Northeast Tennessee

Re: Accountability (and wall jumps). Smaller is better.

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

13 PAX post on a crisp, 32º morning.


  • Through The Tunnel – 15 IC
  • Willie Mays Hayes – 15 IC


Count off by 3s and group up. Leader named for each group, responsible to assign counting/cadence responsibilities, and ensure completion on time.

  • 48 Little Baby Crunches
  • 40 Air Presses
  • 32 Squats
  • 24 American Hammers
  • 16 Dips
  • 8 Wall Jumps
  • 8 Boat Canoes
  • 16 Merkins
  • 24 Side Straddle Hops
  • 32 Flutter Kicks
  • 40 Shoulder Pretzels
  • 48 Mountain Climbers
  • 1 Stair Lap
  • Rinse, repeat. 4x


  • Plank – 30 Count
  • Little Baby Crunches – 48 Count


Great to see the unstoppable and clothes-shedding Chum, the steady and infinitely-abtastic Slugger, and the whiny-baby-pants but also Captain-American-like Donatello in the Iron Horse gloom this morning. I also appreciated the lingering first hug from Deep Dish, and the even longer lingering second hug when he came back for more (mostly because my polar-bear-esque physique is warm, I think?). Regardless, it was a welcome, tender moment. (ahem)


The theme today was accountability. We worked in small groups, so that we couldn’t hide or slack without being noticed, and we worked together, in cadence, the whole time. I won’t bore you with the details about how accountability has helped me. I’ll just encourage you to do two things:

  1. Public Accountability. Pick a dude (or two, or three) and set up an accountability schedule to be continually confessing weakness, strategizing about how to stay on track, and engaging in transparent conversations about your wins and losses, what is causing them, and what you might do to grow, mature, and gain mastery in those areas. Not only does this help you be more intentional about making gains, it teaches you humility, lets you encourage others, and affirms that your buddies love you even when you fail (and truthfully, probably love you more).
  2. Personal Accountability. Spend some time this week reflecting on your faults, and especially how those have effected your life, your family, and others. Perhaps you have some issues with anger or pride, or with alcohol or lust? Perhaps you overeat or have developed a habit of being lazy in your “old” age? Maybe you manage money poorly or aren’t very intentional with your time? Pick something, and ask yourself three questions: How has this fault effected my life in the past (how is my behavior responsible for my circumstances)? Then, ask what you could have done differently to have avoided that negative behavior and those negative consequences? With that in mind, what are you going to do differently, to ensure that doesn’t happen again? My suggestion is to write down the answers to those questions, and dig deep. Maybe write 1,000 word answer to each of those, and see what comes up. Then, once you see things clearly, form a plan, and share it with someone who you know will help you be the man you want to be. I’m praying it’ll be something meaningful that will reveal something powerful, and will set you and your family free.

If you’re interested in some group accountability, some of us have been making weekly commitments on Slack and posting daily updates to help us stay on track. If you want in, just join the #oneweekchallenge channel.

As always, climbing not sliding.


  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 6th, I’m going to start grabbing breakfast at the Market Street Chick-fil-A at 6:00 in the hopes that someone will join me for some weekly goal-setting, failure confessing, wisdom sharing, and accountability. I’m sure we’ll sprinkle in some book recommendations and Biblical principles as we go, but the main thing is just to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” If you want in, just show up.
  • Get signed up for the GOMR (Get Outside Mountain Relay) — a 208 mile relay race with you and 11 friends where you camp, eat, nap, tell jokes, and take turns running 10k’s until you’re done. Kardashian has the info. Let him know if you want in. We need four more guys to field a full team. I think we have some rucker options too?

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