WARZONE 04112019

So YHC gets accused of leaving the MuthaShip on occasion. Today was not that day. YHC actually HC’ed the day before after seeing Sludge had the Q, set his clock, actually turned it on, and jumped in the ol'FartSack.  Fast forward a few hours, YHC rolls over to give the check of the time since the clock hadn't gone off yet only to see 5:17 on it. What the ****, how the H**l. So I fly out the bed, throw in some contacts, brush teeth, and fly out the house. YHC rolls up to WARZONE at 5:34(which is a damn accomplishment) and sees the warmup in progress. As I jog up Eisenhower says "Hey, glad you made it. Your Q." Uhhh, wait where's Sludge? (apparently he had a Nueva attack & couldn't leave the confines of his outhouse. If only we all had a "Luggable Loo") Sure I'll take the Q, I mean warm-ups were done.


No Clue but saw some merkins

CowBoy hollered out to take a lap and sprinted off in the dark. (Not sure how he was last back to the circle)

The Thang

ChuckieCheese's WagonWheel (No Music for this but CowBoy did have a speaker with Nipsey Hussle blasting the entire time)

The wagon wheel starts at the hub in the center doing an exercise then you run out to the spoke ends doing same exercise.

Exercises( I may be forgetting 1 or 2 or using different ones-it's been a few days)

ATG Squats 20

Merkins 20

Dips 20

LBC's 40 maybe it was 50??

Derkins (possibly CRS kicking in)

Mary- Eisenhower was giddy to do something

25 IC Flutters

25 IC Something??

10 IC PicklePounders (I think he'd be happy with 45min of these)

CountOff, name-o-rama, Announcements

We had 1 FNG to name Shane Nesbitt now named BadFish


prayer- The Lords Prayer


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6 Week Weight Loss Challenge – Spring 2019

Need to lose some weight but don’t have accountability? Love competition and winning money? Here's your chance. If you're like me and have been wanting to drop a few pounds, there's absolutely no reason for you to say no to this challenge.

What: It's simple. $20 buy in. Whoever loses the highest percentage of weight in 6 weeks wins the pot.

When: 04/11/2019 - 05/23/2019

Where: You must bring your cash to me on April 11th and we will all weigh in and out on the same scale that I provide. No exceptions. There will be three opportunities on the weigh-in and weigh-out days.

  • 5:00am @ The Clinic (This will be quick so you can make it back to your AO)
  • 5:15pm @ Revolution
  • 6:45pm @ Mac's for Happy Hour

Details: Yes, there will be a chat and you will be added at weigh in. Yes, it will be gone when this challenge is over. You can direct your questions to the chat or me directly. If you fail to weigh in or out on the same day, you forfeit your chance at winning and it will go the the next in line.

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Operation Legacy Spring 2019: Hartsville, SC/GORUCK DONATION Info


Alright PAX,

We had 25 brave souls sign up for this event.  We have 1 female, 1 F3 Florence PAX, and 2 dudes I do not know attending this craziness.  They will probably quit life after 4 hours with me.  But, that does not include everyone that has donated to this cause.  There are a couple of Unsung Heroes out there.  To The Travis Manion Foundation you have donated $425.  That is awesome!  Now comes the actual event.

I emailed everyone who has registered more details about the event.  The only weight requirement in the bags is whatever donations they can fit inside it.  So if it is all canned spaghetti, that is roughly 20#.  This is your chance to Blue Falcon the Hell out of these 25 goons.  Judge Judy dropped off blue buckets with each AOQ to be filled up with donations.  That will help bring some pain but, we are also looking at getting a pallet of goods too.  If you want to donate to that and make nightmares come true, the information is posted below.  Yes, this is the fun part.

We are currently at $180 towards this pallet.  That's 300 cans.  So, even a $5 donation helps make this event super special for the registered.  And if not to bring pain to your fellow man, think about this.  There are probably children that live next to you that struggle with hunger and you wouldn't know it.  those little faces may smile at you in Church, at the grocery store, and when you are picking your 2.0's up from school.

I thank everyone that has supported this so far from the bottom of my heart.  Now, let's go the second mile.

Hit me or any of the ruckers up if, you want to drop items off.  Other than that,  the 19th and 0445 on the 20th is when we look to collect the donations.

Again, thank you very much.

Osegars@gmail.com is PayPal
Oliver Segars is venmo

"If not me, then who?"

