We will not be deterred

Seven pax used this morning to get better.  The temperature was just below 50 degrees; once we got going it felt perfect.

The Thang:

  • Light numbers at 5:45, so take a hot lap around the parking lot to see if anyone else is coming. Pick up Slaughter.
  • SSH x25, IW x20; Squats x20.
  • Mosey to Hamilton St. bridge. 20 Merkins OYO above I-277.
  • Mosey to Avid Xchange deck (needs a name). Run up the ramps, 10 hand release merkins, backwards fun the flats, 10 hand release merkins… all the way to the top.
  • Let Country take some pictures of the Uptown view.
  • Grab some wall. People’s chair with arm presses (x25).
  • Jacob’s Ladder – run down ramp with escalating burpees at the bottom and 10 squat jumps at the top.
  • Mary to collect the Six. LBCs, flutter, dolly.
  • Grab some railing by the elevators. No, we are not taking the elevator down.  Reverse pullups x10, 10 merkins OYO, reverse pullups x8 (flipped grip), 10 diamonds OYO.
  • To the stairs. All the way down, all the way back up, back down.
  • Mosey back to playground by the school, briefly slowing down for some lunges across Hamilton St. bridge. At the playground, 60 pullups and 120 dips OYO.
  • Mosey back with a semi-hot lap around the parking lot to get to an even 2 miles according to Slaughter.

Naked Moleskin:

YHC hopes this wasn’t the first Fortitude workout without a Returning Champ or FNG.  That’s a record you don’t want on your resume #virginiavsUMBC.  There were mixed emotions.  On one hand, it’s a lot easier to lead a workout with guys who are generally healthy and do F3 multiple times per week.  You don’t have to worry about making it hard, but not too hard, for such a wide spectrum of abilities.  For instance, when Returning Champ No. 5 was limping a couple of weeks ago, YHC inquired as to what was causing him to limp.  No. 5 explained that he had been shot in the ankle in a prior life and was never able to get the bullet removed.  On the other hand, the reason many of us come to Fortitude isn’t for the 1st F, although that is a nice benefit.  Instead, many are drawn to the 2nd F with the Guests.  It’s inspiring to spend time with these men who have nothing in terms of material possessions but continue to laugh, smile and push through every day.  It gives you perspective that even if you don’t love your white-collar job, things could be way way WAY worse.  Each of us has been blessed in so many ways, and for YHC it is often easy to lose sight of that.  Fortitude is a good reminder.  Of course we want to serve the Guests and do what we can to help them, but it is very much a two-way street.

That being said, it was a pleasure to spend time with the men who came out this morning.  We got to experience some new territory with the Avid Xchange deck.  Slaughter was the last to join us but he was out front all morning.  Not sure if Biff owns any long sleeves, he’s always rocking the short sleeves.  MC said he enjoyed the hand release merkins up the Avid Xchange deck.  We need to get him out to more F3 Metro workouts.  Country seemed REALLY pleased with the Jacob’s Ladder.  Fruit of the Loom was the first one in the lot this morning. #neverlate  And YHC learned that Toolbelt is an avid concert-goer, especially when Rainbow Kitten Surprise is in town.  It’s been said a million times, if there is one thing F3 is, it’s consistent.  Rain or shine, hot or cold, Pax are going to show up.  As disappointing as it was that there were no Guests with us this week, that will not deter anyone from coming back next week.

Thanks to Slaughter and Pipeline for the keys.

Hope to see everyone Thursday morning.



  • Men’s Shelter Annual Breakfast this Thursday 7:30-9am @ the Westin.
  • Double down with Slaughter at Shark Tank beforehand – rumor has it he’s going straight to the Mutha.

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