Breaking Ground @ Beast Ridge

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Date: 10/23/2017
PAX: Banjo, Best in Show (RESPECT), Snowflake
AO: Beast Ridge
Conditions: Temperature, 65 degrees, strong wind gusts and heavy rain; the warm wind with humid and rainy conditions made it feel like Vietnam (kinda). Which inspired the final exercise!!
The rain-soaked ground provided entertainment and lots and LOTS of water puddles

Disclaimer provided with care and transparency.
– SSH x 12 IC
– Up Straddle Hop (one-legged SSH) x 10/leg IC
– Squats x 12 IC
– 4×4’s x 5 OYO —- (Ratio: 1 Burpee:4 merkins:4 mtn climbers)
– Plank x 12 IC
– SSH x 12 IC

The Main Thang:
**Short mosey to the far parking lot for some BLIMPS; lunges in between every two car spaces:
– Burpees (5)
– Lunges (10)
– Imperial Walker (15)
– Merkins (20)
– Plank Jacks (25)
– Squats (30
**Mosey to the covered pavilion:
Incline Merkins x 10
Single-legged step ups x 10/each leg
Bench Dips x 10
Decline Merkins x 10
Rinse and Repeat x 3
**Mosey to the soccer field steps for some leg work
Box jumps to the top of the steps Reverse Lunge back to the bottom of the steps
Sprint to the middle set of steps
Box jumps to the top of the steps Reverse Lunge back to the bottom of the steps
Sprint to the last set of steps
Box jumps to the top of the steps Reverse Lunge back to the bottom of the steps
Sprint to back to the middle set of steps
Box jumps to the top of the steps Reverse Lunge back to the bottom of the steps
Sprint to back to the last set of steps
***Fast Feet
Ascend the small steps as quickly as possible touching each step and run back down
Sprint to the middle set of steps
Ascend the small steps as quickly as possible touching each step and run back down
Sprint to back to the last set of steps
Ascend the small steps as quickly as possible touching each step and run back down
Sprint to the middle set of steps
Ascend the small steps as quickly as possible touching each step and run back down
Sprint to back to the last set of steps
Mosey back to the shovel flag for some glamour shots (see above) and Liutenant Dan’s; because, why not?!!
** At this point, the mumblechatter hit a fever pitch about Lt. Dan and his legs (or lackthereof!) **
Completed Lt. Dan’s – 1:4 ratio (Squats:Lunges) x 8 — basically until we couldn’t feel our legs, in true Lt. Dan homage.
I cannot express the energy and excitement at this morning’s launch and the upcoming Wednesday launch in Hixson (at “The Griff”) for the two new AO’s.  It’s certainly long overdue but with some of the challenges we’ve faced in Chattanooga being overcome, it makes the week even more meaningful.
As a final note – YHC offered appreciation and especially commended the group this morning given the conditions, particularly Banjo, who fought through adversity (his car wouldn’t start, the rainy weather & the gloom, and the race against time) and he made it!  It would have been so easy to just pack it in, and head back inside, but he didn’t.  He intentionally committed last night, and with that intention he followed-through.  All to support his brothers and this mission.  I found this to be the perfect illustration of the accountability and determination that F3 instills. Not just that, but an awesome example to follow if you are trying to be better in every aspect.  If you need true inspiration, look no further than those by your side. 
All that said, keep living 1% better, each day, every day.  1 percent better each day starts with a simple step, the first step.
See you in the gloom!

