Northeast Tennessee

Ab-solutely Hilly B-Day

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

17 PAX found themselves in the gloom on a soggy 50 degree morning ready to celebrate QIC’s birthday.
TTT – 10 IC

WMH – 10 count right then left

LBAC – 10 IC

LBAC Reverse – 10 IC

Merkin – 10 IC

Grab a coupon and mosey to Tombstone Hill.
QIC was celebrating my 36th birthday. 36 would be an important number for the Q. PAX were instructed to leave their coupon at the bottom of the hill. Simple workout. Run up the hill for 36 reps of the prescribed core move and back to the bottom for 10 reps with the coupon. 36 total moves as follows:

1 Merkin
3 Squat
5 Shoulder Press
6 Flutter Kicks
7 Curls
8 Heels to Heaven
9 Bent Rows
10 American Hammer
11 Incline Merkin
12 Imperial Walker
13 Lunge – R
14 Scissor Twist
15 Dry Docks
16 Mountain Climbers
17 Curl
18 Boat Canoe
19 Front Row
20 LBC
21 Decline Merkin
23 Lunge – L
24 Flutter Kicks
25 Shoulder Press
26 Heels to Heaven
27 Curl
28 American Hammer
29 Dead Lift
30 Imperial Walker
31 Diamond Merkin
32 Mountain Climbers
33 Sumo Squat
34 LBC
35 18 Burpees
36 18 Burpees


I’ve been reading a book called Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book About a Really Big Problem. The book is written by pastor Kevin DeYoung. I shared with the PAX during COT that if they are anything like me, busy is the baseline. DeYoung provides 7 diagnosis for our busyness:

  1. We are beset with many manifestations of pride – Are we trying to do good or make ourselves look good? We all struggle with pride, which can sometimes be very subtle, and it controls much more of our busy lives than we care to admit.
  2. We are trying to do what God does not expect us to do – We are not Christ. Yet, we feel compelled to “save” the world around us, often by our strength.
  3. We can’t serve others without setting priorities – If you step back and look at Jesus’ ministry, he had to set priorities to achieve his mission. This means he left towns without healing everyone, chose to pull away from the crowds at times, and focused on his strategy. He couldn’t meet every need so we certainly can’t. We must focus on what we are called to do.
  4. We need to stop freaking out about our kids – The Pinterest age has every mother and father convinced they must involve their children in every possible activity, master musical instruments, achieve straight As, and be the next Lebron James. It’s unhealthy and compounds the busyness problem.
  5. We are letting our screens strangle our soul – Put down the phone or tablet. We don’t even realize just how much screen time takes away from our day. It chips away minutes at a time but at the end of the day we have sacrificed hours to our tech.
  6. We have to rest ourselves before we wreck ourselves – We don’t take time to rest. We work at work and work at home. We stay up late and rise early. We have no sense of boundaries with our time.
  7. We suffer more because we don’t expect to suffer at all – We’ve fallen into the trap of a lie that we aren’t supposed to suffer. Parenting is hard. Work is hard. Keeping ourselves in shape is hard. Hard takes time. Hard is…hard. We are not promised an easy road to walk.

This is a wonderful book and a must read for anyone struggling as I do with being super-busy day-in-and-day-out.

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