3-9-18 Backblast #BlackOps at Norton Commons….where they have Soccer Lawns.

QIC – Face

PAX (14): Captain Insaneo, Snowman, Steerage, Plethora, Zoolander, Wahoo, Fergie (FNG), Tool Time, Wingnut, Airplane, Cinnebeard (FNG), Double Down (Resp), Glenn Ross

Weather: 26 degrees, humidity 76%….lovely

Zoo-tire: Grey tri-blend F3 ISI flag tshirt (unnecessary according to Zoo), Patagonia R1 pullover, black UA tights, grey Nike running shorts (7″ inseam), smart wool socks, 1.95 Newbie 1500V2’s….not a full 2 since a toe blew out while rucking last weekend.  New pair en route.  Buff doorag, F3Louisville neck gaiter.

Black Ops Friday started out like many F3 mornings….dark, chilly, and with CI waiting at the bottom of my driveway.  What no one else knew was that I felt like $hit and had been battling Chipotle-gut since Monday (thanks Kilo…awesome suggestion for a post-ruck meal).  YHC had committed to Q on Monday before the “intestinal disruptions” began…and damn it, I wasn’t about to back out.  There are a lot of guys in the oasis of Norton Commons and it’s surrounding cloisters that need F3…like hell if I was going to let them down.  What followed showed me exactly why I love this group and why I think more guys out there can benefit from it.

Disclaimers were given and we were off for a yog through the town center and back to the front of NC Elementary for COP:


  • 20 SSH IC
  • 20 Imperial Walkers IC
  • 20 Kendra Newmans
  • 20 Air Squats IC
  • 20 LBCs IC
  • 5 Boyos

Took a little Yog to the MLS-quality soccer lawn (you just don’t say “field” out here)…this is when, out of the darkness, appeared Zoo..pullover-on-flesh and all. 

The Thang

Death Stars- 5 cones set up in star, count off in 5’s.  Pax elbow plank until their turn.  Each group performs the exercises marked at each cone then hard-jogs to the next.  FYI….stars marked on a field in the dark…with cones are hard to see.  Future Q’s….re-evaluate.

Round 1

  • Station 1- 15 Merkins
  • Station 2- 15 Air Squats
  • Station 3- 15 Merkins
  • Station 4- 15 Air Squats
  • Station 5- 15 Merkins

Round 2

  • Station 1- 15 Plank Jacks
  • Station 2- 15 Bobby Hurley’s
  • Station 3- 15 Plank Jacks
  • Station 4- 15 Bobby Hurley’s
  • Station 5- 15 Plank Jacks

When finished, plank it up for the 6.

Yog back to the school for a little…Lt. Dan’s- 1 squat/4 lunges up to 10/40….woof.  By the time we were done, we felt like we ain’t got no legs.

Yog back to the Soccer Lawn on what was left of our legs

Circle Up for Some Mary

  • 20 Freddie Mercuries
  • 20 Gas Pumps
  • 20 Flutter Kicks
  • 20 LBCs
  • 15 LBFC’s

Mosey back to the flag

Counting was “done”…quotes b/c we had to do it twice (my bad…org fail), names were said and given.  We welcomed Fergie to F3…he met us halfway which is better than a fartsack.  We also welcomed Cinnebeard (given by his nephew Wingnut) and we hope he takes his newfound love of beat downs back to Omaha to share with the guys at #F3Omaha.  He’s a bad ass power lifter and will likely enjoy throwing some coupons around with the new Pax out there.  Look out Omaha.

In closing….I’ve felt like crap all week and have spent more time in the bathroom than I’d like admit to, but getting out with the Pax was the best thing I did all week.  Without asking for it, you #HIMs unknowingly gave me the strength to knock out another Q.  It wasn’t my best or the smoothest, but it gave us all a benchmark to start our day and end our week…and I thank you all for it.


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