On 8/01/2020, 26 HIM descended to the Tennabama line on Saturday morning for F3 Spring Hill’s first-ever full length CSAUP, Crucible!
PAX: @Joey Freshwater @Peewee @Foosball @Toastmaster @Dizzy Gillespie @Cosmo FNG Bozo @Rudolph @Operation @Hot N Ready @Tiny Dancer @Lone Star @Heidi @Ron Swanson @ragdoll @Kwame @Bogo @barney @waterboy @BigBang @Wilson @shoota @Swingline / Jason Aeverman @tuna @Pancreas. @OT (Oregon Trail) was also there but he broke a leg fording the creek and then died of dysentery.
With perfect CSAUP weather, the HIM tackled the two legs of the course, each approximately 7 miles. Some elected for Leg 1 while 16 others continued on for the full dose. Counting the additional distance covered at the pain stations, we came in right around 16 miles of total distance.
Dizzy’s Warm-a-rama— started out with 16 ssh (cause it felt like a good number) transitioned into 30 sec of buttkickers, couldn’t leave out the Good mornings, did some cherry pickers (cause someone dropped cherries on the ground), had some fun with Willie Mays Hays. To finish off and warm the rest of us up we did 5 burpees.
Cosmo’s Pain Station – Felt nostalgic for summer wedding receptions so we did the Cupid Shuffle in high plank, with motions for corresponding song instructions.
Then AMRAP (60 seconds on, 30 seconds off) to Metallica and Macklemore: Flutter kicks, LBCs, American Hammers, SSHs. At this point, @Wilson was feeling the hype and made a trip around the entire circle doing SSH’s which was good for energy and laughs.
The PAX got fired up to some solid jams to get us kicked off!
Pancreas’ Pain Station – Each HIM grabbed a 40lb soil bag or 50lb sand bag and did 5 thrusters for buy-in. Then the backwards bag drag crawl bear across the marsh and up the small hill. Once there, held the bag above head and marched across the grass field to the base of the bigger mountain. Extra credit for THE PRESS during the march. 5 thruster buy-out.
Kwame’s Hydration Station before lungewalking up the Battle of Spring Hill. Halfway stop to read about the heroics. Waterboy read that the troops ran out of ammo and the only thing they could do was yell and scream. So the PAX did that the rest of the sprint up the hill.
Suicide squats at the top before blazing our own trail over the river and through the woods to Erwin Park we went…
Tiny Dancer’s creek burpee extravaganza – Split into groups of 2’s at flag pole.
Dora: 100 flutter kicks, 200 Merkins, 300 squats. Non exercising partner would perform 10 creek burpees. Each PAX got 2 trips to the creek!
Halfway point at Lowe’s served as a changing station for dry clothes and shoes, naming of FNG Bozo, and nutrition/hydration intake.
After a short break, it was on to Leg 2:
Leg 2 began with a mosey towards Heritage Elementary School, but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to bear crawl 100 ft of a wooden walking bridge on the way.
Ragdoll’s beatdown – At Heritage Elementary, the PAX divided into two groups on opposite ends of a basketball court. Group 1 duck walked the length of the court and then performed 10 pull ups at the playground, while Group 2 crab walked the court and then did 10 pull ups. Rinse and repeat, alternating modes of transportation and decreasing pull up rep count by one each time until time was called. This was the Duck-Up Apocalypse!
The PAX then headed to the HILLS (because we don’t live in Spring Meadow) where they were treated to a face-punch from The Gravitron and two trips up The Green Monster. Trip 1: Prison Cell Merkin Burpees and sprint. Trip 2: supermans and politicians. Then we descended through the forest to Fort Pain.
After a hydration stop in the parking lot at Fort Pain, Heidi decided we needed to run back up the hill we had just come down from. We then started out with 50 dips on the picnic tables, then bear crawled through the grass to the running trail where we did 50 American hammers and broad jumped back to the picnic tables. Rinse and repeat on your own until Heidi called time, where we ran back down the hill to the parking lot.
From Fort Pain, we ran out to Hwy 31 and made our way back to Lowe’s due to time, forfeiting the final pain station to be led by @Operation. Good thing he’ll have the chance to give his beatdown at next Armory. I can’t wait.
Great work to all in pushing through pain and fatigue on the final stretch to the finish. I know @Operation and @Tiny Dancer were feeling it, as was @Rudolph and others. But you persevered! I also heard that @OT (Oregon Trail) and @shoota pushed on the last mile for a 7:42 pace. Boom!
At COT, Pancreas closed out with a couple of items related to the theme of Crucible and @Tiny Dancer closed with prayer and thanksgiving.
“Those times when you get up early and work hard, those times when you stay up late and work hard, those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway…that is actually the dream. That is the dream.” – Kobe Bryant
“A crucible is a melting pot that uses EXTREME HEAT to melt metal. The heat is so extreme that it actually causes the metal to liquify and separate out the impurities because they have different densities. In short, it’s a way of REFINING and IMPROVING THE PURITY/QUALITY of a metal. I think that, in a way, that’s even more noble than shaping a tool. I know that on many days I need to be refined. I need to be purified. That happens in extreme heat and adversity.” F3SH’s own @Bogo
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” Proverbs 17:3 NIV
HIM of SH, Nolensville, and Franklin, thank you for the opportunity to lead. I’m humbled and grateful to be a part of this group and part of each other’s lives. It’s a joy to know you and push through the gloom of workouts and life with you. I know many of you have been through or are currently going through difficult times, but may I encourage you that God is FAITHFUL and He is our rock, refuge, and strength. He allows us to go through the refining fire, all the while by our side, with a plan and purpose for His glory. Daniel 3:4-28
Crucible 1 is in the books.
Until next time, SYITG.