Northeast Tennessee

Don’t Count the Burpee Train in Your Total

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

Conditions: Clear, Waning Crescent rising, 50ish

12 Pax found the AO  and were ready to put in some work.




  • Cherry Pickers x15 IC
  • SSH x20 IC
  • DQ x10 IC
  • Merkins X5 IC
  • Carolina Dry Docks X5 IC
  • IW x15 IC
  • LBAC x15 <>
  • Burpees 10 OYO

The Thang


Long mosey to creek side of park. Cones set at appx. 20 & 40 yards. Dora: 125 Merkins – sprint to far side of park; 100 BBSU – bear crawl to first cone; 75 burpees – lunges to 2nd cone.

Most groups were in the middle of the burpee rotation when the burpee train reared its ugly head. I made sure everyone understood that any burpee train burpees are a bonus to the 75 we were already working on. YHC felt the resulting love.

Mosey to Tombstone Hill. 7s OYO. Carolina Dry Docks at the bottom, burpees at the top.

Time’s up





Some of you guys may get tired of seeing the 7 year old picture below, but I don’t. I have it tattooed inside my eyelids as a reminder of the past. In lieu of an epistle, I am simply going to say that the man in the photo below could not have done the nearly 90 burpees, sprinted up a hill (or anywhere), etc, etc that we did yesterday.

As I write this, I’m sitting on a tennis ball which is helping nurse an IT band inflammation that showed up last night. This minor injury helped me realize that a switch flipped in my brain some time in the past 6 months.

Look at that guy below.

For him, an injury was a relief, “Whew! I don’t have to go to the gym for a few weeks. I have a good reason NOT to run and I can catch up on some missed television.”

When I was told today that I needed to rest, my first thought was, “OK, this is minor, I can modify bootcamp for a week or so, but how am I going to get my miles in?”

The Pax of F3 Johnson City helped me flip that switch.

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