Thursday Thunder – A Game of Chance

Date: 1/21/2021
AO: Thursday Thunder (Ogden Park)
PAX: Geiger, Pinto (F3 Raleigh), Blade, Beauty, Magnito, Steak Knives, 10 Count, Offering Plate, Special K, Buckeye, Pledge, Atari, WaterBoy, McNally, AmourAll, Dumbledore, Pumpkin Pie Chart, HumpDay, EOM, NAPA, Rascal, Boogieman, Brackish, Chop Shop, YHC
QIC: HushPuppy (YHC)
The mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.
1. Workouts are always free
2. Are open to all men
3. Held outdoors (or Virtual during a pandemic), rain or shine, heat or cold
4. Lead by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification needed. 
5. End with a COT

For maybe the first time ever, it wasn’t obnoxiously windy @ Ogden Park. This was sure to be a good omen of today’s beatdown as I stepped out of my truck this morning in the gloom. Several PAX were out and about getting in some EC. YHC and Steak Knives got in just under 3 miles rucking. Some other PAX are dedicated to become some Monster-Turtle-Thunderbolt-Sea Creature (Or something along those lines); with EOM and Geiger out for a run, and 10 Count and Chop Shop doing the Mule Mile. The Bear himself; 10 Count even bumped up his weight to 200 pounds this morning!! As all the PAX began to arrive to the AO, we quickly realized that we would have a large # for this Beatdown. THE THUNDER WAS ABOUT TO ROLL! Today’s workout was in celebrate of the quarterly F3 Cape fear Poker Run which is taking place this week.

Before we truly begin……………….. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: GET YOURSELF A CINDER BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will quickly realize it is the best few dollars you ever spent. A couple of PAX learned this lesson the hard way as they had to run to the coupon rock pile and grab some awkwardly shaped rocks. Geiger showed his further stud status by using the extra 70 lb Keg as his coupon #HunkAlert. Now that my #GetACinderBlock rant is over, lets get to the………..


PAX all circled up ready for the thunder to roll. Each armed with a coupon, ready to see what stupidity YHC was bringing to the table for today’s beatdown. Many faces made their return to the gloom, we even had NAPA’s twin Mr. Doko (his dog) running around AO. Once everyone was wrangled in, we started things up:

Shark Claps x 10 IC (Flapjack)

Windmills x 10 IC

Toy Soldiers x 10 IC

Bat wings x 10 IC each exercise (Hold arms up in-between) Forward Arm Circles, Backward Arm Circles, Moroccan Night Club, Seal Claps, Raise the Roof

We all grabbed our coupons and made a short mosey over the the end of the parking lot near the restrooms. The PAX spaced out socially distant and waited to hear what YHC had cooked up for this morning.

THANG: Test Your Luck

A PAX would come up 1 at a time to roll the big foam dice, and draw a playing card from the top of the deck. Each would impact what would happen for that PAX’s turn of the workout. 2 Cones were placed 25 yards apart with a F3 Keg placed at the one closest to the PAX. The # rolled on the dice indicated how many times that PAX would need to complete a Keg Carry to the farthest cone and back. (Example: roll a 5, carry the keg to the cone and back 5 times) The suit fo the card drawn indicated what exercise the rest of the PAX would complete until the Keg carry was finished. The exercises were as followed and listed on a board:

Diamonds: Curls for the girls

Hearts: Block Thrusters

Clubs: Bent over Block Rows

Spades: Alternating Block Merkins

Each PAX would get a turn to test their luck. As we made it through the first couple of rounds, some PAX started to make accusations of the deck not being properly shuffled. YHC took the opportunity to shuffle them again to silence the #GrumbleChatter. I must say, complaining must be the new favorite exercise over at Stingray, because boy howdy there was an abundance of it this morning. Either that, or YHC can take credit for creating a truly sucky beatdown!

The 2nd round of shuffling did not silence the #GrumbleChatter though. More complaining was voiced, even over YHC’s poker themed playlist. I guess “Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton is not an F# favorite. Despite the chatter and whining, many PAX were highly motivated and were feeling the affects of back to back sessions of Thrusters or Alternating block merkins. These 2 exercises were by far the most drawn. Curls for the girls at one point went on a 4 card run though to remind us how important they were.

With about 10 minutes left in the THANG though, YHC looked up and noticed something different about our beloved Nant’an Beauty. It seemed that he was taking the Poker theme to the extreme, because his shirt was completely unbuttoned and sleeved were rolled up! It appeared Beauty thought we were playing strip poker instead. Many PAX began to follow his lead, shedding their outer layers of clothes, hoping to achieve the #STUDLINESS that Beauty was bringing to the table. This made YHC proud that this beatdown was creating this much suckiness with any running at all.

After one last call of “who hasn’t had a turn?” YHC finished us off by rolling a 3. I very much wanted a 6 though from being completely motivated by all the other PAX. After YHC’s turn, we circled back up with our coupons for the………

FINISHER: Ring of Fire Thrusters

To the tune of Johnny Cash, we held Al Gore while one PAX at a time completed 10 thrusters. This event lead to even further #GrumbleChatter! Those Stingray PAX will crucify the Q if they do not end before 6:15. Some of them even were so impatient that they just started doing thrusters out of order on their own. YHC stated that “just because they workout at this same AO everyday, doesn’t mean they make the rules”. Talk about your Q attempting to be Hoffed. YHC restored order by stating that any PAX who had not thrusted, show thrust now. So the remaining PAX got their thrust on, bringing an end to the suckfest.


The COT was short, sweet, and almost rushed. YHC reminded the PAX of the 2, 2nd F opportunities on Thursday’s: Big Rock Bible Study @ Our Crepe’s & More (following the workouts); Also #TobyTalk @ Ogden Tap Room tonight (6:30 PM). Beauty reminded us to pray for Seahorse’s family and his 2.0 Blueberry. We removed out covers, and took a knee; bringing an end to a memorable morning in the gloom!

HushPuppy Over-&-Out!


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