17 men rose up and met the challenge of the audible and didn’t really know what to make of it, or were just flat out pissed.
A bit of history: YHC’s last post was (sadly) August 30, 2017 and last Q was (even sadder) January 24, 2015. So when YHC saw his name on the Q list for today’s No Toll, it seemed like a good opportunity to break free from the fartsack and get back into working out.
Back on September 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm, BT signed up to Q today’s No Toll under the name “Conspiracy” in an effort to disguise an “Old Glory” workout. This is not unprecedented, as Loose Goose similarly disguised his “Lucky Horseshoe” workout on October 29, 2015. It just happened to be a coincidence that YHC was planning on posting today to Heartbreak Ridge, but called an audible when seeing the Q sheet (#YearOfBalance). Hence, the illusive Conspiracy Q. And with a non-traditional F3 workout in store for today, it rightly left some stank in the air.
The workout was inspired by the F.B.I.’s release of a fitness app to help applicants practice the fitness test. It’s a true you-vs-you workout against the clock, in camaraderie with fellow F3 brethren to help push to maximum potential, and with an option to see how your scores match up with fitness standards across the world. And while we do have workouts that serve as benchmarks (ie Old Glory and Lucky Horseshoe), the hope was this workout would allow us to benchmark our performance against ourselves and others (if desired), something that we can’t easily do with Old Glory and Lucky Horseshoe.
The PAX grabbed hold, somewhat reluctantly, but pushed through the challenging workout.
Here was the good work for the morning:
- 1 minute of sit-ups
- 300m run (which was closer to 500m)
- Continuous push-ups
- 1.5 mile run
Form for the sit-ups and push-ups were essential if you want to compare performance on the scoring scale. Otherwise, you’re comparing apples to oranges. Well, and good form is just….a good thing.
YHC was in the back of the pack. Why? Because there’s something about crossing over 40, raising an 1.5 yr old, and a demanding, high-intensity job that caused F3 (and any other workout) seem to be too far a stretch for the last 2 years. Therefore, YHC is working towards #YearOfBalance, where the focus shifts back to taking care of myself so I can best take care of my family. A key component of that is working out.
And while the mutiny was held off after the 2nd event, it was not unwarranted. Being called out for not running the 300m with the group was a violation of F3 principles (#Clipboarding), even if it was to help the group. YHC did stay late to finish the 300m with a paltry time of 71 seconds. I’m sure with the push of the group, that would have been a little faster.
So let’s sum up today:
- Good intentions ✅
- Hard Workout (as hard as you made it) ✅
- Change is hard ✅
- Mistakes were made ✅
- Sinner ✅
I leave you with these questions: What’s good enough? Are you happy with your efforts in life? Are you where you want to be? And what is your measure of success in fitness and in life?
See you tomorrow at WDog. And for anyone who still tastes the lingering stench, come join me for a cup o’ joe afterwards and we can talk it through…my treat.