5 years ago I gave into the EHing and came to my first F3 workout. F3 had recently made its way over to Lexington and still had that new region smell to it when I arrived.
Weather: 66° and slightly humid
Intro, disclaimer, prayer
Mosey around the entrance over to the helipad for COP
SSH x 10 IC
Imperial Walkers x 10 IC
LBAC x 10 IC forward
OH Claps x 10 IC
LBAC x 10 IC backerds
TTT x 10 IC
Move over to the beginning of the awning area around the entrance for some ladder work. Disclaimer, don’t rush through the exercises, watch your form…it’s not a race.
Merkins x 10 at the beginning, run to the entrance, BBSU x 10, and then run back. Rinse and repeat, dropping a rep for each exercise to ladder down. Ken Doll performed the most perfect single BBSU rep ever in the history of F3.
Time to go back up the ladder with some extra suckiness added.
Merkin x 1 at the beginning, plus add on 5 Crinkle Merkins directly after each set, run to the entrance, Flutter kicks x 10/leg, and then run back. Ladder up on the merkins up 10, keep the flutter kicks at 10 and the Crinkle Merkins at 5. The pax enjoyed the crinkle merkins at the beginning, but at the end…not so much.
Mosey around the entrance to the other side to give it some attention.
Merkin x 1, Crinkle Merkin x 1. Rinse and repeat, laddering up to 5 of each and then ladder back down to 1. Exercise OYO. Sounds easy, right? If you weren’t there, give it a shot during your free time and feel the burn.
Mosey back to the flag
3rd Annual 3rd F 5K on 4/27, raising funds for Thumbs Up’s run at the LLS MoY
Harbison 100K/100 this weekend
Other LLS events, see Thumbs Up for details
Continued prayers for Blindside and his family
Prayers for a member of Training Wheel’s small group that passed away
Continued prayers for Brodie
5 years ago when I started F3, I had just come off a weight loss competition and was it pretty good shape for my first post. My main focus during the beginning was the 1st F and that was about it. I wanted to be the guy known for pushing it, wanted to be up front (with the intention of hopefully inspiring others to push it as well), and keep on pushing to be the fittest. I’m not sure who I thought I was competing against; myself, others, nobody…
As time progressed and numerous physical type events passed, I began to realize that I was pursuing with reckless abandon the wrong thing. This realization came because of the HIM that surrounded me, not because of things they said but because of their actions. I began to realize that no matter what crazy physical things I achieved, none of that would bring me closer to the eternal life God promised us. I was working for food that spoils (John 6:26 – Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you). I was putting that ahead of pursuing food that provides eternal life, God’s written word and a closer relationship with Him.
I’ve sat by and watched as these men (Postal, Cheech, Training Wheels, Noah, and many more) built and continued to build a wealth of knowledge and faith, while as stated before, I chased food that spoils. I’ve felt the call do pursue and strengthen my faith and invest more time in the word, but even after a remarkable year of reading through the bible…I slowly faded away.
Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. I’ve seen the door, I’ve felt the pull from it, and I know I have needed to ask, seek, and knock for far too long but never fully answered.
Recently though, I found that I couldn’t ignore that pull any longer. I’ve come to the realization that it’s not my physical strengths or feats that are going to get me that eternal life…it’s me realizing that I am weak and need to bow down on my knees and seek Him like I’ve seen others do. I need to pray more consistently. I need to dive into His word more. I need to give thanks for all that He has provided and continues to provide.
So a few weeks ago, I knocked…I started praying consistently…I started giving thanks…and I’ve gotten back in the word. This pursuit will be more challenging than any physical feat I’ve pursued before, but the food at the end will never spoil. So I challenge anyone who has read this far to do the same. Take a hard and honest look at your life and make that determination, are you pursuing Him or are you pursuing the world. Will you knock on that door, or pass it by. The choice is yours, I’ve made my choice.
Disclaimer, this doesn’t mean I’m going to stop pushing myself physically nor should you. However, I’m not putting that ahead of my pursuit for a closer relationship with God or digging deeper into the word.