Gents– 17 men posted for my 40th-ish Q (39 backblasts posted, I know I missed posting on a few others). Below is the backblast from my VQ. I dusted that off today and made a few modifications but you get the point.
Those of you that know me know I am not a very touchy-feely guy. Anniversaries are a time to look back and reflect. My reflection today was how many still choose to be the “Man in the Arena” and how many have jumped into the arena in the last 2 years. Thanks for all your help and encouragement with my last 2 years.
Thanks for the push– looking forward to many more years and Qs.. Get some this week!
Backblast from July 2019 VQ:
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 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 further into parking lot.
Partnered up– 1 partner running down and back while other exercising. 10 merkins, 10 box cutters, 10 mountain climbers, 10 LBCs.
Over to concession stand– someway other than running.
Sets of Flutter kicks, Hello Dollies, & Heels to Heaven– fast.. And a few Lindsay Lohans worked in.
Sprint and walk to circle.
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.