I continue to be amazed by the gifts that F3 gives me.  Sure, it’s a great group of guys, we support each other through thick and thin, enjoy the occasional second F.  And we work out — hard.  But sometimes something special happens in the gloom.  That mountaintop moment happened to YHC today courtesy of Chong Li and Bob Vila, who taught me the valuable life lessons of proper merkin form and how to pick a partner when you’re standing in a shoulder-to-shoulder line, respectively.  Gentlemen, thank you.  I am eternally grateful.

26 PAX, including 1 FNG (Gizmo) and a visitor from Charlotte North (Omaha) brought the get-down to Midtowne in this installment of F3 – North Hills Park.

SSH x 20, GM x 20, Sir Costco arm circles x 20/reverse, merkin x 20 (mumblechatter), CDD x 20, Sisyphus descent with “no man left behind” ascent.

Head to ball field, line up perpendicular to back fence for merkins x 20, low slow flutter x 20, high plank to low plank x 20, heels to heaven x 20, wide grip merkins X 20, LBC x 20, plank jack X 20, six inch leg holds (5 count each PAX), frog plank x 20, Freddy Mercury x 20.

Bear crawl to fence, plank, then return.

Merkin x 15, low slow flutter X 15, ski abs x 15, wide grip merkins x 15, heels to heaven x 15.

Crab walk to fence, plank, then balls to wall, 5 count each PAX, down the line.

People’s choice (crab walk or bear crawl) back.

Follow me back down Sisyphus for “no man left behind” ascent, circle up for COT:

New workout, Lourdes of Discipline at Greenway entrance off Oxford Rd. by Catholic Church.

Bowling Thursday nite – 2nd F opportunity – sign up now.

Omaha asked that we be in prayer for our F3 brothers who are out due to serious illness or injury. 

YHC read James 5:13-16 and I challenge myself to be mindful of all the struggle and strife in places like Gaza, Iraq, etc.  To be able to worship freely — and wake up early to work out in a city park — is something that’s easy to take for granted but unfortunately isn’t the norm in many parts of the world.

Countrywide took us out in style.

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

0 Replies to “Life Lessons In the Gloom”

  • Now we’re getting into detail, and it’s starting to creep me out….of course MacGruber has that effect on people in general.

  • The MMF is a fusion of the Carolina dry-dock, merkin, and downward dog…..with a behind the back ankle cross….very complex and rarely seen.

  • Nice workout Elsinore, great Moleskin Chong Li.

    This is good information, didn’t realize my influence has extended to such depths until now. If you can be part (or solely responsible) of a problem, there’s no reason I can’t contribute to the solution. The PAX does need to learn at some point not everything I do should be copied. Call me out when you see it, apparently there are more eyes on me than I thought!

    Hope Cotton’s leg is OK post impact, that’s not a soft post. Hate to have missed it, but I still have the privilege of being a select witness to Munson colliding with the backstop at Heavy Metal many moons ago. No one yelled fence, so there was no reason to slow down….and he had one heck of a cut to show for it.

  • That explains a lot. Maize is the one, afterall, that bestowed me my F3 name. Bad habits die hard. #MMF be damned.

  • First of all, you’re welcome.

    Second, it’s not your fault, I totally blame Maize. Don’t get me wrong, no individual has likely done more to contribute to the blossoming of F3 in Raleigh than our CLT transplant diplomat brother Maize, but the Maize Merking Form, hereafter referred to as #MMF appears to be spreading, and it’s a problem. Gentlemen, if you spot it, say something – loud and often – if we don’t attack this together then it may spread even further. Together we can beat this, please join me in this fight.

    Third, at least some attention is due to Cotton’s full sprint collision with the pole at the top of Sisyphus. I thought he saw it, since he yelled ‘POLE’ about 10 feet in front of it. Sadly, no he did not, and he caught it just above the knee running as fast as is possible at the peak of our favorite hill, at which time he was sent completeley airborne before landing into a full ninja somersault recovery – after a brief moment of limping around, he proceeded to finish the workout – AND was the first man up Sisyphus again the second time – this time avoiding the pole altogether. #strong

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