Northeast Tennessee

The Dash

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

WEATHER – 37 degrees perfect for 2A to add mumble chatter about how he was a man with a wardrobe lacking sleeves…..

DISCLAIMER – HUGE thanks to the 21 showing up to support YHC.

PRAYER – With the sounds of a train in the distance there were a few that thought some prayer request were in order but the QIC moved on


  • Imp Sqt. Walkers – IC – 8
  • ‘Merkins – IC – 14
  • SSH – IC – 51
  • PAX all grabbed a block and moseyed to the field dropping them at station 8 for future “fun”
THE THANG – Doc Ock’s Octagon of Love/Pain – The PAX partnered up (or as YHC sadly communicated….”pairs of 3″) In the field was an Octagon – 8 Stations – one for each of YHC’s 2.0s, PAX performed 8 of each exercise (each exercise base on the respective 2.0’s first letter of their name) then bear crawled to the next station – after completion of station 2.7 PAX jogged to the middle to pay respect to my better half (FiA Razorback) and performed motivator from 4
  • Station 2.0 – (F3Goat) D – Decline Merkins
  • Station 2.1 – (FiA Squid) J – Jump Squats
  • Station 2.2 – (F3Swirly) B – Burpee
  • Station 2.3 – (F3Peaches) A – American Hammers
  • Station 2.4 – O – Outlaws (8 right & 8 left)
  • Station 2.5 – (FiA Junie B.) L – Lt. Dans
  • Station 2.6 – T – The Lion King
  • Station 2.7 – J – Jumping Spiders
Rinse and repeat adding 8 to the exercise each trip around the Octagon (Motivators stay at 4)  Somewhere in the middle of the round of 16 the Burpee Train made an appearance which added to the “fun” for those already performing 16 Burpees at Station 2.2
  • Advanced Pickle Pounders (One legged…… you don’t get 8 shorties without doing a little more) – IC – 11 (Each Leg)
  • E2K – IC – 17 (Each Leg)
  • Sweat Angels – IC – 17
  • Doc I hate Yous – 3 count hold (or somewhere in there) – 5 reps  Some PAX experienced this for the first time and did not appreciate Kardashian’s need to ask about the exercise as we were in the middle of a 3 count hold.  With each rep more mumble chatter continued about the unpleasantry of the exercise.  A few PAX even accused YHC of using something as a kickstand!?!?
  • Count-a-rama – 21
  • Name-a-rama
  • Prayer

MOLESKIN – Thank you so much for your support this morning my brothers. With the addition of FiA and the juggling those of us who have 2.0s do, YHC has enjoyed Saturday’s at Iron Horse.  As I have learned more and more about PAX at IH and you about I, YHC felt it was time to take a Q.  I had looked forward to bringing a little love/pain to Iron Horse for a few weeks but then last week tragedy stuck me.  I knew if my schedule allowed me, I stilled wanted to be around my F3 Brothers. My dad loved serving his country (40+ years in the Navy or Army National Gaurd). He also was a family man.  I knew family was a perfect theme but wanted to do something to honor my Pops.  Most of my Qs start with 6 or 7 warm up exercises and end with 6 or 7 Mary.  I finally decided on something else Sunday.  The exercise were not the key today.  It was the reps.  The Warm up was 8/14/51.  Mary was 11/17/17.   My dad was born in NYC on August 14th, 1951 and died last Friday in WV November 17th, 2017. Like life, the warm up gave a start and mary gave us an end to our workout but again like life, the most important thing was what we did between the two.  If you have never seen the poem

The Dash – by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

In a few days we will bury my dad but its not goodbye.  He will live on. Through me, through my children, through his works. He lived his DASH to the fullest and lived 3rd.  I hope I make him proud and will strive to make the most of my DASH!!    ~ Your VERY HUMBLE correspondent ~ Doc Ock

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