help us remember, Lord, Amen.

President Bush was an excellent role model in many ways.  He will undoubtedly be remembered for the importance he placed on family and friends and for his dedication to serving people and his country.

I have much to do.  My 28 years are ticking down.

Prayers for Tin Man as he undergoes a medical procedure today.  We hope for his quick return to the Gloom.
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