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Prefontaine- 3152019

Weather – 61 with a head wind on half the track

YHC rolled in a little early to set up a few cones on the track only to see WoodChip’s truck. I peaked in hoping to catch him sleeping, but no luck. He was out logging 5 miles early so the rest of us would have a chance during the workout.

WarmUp- 5:29:30, take a slow mosey lap  yeah we started 30 seconds early, but I mean if your not there yet then what’s 30 seconds (BarFly, JudyJudy)

After warmup lap the disclaimer was given (figured I better since Stallion posted)

The Thang

4X 400m fast, 400m at a 10:00/mi pace- this give you 2:30 in recovery

30sec standing recovery after 8- 400's

4X 200m fast, 200m at 10:00/pace- gives 1:15 recovery jog

30sec standing recovery after 8- 200's

4X 100m fast, 100m 10:00/pace- gives 35-40secs recovery

Done---YHC was worried about running out of time in the allotted 45 mins but we finished in about 38mins.

Today's goal was to hit a speed on the fast laps that was below your 5K pace, and YHC will say everyone smashed those numbers. The first lap is your standard while all following laps are to be as close to #1 as possible. YHC will also admit that he went out fast on that 1st lap at a 1:30, and couldn't maintain for 3 more. The next 3 were 1:38 each.  I did keep my 200's and 100's closer to that 6:00 pace & was still at the back.

15 laps= 3.75mi (YHC is pretty sure a few speedsters ran 1 extra mosey lap after the 400's, YHC did not)

2:00-400 8:00mi/pace

1:45-400= 7:00mi/pace

1:30-400 = 6:00mi/pace

1:25- 400= 5:40mi/pace

1:20- 400 = 5:20mi/pace

I didn't hear any faster than a 1:20 but could have been.

Count, Names, Announcements, Devo

In relation to our spiritual lives, consistent track workouts can be like Bible study, prayer, daily control of emotions, choosing to do what is right instead of what is convenient, and resisting sin. All these things are difficult and sometimes painful but the joy of doing what you know the Lord wants you to do will strengthen your spirit. Then, when life turns into “race day” and you are hurting and fatigued, all your previous “training” can give you encouragement, peace, and confidence during great trials.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB)
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Audit prayed us out

YHC was really dreading this after Nutter broke out a damn 45min Q of race your tail off yesterday.  But after a mosey lap before everyone showed up the tightness eased off, and having 11 other guys there eases yesterday's pain and turns up today's pain.



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HC for Waterbug

Weather: Who cares?

F3Hartsville took a gut punch this past weekend. One of our Redwoods, a warrior, known and respected by all, ran his last mile. His finish line came up before any of us expected it to. In retrospect, I can't think of a more fitting way for Waterbug to pass away. He was running with a couple of fellow pax, both of whom came into F3 out of shape and needing encouragement to step up as leaders of men. Both Paula Dean and Skinny Pete have been transformed by their participation in F3 in general and by their relationship with Waterbug specifically. The light shines brightest when the night is darkest.

To honor Waterbug's legacy, everyone agreed that this special Tuesday Convergence should feature some classic Waterbug tortures.

LoveBug led us out.

All pax gathered up and planked in a moment of silence around the flag.

SSH IC x 20

Reach Thrus IC x 20

GroundBlind took over.

Count off in 4's. Everybody got it right until some guy from Revo showed up late and said "FIVE!" We have to give Revo pax a pass, because they chose to stay up from last night's HH and walked over from Mac's. #Respect.

Station 1

Spartan bucket carry and spear throw. Lawn darts in the dark with a flashy hula-hoop while pax run close by is a thing. This ain't no place for sissies. Speaking of sissies, YHC pulled up lame with a busted groin thanks to whuppin' Southern Belle's rump in the NFL Combine queue. The bucket finished YHC off. Judge Judy did my burpees.

Station 2

March Madness. WB was renowned for his work with balls. He loved his balls, especially sharing them with other pax. Only in F3 would that sentence be OK.

10 Merkins right hand on ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Merkins left hand on ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Diamond merkins on ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Elf on the shelf to the right/10 to the left

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

10 Squat thrusters with the ball

5 Bball burpees/10 leg raises with ball

Station 3


Waterbug was known for his yoga affinity. Many new pax would snicker until they started doing the workout.

