9 HIM sought inner strength and mental toughness this morning at Battalion. Here’s how it all went down:
PAX: @Soul Glo @Heidi @Chowdah @Hot Mic @Yaris @Dipstick @Tijuana @Billy Madison @ragdoll (QiC)
Conditions: Overcast, muggy, but low 70's — cannot complain for June 9th!
Warmup: 15 SSH, good mornings, toe touches, runners stretch, baby arm circles forwards and backwards. And then we crawl-bear up the ramp, and bear-crawl down the other side.
Thang 1: Playground Relay
We haven’t used the playground yet at #battalion, so we split into two teams. All PAX are to perform AMRAP derkins on a picnic table bench (5 jump squat penalty if you need to take a break). Meanwhile, team members take turns running the relay course which is:
Hurdle the small-child-size pull-up bar (exercise at your own risk)
Climb the tall pole holding up the tube slide (modify as necessary)
5 under-doggies at the swings
This is one of those Thangs that worked great during Q-reconassaince the night before, but completely #fails during the workout. I’m certain I’m gonna lose PAX on the pull-up bar hurdle to collision and/or concussion. The very-slippery-when-rained-upon pole is next to impossible to climb. None of us have a future as a professional pole dancer. Not even amateur pole dancers — we’d be terrible pole dancers.
Derkins on the picnic tables work fine.
We take a breather with 20 WWI’s then mosey to The Pit.
Thang 2: Coupon Crawls
At the rock pile each PAX chooses a coupon to their liking and abilities (or hubris if you’re @Soul Glo).
At the far end of The Pit we form a line and bear crawl approx 50 yards towards the row of bushes. PAX must toss their coupon ahead of them as they bear crawl. We learn quickly that (coupon) size does matter, as does your ability to throw for distance.
At the bushes, we turn around and go back to the start line. MOT is 3 lunge-walk steps + a burpee (holding your coupon on the jump).
Great job on pushing yourselves on this one men! Earn those Lucky Charms!!
Thang 3: Tennis Court Suicides
We line up across the length of the tennis court. We run to each line on the court, drop for 1 burpee, then mosey back to the start line.
We do this across the width of two tennis courts, twice. @Soul Glo misses the memo on which lines to hit, but that’s ok cuz he gets in a few more burpees.
We mosey back to The Star and I give @Soul Glo his reward for being the first to HC. He chooses 10 OYO burpees for the PAX, and #time.
#2ndf Lunch – This Thursday, 12:00pm @ Jonathan’s
Fellowship Of The M’s – Saturday, June 19th @ 6pm: All PAX, spouses (M’s), and kids (2.0's) are invited to a night of family-fellowship at @ragdoll’s house. Deets in #2ndf
Nolensville Convergence – June 26: All PAX are encouraged to travel to Nolensville for a multi-region beatdown with our brothers from Nolensville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin
Columbia AO Kickoff – Saturday, July 10: Bootcamp workout launch to be located at Riverwalk Park, 6am. @2Buck on AOQ. We will be asking for some consistent attendance commitments from F3SH PAX during the first few months.
This morning we talked about communication and our responsibility as men to control our tongues as we speak with wisdom, clarity, and purpose.
From James 3:
“If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
… No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
Words carry power and weight. My M and I are currently in the midst of a challenging relationship with another individual that is requiring very careful communication. It is really hard! I’ve been rehearsing conversations in my mind for days now that I want to have. I know some of the things I want to say might be helpful, but most of them probably aren’t. Some of the things I want to say could come off angry or judgmental. I need wisdom in this!
I didn’t share it this morning, but this verse is a good guideline: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” – Colossians 4:6
Praying that all of you speak with gentleness, wisdom, clarity, and graciousness in the conversations you have with spouses, children, friends, and co-workers this week.
A pleasure to lead you all this morning! AOQ is turning over the reins to @Dipstick next week. Looking forward to seeing you all then!!