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Good Old Fashion Hockey Barn Burner

    • When: 08/07/20
    • QIC: Jester
    • The PAX: Chuckie, Smiley Face, Socrates, Pepperoni, Catfish, All-Star, Goldplate, Pantalones, The Sphinx, Fest-a-Fun, Jelly, Plato, Hee-Haw, Roxanne, Hot Sauce, Whitney, Anchor Bar, Water Boy, Atticus and Jester

The day began with a disclaimer as they always do before a workout. There were no FNG’s on hand this day so we went straight into the warm-up.

  • Warm-Up:
    • Cherry Pickers – 10 in Cadence
    • Windmills – 10 in Cadence
    • Moroccan Night Clubs – 10 in Cadence
    • Plank Position to Downward Dog Stretch for a 10 Count
    • Plank Jacks – 10 in Cadence
    • Mountain Climber – 10 in Cadence

PAX then moseyed over to the make-shift “F3 Rock Region Ice Palace” in the Adventure Air Sports parking lot.

  • The Thang:
    • Karaoke Line: Start at goal line and mosey in line to blue line, red line and far blue line – karaoke in line across the lines and switching stance at each line and mosey to far goal line. In the words of Kurt Russell playing Coach Herb Brooks in the movie Miracle, we did this “Again”.
    • NUR-icides: Start at goal line and NUR to blue line, red line, far blue line and far goal line – 10 merkins at each line and jail break back to the starting goal line after each set of merkins. Pick up the 6 when finished and finish with them. Similar to Karaoke Line above, we did this again “Again”.
    • Starfish Face-Off: PAX used the five face-off circles that exist on the ice playing surface to work through the following exercises:
      • Center ice face-off circle – 10 Burpees (note: PAX returned to the center ice face-off circle after each of the following exercises to “Again” before working at the next face-off circle.
      • 1st Offensive face-off circle – 10 Apolo Ohno’s
      • 2nd Offensive face-off circle – 15 Hello Dolly’s
      • 1st Defensive face-off circle – 20 CDD’s
      • 2nd Defensive face-off circle – 25 Flutter Kicks (Single Count)
    • Blue Line Shuffle: High knees to the left – at whistle (YHC forgot an actual whistle) flying squirrel – up and shuffle right. PAX high kneed back and forth until completing 10 flying squirrels.
    • Ab Lab at COT: PAX still had time on hand after completing the above drills for all PAX on hand to call out an ab exercise before closing out.

During the course of the workout (when YHC was needing to catch his breath), the following quotes from former NHL players that YHC came across in preparing for this Q were shared:

Ray Bourque (former Boston Bruin Defenseman): “Goals live on the other side of obstacles and challenges. Be relentless in the pursuit of those goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Along the way, make no excuses and place no blame.”

Wayne Gretzky (former Edmonton Oiler Center): “I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach.”

Wayne Gretzky (former Edmonton Oiler Center): “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I worked hard every day, that I never dogged it.”

Gordie Howe (former Detroit Red Wing Winger): “I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.”

Bernie Parent (former Philadelphia Flyer Goalie): “You don’t have to be crazy to be goalie…but it helps”.

OK…yes… this last one isn’t so much inspirational, but it involves a Philadelphia Flyer (YHC beloved team as a kid) and it’s from a goalie (position YHC played). So, YHC felt the need to share.

In addition to the above quotes, YHC shared memories/history of growing up playing the game of hockey from about the age of six up until YHC’s early 20’s. YHC didn’t grow up in an overly encouraging/motivating household. This carried through in YHC’s day to day for the most part with the exception of this game. Hockey was one area as a kid that YHC strived to be better at for whatever reason. If there was ice time available, YHC wanted in on it just to get better especially if it meant playing with bigger and faster players. YHC believes over time (sadly it took almost the course of two decades), the game of hockey, to some extent, built a level of drive/motivation within myself. As YHC is getting older, I’m realizing this also created an “it’s on me mentality” which doesn’t always equate to a good thing because there were plenty of coaches and players that built me up along the way to help me get better at the game I loved to play so much. This is still a lesson I am learning today at the young age of 45 🙂 A lesson of being aware that there are people around me and in my life who have helped me become better. My M is one who I do not give enough credit to in shaping me into the person I am today. God definitely had a plan in mind with the spouse He blessed me with 17 years ago. I can’t think of anyone who has challenged me more in my life than her. Oh, it has been painful at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She was the push I needed in my life to be open to going back to attending church. She no doubt gets the credit for getting me through the doors, but there are many PAX I had the pleasure of working out with this morning that have helped me strengthen my faith the past three or so years in being part of this F3 thing whether it has been during a workout and the messages delivered in COT’s, on solo runs with individual PAX sharing their hearts or in the Journey sharing life experiences and scripture that have provided valuable lessons on what it means to be impactful within our communities for which YHC is extremely grateful!

We closed with announcements and prayers.

Announcements: Bethel Men’s Shelter opportunities and the catch all “read your newsletter”.

Prayers: There were several prayers lifted up for PAX today that involved requesting peace, comfort, healing and strength from the Lord for current situations in and/or around their lives.

Thank you White Hat for the opportunity this morning!

Jester Out

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