High plank

Floyd Mayweathers (from plank position, reach through and punch, IC)

Catalina wine mixers IC


Low plank

Various planks till time is called

Station 4

12 Days of Christmas, Waterbug Style

It's not the loud talkers that you need to fear. Eisenhower, Barfly and Judge Judy are harmless. It's the quiet pax that scare me. Waterbug sat up late every night thinking of new ways to punish pax. Evidently Christmas time was especially hard for Waterbug, as he chose to take out all his anger and frustration from growing up in Goldilock's shadow on the poor innocent pax who showed up for 12 Days of Christmas.

Perform Day 1 and run to cones and back.

Perform Day 2, then day 1 and run to cones and back.

Repeat and keep adding another day until you get to Day 12, Day 11, etc. etc.

1 x Diamond Merkin

2 x Jump Lunges (2 ct)

3 x Plyo or Hand release merkin

4 x Carolina Dry dock

5 x Burpees

6 x Plank Jacks

7 x Jump Squats

8 x Inchworms

9 x Ranger Merkins

10 x Mountain climbers (2 ct)

11 x Rollups

12 x Groiners


All pax gathered back up around the flag. YHC, aka Blue Falcon, requested a round of Banjo Bear Crawl, but the pax beat me down. Thunderbird came into the center and led the pax in some Jane Fonda/Richard Simmons inspired plank leg thrust twist thingy. Audit pretty much just laid on his side and tried to look like Hugh Hefner. Not sure why he would do that in front of a bunch of men. Judgement Free Zone.


All pax counted off. Revo dudes evidently were fully awake as we got it right all the way around the circle.


In a beautiful display of solidarity, memory and respect, each pax said, "Farrell Talbert. 45. Waterbug" one at a time. It took a while, because we had so many pax, which made it even more powerful. Waterbug's name resonated across the field. His name will not be forgotten. His legacy is written on our lives.


1pm Visitation at the Lakeview Baptist Church Family Life Center (Gym)

2pm Funeral service. All pax are requested by Waterbug's M to sit together and wear an F3 armband.

Graveside memorial with F3 participation. Details to follow

5:30pm Revolution Waterbug Q

BOM and Devo by Divac

One of Waterbug's last Q's was a Convergence Christmas Q, where he opened up about his battle with depression. It was tough for him to get through it, but he did it. The pax stepped up and showed great support for him. Waterbug was excellent at all things, including his Devo's.

Transparency vs. Vulnerability

I thought about telling a highlight reel of stories of Waterbug.  But there have been a lot of stories shared already and I know later today and in the days and weeks to come more and more will be told.  All of these stories are great and true.  But the gloom is meant to get better, to sharpen each other.  That’s what Waterbug did every chance he had so that’s what we’ll do this morning.

A few weeks ago, at the anniversary convergence we spoke about living more out of our true selves.  In the COT we regularly see brothers be transparent.  This is something few men in our society do.  Few men get up in front of others and share what is going on in their lives.  But guys, I’m here to tell you it’s not enough. What we need is not transparency but vulnerability.

"Transparency" means, by definition, the ability to see through something. So when someone's being transparent with you, they're letting you see into their lives. They'll let you know what's going on and even inform you about how they've been feeling. But while people who are transparent will share openly, they do so in a self-conscious, controlled way. In other words, they're presenting a processed, polished version of themselves.

"Vulnerability" though is a little different. When someone's being vulnerable, they're making themselves susceptible to the judgment of others. Vulnerability means they don't just let you know what's going on in their lives - they let you actually see how everything is affecting them. This involves them letting their guard down and relinquishing control. In other words, they're presenting an unprocessed, unpolished version of themselves.

The tricky thing about "transparency" is that it makes us think we know a person. After all, they're opening and sharing about themselves. But that's the thing - people who are only transparent tend to only share about themselves. We know a lot of facts about them, but we don't really know them.

For example, if a friend told me that he lost his job, I'd feel sad and hope he finds a new one soon. However, if he told me he lost his job and now he feels completely lost - I'd feel strangely closer with him. Why? Well when someone loses their job, that tells me about his circumstances. But when he tells me how he's handling his circumstances, that tells me a lot about him.

And that's why it's probably difficult for us to be vulnerable with others because when doing so, we're letting people get to know the real us. And we don't want people to know the real us because if they do, then they now have the power to reject us. And we don't want that. That's why it's easier to put people at arms-length and tell them just enough so that they don't have to really know us.

We can’t be vulnerable with everyone.  We can’t be vulnerable with our entire AO.  We can be transparent, and that’s a good thing.  But the hard thing, which is what we do in F3, is intentionally cultivating those relationships with a few people where we can be vulnerable.

