Pax: Nugget, Seabass, Red Roof, Cutlass, Gillespie, Backdraft, Diablo, OJ, Nickelback, Scratch, Jordy, Rachet (FNG)
Gearlander: Reebok coldgear base layer, UA pink compression shirt, swiftwick socks, F3 Louisville camo T, Mizuno Wave Riders, and Mudgear Tac hat (Love this thing)
As all Nugget Q’s begin, crappy weather, at least that is how YHC and the Pax remember. A lot of mumblechatter involving, “remember that one Nugget Q that we in 8 inches of snow,” or “remember how muddy we were after that Nugget Q.” Sorry, guys, I guess I have some bad timing. But as promised, we would warm up quickly. I Omaha’d immediately from venturing out to some of the sloppier paths and headed straight for the tennis courts.
19 SSH IC
15 Abe Vigodas IC
15 Imperial Walkers IC
15 Copperhead squats.
So warm may not be the optimal word for the Pax at this point, but we move forward.
Grab an accountability partner and do the following:
50-40-30-20-10 Shoulder touches and LBCs
Between each round run from one end of the Tennis courts to the other. The partner is there to push each of us to get better. I can tell you that Cutlass is a beast. He pushed me the whole time and kept us moving. Jordy called plank out to the groups that were waiting on the 6.
We moseyed, carefully to the cut through to reach Cogan’s Alley (?) or the Cul de Sac as YHC described. Cutlass chose to split the red sea and Seabass found a large puddle so we could avoid them. Such sacrifice. We gathered at the top, divided into groups of 3 for the next thang.
Well, since this is the anniversary if Tony Hawk’s amazing 900 on the half pipe (not actually true) we were going to do something YHC has been planning for a while. P1 starts at the top of the hill, P2 at the bottom, and P3 runs in between. As a group, you perform 300 Merkins, 300 Squats, and 300 J Lo’s.
As I began to confuse the Pax (and wake up the neighborhood with my loud voice), we separated and began the WO. Great work by all teams involved, Rachet was definitely ready for this. I did hear MC between him and Nickelback about the doldrums of a 4 mile treadmill run (sorry for eavesdropping). We have all been there, and that is why we are all here ITG.
Side note, as I will speak to later, this was Seabass’ 25th post. And like most of us, he struggled through the first one. But do you know what he did today? he picked up the six. That is the definition of Getting Better. Not only athletically, but personally in that 3nd F sort of way. He wasn’t the only one I saw picking up the six. This group just did it with no reminders from YHC.
Mosey back to the tennis courts for some Duck, Duck F3. Starting with Seabass and around. And BTW, Seabass can be a D@#k. Burpees, really?! We did some Mary and other items along the way. Then Seabass and YHC snuck off for the special gifts for the Pax.
Thang 3 Plank Dodgeball
Divided into 2 teams of 6. Basic Dodgeball rules, except you don’t get back in by someone catching the ball. When you are out, you plank until the game is completed. At the end of game 1, losing team does 5 burpees and bear crawls to court 2, Winner lunge walks. After game 2, loser AYG to the end and back, winner Mario to the end and yog back. After the final game, losing team owes 5 burpees for each Pax still on the court at games end. The court shrunk each game to intensify the action (love those white lines)
First of all, that ball was slick. We all aren’t the professionals of the middle school game that we thought we were. Jordy has a knack for staying on the court though. We saw some rivalries develop. Scratch V Seabass, OJ v Diablo, Backdrafts cannon v My chest. (I think I have the ball permanently outlined on my chest). And watch the head shots, Cutlass. The MC on the sidelines was great BTW
In true F3 fashion the winning team, (YHC’s team, your dad still has your number, Seabass) did the 5 burpees with the losing team. Scratch wondered aloud if the number were 30, would we have done them together. I guess we will never know.
COR, NOR, COT
Circled up and Nickelback had a story and name for his FNG which we all approved. Announcements made reminding everyone that F3 Dads was cancelled due to weather, coffeeteria after and Nickelback’s VQ at the Carpenter on Tuesday. Brought the guys in for a few words.
As I posted and announced many times this week. It was my 100, but more importantly, Seabass’ 25. I have to say that I have seen this boy start that process of becoming a HIM. He gets up 5 days a week for school at 630 and doesn’t flinch when I wake him up at 630 every Saturday. Commitment is something that the Pax is built on, and he shows it. I often wonder what the future holds fo a 13 year old moving into high school, college and forward. I see all the stories about young people turning down dark roads because of lonliness, or isolation. And while I know that 13 year olds aren’t going to develop friendships with 30 to 50 year olds, the impact that all of you have on him is astronomical. He has mentors now all over the city of Louisville. When times are hard, he will always have a virtual black book of HIMs to call for help, guidence, or just an ear. I watched Pope look him dead in the eye and speak to him about the realities of moving on to High School today. While he will still make mistakes, as we all do, he is set up with the foundation of knowing what is right, when to help, and what it means to be a leader by modelling the Pax. I know I speak of my pride in my child often. But I want you to know that the best feeling I have in my heart right now is the faith that he is going to be fine if anything were to happen to me.
Life is not always easy. Sometimes you need a beatdown to show you who is there for you in your life. I know who we have in ours.