Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Neil Peart Fan Year 1


YHC chose this work out to celebrate the life of Neil Peart of Rush who died last January 7, 2020 and it is still hard to believe he is gone.

Life was normal then as we were not wearing masks, the flu pandemic COVID-19 was overseas and not relevant to the US at the time, wow how things have changed. So with immunizations on the horizon there is hope to a new normalcy soon. So here is what went down:


We mosey to the West Side entrance next to the bus loop for:

20 SSH, 10 DQ, 15 Russian Soldiers, 10 Helicopters, 10 Imperial Walkers, 15 Arm circles 10 small, 5 big, reverso, 10 reverse scorpions, 10 scorpions and 20 merkins.


We mosey to the back parking lot for the Red Barchetta where we run 100 yards perform 100 SSH, return to goal line and plank for 6, run to 75 yard line perform 75 single count mountain climbers, return to goal line an plank for 6, run to 50 yard line perform 50 squats, return to goal line and plank for 6, run to 25 yard line and perform 25 merkins, return to goal line and plank for 6. Run to 10 yard line, perform 10 burpees and plank for 6.

Mosey to Gym wall and perform the first Triple check we divide into a group of 3 and 4 (for the 4 men team 2 are working together on the same exercise to keep the triple check effort). Partner 1 touches 3 trees and returns as the timer. Partner 2 donkey kicks and P3 – LBC’s. We rotate through for to complete one set and perform 3 total sets for a triple check.

Mosey to bus loop for the next triple check. Partner 1 runs lap as the timer, partner 2 LBC’s and partner 3 performs 40 merkins and then rests. We rotate through to complete one set and perform 3 total sets for a triple check.


We mosey back to flag for namerama and numberama. Helix was out 6th man today and he shared about his personal life and F3 history.

YHC took us out today and it was an honor to lead this morning.


In interviews after Neil’s death Geddy Lee -Bassist, synthesizer and vocals and Alex Lifeson – Lead guitar, synthesizer and acoustic guitar are often asked if they will continue on and play concerts as Rush. They immediately state that the band is retired and Geddy and Alex plan will work on individual and collective music efforts.

Neil was the heart of the band in that he wrote almost all of the lyrics for the songs of Rush and being the drummer with very distinctive beats and sounds. In fact his drum kit was custom and been priced at over 40,000.00. Phonics was talking about this and see below as a sample:

You will notice that the top is acoustic and the back is electronic drums and the stage rotates around for him to play the electric kit with certain songs.

At 30 years old Neil made the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and is considered the top 2 drummers ever, Jon Bonham of Led Zepplin was number 1.

Neil had a goal while alive to read every book ever written and he was always seen with a book at rehearsal, back stage and riding in the tour bus, etc.

Netflix has a documentary on Rush and I highly recommend you check it out.

In closing here are some of Neal’s famous quotes:

“If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.”

“If the future’s looking dark,
We’re the ones who have to shine.
If there’s no one in control,
We’re the ones who draw the line.
Though we live in trying times,
We’re the ones who have to try.
And we know that time has wings,
So we’re the ones who have to fly.”

“I can worship Nature, and that fulfills my need for miracles and beauty. Art gives a spiritual depth to existence — I can find worlds bigger and deeper than my own in music, paintings, and books. And from my friends and family I receive the highest benediction, emotional contact, and personal affirmation. I can bow before the works of Man, from buildings to babies, and that fulfills my need for wonder. I can believe in the sanctity of Life, and that becomes the Revealed Word, to live my life as I believe it should be, not as I’m told to by self-appointed guides.” Neil Peart, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa

“You can surrender without a prayer, but never really pray without surrender. You can fight without ever winning, but never ever win without a fight.”

“Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.”

Pretty awesome Neil, you are missed and I was glad to remember you today with the F3 brothers.

Cheers from the Gloom, see you soon brothers…Corned Beef.


About Author

I grew up in Roanoke, Va. Class of 1985 Cave Spring High, class of 1989 VMI Civil Engineering. Worked for Turner Construction in Jacksonville, Miami and Cincinnati, Moved to Richmond, Licensed Class A contractor, and work for Westminster Canterbury Richmond managing their major expansion for the next 4 years. I am married to a Librarian Betsy (UVA grad) and proud father of two awesome teenagers George (aka Hash-F3) and Lucy.

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