• When: 2021-09-14
  • QIC: Socrates
  • The PAX: Shredder, HallPass, Live Bait, The Don, Wild Blue, Napoleon, and YHC

The StrutBrigade Celebrates Neil Peart

Environmental Readings:  65 degrees; 94% humidity; dew point 63 degrees; winds – calm; real feel 65 degrees.  Overall a very pleasant morning in South Carolina.

Under the waxing Gibbous moon, 7 PAX gather round ye ‘old Strut SF this morning for a little work with the hopes of leaving the AO a little better physically and mentally then they were when they arrived.  Today’s workout is dedicated to the late Neil Peart, percussionist and lyricist for the band Rush.  He passed away in 2020 but would have been 69 years old this past Sunday.  He was and will always be remembered as a master of his craft. 

So, we dedicate today to his memory which will always live on in the lyrics and sounds of Rush.

But first, given the auspicious occasion of Neil Peart’s birthday, it seems only appropriate today’s musical selection is “Red Barchetta.”  Here are the boys of Rush with the live version from their 2011 Time Machine Tour.

For those that are interested (and who isn’t?), here is another version of the same song, with cameras fixed on Neil Peart for a better view:

For those that don’t know, Rush has something of a cult following, of which I am a proud member.

Here is a synopsis of the goings on this morning.

Mosey long way down the hill, turn right and head for the lower parking lot for a little COP:

  • Signature slow stretch
  • 15 Windmills (IC)
  • 15 TTTs (IC)
  • 15 SSHs (IC)
  • 15 Little arm circles (forward – IC)
  • 15 Little arm circles (backward – IC)
  • 15 Overhead claps (IC)
  • 15 Dirty Birds (IC)

Mosey round the baseball field to the concession stand for COP

  • 15 Squats (IC)
  • 15 Carolina drydocks (IC)
  • 20 LBCs (IC)
  • 15 calf raises

The Main Thang:

Mosey to football field for the The Main Thang:

 “Red Barchetta”

  • Line up on the goal line.
  • 100 Yard Dash
  • 100 SSHs
  • 100 Yard Dash back to starting point
  • 100 SSHs
  • Plank
  • Recover


  • 75 Yard Dash
  • 75 Squats
  • 75 Yard Dash back to starting point
  • 75 Squats
  • Plank
  • Recover


  • 50 Yard Dash
  • 50 LBCs (in the wet grass – real crowd pleaser)
  • 50 Yard Dash back to starting point
  • 50 LBCs
  • Plank
  • Recover


  • 25 Yard Dash
  • 25 Monkey Humpers
  • 25 Yard Dash back to starting point
  • 25 Monkey Humpers
  • Plank
  • Recover


  • 10 Yard Dash
  • 10 Merkins
  • 10 Yard Dash back to starting point
  • 10 Merkins
  • Plank

Mosey over to the concession stand and on your 6:

  • 69 LBCs (IC).

Mosey back up the incline to the parking lot and line up at one end, lung walk to the other end of the parking lot (editor’s note:  it was further than it looked)

Gather round the flag:  COT, BOM, and closing prayer.

Naked Moleskin:   Another good time this morning and some work was done.   Neil Peart, the music and lyrics of Rush have always had a profound impact on me.  The Red Barchetta is a masterpiece (lyrics are below).  Today’s workout was of my own devise some years ago.  It, like the song with which it shares its name, is designed to get the heart rate up and get you moving.  YHC hopes you enjoyed it

Praises and Prayer Requests:

  • LooseScrew’s brother
  • The Don’s dad and continued healing
  • Wild Blue’s dad and continued healing
  • Enos – safe travels
  • Fiji – safe travels
  • Those effected by COVID
  • Unspoken prayers


  • SAVE THE DATE-10/30/21 8th Annual Go Leo 5k @F3SPEEDFORNEED event. Track Commanders Needed (as well as pushers & other help). @F3LexSC @F3LakeMurray @F3Columbia @F3SPEEDFORNEED MSG for more info. This race will change you!  Strut will discuss having BC at SSP that morning and attending the race in some capacity.  For registration & info.:  http://www.goleogo.itsyourrace.com
  • Anchor and Struggle tomorrow
  • F3 (2nd and 3rd Fs) Lunches are a-plenty. Check Twitter and the website for details. In fact, there is a whole lot going on, so check the website and Twitter often for updates.  Another good place to look for updates/info is in the announcements of the posted Back Blasts.
  • Many, many running groups, a rucking group, and kettle bells groups on non-bootcamp days, so get out and get better.

Backstory behind the lyrics of Red Barchetta:


Lyrics of Red Barchetta:

My uncle has a country place

No one knows about

He says it used to be a farm

Before the “Motor Law”

And on Sundays I elude the eyes

And hop the turbine freight

To far outside the wire

Where my white-haired uncle waits

Jump to the ground

As the turbo slows to cross the borderline

Run like the wind

As excitement shivers up and down my spine

Down in his barn

My uncle preserved for me an old machine

For 50 odd years

To keep it as new has been his dearest dream

I strip away the old debris

That hides a shining car

A brilliant red Barchetta

From a better vanished time

We fire up the willing engine

Responding with a roar

Tires spitting gravel

I commit my weekly crime

Wind in my hair

Shifting and drifting

Mechanical music

Adrenaline surge

Well-weathered leather

Hot metal and oil

The scented country air

Sunlight on chrome

The blur of the landscape

Every nerve aware

Suddenly ahead of me

Across the mountainside

A gleaming alloy air car

Shoots towards me, two lanes wide

I spin around with shrieking tires

To run the deadly race

Go screaming through the valley

As another joins the chase

Drive like the wind

Straining the limits of machine and man

Laughing out loud with fear and hope

I’ve got a desperate plan

At the one-lane bridge

I leave the giants stranded at the riverside

Race back to the farm

To dream with my uncle at the fireside.

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