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F3 MeCa | January 26, 2021

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MeCa – COVID-19

Well gentlemen, crazy times out there for sure.

On St. Patrick’s Day, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we officially suspended group workouts here in MeCa and would reassess by March 30th.  With the shelter in place orders that have become active yesterday in both Mecklenburg and Cabarrus County, it will likely come as no surprise that we won’t be resuming our workouts like normal on March 30th, and that the timeline is now indefinite.  Nobody wants this, it just sucks. Life will eventually go back to some sense of normalcy, but we just don’t know when that will be yet.

Meanwhile, we operate more or less as we have for the last week.  I know pax are getting together in small groups for off-the-books workouts with social distancing, and that the shelter in place notice kind of reads like a workout under 10 people is just dandy.  Maybe it is, but you won’t see me out there.  I want to be out there in the gloom with my brothers as much as anybody as we could sure use it right now, but proximity equals risk.  I believe the best way to combat the spread of this virus is to act as if you already have it.  I’ve reached the point where I have told my 2.0s that they can no longer play with their friends for the time being, which in turn, means neither can I.  You all are grown men, and some of the finest people that I know, and will always be free to make your own decision about whether to do just about anything, including getting together for a group workout.  I just ask that you consider refraining for now until this all blows over.  Off my soapbox.

I am seeing some great stuff from the HIMs in this region in getting creative with ways to stay active, engaged and connected.  A bunch of guys stepping up their leadership in a time where our “standard format” for how we do things has kind of gone out the window.  Tclaps to Dutch Boy for stepping up and creating the #covid19responseteam channel for opportunities to help in the community (open to anyone.) Tclaps to Man Down for doing his best to keep us informed as a health care provider himself on the front lines of battling this virus (no doubt I am missing other MeCa pax fighting this fight as well.)  Tclaps to Shooter for getting us involved with Walk Cabarrus, a county wide campaign to reach 1 billion steps, and we are leading the way (and the organizers have taken notice.)  Join and log your steps here.  Tclaps to Solocup, Poutine, Stifler, Hot Wheels, Powerball, and Snowsuit for getting us going with virtual style workouts. It’s not the same as the real thing, but its certainly better than OYO.  These things are great to keep us engaged and upbeat as we are definitely staring at some tough times here in the short term, even if the virus spread turns out to not be that bad.  The economic impact is already hurting people and it will touch us all.  Let’s keep doing some good.

With that in mind, I have a bunch of MeCa stickers that I never really knew what to do with, I got an idea for them now.  Do some good, get a sticker.  All pax mentioned above, you get one.  There is no formal criteria for what “good” is, we will just go with “we will know it when we see it.”  Please help me recognize anybody that you believe deserves it.

As Dark Helmet puts quite well in the latest statement from F3 nation, let’s keep accelerating, keep moving forward.  Let’s lead like the Marines – Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.  I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this group of men.  This will all soon pass, let’s continue to lift up our families and our community in these uncertain times. Stay strong and take care of yourselves, so that you may best combat this virus if it enters your life in a more immediate way.

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

See you in the virtual gloom now…and the actual gloom soon.  Aye!



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