Northeast Tennessee

Merkins and Derkins and Burpees and Trains (…and running)

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

12 PAX awoke in the gloom on a soggy mid-40s morning.  The weather man promised rain beginning during this Q and he didn’t disappoint (who else gets paid for being right less than half the time????).  The PAX logged a little over 2 miles this morning and logged a grand total of 100 merkins (IC).

LBACs forward X 10, then reverse X 10 , then Chinook X 10 (all IC)

Merkins (IC) X 10

TTT (IC) X 10

Abe Vigoda (IC) X 10

WMH 10 count on QICs command

Merkins (IC) X 10

Imperial Walker (IC) X 10

SSH (IC) X 20

Merkins (IC) X 10

Slaughter starter (yes, its a starter because its still in the warm-up, only difference is everyone is warmed up so no injuries occurred)

total merkin count = 30

A short Indian Run with 3 pit-stops for Merkins (IC) X 5 around the field to the Pavilion up Wilson, back down Boone ending at the shovel flag.  total merkin count = 15

THE FIELD – 5 stations placed around the large field making approximately a half-mile loop so @Refill gets his running in…..I hope his shoes didn’t get dirty.

On the whistle, all PAX converge in the center of the field for Merkins (IC) – total count = 15.  Only 1 burpee train, but it was a good one….

Station #1

Block curls X 20, bear crawl 10 yards to the cone, Overhead press X 20, bear crawl back, next station

Station #2

Imperial Walkers X 20 (count right leg only)

Station #3

Monkey Humpers X 20

Station #4 (at the bottom of the hill 🙂 )

Squats X 20

Station #5

Burpees X 5

rinse & repeat until time is called

THE THEATRE (I debated on which spelling to use, this is for you @Queen) 5 stations around the amphitheater.  When the whistle blows all PAX converge for derkins on the wall.  total merkin count = 22

Station #1

Wall jumps X 10, then decline wall walk to….

Station #2

Lunges X 10 (count right leg), then raccoon crawl to…..

Station #3

Mountain Climbers X 20 (count right leg) & American Hammers X 30 (count right side), then mosey to…..

Station #4

Burpees X 5 (watch out, the sundial is slick when it rains)

rinse & repeat until time is called

Mosey back to shovel flag


Merkins (IC) X 8

Boat/Canoe (don’ t forget to paddle)

Merkins (IC) X 10



Welcome FNG Todd William Mark Walters (I think I got that right) from hence known as Hee Haw.

Just a reminder that in the busyness of life, we need to ensure we don’t forget the eternally important things.  For example, yesterday I was very short with the M and 2.0’s.  Upon reflection my conclusion is it more about my response than their behavior or attitudes.  As men we should be starkly aware of the need to set an example for our families and those that look up to us (neighbors, relatives, employees).  In I Cor. 13, known as the chapter of love, Paul says in v1, “If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I have faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.”  Let me repeat that, “nothing”.  The end of I Cor Ch 12 describes and elevates spiritual gifts, but then in v31 he says, “But desire the greater gifts.  And I will show you an even better way.”  What is the better way?  Read the letter as it was written.  Ch 13 describes the greater gifts.  This will encourage and allow the fruit of the Spirit to well up from within us.  So when you’re tired, short frustrated, and in general just not being nice (some would call that being a “meany”), reflect on I Cor Ch 13 and choose to respond with love……

Love you guys…..

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