A Backblast when only 2 Pax show? Absolutely.

When a man fails to show for a workout because of the weather, YHC has been known to look unfavorably on such behavior. This morning was cold (low 30s). It was rainy. And though it didn’t rain during the workout, it was wet and cold and could’ve opened up at any moment beyond the drizzle that was gently covering us in mist (just to make sure we were extra chilled).
Maybe I should have called folks out. Maybe Barry Manilow and I should have packed it in when we were the only ones in the parking lot at 0515. Maybe we should have headed over to Golden Corral and worked out there… We considered all of those things… But we didn’t… we worked as two instead.

Mosey down to the Cul-de-sac
Circle up (line up?) for the following:

  • Windmills x 15
  • Weed Pullers x 15
  • Squats x 10
  • Merkins x 10
  • Richard Simmons x 15

Mosey up the hill and across Gold Hill to Publix.

4 corners escalator:
Round 1 = 10 reps
Round 2 = 20 reps
Round 3 = 30 reps
Then escalator back down to 10 of each… (30 again, 20, 10 — 6 rounds total)
Corner 1: Merkins
Corner 2: Squats
Corner 3: LBCs
Corner 4: CDDs

Then mosey back for COT.


When no one was there but me and Barry to work this morning, I initially thought, “this is stupid. I should either go back to bed, get a hot beverage with Barry, or go be around the other pax at a larger workout.” Then this thought lodged itself in my little brain…
What would a LEADER do?
Well crap… That ruined my plans to succumb; my plans to be an object to be acted upon, and not to be a force to act. I committed to lead a workout at a certain time and at a certain place. If I fail to follow through in the small things, then I will more easily fail to follow through in the big things… How you do anything is how you do everything, or so they say…
Later in the day, I thought, “write a Backblast for two people? Sure… then I can complain about things, or bust guys balls for not showing or whatver.” Then, that same thought…
What would a LEADER do?
Crap again. No call outs. No making this about me and whether or not I was butthurt or not over attendance or anything else. No. It’s not about me. It never has been, and I hope that I can do better to make it so it never will be…

Men. I love you all. This cause continues to give me direction and it energizes me to improve every aspect of my life. You are my brothers. You have unknowingly helped me survive some of the worst days of my life over the past 18 months or so, just by being there. By your showing up, and just being you, you have lifted my spirits. By showing up and making workouts terrible, you helped me leave a lot of frustration and angst out in the gloom instead of in my home. I may have missed you this morning, it’s true, but we all have things that keep us out from time to time. I’m not worried about that at all. Just keep coming out. I need you. We all need you. Don’t think that we don’t notice when you aren’t there. And definitely don’t think that your being there doesn’t matter. It does… to you, and to me, and to everyone else that you may come in contact with. This is true not only of the Gloom, but elsewhere also. You showing up makes a difference. Anchorman said to me once that sometimes a guy may come out in the morning and he’s just hoping that there may be someone to talk to about something that’s going on in his life. So we should show because we might be the only one that is there to hear him that day…
You can fake being interested, but you can’t fake being present. SYITG.

Helmet, out.

7 Replies to “A Backblast when only 2 Pax show? Absolutely.”

  1. Helmet-
    This is the stuff that makes me want to be more like you. A better leader. A better man. I like to think this is how I would have handled this situation, but I cannot be sure. What I do know is when I face it in the future, the odds are a lot better that I will handle it the way you did because of the way YOU DID and because you took the time to write an impactful Thank you for always challenging me to raise the bar as a friend and a leader.

    RT out.

  2. They were all coming to the Coop and fart sacked.

    Love this BB for an AO I’ve never been to. lol

    I can certainly attest to all you said. 3/25 marks three years in F3 for me and I can’t imagine losing my mom without F3 surrounding me. 10 or so brothers showed up for the funeral in the middle of the day and that meant a lot. Glass Joe in Union County locked shields with me and walked me through as he lost his mom about two years before.

    I’m so thankful for F3 I really can’t do it justice.

  3. Not too shabby! Seriously though, love you brother! You always know how to inspire others! And hey, I led this day over at GC… only 3 bootcamping PaX there too. It really was a horrible day outside.

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