Letter to the Pax on Expansion Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Expansion: Our Biggest Leap Yet!
If you have heard OBT and Dredd speak, they stress that the only way F3 continues to be successful is by each man giving it away. To that end I wanted to take a minute and update everyone on our Spring ’17 LEAP efforts.
This was our most ambitious and successful set of LEAP’s to date!
Some key numbers:
8: Cities launched (Pittsburgh, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Minneapolis).
Over 600: New FNGs who have experienced F3 this spring at those locations.
53: Pax who traveled Downrange to #GiveItAway.
10: Current F3 states that sent pax DR to help with the LEAP (FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, OH, TN, MS, IN, PA).
$29,462: F3 funds spent to reimburse travel costs and provide LEAP stipends.
This was a major undertaking for a load of volunteers.
First and most important is to acknowledge the leadership of Starfish (Drew Dixon; Winston-Salem/Charlotte). He Qed the Spring 2017 LEAP, taking on our most ambitious set of launches ever while also juggling being a husband, father, and serving as CFO in a position that requires him to commute and spend many nights away from his family. A Winston-Salem Redwood Original, Starfish has helped lead the success and growth of F3 across the Piedmont Triad region.
Starfish talks a lot of smack and is always smiling, which helps hide just how huge an undertaking this effort was for him. First the research and conversations, phone calls and social media monitoring that go into deciding which cities to launch. Then, recruiting and training pax from all over F3 Nation to serve as City Launch Qs – with the massive scale of this spring’s effort, that involved training more FNGs to the LEAP than ever before, including hours of phone calls and emails.
Here’s who stepped up to lead those launches, all of which have been successful beyond our wildest hopes. If you’re proud of F3’s increasing national profile, please give the thanks to these men and Starfish:
Beverly; Winston-Salem (Minneapolis)
Schotty; Cleveland (Toledo)
Titan; CLT Metro (Columbus)
Grapevine; CLT Metro (Louisville)
Senator Tressel; Fort Mill (Cincinnati)
Long Time; Greensboro (Pittsburgh)
Fonzie; NE Indiana (Indianapolis)
Juggernaut; Greenwood (Birmingham)

Those men then got to go and recruit men to go DR, find AO’s, manage budgets, worry about the weather.
That’s when the real exciting part happens. Budgeting, flights, hotels, flight cancellations, weather (Noah called to say we had a lot of rain in the Ohio Valley in Spring ‘17) and hoping that pax will actually show up on Launch Day. The Friday night before a launch is stressful for these LEAP teams. After devoting hours of planning and travel away from families, you just have to pray that a few men will come out and give something completely different like F3 a try! We hold our collective breath on Saturday morning, waiting to get a report on counts via Twitter. Success all around!!!
Finally, huge thanks to all the men who took time away from work and families to travel to our LEAP cities and share their passion for F3! Over 50 men went DR for us – by far the most ever in a LEAP season. We count on them to return to their home AOs with a new passion for #GivingItAway and to help recruit other F3 men to help with future Leaps!
We continue to get daily inquiries from men all over the country who want us to bring F3 to their city. This week alone, we’ve heard from Lubbock, TX; Daphane, AL; Chicago; Groton, CT; Michigan; Colorado; and California. We are in high demand, but we remain an all-volunteer organization when it comes to Expansion. If you have flexibility in your life and a passion for spreading F3 to new lands, please let us know. If you have less flexibility, but other skills, we need to know that as well – we don’t just need guys to lead workouts, but also tech guys, finance guys, sales guys, etc.
I mentioned the almost $30,000 that we spent on this effort. If the unspoken 4th F in F3 is “free,” where does that come from? First is revenue generated by the royalty you pay for official F3 logo gear from MudGear. When you buy a race jersey, workout sarong, hat, etc., from MudGear, some percentage of that sale flows to F3. That’s why we can be such hard-a$$es when we find out people are producing non-official F3 logo gear or going around MudGear to sell F3 stuff to the pax. So please don’t do it, and to the extent you are able please support the effort by buying your gear through the F3 store.
The second way we raise money for LEAPs is via fundraising efforts by individual regions. For the last three years, Area 51 in South Charlotte has donated profits from their annual golf tournament to the LEAP – money generated by that event has funded over 9 LEAPs! If your region is planning an event that will generate proceeds for a good cause, please consider F3 Expansion!
Lastly if you are thinking about where you personally want to put your philanthropic dollars to work, we are very interested in being that landing spot. We have never formally passed the hat for Expansion, but the demand for F3 is crazy! I wish I could say yes to everyone who inquiries about F3 coming to their town. We spent a lot of our saved revenue from the last three years on the effort this spring and the demand for Fall ’17 is not letting up. The F3 Foundation can take tax-deductible donations and send them to F3 Expansion if you ask them to earmark that money.  You can make a donation thru the link on the F3Naiton website but please tag #LEAP.
Thanks again to all the men who really sacrificed time, energy and passion to taking F3 out to men who need us. Now it is time to give it away to more men!
We are going to continue to be aggressive in the Fall of ’17. Now that we’re on the doorstep, we’re going to make a big push into Chicago this fall, launching four locations at once beginning at the end of September. We’re also going to St. Louis and we’ll connect the dots between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in Texas with a plant in the state capital of Austin.
Follow @F3Expansion on Twitter and F3 Expansion on Facebook.
If we can keep the momentum going, this F3 thing might just work….! : )
Best Regards,
Crotch Rocket. @Cotchett1
Q/Plant, F3 Nation