We love you Waterbug.


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It Will Be a Shuckin’ Good Time!

3/30/19 – F3 Hartsville 4 Year Anniversary Shindig


Location: Last Rites’ House

Come one, come all!  Those who attended last year remember fellowship and Stallion winning not one but two awards.  Those of you who weren’t a part of this crazy thing we call F3 Hartsville last year, come get some great 2nd F with us this year.


A party for all of F3 Hartsville AND the families of F3 Hartsville

This year we are back to shuckin’ oysters!  We will have other stuff to eat as long as you bring it (that means bring an appetizer to share).  Also, we will be taking monetary donations to apply to service projects in our community (3rdF).  That’s what F3 is all about!

Awards.  I did mention awards.  Divac will be sending out ballots shortly for your voting pleasure.  Don’t feel too bad if you don’t win one.  I know it’s hard for some, but be a man about it.  Did I mention Stallion won two last year?  Don’t let that happen again.


Saturday, March 30 6:00pm. Come early to help set up if you can.


1121 Pine Lake Drive, Hartsville


RSVP here by 3/23: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MooOZrey4WZZp-WGqrPBDRKnifmQMltl_2lPRIVgkAc/edit?usp=sharing  so we can know how many oysters to buy

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Fartsacking for GBF

Location: Warzone


Conditions: 40 Degrees

Equipment: 2 fire hose bundles

0430 started with Paperboy pulling up with DMX blasting. His confidence is up because of how well he has recovered from hip surgery last year. So, T-claps to him. We put in 4 miles for GBF in 52 minutes.

0530 started with Eisenhower slinging in lip-syncing Brittney Spears and Little Jack feeling betrayed because Eisenhower didn't have the Q. Q-sheet lied. ;)


20 4ct SSH
20 4ct Monkey Humpers
50 4ct Flutter Kicks

The Thang

1. PAX remained in a Circular formation. I started the event by passing a fire hose to the left and then did a burpee. We had to catch the hose, pass it, and do a burpee for a total of 100 burpees. It took the PAX a hot minute to start counting the burpees.

2. 20 4ct Flutter Kicks
50 LBC
50 Bridges
50 Squats

3. Repeat

We hit a 500 burpees as a PAX. We did different variations of burpees with the hose. We even got two hose circulating in the circle. The hose supplied both difficulty and pace to the workout. You also didn't focus on the fact you were doing burpees.

We circled back up, prayed, and pledged. Then I got 4 more miles for GBF.

I didn't have a devo planned. Lovebug said something about being thankful. Instead, I walked on into the dark dreading getting more miles under my belt. Could have just gone back home but, I got 1 goal. and that goal isn't accomplished by quitters. "How bad do I really want it?', I thought to myself. It is easy to accomplish goals as a team. It is not so easy to do it alone. Training alone is where intestinal fortitude is forged. It is reinforced and validated by the group. Do they see your hidden work? Am I fit or am I fat? True commitment is what I am really talking about. Because, "the proof is in the puddin."

The New Year is around the corner. PAX, friends, and family will name some ridiculous resolutions that they say they will accomplish in various facets of their lives both physical and spiritual. My question is, why wait? Jesus deals with all our commitment problems as he did when he walked the Earth in flesh.

59. Then He said to another man, “Follow Me.” The man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60. But Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You, however, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61. Still another said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first let me bid farewell to my family.”…(Luke Chpt 9)

Jesus wasn't being harsh to the needs of the these people. He had healed the sick and resurrected the dead and he would have done the same for these souls I am sure. they had Jesus in front of them yet, they still didn't believe nor were they committed. They offered excuses as to why they could not be happy in life and reach their goals. They were fat, not fit.

Let's try something old now, and not next year. Let's let our "No be No, and our Yes be Yes" without taking an oath or making promises we can't keep. That will not just make us better men but, better Christians and everything under that.


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Farewell Farsight

Back in August BA had agreed with Audit of Farsight to switch AO’s in order to keep each of us fresh and engaged.  Whereas Audit had lost his mojo, BA was still pretty damn awesome but BA felt sorry for Audit and agreed to the switch.  Therefore, Audit moved from Farsight to the Clinic and BA from the Clinic to Farsight.  On August 7th at the end of  Beasty Boy's less than difficult Clinic Q, BA called a trembling Audit to the middle of the circle and announced that BA and Audit would be switching places for the time being and asked the Clinic to be kind to the sensitive Audit.  This was greeted by pleas from the pax for BA not to leave but most importantly not to leave Audit if BA did go (sadly Audit wasn't able to handle the constant bashing by the likes of Winkles and others and eventually quit).  Brushing away the emotions, BA said it was done and BA quietly disappeared into the gloom.  As BA exited the stage he could hear the laugh of a female hyena (Lil Sweet) saying something about Nueva.......

