Down To The River @ SoCal

  • When: 05/22/17
  • QIC: Cropduster
  • The PAX: Banjo, Castaway, Padawan, 8-Way, Paula Dean, Panda, 2-Stroke(for the finale)

Cropduster’s VQ @ – F3GraniteFalls newest AO which meets on Monday NIGHTS at 8pm.  Hey guys – there’s a different feel for the evening workout – the spirit seems a bit lighter and we work hard and have a BLAST at the same time.  Today was no exception:

This A/O normally meets on the Square.  Since Cropduster has some unexplained obsession with The Tater Hole on Lake Rhodhiss – we went Down To The River – we actually met there and worked out at the ‘Hole!

Even though Cropduster arrived early and did a prerun with Banjo while putting together his workout, the decision was made to scrap the plan and wing it!  I had planned to take us on the trails at Lakeside – but being heavily wooded and rooty and snakey – we decided to stay at the TH – so I made this stuff up on the fly:


  • SSH
  • High Knees
  • Butt Kickers
  • Merkins

Log Work (found a BIG log by the road) – it took 4 PAX to lift:

  • OH Press x 10 while the others did Flutter Kicks
  • Flip Flop

Mosey to Picnic Tables at entrance to Lakeside (ran off young lovers)

  • Alternating Step Ups
  • Incline Merkins
  • Decline Merkins – NOT!
  • Tricep Dips

Mosey to Bathroom wall for some: Wall Sits (typed that carefully)

  • OH Claps
  • Muhammed Ali’s
  • Joe Fraziers

Mosey down to the Hole:

  • Curlz with other logs – bad idea
  • On the pier – Merkins (while pier bounced along with us)
  • PAX laid out side by side – one would jump over each one at a time and the rest followed suit – all the way up the pier.

Mosey to grassy field across the road:

  • Plank work – various styles (high, low, side, other side, plank jacks)
  • Ab Work – in between the various planks for relief (DCR, FM, Flutters, etc)
  • Tunnel of Love – 2 rounds – very dirty and lots of fun

Approach the BIG Hill:

  • 5 Burpees at bottom, run up hill, 1 squat at top
  • Ladder down, run up, ladder up

And now for the Drum Roll……………..the moment of truth had arrived.  Cropduster had posted all over social media that we would be getting wet at SoCal tonight.  We moseyed over to the pier, took off all our clothes and ran to the end of the pier and dived in one by one.  Naked.  Skinny Dipped.  Fish Bait.  It was the most FREEDOM that this old wrinkly man has experienced in a long while.  Naked.

OK, we didn’t actually take our clothes off – butt I would have had anybody dared me!  The 8 of us ran the length of the pier single file and we dove, cannonballed and 2-stroke even did a Gainer into The Dern Tater Hole.  There is a nice sign there that says “No Swimming” – we were rebels with a Cause!

Guys – only 8 men on Planet Earth can say they have done a 45 minute workout at The Tater Hole and then jumped in as darkness enveloped the ‘Hole!!

COT:  Cropduster recited John 3:16.  Then all PAX said it in Unison.  Then the PAX said it in Unison and replacing “the world” with our F3Name.  Then the PAX said it in Unison and replacing “the world” with our hospital name.  Cropduster encouraged us to do things like that while reading scripture – place ourselves in the story and make it personal.

Prayer Requests we were lifted.  I was expecting stubbed toes and mosquito bites.  4 of the guys made heartfelt intecessory pleas for loved ones who are suffering from cancer, disease, brokenness, and more cancer.  There is a lot of pain and suffering going on in our midst.  Let’s lift our loved ones up.  Let’s lift up each other – and we did.  And while doing so 2-Strokes daughter joined hands with us for a touching end to our pain and fun.

Today at SoCal we went Down To The River – and we jumped in!

I love this stuff!


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