Definitely an upgrade. 19 fellow PAX checked the pre-blast, noticed a switch of Qs at the Loco, and showed up in force to The County this morning. I picked out a playlist specifically with no Taylor, no Katy, no Miley, and no Brittney. Still no Pelican at the Loco tho (no worries however, he was texting bright and early so only limited effects from The Vid shot #2).
Here are the PAX that made it out this morning: Yankovic (R), Holy Roller (R), Asian Zing (R), Little Jerry (R), Double Down (R), Jerry McGuire (R), Air Raid (R), Meter Maid, Hush Puppy, Backflop, WILDflower, Honey Do, Brown Water, Abacus, Valdez, Gilligan, Cratchit, Tidwell, Gisele, Dauber (Q)
The goal this morning was to work at a fast pace for the full 45 minutes, so after a quick disclaimer we moseyed to the front lot for a rapid fire COP…SSH, SSH Doubletime, Kendra Newmans / Michael Phelps, Grass Grabbers, Downward Dog, Mountain climbers.
We quickly moseyed to grab our coupons and head to the back parking lot for the Main Thang – Burpee Countdowns. This consisted of sets of exercise reps starting at 25, then 20, 15, 10, 5 (75 total reps in a “countdown”). PAX completed first exercise reps at station #1 (back parking lot), then ran to the second station (far end of the front parking lot) for reps, back and forth as you countdown. As a bonus to keep the heart rate elevated, every time we passed the double cones at the top of the hill, the PAX dropped for 3 Burpees. The countdown sets were Merkins / BBSUs, Bent over rows / 4-count Flutter Kicks, Curls / 4-count American Hammers.
No one completed all of the final set, but Backflop was pretty close. He was killing it this morning after taking off 3 weeks to rest up (actually it was 3 days). A number of other PAX were out front in a lead pack as well (Abacus, Little Jerry, etc.), but even more motivating was seeing everyone pushing themselves and each other. A back and forth set up like this morning allowed everyone to interact, challenge and push each other. It was awesome. The Greater County Area does a lot of things great (certainly better than The Garden), but hard to properly put in words how awesome it was to work out on a spring morning, in the gloom, with a great group of guys from all walks of life, and at all different stages of fitness. It is what F3 is all about. Also cool to have 7 Rs…is that a record?
Anyway…we wrapped up and headed to the flag for COT – CoR, NoR, announcements (wings are tight), silent intentions and a final prayer. Everyone agreed it was an upgrade…we didn’t talk about it, but I feel comfortable speaking for the PAX on this one.