his friend Ted. Akim surprised us by joining after we almost completed The Give Team 15. We ran Lake Eola Park with Cindy, stopping every half mile to do calisthenics, with the last guy carrying The Give Team flag.Jeff started us off since he hadn't joined us in awhile. At the first stop, once again there were a couple homeless guys who joined in, doing push ups with us. One guy did Superman push-ups. He was rail thin and missing teeth, but cranked out several push ups with his arms extended over his head. Each of our guys bumped fists with him as we wrapped up our push ups and continued on our path with Cindy.
A "Walk for Muscular Dystrophy" started with a marching band and over 100 people walking. Several people compliment us as we wormed our way through the crowd, stopping every half mile to do our exercises. While in the crowd, I introduced people to Cindy, sharing that she represents the burden we all carry in life. We each choose whether we pick up that burden to strengthen ourselves, or we let it break us. That we all have teammates to rely on to help strengthen us, and help us when we need help.
After our workout, I offered to buy lunch to celebrate OD's twenty third birthday. We brought Cindy and the flag to the restaurant on the path. While eating, we all set our goals for the season and the rituals for the first month. One new thing we're doing this season is each month, each teammate picked ONE WAY they'll give back over the month.
Each teammate's goals will be posted on the website when I get the rest of them turned in. In the meantime, we'll focus on the UPDATED workout for the next two weeks.
Monday, September 10
Tuesday, September 11
Wednesday, September 12
Thursday, September 13
Friday, September 14
Saturday, September 15
Sunday, September 16
Monday, September 17
Tuesday, September 18
Wednesday, September 19
Thursday, September 20
Friday, September 21
Saturday, September 22
Sunday, September 16
Saturday morning started out of sync" because I couldn't find my keys. OD had a full car since he was picking up Love, Akim and bringing his friend Ted for the first time. I also needed OD to pick up Smith since I wasn’t driving. Fortunately, Adam was joining us for a fourth time from the other side of the county and was able to pick me up with all the gear.
We all showed up on time, including J and Laura. They participated as guest coaches. We were introduced to J through Instagram and his lively fitness page @thejpesoshow. J is FIT, and his engine runs hot. Laura is his partner in Fitness and life as his wife and together they shine with an edge. Unfortunately the workout ran long and we didn't get to hear J's story of overcoming challenges. I'm confident we'll get another chance at one of our workouts.
We started with introductions, The Give Team story, Earl Granville's story of Cindy and how Cindy became part of our team in Miami last February. The Give Team 15 left us drenched as we made our way to the trail around Lake Eola, and I knew I wasn't in a good place. I run these workouts fasted - without breakfast - which might be ok if you're in good shape. To be honest, even if I ate before working out I'd still have trouble. It’d just give me something more to throw up. A wasted meal.
The big problem? Ever since the Bring the Ruckus event at NinjaFit Gym two weeks ago, I committed to myself and on here that I'd put in work every morning. That event was a sign NOBODY on our team is as ready as we need to be. Especially me. How did I respond? I did nothing that week. I made it "ok" with myself because I was busy with work, and concerned about OD's teeth (he took a 125 pound sand bag to the mouth and will end up losing three teeth) and school started for my daughter. The following Saturday, I suffered through the workout. Another wake up call. I got “ok” with it last week because I convinced myself I'd put in work every day the following week. I did some movement work to strengthen my wrists and forearms, but I didn't get out and get after it in a meaningful way. It was end of month at work and I was busy. Then this weekend’s workout happened.
After The Give Team 15, my legs felt like concrete. My gut wasn't good. My head wasn't right. We had three new people working with us. The first stop, I took pictures and videos. I always do that, but then I typically put in my work. But not this week. I ran and took my turn with Cindy, but the entire morning was slow and painful.
The Give Team is not about me. It's about the guys on the team. The posts and pictures rarely have pictures of me. But I take pride in one thing that sets this team apart from others: COACHES PARTICIPATE. No barking orders from the sidelines. Coaches aren’t relegated to merely strategy and jumping around with a cheerleading skirt and Pom Poms. We suffer together. We grow together. We celebrate together. Coaches LEAD BY EXAMPLE! The morning continued, and I captured a lot of good footage. But I was in my head the entire time, frustrated and angry. It's very simple. EXTREMELY simple. Put in the work, you get the results. If you didn't do the work, it just wasn't important enough. That's what I tell the team. But it IS important enough. I didn't align the importance of doing that work with the purpose at the moments when the work needed to be done. Simple. I let the team down. That's how it works. Simple.
During the run several people noticed us. More people than usual. An 18-month old boy saw us doing burpees and joined in. A gentleman who was missing teeth and difficult to understand yelled something about how what we were doing reminded him of when he was in the military and started cranking out push ups with great form. Relevant to the overall message, we need to act like people are watching. Because they are. You choose how people see you, and the choices you make are what they see - a hero, a has-been or a half-assed effort. The most beautiful part about life is you get to choose what they see.
We finished the run and I confessed to the team. I let them down. I reminded them of Give Team Motto 17: "The most important promises you make are the promises you make to yourself. The easiest promises to break are the promises you make to yourself." The promise of being STRONG enough to carry this team is a promise I make to myself and the team. Never again.
I have some making up to do, so the work I do will vary slightly from what's on the calendar. At a minimum, I’ll do what’s listed below.
Week 6 / Day 36: Monday, September 3
Week 6 / Day 37: Tuesday, September 4
Week 6 / Day 38: Wednesday, September 5
Week 6 / Day 39: Thursday, September 6
Week 6 / Day 40: Friday, September 7
Week 6 / Day 41: Saturday, September 8
Week 6 / Day 42: Sunday, September 9
Week 7 / Day 43: Monday, September 10
Week 7/ Day 44: Tuesday, September 11
Week 7 / Day 45: Wednesday, September 12
Week 7 / Day 46: Thursday, September 13
Week 7 / Day 47: Friday, September 14
Week 7 / Day 48: Saturday, September 15
Week 7 / Day 49: Sunday, September 17
**If you want to know what comprises The Give Team 15, hit the link and it'll take you to the blog post that lists the exercises.
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Brad Mason is head coach of The Give Team, and a firm believer that no matter how little you think you have, you ALWAYS have something to give. So give more. Give more smiles, more compliments, more focus, and more effort.