Yes, I’m delinquent in the back blast.
I don’t really have any great excuses. I’ll admit that the workout itself was nothing fancy or extraordinary…so, I’m not even really going to talk about that. But, this workout was a milestone for me and I wanted to try and make this back blast more than just about the workout itself. And, it has taken a while for me to gather my thoughts.
19 PAX strong decided to post in the gloom to celebrate with me, which is pretty sweet – including my 2.0 who wanted to celebrate with me at 0530am:
- Captain Crunchberry
- Virginia Slims
- Hush Puppy
- Holy Roller (R)
- Brown Water
- Asian Zing
- Mr. Hat
- Honey Do
- Air Raid
- Fun Dip (2.0)
- Jolly Rancher (Q)
I mentioned milestones. Although not planned, it was pretty neat how it all ended up as this workout was my 600th post and 100th Q – all within 3-years [give or take one on each milestone…closeness counts].
- 3 years ago, PK and I met at BW3s and he put the emotional headlock on me. I hesitated just like everyone else did in the beginning. There’s no way I could ever become the “wake-up at the ass crack of dawn” to work out kind of a person. Then, Fergie was Qing at the County [a rare occasion for a person from inside the Watterson Expressway to intentionally sign up to Q outside of the Watterson Expressway] and he sent me a meeting invite at work at 0530am. Ugh. I had no excuses…so I posted. And, I couldn’t run to the other end of the parking lot. And, he did a stupid Ring of Fire workout that had about 20 to 25 crazy exercises that I knew nothing about. After starting, I barely was able to do any of the workout because I was just trying not to die. But, I survived. And I came back for more…and more…and more.
- 100 Qs is a bit of a misnomer consider there were several of them which happened during COVID when it was slim pickings in the gloom. Never the less, I do love Qing. As I tell most of the PAX – it’s the only time that everyone listens to me [well, except Pelican and Dauber]. We do some pretty crazy and stupid stuff in the gloom at some times in all types of different weather. And, like it or not, but the concept of “Q juice” is legit – you always push yourself a little harder when you Q. You never want to be “that PAX” that puts on a weak workout. No, no…in fact, you may share the goal that Jewel has been vocal about where he keeps trying to make a PAX spill merlot because it’s a physical trophy that you know you pushed the PAX to their limits. And, this is what Qing does because you go harder, longer and faster. For those that haven’t yet or don’t regularly Q, step up men! It’s time to lead.
- 600 posts is a milestone that many of you have already achieved long before me. They say that you can create a habit if you do something for more than 22-days. Well, they were right.
But the number that I can’t quantify is the relationships of the men in this group that show up alongside me in the gloom each and every day. The men that challenge me to do some pretty hard and stupid physical things. The men that push me to become a better leader by creating opportunities to give back to my community through charitable giving or time and talents. The men that rally behind me in my times of need. The men that check on me when they haven’t seen me in a week or two to make sure I’m okay. The men that become vulnerable when they share a personal intention of a storm which they’re navigating through.
This stuff is special, men. And it’s unique. Let us not forget. I know I never will.
Thankful for each and every one of you!
Jolly Rancher out!