Back Blast – F3 and BMR Convergence – 07/24/2021!

The first of what is hopefully many opportunities to converge with Black Men Run in the Louisville area is complete. The weather was beautiful, the location was perfect, the mumblechatter was high, and the encouragement during the workout was strong to quite strong.

We started the day off with a pre-ruck, led by Handbook – starting at the base of the Big Four Bridge. The BMR Captain, now known within the gloom of F3 as Maraschino, rolled in and the excitement was evident in his eyes. Other PAX for the ruck:

  • Captain Crunchberry
  • Virginia Slims
  • Timeshare
  • Motor Boat
  • Sump Pump
  • Meter Maid
  • YNot
  • Tenderfoot
  • McAfee
  • Snowman
  • Maraschino [FNG – welcome!], who is the BMR Captain
  • Jolly Rancher
  • Handbook (Q)

Maraschino had already met a few PAX [which means a man that is a member of F3] in the parking lot and rolled in eager and ready for some weight. At this point, we all learned he is a certified drone pilot and had a bag with the hardware to take with him on the ruck – so we knew it was going to be a good day.

Another great story about the ruck is YNot. What a story about this guy…randomly shows up to Seneca Park to work out by himself, but then ran into Big Bird in the parking lot who immediately put the head lock on him to join us. He had no idea what he was getting in to – but he’s drinking the Kool-Aid. So much that he did the monthly ruck this month after borrowing a ruck from a PAX and then made the leap to purchase his own ruck sack from GORUCK. But, he’s not 100% yet – so, when I noticed the tag on the zipper, he made sure to make sure I knew to leave it alone so he can return it if he wants! Classic. YNot is still out there answering the questions of “do you want to join us?” with the proverbial “why not!” answer! Love it.

We set out across the bridge and Handbook took us on a scenic tour of downtown Jeffersonville. About half of the way through, Maraschino brought out his drone and was showing his skills. After the rest of the workout, he sent me the video – editing it while in his car on the way home I guess. I’m sure it’s legal…it’s not texting, right? Awesome stuff.

We got in our 3.5 miles and back to the flags for the bootcamp portion of the work. Here, we were met with several more PAX — all in we had 36 PAX, which was great for a BlackOps.

The following showed up for the full bootcamp workout:

  • Tenderfoot
  • Diablo
  • Snowman
  • Jitterbug
  • YNot
  • Boss Hog
  • Dauber
  • PK
  • Captain Crunchberry
  • Cratchit
  • Subprime
  • Tidwell
  • Timeshare
  • Le Pew
  • DeVitto
  • Big Bird
  • Bulletin
  • Nice and Slow
  • Ladybird
  • McAfee
  • Old Bay
  • Handbook
  • Schotzie
  • Fertile Myrtle
  • Virginia Slims
  • Yankovic
  • Maraschino [FNG]
  • Meter Maid
  • Fergie
  • Abacus
  • Motor Boat
  • Sump Pump
  • Viking
  • Banana Bread
  • Jewel
  • Jolly Rancher (Q)

Time was called and disclaimers were provided.

COP [“Circle of Pain”]:

  • Side Straddle Hops
  • Downward Dog + Runners Stretches
  • Grass Grabbers
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Copperhead Squats

All nice and warm, we then set out for a small mosey over to the Lincoln Amphitheater – just west of the Big Four Bridge. Here, I told the PAX to partner up – hopefully finding a man that you don’t normally work out with.

Thang 1 – Dora:

Goal was that partner 1 works out at the statue of Abraham Lincoln while the other partner box jumps up the amphitheater and then runs up to the light pole and back…I’d guess it’s a tenth of a mile up.

While your partner ran, you did a cumulative combined rep count of the following:

  • 50 – Merkins [aka, push-ups]
  • 100 – Big Boy Sit-Ups
  • 150 – Squats

After this was completed, we then set out back towards the flag and took advantage of the concrete area overlooking the river.

Thang 2 – 11s:

Unfortunately, the space was a bit small – partly because PAX of F3 have no idea how to HC [“hard commit”] that they’ll show up to the workout. I guess it’s a good thing in the end to have everyone there, but logistically made it a bit more difficult. Nevertheless, we started on one side with T-merkins and ran to the other side for jump squats. The goal was that you started with 10 T-merkins and then run down for 1 jump squat and then back. Then next time it was 9 T-merkins and then run down for 2 jump squats and back; then 8 and 3; etc. all the way until you got to 1 T-merkin and 10 jump squats.

Unfortunately, we had to cut this one a little bit short due to time – but a few beasts did get finished. Excellent work.

Thang 3 – Captain Cherry Run:

I then turned it over to Captain Cherry of BMR – who again is now known as F3 Maraschino. He noted that it was about a 0.5 mile lap to waterfront and back – so he thought we could do that real quick. Or, if you were feeling froggy, you could do it twice.

See, the problem is there is no way that lap is only 0.5 mile. I can attest to this as well as the other 35 PAX present. Needless to say, a few folks made quick work and did end up with two laps – however, a few Clydesdales and I just did one lap and started setting up the 2nd F component of the day [the fellowship].

Time was then called.

COT [“Circle of Trust”]:

Countarama, namearama, naming our FNG [welcome again, Maraschino!], announcements and intentions.

I am always incredibly humbled by the men of this group. Not only do you always run circles around me at the workout physically, but you do this in the community as well – each of you making a difference in your own way. Whether it’s combating sex trafficking and raising money for organizations supporting women who have been removed from those situations, supporting an F3 brother through donations to Colorectal Cancer Research in honor of his battle, scheduling some fellowship together and hosting about 100 men and their families to your farm for a Fall Festival, and many, many more.

This thing is special.

This thing is unique.

This thing is thriving.

And we’re excited about the opportunities to partner together with BMR in the future to impact more men of Louisville.

Freed to lead men. Step up and go get you some!

Jolly Rancher out!

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