This morning 15 men gathered in the gloom and put in some footwork.
We started with a mile mosey as a group and then we headed to the track.
While you vs you is a theme in F3, sometimes it’s fun to toss in a little you vs someone else. So that’s what we did today with some elimination laps.
The whole group starts together. As each lap finishes the final person to complete the lap peels out of the group and then begins to run in the other direction. It continues in this fashion until we have the fastest guy of the day.
Rinse and repeat.
T Claps to Winchester for being the fastest the first time.
T Claps to Vuvu for being the fastest the second time.
Take a few cool down laps as a group.
The goal was to get guys moving a little bit faster than normal. I know that I am guilty of falling into a comfortable pace that I can hold for 6-8 miles and just letting it roll. But just that hint of competition was enough to get most of us to up our game just a little bit.
And we were better for it.
Thanks to the guys who posted this morning and pulled me along with them.
Like many people I was working last week as our new president was sworn in. I did, however, watch his speech after work. There was a section that struck a chord with me.
“…the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us.
On “We the People” who seek a more perfect Union. This is a great nation and we are a good people. Over the centuries through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we have come so far. But we still have far to go… I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the common foes we face: Anger, resentment, hatred. Extremism, lawlessness, violence. Disease, joblessness, hopelessness.
With unity we can do great things. Important things. We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome this deadly virus. We can reward work, rebuild the middle class and make health care secure for all. We can deliver racial justice.”
I have always liked the fact that our founding fathers wanted a more perfect union. Not a perfect union. A more perfect union. This acknowledges that people a bent and imperfect. Nothing we create will ever be perfect. But we can always strive for perfection. Get closer to it. Be more perfect.
But coming together as a nation is not easy. We have sorted ourselves into imaginary teams based on random colors from the rainbow. We sit in bubbles surrounded by our own side of an argument as selected by algorithm. Trust in our media is at an all-time low because so often they try to tell us what to think, rather than telling us what is going on.
I don’t know anyone who wants to argue against the things listed above by our new president. But they are not something achievable by any one man, even if he is president. These ideals require the work of dedicated citizens. How can we reach out to people and form coalitions if we do not step outside of our shelters? How can we better our ideas if we do not have them challenged? The steel of a good idea is forged on the fire of vigorous debate. But a debate that gets too hot can ruin the whole project.
Reach out to guys that you might not have before. Try something new. Genuinely listen to someone who disagrees with you. Don’t interrupt and try to correct them before they have made their point because that clogs ears and hardens hearts. Ask questions rather than passing condemnation. Seek a solution. Together. Even though we go about it differently, you will find that we all want the same things. It boils down to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Peace, prosperity, and personal fulfillment.
Take a deep breath. Calm yourselves. Reach out to your brothers. And as always, #GetAfterIt