BA resurfaced at Farsight on August 9th and his first act was to immediately annoy and harass all the pax on the Farsight GroupMe chat.  Noticing there were several names on the chat not recognizable, BA reached out to Linus to inquire who they were and had they been active at Farsight.  What occurred next is what has become known as "Linus' Massacre."  Linus basically started chopping off heads and deleting guys from the chat if they, in his opinion, had not been active.  BA tried to intervene and slow the carnage but it was too late.  When it was over Linus had whittled Farsight down to a mere shell of its former self (two of those axed were Stallion and Dumper who had long been kicked out of Farsight).  The 20 pax left standing included:  Divac (Redwood); Daisy Dukes; Mesquite; Purdy Mouth; Linus; Last Rites; Fallguy; Bagboy; Section 8; Pigpen; Guttenberg; Captain Crunch; Ragtop; Billie Jean; Fudger; Carpal Tunnel; Castanza; Body Bag; Lil Jack and Windows.  The brothers of Farsight quaked in their boots wondering would they be next to fall to Linus' axe.  BA managed to calm Linus' rage and got him to agree not to cut off anymore heads for the time being.  What happened to those he axed you ask?  Unfortunately those names have been lost to history and will never be known.  Tragic.

Despite the sad and unnerving start with Farsight, BA was graciously and hospitably welcomed into the group.  However, there were a few who were suspicious of BA due to the reputation of the Clinic for being genuine DH's.  These concerns were allayed when BA jumped in and started Qing and quickly became a regular along with stalwarts Ragtop, Last Rites, Windows and Lil Jack.  These four pax constitute the heart and soul of Farsight; not as awesome as BA but still very close.

Fast forward 19 weeks and Farsight finds itself humming along and whipping ass.  Farsight even has a candidate for City Council (Ragtop) and may even be ready to field a 2019 Fox team to dethrone Team DH from the Clinic.  They are definitely closing the gap.  We're talking smaller than a jolly rancher.  Farsight added to its fold Schroeder (EH'd by Linus who doesn't just chop off heads), Woodstock (EH'd by Schroeder), Heisenberg (EH'd by Schroeder) and Picasso (EH'd by Audit, yes Audit).  Farsight also brought back Wildman/Re-Run from the ash heap and accepted the transfers of Da Meat and Red/Pathfinder from The Clinic when they determined they didn't want to be DH's.

With the growth and overall sound health of Farsight, BA sensed it was time.  It was time to head back to The Clinic and save it from the destruction being brought on by a heinous virus causing wrath and destruction at BA's former home.  Yes, the Clinic was falling victim to "Ruckeritis," that awful disease being spread by Skinny Pete and Paula Dean.  They had lured Beasty Boy and Stallion into their web and were now homing in on Barfly, no pun intended.  BA was horrified at the thought of his once glorious Clinic becoming a "rucker" AO.  The horror, oh the horror.

Thus, BA made a fateful decision.  In order to save the Clinic he would have to leave his newfound brothers at Farsight and return to the land of DH and put an end to what Skinny Pete and Paula Dean were spawning.  He knew his Farsight brothers would be heartbroken and was fearful the news may cause the AO to shatter into pieces but BA had to do what he had to do.

December 20, 2018 (Thursday)

BA signed up to Q Farsight one last time.  It would be an emotional day for everyone.  It would be BA's 250th workout of the year and would be his 30th of 38 Farsight workouts since joining in August.  As BA drove past North Hartsville Elementary (BA's elementary alma mater where he was a champion in kickball) on his way to the AO he noticed a cluster of cars in front of the school.  Thinking it was either an early gathering for perhaps a Christmas party or it was a gathering of very feminine men, BA paid no mind to the dark specters in the gloom.

Nevertheless, BA went on to the AO to get started.  As BA pulled into the parking lot he thought to himself how the pax gathered had no idea their lives were about to be shattered when BA drops the news he's leaving.  Poor guys.

