This morning was a time of reflection for YHC. It marked a my 80th F3 Lexington Q over the past 2-plus years. In that time the physical, mental and spiritual progress I’ve made has been significant. I was extremely excited to share this personal milestone with my brothers at Turning Point, the AO I’ve always considered my F3 home. I shared this with the PAX at the beginning of the workout along with my promise that while we were cut short by a few minutes due to Wingman going a bit long, I guaranteed they would get plenty of opportunities to work hard in the remaining time. I feel confident that looking back, they’d all agree.
In addition to using the number 80 as the “number of the day,” I used the acronym BLAST to help guide us through the workout. BLAST is simply an acronym that would help us ensure we had a balanced beatdown.
B – Burpee
L – Leg exercise of my choosing
A – Ab/Core exercise of my choosing
S – Shoulder exercise of my choosing
T – T-Plank = high plank position with either left or right arm in the air
Here’s how it all went down…
Cool and wet thanks to an early-morning downpour that apparently scared many of the loyal TP PAX back into their fartsacks.
Jog on walking track and circle up at midfield of far upper field for COP.
SSH X 20 IC
TTT X 10 IC
MERKIN X 10 IC
IW X 10 IC
SQUAT X 10 IC (slow cadence)
LBAC X 10 IC each direction
OHC X 10 IC
Next, we lined up along the curb, and I introduced a brand new (as of yet unnamed) exercise. From a high plank position on the curb, reach right arm up to the sky on one, back down to a high plank on two, to a low plank on three and back to a high plank on four. Repeat the same with left arm. Rinse and repeat as needed for maximum suckiness.
INCLINE MERKIN VARIATION X 20 IC
Mosey to staff parking lot and line up on curb.
INCLINE MERKIN VARIATION X 10 IC
At this point it hit YHC that we were “reaching for the sky” which made me think of Toy Story. I mistakenly attributed this quote to Buzz Lightyear and felt even better about that name when Wapner asked if we were going to do these into “infinity and beyond.” Of course, we all know that it was Woody who said the line, “Reach for the sky” which makes this name technically incorrect, but oh well. I digress.…
Next, we partnered up along the curb and faced the far end of the staff parking lot.
PARTNER 1 runs to other side and back while
PARTNER 2 completes exercises in order
COMPLETE 80 total reps before starting next exercise
B – BURPEES X 80
L – SQUATS X 80
A – IW X 80 (4 ct.)
S – MERKINS X 80
Quisenberry shared his belief that merkins are not actually a shoulder exercise. If that’s true, why do my shoulders hurt so bad after the hundreds of merkins we do at the Kamikaze or the Tomcat or when Ranger Qs. Certainly they work the chest and arms, but don’t they help the shoulders too? Maybe I’m just doing them wrong?
T – T-PLANK for the 6 or until time is called
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR MERKINS X 20 IC
Mosey back to front parking lot for Round 2
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR MERKINS X 20
JAILBREAK SQUATS X 20
HILLBILLIES X 20 (4 ct.)
CDD X 20 IC
Quisenberry gave his blessing on the Carolina Dry Dock as a shoulder exercise. Thanks, Quis!
Mosey back to starting place for MARY
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR MERKINS X 10 IC
This final round allowed us to get to a total of 80 reps for the day
IW until time is called
For the final minute PAX were encouraged to think of somebody in their life who was in need of prayer and prayer for them silently as we all completed imperial walkers. It was a nod to the past practice of closing a workout with Imperial Walkers for Walker.
* Thirsty Thursday tonight at Keg Cowboy – 6:30
* Whiskers for Wheels from today through November 14
* John Flanagan Memorial 10k – November 11
* Never Forget Challenge at Smokehouse on Saturday
* Q Sheet Empty for Saturday
* Northside Baptist has former Brave (and Pirate) Sid Bream – next Thursday – tickets are $5
* Beantown – going through a very difficult situation
* Spackle – continued healing following pacemaker
* Flanagan Family
Taken from the “WITH God” Daily Devotional by Skye Jethani
Psalm 83: The Temptation of Tribalism
Does God take sides in personal conflicts, sporting matches, and geopolitical disputes? We all feel better with a strong ally, so there is always a temptation to enlist the Almighty—who is the strongest ally of all—to our side of any conflict. If you read only certain parts of the Old Testament you might conclude that God is willing to play along with our plans. Psalm 83 is a clear example of the Lord being called upon to defend his people, Israel, against their enemies. It presents the Lord as a tribal deity aligned with Israel alone and in opposition to the nations surrounding it.
Unfortunately, some people still hold to this tribal vision of God. They see him as Lord of merely their country, community, or caste, and call upon him to defeat everyone else. A fuller reading of Scripture, however, reveals a God who transcends tribal identity. During the Civil War, President Lincoln was asked whether he thought God was on the side of the Union. “My concern is not whether God is on our side,” he replied. “My greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
In the New Testament, through Christ and his Apostles, we see the old tribal vision of God deconstructed. Rather than standing with Israel and against all other nations, Jesus Christ is declared to be Lord over all nations and all are welcomed into his presence. Therefore, be leery of those who seek to reduce him into a tribal deity who supports only their cause or country.
from Johann Habermann (1516 – 1590)
Almighty and merciful God,
You are the strength of the weak, the refreshment of the weary, the comfort of the sad, the help of the tempted, the life of the dying, the God of patience and of all consolation;
You know full well the inner weakness of our nature, how we tremble and quiver before pain, and cannot bear the cross without your divine help and support.
Help me, then, O eternal and pitying God, help me to possess the soul of patience, to maintain unshaken hope in you, to keep the childlike trust which feels a Father’s heart hidden beneath the cross;
So shall I be strengthened with power according to your glorious might, in all patience and long-suffering;
I shall be enabled to endure pain and temptation, and, in the very depth of my suffering, to praise you with a joyful heart.