Be the Man in the Arena

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  • When: 07/17/2019
  • QIC: Bloomer
  • The PAX: McDreamy(R), Pom-pom, Blackout (R), Blowout, GNC, Peg, Airbags (R), Dollar Bill

8 men posted for my VQ– thanks for the support.  Typical cool July morning with no humidity.

I probably went a little fast– less time for the Pax to bust my chops about something I screwed up.  Peg’s HR monitor showed we got after it– hit 191 at one point and stayed in the red the whole time.


15*SSH, Michael Phelps, Reacher, Merkins, LBCs, Bobby Hurleys


Indian Run carrying rope to parking lot.

Suicides followed by 10*Burpees, Big Boy Crunches, Squats

Ice Skater Jumps for form on way down/speed on way back- 10*Wide Grip Pushups, Flutter Kicks, Monkey Humpers

2 Foot Jumps for form on way down/speed on way back- 10*Diamond Pushups, Box Cutters, Prison Squats

Indian run carry rope further into parking lot.

Partnered up– 1 partner running down and back while other exercising.

Each team completed 50 Burpees, 30 LBCs, 30 Mountain Climbers, and 30 Box Cutters.

Indian Run carrying rope back to the circle.

2 sets of 10- Flutter kicks, LBCs, Hello Dollies, Supermans.. And a few Lindsay Lohans worked in.

Cooldown: 10*SSH, Michael Phelps, Reacher.

Message of the day has to do with being the Man in the Arena.. To quote Teddy Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; 

not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

After reading the F3 book and coming out to this group, it is obvious that we get up at 5:30 AM to continue to be the Man in the Arena— a group of high impact men but improving everyday and being a high impact man is much easier with a group to push us each day.  Carrying that rope on our runs is a symbol for each of helping carrying the rest of us– even when it gets hard– never a static load and always changing what support is needed.


F2 Thursday Night at Palm Valley Outdoors at 5:30


Thanks gents– get after it!

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