BA gathered everyone and announced it was time to start.  The first sign something was askew was when BA spotted Paperboy of the Clinic among the encircled group but chalked it up to the "Gray Man" missing his hero BA and came out to give him some support.  Or maybe Paperboy wanted some separation from the Clinic after Bowtie broke the news of Lil Sweet and Coxswain being in the Jacuzzi together.  Paperboy was wounded but perhaps he just didn't want to give Coxswain the satisfaction and chose to leave.  We may never know.

Either way, as BA called the troops together in the gloom BA noticed a group of men skipping into the parking lot singing songs from "Boy George's Greatest Hits" led by their sissy leader, Bowtie aka Sissy Boy.  BA rubbed his eyes to see if it was true; it was.  It was Team DH strolling in with what looked like a cooler while waving a Jolly Rogers pirate flag.  Venom and curse words spewed from the lips of the likes of Barfly, Skinny Pete, Judy (wearing a funny hat) and that foul mouthed Paula Dean.

It was the Clinic!  BA knew they were there simply to disrupt BA's Q.  BA shook his head with mild aggravation, gathered his wits and got his game face on.  As the pax took their places in the circle, BA announced he was calling the roll.  Immediately BA heard snarky comments from Team DH like "yall still take roll?" (Chainsaw who said something about eating sticks which was confusing) and "we would've already run a mile by now (Lil Sweet)."  BA was not distracted by their vitriol and announced, "Gentlemen, BA is calling the roll!"

BA had started a Farsight tradition (not really) of calling the roll prior to the workout.  If a pax HC'd and failed to show it would cost the present pax 10 burpees.  If a pax failed to say he was not coming and failed to show then it would cost the present pax 3 burpees.  This is a favorite of Windows who invented a few new cuss words the last time we did this when four pax HC'd but failed to show.

The roll was as follows:

Daisy Dukes: present

Linus HC: present

Divac (Redwood): present

Last Rites: present

Fallguy HC: present

Bag Boy HC: present

Section 8: 3 burpees

Pigpen HC: present

Guttenberg: excused

Captain Crunch: 3 burpees

Ragtop: excused

Billie Jean HC: present

Fudger: 3 burpees

Carpal Tunnel: 3 burpees

Castanza HC: present

Bodybag HC: present

Lil Jax: 3 burpees

Windows: 3 burpees

Purdy Mouth: excused

Schroeder: 3 burpees

Re-Run/Wildman: 3 burpees

Da Meat HC: present

Woodstock: 3 burpees

Red: 3 burpees *the Clinic DH's called Red a traitor thinking he was still one of them

Heisenberg: excused

Picasso: excused

Mesquite: 3 burpees

After 33 burpees BA led the pax in a few warmup exercises before heading to the main event.  The workout was as follows:

BA assembled the pax at the top of the parking lot where the blocks had been laid out.  BA called for a Clinic DH to partner with a Farsight pax.  When Chainsaw begged BA to partner with him BA knew his team would dominate Lil Sweet, Bowtie and Stepshow.  As the drizzle turned a steady rain Chainsaw made the observation that "even dogs get out of the rain....."

The exercises called for Partner A to run the full loop of the parking lot while Partner B performed the exercise.  When A returned they switched and Partner B would run while A did the exercises.

  • 250 Overhead Presses
  • 50 Burpees
  • 250 Curls
  • 50 Bigboys
  • 250 Chest Presses

*Team Chainsaw-BA dominated throughout; just saying.....

During the last set suddenly a group of men clad in dark clothing began to emerge from the gloom.  They were not as sissified as the Clinic DH's from earlier but we're still not talking masculine by any means.  It had begun to rain and our vision was limited but as they drew closer it was clear it was the Warzone Wussies led by Wall-E.  They raced in, caused confusion and disorder and then left as quickly as they had arrived.  It was classic Wall-E.  Evidently Chicken Fried was scheduled to Q Warzone but fartsacked so Warzone ran to his house (which was nearby) and is why and how they wound up messing up BA's Q.  Pax spotted from Warzone included Ike, Mutt and Wall-E.  Rumor has it Cowboy was in tow but no one saw him.

When the confusion cleared BA ordered the Clinic DH's to put up the blocks and then have everyone assemble back to the flag for a "Jack Webb" exercise.  The exercise called for every 1 "merkin" it would be followed by 3 "air presses" but the "merkins" would be of the "iron cross" kind.  The pax went all the way up to 10 "merkins" and 33 "air presses."  When BA saw Pinocchio and Barfly (who knew they were artist too?) struggling, BA reminded them there was no shame modifying to their knees; that this was a judgment free zone.    They immediately obliged.  Funny how "form" matters........

