BackBlast 575 – 38 Special

DATE: 12/7/20
AO: Johnson Park
QIC: Bald Eagle
PAX: Less, Gravy, BasicBro, Ralphie
Pre-Blast: I promised the pax 3.8 kilometers of running, and 38 burpees among other activities. Some of the pax thought I promised 3.8 miles and still posted, which would have been quite aggressive for all of the other work we put in.

5 Core Principles: Free of charge | Open to all men | Held outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold | Led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion with no training or certification necessary | End w/ a Circle of Trust

Disclaimer: This is a free, volunteer, peer-led workout. I am not a professional. I have no knowledge of any injuries or fitness considerations. It is each person’s responsibility to be safe and modify exercises if you need to. The most important thing is that you don’t get hurt, and that you finish. Remember, the workout should be you vs you.          


38 SSH
Stretches (as 38 was the minimum age at this workout)
7 Burpees


As we were celebrating the 2 year anniversary of adding the term “Cake Cutting” to our Lexicon, meaning to give a Charlie Foxtrot Q that implodes, I made sure the plan was simple and clear. We started off down the trail and stopped 8 times along the run for 3 burpees, and then completed 3 set of 8 reps of a given exercise. The exercises were as follows:

  • Squats
  • Dips
  • Glute Extensions
  • WW1 -> WW2 Sit-ups
  • Side Lunges
  • Merkins
  • Decline Alternating Shoulder Taps
  • LBC’s

After getting back to the AO, we had completed 24 of each of the above exercises, 31 burpees, and ran 2.51 miles/4 kilometers. We finished the remaining 7 burpees to get us all square at 38.

End of Workout

Circle of Trust (CoT)

  • Count-O-Rama
  • Name-O-Rama
  • Ball of Man (BOM)

Moleskine: Shared some brief reflections on turning 38 at the CoT.

Birthdays in late thirties start to close in on the age when the odds of doubling your age start to diminish. That, in addition to 2020 being the year when so many Americans have had their lives forever altered by COVID, and me having tested positive for it 3.5 weeks ago (mild case), have caused me to start to confront my own mortality. I think the world would be a better place if we all would do this – not in a despair oriented way, but in a manner that recognizes that we only have a finite number of sunrises and sunsets on this earth and we should think intentionally about how we want to use the days and nights in between them.

One other thought regarding aging that I’ve had is taken from Richard Rohr regarding the first and second half of our lives. He asserts that the first half of our life we are building our identity, importance, and security, and then the second half of life involves shifts toward finding deeper purposes than just being successful and healthy. While halftime of life in this sense doesn’t happen at a given age, and many times doesn’t happen at all, this is a transition I want to be intentional about making. I want to thank my loyal solider (lessons that have helped me build my ego) and then discharge him or her as he/she is no longer useful to continued growth as I seek new levels of meaning and purpose.

This week will also mark the week that we make the shift to gaining official F3 Region status. It’s been 2.5 years since I first helped bring F3 to Grand Rapids, and reflecting on this makes me recognize that F3 has grown most effectively in the ways that I have been most vulnerable and weak. Don’t get me wrong, I’m persistent, creative and resourceful, but as a 260 pound Clydesdale very much in the middle of the fitness levels of our pax I am not the guy who would be pegged to start a fitness group. I have many other areas of vulnerability from experiencing infertility to a laidback nature related to details, but in each and every one another pax (or multiple pax) have stepped in and accelerated this movement.

I’m really looking forward to what the future holds moving forward for 39 and beyond, and for this group as we continue to find our individual and collective purposes.

-Bald Eagle Out