THE SCENE: Cloudy, mid thirties.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
25 Side Straddle Hops. 10 Burpees. 10 Iron Mikes. 10 Windmills. 10 Cherry Pickers. 7 Baby Arm Circles Forward and Backward. 7 Wide Arm Circles Forward and Backward.
Mosey to Stop Sign at Northeastern Corner of Admin Bldg. We will have cones posted along the road that semicircles around the Admin Bldg. Each cone will give directions regarding exercises and how to get to the next cone.
- Cone 1: 20 Big Boy Sit-ups. Bernie Sanders to Cone 2.
- Cone 2: 20 Diamond Merkins. Hop to Cone 3.
- Cone 3. 20 Shoulder Taps (both shoulders = 1). Gravevine with left foot in lead to Cone 4.
- Cone 4: 20 Star Jumps. Grapevine with right foot in lead to Cone 5.
- Cone 5: 20 Squat Jumps. Sprint to Cone 6.
- Cone 6: 20 Flutter Kicks (four count). Bear Crawl to Cone 7.
- Cone 7. 20 Smurf Jacks. Bernie Sanders to Cone 8
- Cone 8. 20 Merkins, 40 Baby Crunches, 20 Hello Dollies (four count), 20 American Hammers (four count), 20 Bicycle Kicks (four count), 20 Bottle Openers (both hands = 1).
Mosey back to stop sign at Northeastern Corner of Admin Bldg., picking up cones and signs along the way. We will squat for one minute to quietly contemplate the beauty of the scenery toward the lake.
Mosey to CMU pile. Men will split into pairs. One partner from each pair will grab a CMU. We will do Doras with partner one sprinting to other end of parking lot, doing 10 shin lifts, and sprinting back while partner two starts working on the exercises. Partners will then switch positions. These are the exercises that each pair will accomplish:
- 100 Overhead Presses
- 100 Curls
- 100 Rows
- 100 Bell Ringers
- 100 Merkins with feet on CMU
Mosey through entrance way gate to northern ball fields. We will go the ball field that is closest to the entryway and congregate at one end of the marked soccer field in the outfield. We will throw frisbee three times and race to the frisbee. We will then race to end of the soccer field and back. Those men who got the frisbee on the three prior throws will be competing to see who gets a free breakfast from the Q leader. Next, we will split into two teams. Men will split up to play frisbee football. Every time the frisbee hits the ground, not only does the possession of the frisbee change to the other team but all team members must do five burpees. I must give my brother, Waffle House, credit for being the originator of this frisbee/burpee rule.
Mosey to AO.
20 Flutter Kicks, Boat Canoe.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Seventeen men with one FNG, a friend of Toto’s named Marty Mason. His F3 name is now Tinder.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
Edward Abbey was a park ranger and writer. As a park ranger for the National Park Service he worked in scarcely populated desert areas of Utah, including the Arches National Park and Canyonlands of Southeastern Utah. In his book Desert Solitaire, he speaks in one chapter about being alone in a very rocky canyon area in Utah. Although an experienced ranger, he got lost and was stuck on a rock precipice. He could make a jump across the precipice to a cliff similar in height but which was in the direction he knew would get him home. He didn’t know how to get back the way he came even though he had tried to track it. He was running out of water. His choice was to either die of thirst where he was or make a huge leap from the precipice to the cliff. The fall if he failed to reach the cliff would be hundreds of feet and would certainly bring him to his death. He made the choice to jump and, for some good minutes, started thinking about his life before he made the jump.
What would you think about if you were faced with such a situation? You are about to make the jump that will either continue or end your life? What thoughts run through your mind. Would you think about family? About things that brought you joy? Actions or lack of action that you regretted? Would you wish you could say or do some things you had not yet done in life? Would you have faith that God would follow you through death if death were to occur? And, on the chance that you might make the jump, would you see life in a different way afterwards? Would there be things that you would want to accomplish or do that you had yet to attempt?
Abbey gave a very poignant description of his fear and grief before making the jump. As a man who loved nature, he thought with appreciation yet longing about the beauty of the world all around him before making the death jump. Obviously, he made it to the other side as he later wrote the book.
As a man I would have been very scared, just as Abbey was. As a Christian, I hope I would take comfort in verses like the one in Corinthians above. I hope I would appreciate my mortality and the gift that God has given us in our short lives here on Earth. But, I also hope I would realize that my perishable body has been clothed with the imperishable armor of God, that my mortality has become immortality through Him. Then, even knowing I might fall to my death, I could say, “Death, where is your victory, where is your sting?”
Prayers for Pele’s shoulder as he took a mean fall and hurt it during the frisbee football game. Pusher, a physical therapist, said he didn’t dislocate. Prayers for our brother, Pinto, who is suffering through treatment of multiple myeloma cancer.
New pull up bars that we raised money for will be going up. We will have an AO launch in Morristown on April 4.