Writing this BB out of guilt. Bailed on writing for the last 4 workouts (SIB, Atlas, SIB, Bandit). You’ll just have to take my word for it – the workouts were all outstanding. Even have a little piece of paper with all the names written down from last week’s Bandit.
9 minute warm up
20 rounds of 1 min hard/1 min recovery (trust me, we did not cheat the times – interval watch is a heartless master)
~6 minute cool down
So why did I decide to write this backblast after skipping out on the last several? What is making me guilty? So far I can’t see any penalty/harm from failing to write something. My membership is not yet revoked. Well I got to thinking (always dangerous).
I’ve been part of F3 for 5+ years now. During that time family moved to a new house (to be clear I went too), started a new job, swapped out the >10 year old car fleet, added 5 more nieces/nephews (total is now 14 with another on the way), lost a family member, made it to my 20 year wedding anniversary, daughter got her driver’s license, son broke his leg (twice!), took the family to Spain, etc, etc. But if someone asked me about the most significant thing in my life during that time – without hesitation I would mention F3.
Now I am not suggesting that F3 is somehow more important than my kids or my 20+ year marriage. Instead I recognize that being part of F3 supports everything else in my life.
I’m not talking about working out. Sometimes I get questions like this: “Are you still doing F3?” Or this: “You’re in F3? Which one do you go to?”
I don’t even know how to answer those questions. F3 is not something that we do. It is who we are. It is not a place to go – it is a community that locks on to you in all that you do. Who was there when Owen broke his leg and we feared he would not walk again? Who did I speak to first when I lost my sister?
So this post started with something about why I should write these backblasts. There is not much to it – the workout took me about a sentence. The answer: Do the small things every day. Backblasts may be simple but they provide a touchpoint – the guys who were there can read it and say, yes – I was a part of that. Those who missed it can think – looks awful, wish I could have been there. The BB is a just a small piece in making sure we stay connected. Start there. Then build.
CLT Metro carries a reputation of being sort of aloof, distant, clique-ish in comparison to other F3 regions. It’s probably jerks who don’t write their backblasts who contribute to this vibe. Is it a fair criticism? Maybe in some ways. When you are the oldest, largest, fastest (yes) there is less motivation to seek out new relationships, meet new guys, bring in FNGs. But there is also this:
Go read the newsletter.
Even in too cool for you Metro there are outstanding things going on in the community. Give2Give, Fortitude, Peru, CMD sharing about family.
What are you going to do? What am I?
By the way, next week is AYG sprints. We will do it on hills. August is a 5 Tuesday month. Instead of timed mile we will do more hills on 8/29 with BRR coming up. All I got for today.