It was getting close to quitting time so BA called out "recover" which means the end of the workout.  Actually BA saw Chainsaw doing his finger "helicopter style" indicating it was time to wrap it up so BA called time.  As BA called the pax to close ranks and bring the circle in for "count off" BA noticed an "imp like" figure pulling a cooler to the circle.  It was Barfly, 2017 Mumble Chatter King, (Judge Judy is the perceived 2018 front runner) and he announced that it was a Clinic tradition to serve beer on special occasions.  Special occasion?  Lil Sweet asked if they had any girl drinks like Mike's Hard Lemonade but Barfly said it was only Budweiser this day.  Skinny Pete brought his own 40 oz and chugged it (BA has a picture to prove it if anyone wants to see it) as the pax began popping open cold cans of beer at 6:15 AM.  *Disclaimer: not all pax partook but all of the Clinic guys did......

So what was the special occasion?  BA was about to find out.  The special occasion was revealed when Paula Dean, on behalf of the Clinic, presented BA with a "Rasslin Belt" to honor BA for his "greatness."  BA was moved and patted Paula Dean on the cheek as Paula Dean let a tear go from the corner of his eye.  Paula Dean whispered or maybe whimpered, "BA, come home man, come home."

With that BA announced to the 24 assembled pax that today was his 250th workout of the year.  Likely no other pax in F3 Hartsville history has hit 250 each year.  A warm applause ensued as BA acknowledged the recognition but knowing he had to break the bad news raised his hands to bring the cheers to a halt.

BA then announced gingerly, "Men, today will be BA's last day at Farsight."  No sooner had BA uttered these words he heard Linus break out in a sob, the kind of sob of a little girl.  Then Pigpen uttered his first words in 19 weeks and said "Say it aint so BA???"  BA turned to them and softly said, "Yes, boys.  Its time.  It's time for BA to move on.  His work is done here."  Bodybag broke from the ranks and ran to his car in tears chased by Castanza who attempted to comfort his "special friend."  Billie Jean exclaimed, "I finally made a GD workout and you are leaving?"  Fallguy bit his quivering bottom lip fighting back the emotions.  Divac made a very strong point when he asked while pointing across the circle to the Clinic DH's who had been talking during BA's announcement, "why would you want to work out with those assholes?"  BA really didn't have an answer and struggled with a response.  All BA could muster was "because they need me Divac."

When order was restored BA thanked the Farsight pax for welcoming him into their group and for the opportunity to work out with them, fellowship with them and spend time in prayer with them.  Its been a great 19 weeks and BA has enjoyed every moment (except the time Windows Qd and made BA and Ragtop brick bear crawl in the driving rain in 40 degree weather.  That sucked.).  As the pax dispersed and as BA walked to his vehicle one could hear the faint cheers of Fudger and Carpal Tunnel from the comforts of their warm beds celebrating that BA was leaving Farsight and there would be no more GroupMe postings cajoling the pax to the workouts.........

That's all I got to say about that........

Fraternally, BA

Past Farsight Brick Holders:


Purdy Mouth

Judge Judy




Body Bag


Pigpen (current holder and lets hope he hasn't lost it)




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Marion Beatdown a New Beginning

The temperature was 50 the rain had not yet started and conditions were darn near perfect for a F3 beatdown. YHC and Schaffer arrived early to allow ourselves time to survey the AO and hash out the details of the workout. It was a little cool standing around but in short order the Pax were moving around the AO and the hoodies were coming off.

Warm Up :

SSH 20  IC

Imperial Walkers 20  IC

Cherry Pickers 20 IC

Hill Billy 20 IC

Love Me 20 IC

Windmills 20 IC

Indian Run around the track

The Main Thang :

Wagon Wheel.  YHC planted a Shovel Flag in the center of the grassy area in the middle of the track at the AO. This served as the hub for the Wagon Wheel. Four points were established on the perimeter where an exercise would be completed at each point.  Point A was 10 Merkins, point B was 10 Squats, point C was 10 Big Boy Situps, and Point D was Monkey Humpers(cause them monkeys ain't going to hump themselves)    At the center each Pax did 5 Burpees then ran to one of the four perimeter points.   After completing the exercise they would run back to the center do 5 Burpees then run to the next point. This was rinsed and repeated until most of the Pax had completed 4 revolutions around the Wagon Wheel.

