• When: 10/02/2017
  • QIC: Weedwacker
  • The PAX: Kingspoint, Mister Rogers, Gemini, DB, Snoop Dogg, The Wreck, Kickstand, Chili Crab, Monty, Detention, Hookup (R), Buble, Duggar, Britney, Weedwacker (QIC)

15 PAX posted at #thegeneral this morning for the first F3 Houston workout since our brother Big Wheel, son of Cruiser, collapsed during our convergence two days ago.

At the time of the workout we shared cautious optimism that Big Wheel might recover from his devastating event, despite overwhelming odds.

The workout began with affirmation that we are indeed doing the right thing for ourselves, our brethren, our families, and our community by continuing to post for F3 workouts. We asked each other to re-commit to the concept of pushing ourselves, but not hurting ourselves, and to look out for each other as best we can.

Condition

77 Degrees.

Disclaimer

YHC is not a professional. This is a free, voluntary workout. Push yourself, don’t hurt yourself, and modify or stop as needed.

Warm-Up/COP

  • Side Straddle Hops x 50 IC
  • Imperial Walker x 50 IC
  • Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 IC
  • Reverse Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 IC
  • Moroccan Nightclub x 10 IC
  • Ray Lewis x 10 IC
  • Grassgrabber x 10 IC
  • FLASHDANCERS! X 10

 The Thang

Mosey to the soccer field. Partner up.

11s as teams of 2, with Merkins on one side of the field and big-boy situps on the other. Slap hands with your partner each rep.

Although not explicitly stated, the purpose of this partner exercise was to emphasize that, although we say “you against you,” we actually rely on each other and draw strength from each other.

Indian run mosey around the block to the benches.

  • Russian Dips x 15 IC
  • Step-Up Skullcrusher Right x 15 IC
  • Step-Up Skullcrusher Left x 15 IC

Rinse-and-repeat x 1.

Slow mosey to the wall for:

  • Angry Chair x 40 IC
CountORama and NameORama

15 PAX including Britney who joined us at the end. No FNGs.

COT

We shared our hopeful thoughts and prayers for Big Wheel, and for Cruiser, and for Jessica, and for the boys, and for the family.

We gave thanks for our health, and for each other, and for our families, and for our many other blessings. We verbalized, as people often do during times like this, that we will no longer take those things for granted, although this felt different, at least to YHC, as if that promise was somehow more meaningful this time.

And then we left, with eyes on the still-dark road and a small portion of our minds on the week to come but all of our hearts with The Swendsens.

NakedManMoleskin

Shortly thereafter, the process in Big Wheel’s brain that we so greatly feared reached its inevitable, devastating, and unequivocal conclusion. Eric Swendsen passed away in the presence of his family in the afternoon of October 2, 2017.

The PAX supported Cruiser and the Swendsen family, some in person, all in spirit. We were in awe of their strength, and courage, and grace, all of which seemed impossible to muster. We are aware that the hardest days are yet to come, and that #oldmanstrong means something different now.

And, once again, we are reminded of our purpose as an organization of men who seek to improve our capability beyond the obvious physical sense. We have been building each other, building with each other, so that our individual and collective strength are there and ready to tap into when needed. And now it is needed. It is needed by our brother Bill, and by Jessica, and by Cooper, and by Eli, and by all of Eric’s family and friends. The support was needed today, and will be needed tomorrow, and this week, and next week. And then we need to continue to support them, in ways both obvious and subtle, well after the flowers and the casseroles stop coming and the acute pain of Eric’s departure becomes a chronic ache.

And we need to remember to support each other, as although our pain and trauma can not compare to that of Eric’s family, many of us are shaken by this. I admit to being very traumatized by these past three days – I suspect I am not alone.

We will show our strength in this time. Together. We will honor Eric with our commitment to his family. We will honor Eric through our appreciation of our time with our own families. We will honor Eric through our dedication to each other and by continuing to improve ourselves individually and collectively. We are fortunate to have each other. And I believe that Eric and his family were, and are, fortunate to have us too.

Today has been our darkest day together, and I have never been more proud to be a part of this group.

Thank you for the opportunity to lead this morning.

In memory of eric swendsen

– WW