Sixteen of the faithful (including two FNGs) came out to mark our first year here in the Golden Isles. It went a little something like this:
Cow Tipper Q
Partner carry out to the beach
- Bear crawls
- Crab walks
- Frog jumps
Boat and canoe with paddling
Tin Man Q
Mosey down the beach a ways and then circled up to relax with Not So Lazy Boys reaching to the right for our remotes and to the left for our beverage of choice. Then some Dollys, Dying Cockroaches (20 for most and 10 for the Pax who knew his Kafka), then a big round of Guantanamo with some Rosalitas before and Rosalitas WIP after.
We ended our 1st Anniversary workout with the Ring of Fire; 10 stations designed to burn all remaining energy from the PAX. The ROF included 60-seconds of AMRAPs of each of the following: burpees, merkins, plank jacks, flutterkicks, big boy sit-ups, dips, squats, crunches, LBCs, and SSH
Naked Man Moleskin
All totaled, we hit five workout spots and covered about 3.2 miles of sand and asphalt. Kudos to FNG MASH for posting for his first workout on a tougher than average day. And great work by 2.0s Texas Ranger and Sandlot who were hanging with us (and sometimes pushing the pace) the whole way. That’s the future of F3 right there.
Over the past few weeks as this day approached, I had a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions:
- Had we accomplished enough in our first year?
- Was the true message of F3 getting through to the PAX?
- How did we measure up against other F3 groups in their first year?
My business focused mindset was looking for a list of checkboxes we could tick off and point to success. Wasn’t there a scorecard we could be judged by and claim victory? Many hours of introspection and prayer later, I ended up settling on this simple fact: the work is never done. F3 isn’t about checking boxes and removing things from our lists. We don’t say “I’m fit now so I’ll stop working out” or “I volunteered so now I’m done volunteering.” Instead, every day we’re challenged to get up, put in a solid workout, and go be the men our families and communities need us to be. At the end of each day as we lay down to rest, we can know that we did what was necessary…and that the work begins again in the morning.
We may not have the largest PAX list but we’re still doing the work and trying to be better every day. And one day I hope we really are 100 strong with workouts seven days a week. But in the meantime, we’ll keep pushing ourselves, individually and as a group.
Should we still grow our group? Absolutely
Should we find ways to volunteer and give back? Every chance we get
Should we bond with other men over food/drink/sports? Whenever our wives will let us
If you’ve ever posted to a workout, come to lunch, volunteered your time, or even just said a prayer for F3 St. Simons, I want to say “thank you.” Not because you did something for me, but because your involvement in F3 helps make this little slice of heaven we call home a better place.
Keep working brothers.