Next we moseyed to the tennis courts for a round of 11s. On one end we did 10 SSH ran across the courts and did 1 Merkin. This was repeated until we worked our way to 1 SSH and 10 Merkins. Air Chair was held on the 6. We then Bear Crawled back across the courts to our original starting point.

The Pax then Moseyed back to  circle up around  where the flags were planted. Next was a couple rounds of the famous Banjo Bear crawl. Each Pax would hold the high plank. The first man would Bear Crawl around the circle ending back at his original starting point then the next one in the circle would go. Each time a Bear passed the Pax would do 1 Merkin.


LBCs  20IC

Flutter Kicks 20 IC

Freddy Mercury 20 IC

Box Cutters 20 IC

Hello Dolly 20 IC

Moleskin :

It was a privilege for YHC and Schaffer to have the opportunity to travel to Marion to aid in the start of a new AO.  We had many men travel to Hartsville to help us get started with F3 so it is nice to be able to pay it forward for someone else.

One of the best things that came out of this workout was when Chicken Hawk and Denver stopped during the Wagon Wheel portion of the workout to EH a gentleman who was doing speed work on the track at the AO. At first I thought  they were just using it as an excuse to take a break during the workout but when they came running back to the group with the man with them I realized that they had more in mind than just catching their breath. They had just Ehed a FNG.

This was no ordinary FNG. Flash is a self trained elite runner who at the age of 75 can still crush a 5 minute mile. If you don't believe me post in Marion yourself and watch him run. It wont take long for you to realize why he received the F3 name "Flash". As Mr. Jerry stood in the center of the COT and told the Pax about himself I quickly realized that this was a huge score for the Marion Pax. Not because he is a great runner but because he is a great man who will be a role model for the younger men of F3 Marion. As he told about himself he talked about how the hard times in his life had shaped him into the elite runner that he is today. Instead of allowing a hard hit in life to get him down, he used the hardship to push himself to become better. I could hardly believe what I was hearing ! His story was a perfect  introduction to the Devo I had planned.


Roman 5: 2-5

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Life is full of hard knocks. How we respond to the hard times is what defines our character. You may not realize it but people are watching you. The way in which you handle struggles in your own life can inspire someone else to gain strength through difficult times in their life. For me that is what F3 is all about. A community of men working through things together. The workouts we do together are more important than becoming more physically fit. They are teaching us not to quit. We learn that if we dig deep, rely on each other and keep pressing forward we will come through a tough situation stronger than we started.

F3 Marion is off to a good start. They have a strong core group of men who will grow F3 in Marion and will ultimately have a major impact on their community.

YHC is proud to have had the opportunity to help with the launch and I look forward to building strong relationships with my Marion F3 Brothers.



Respectfully Submitted,

Green Acres


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With Thanksgiving We Don’t Do This Often

Conditions:  48 Degrees; field soggy

All PAX grabbed a  block before we circled up with the exception of Flopper who showed up 2 minutes late.

Warmup (IC):

SSH x 20

Windmill x 15

Penningtons x 12 each way

Imperial Walkers x 15

The main Thang:

Knowing that Eisenhower especially hated this exercise, I thought this week would be a great time to do it again.  It’s been at least a year since we last did it.

Sitting on the ground, place your feet through the holes in the block. Stretch you legs out to full extension and lift your butt off the ground and inch-worm forward.  This is the mode of travel down the field.  Klinger immediately regretted showing up, which is saying a lot from the 50-mile Star Course finisher!

At the first tree, Big Boy Sit-ups x 10

2nd tree, Merkins x 10

Alternate trees all the way to the other end of the field.

When passing a pergola, grab onto the beam and do knee-ups x 10

On the 6:

Dips x 25

Box Cutters x 25

LBC x 50

Run a lap.

We had to get back to the starting point, so we decided it best to rinse and repeat.

On the 6:

Rinse and Repeat, with added curls

Hold plank for 90 seconds



What are you thankful for? I asked the PAX to think on that and be ready to share as I read the scripture.

Colossians 3: 16-17

16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Personally, the last 3 or 4 months have been great for me. I have a new job, a new house, a new truck, a new phone.  I sold my house within 2 weeks of it being on the market.  I sold my car to someone I worked with in Columbia and didn't have to haggle any.  I did all these things for my family who I am extremely thankful for.

Others shared their thankfulness for the freedoms of the country we live in, their families, their church, F3, Christ our Savior, and the list goes on.  What are you thankful for this year?  Have you taken time to thank God?

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