Happy Good Friday, everyone! I can only assume that on a morning as nice as this one weather-wise, so many Sparta regulars were missing because they’re already off on Easter excursions. If it wasn’t a holiday honoring the Most High, His death, burial, and Resurrection, we may have held it against you guys.
Regardless, 11 PAX showed up to start Good Friday off right – low 60’s, partly cloudy, with a chance of beatdown.
Here’s what we did.
- Quick mosey down the hill and hang a right. Stop at RuSan’s lot for COP.
- After I remembered how to count: SSH x 20, the return of The Imperial Walker x 20, Squats (which may or may not have resembled a cobra) x 10, Merkins x 10, Mountain Climbers x 10, LBC x 20
- Brief mosey up Park Road, to the Food Dog lot where we set up base camp for:
- What I affectionately deemed He is risen; He is risen indeed. What the Lord Jesus did once and for all in 3 days, we would do in 10 minutes – 100 times. At the top of each minute, these 11 PAX would descend to the ground from which they came then ascend to the heavens for which they are bound, in burpee fashion, 10 times, then rest for the remainder of the minute. Rinse/Repeat for the next 10 minutes. Red Fox, you would have loved it. We were refreshed by a gentle rain midway through paying tribute to the J-man’s unselfish act for all mankind.
- Mary to recover and because I wanted to lay down after 100 burpees. 10 LBCs, 10 left-side mutants of Boone LBCs, flapjack
- Mosey up Park Road across Ideal Way. Left on Magnolia.
- Run the length of Magnolia to South Blvd, alternating 20 Flutters and 20 Plank Jacks at each intersection.
- Mary waiting for the 6 and an opportunity for me to re-learn my left from my right in a safe space.
- Mosey down South Blvd to Millenial Teeter lot for the following circuit:
- Partner up – one partner runs to opposite wall and back to switch with the other partner who has been racking up reps on exercises – each partner set achieves a cumulative 50 Merkins, 50 Squats, and 50 LBCs
- Mosey down Elmhurst for a brisk tour of my hood, onward through the Butterfly Park, right on McDonald, back to the main school lot for COT.
- Everyone got 2 extra minutes of gloom time, thank you for your patience and your enthusiasm.
Those of you who were there, bravo! That route was a burner and everyone showed up to make it happen together. Thank you!
To those of you that weren’t, we missed you and you missed out.
Lots of Saturday workouts to choose from this Easter weekend:
Nabisco has the Q at The Worm, 6am, AG Middle School
Missing Dove made the invite to Midwood, 7am, Midwood Park in Plaza Midwood
And remember to support the brand new Revolution, 7am, Revolution Park on the West Side
Prayer of Thanksgiving:
I am personally very thankful for F3 and especially you lot of Sparta. Out of all the posts, Sparta and the men that frequent it is what I talk about when planting the seed for a potential FNG. F3 showed up during a dark and chaotic period of my life and I am better for having been here. It has provided me with order and served as a positive outlet 2 years running now. I’ve Q’d once before at Phoenix, little over a year ago. This morning was a fun opportunity to flex that muscle again. Thank you to Thin Slice and Doobie for the push and accountability. And when I say we missed you to the pax that weren’t there, I mean it. It is very cool to be a part of a group where absence is felt and gratitude for presence is expressed. Thank you.
I’ve also been learning more and more the value of doing something every day outside of the comfort zone; how good that is for your brain, confidence, development, and gratitude. I liken the start of my Q this morning to my love for karaoke: the first couple lines of the song might be a little bumpy while I’m finding my sea legs, but by the end of the first verse I’m convinced I could hang with Springsteen. Definitely leaves me grateful for those of you who lead us on such a regular basis with such flying colors. Thank you!
Gloria in Excelsis:
This is the desire and goal of our lives – the glory of God. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! – Psalm 133:1
May we all find the grace of God to engage faithfully in our ruling activities, to live holy and blameless lives, and be faithful witnesses to Him. It’s a beautiful thing to be in the company of men from all walks and backgrounds, sharing in the suffering we help put each other through in the gloom week in and week out. I wouldn’t accomplish the activities we accomplish in the gloom if I didn’t see the rest of you lunatics doing it around me. If they can keep going, I can keep going! Your presence is powerful. Much like the Lord’s presence is the driving power in my life. The thing I’ve experienced in my searching as undeniable and has always brought me back to Him in my journey of faith: His Presence. I can do more and keep going because I know He is with me, He loves me, and He has promised never to leave nor forsake me. I like knowing that it is all not up to me at the end of the day. That the weight of the world doesn’t rest on my shoulders though I catch myself trying to bear it. That I can’t do anything to be loved less or to be loved more. That there’s someone who’s joy it is to lessen the load, prepare the way and walk alongside me one foot in front of the other.
We go from here to shine as lights before all men to bring honor and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. Let those who come in contact with us be impacted positively because we know Him and that same love, peace and joy that is in us be transferred to them. Thanks that the Lord Jesus walked the Earth and that every human being who has walked the Earth since then is blessed because of it.
Thank you. Y’all have a great Easter weekend. He is risen…