Friday’s QOD

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Nov

Friday’s QOD

Does it matter to you if you come in last?

“Air Force”

20 Thrusters
20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
20 Push Jerks
20 Overhead squats
20 Front squats

For every minute on the minute you have to perform 4 burpees.

Compare to June 11/11

133 Responses

  1. QOD answer: It’s relative. Would it matter if I came in last if I worked out with Chris Spealler and Rich Froning? I don’t like the T-Shirt in the picture because someone HAS to be last. Is that a bad thing?

  2. cheyenne

    I thought it was a positive statement….you know, I’m last but finish, hell I should get a sticker for coming not burpees!

    1. Kevin

      I’m just sayin…you’re not always last. Every body has their strengths and weaknesses, and you are far from last on certain days.

  3. Amanda

    Definitely doesn’t matter if you come in last. I come in last all the time.
    I don’t like the t-shirt, don’t think it belongs at Crossfit.

    1. Amanda

      I should clarify… The t-shirt nor the saying doesn’t bother me. That overall attitude at the gym, THAT’s what I think doesn’t belong at Crossfit…like people shouldn’t be last. I actually like the saying on the shirt because that’s the sort of thing that motivates me. But I took the QOD out of context because my eyes immediately went to ‘Don’t be last’.
      I think that’s one of the things that makes our gym unique is that people know they don’t have to feel embarrassed in coming in last…so I sort of felt that was being challenged or something.

  4. Guy

    Love the t-shirt! πŸ˜‰ Where can I get one?
    It matters to me! It makes me want to go faster and not be last.
    As a high school football coach and someone who’s played sports their entire life, you’re damn right it matters if you come in last. No one likes to be last. Last time I checked, CrossFit workouts are all timed so I’m thinking it has something to do with competition.

    1. Corinna

      I could not have said it better myself Guy! Amen brother!

      I love the T-Shirt !! After reading some of the above comments, I also feel bad for the poor Moncton Cross Fitter who was wearing that lovely shirt! After last week’s e-mail that went out to the whole Cross Fit community about me last week, I am happy that it is not me who was wearing the T-Shirt!

      1. Amanda

        Sorry – I don’t mean the t-shirt in particular, I mean the expression itself…
        When it comes to sports, yes I see that it would be encouraging or whatnot… but at Crossfit, and where there always has to be an individual (not a team) who is last, I don’t feel like that’s the right message to send, that maybe it would be discouraging?
        I don’t know… It’s all a matter of perspective.

      2. Steph F

        I don’t mean the shirt either. I wear my t-shirt “youll pass out before you die” all the time πŸ˜‰
        I just think that some people prefers to be competitive with themselves and not with others. I would be really discouraged if I started to be competitive with others. My goal is just to keep improving my own scores. If not being last is motivating for some people, that’s great. Of course nobody likes to finish last, but it should not discouraged them to continue and improve.

  5. Steph F

    It doesnt matter. Everybody has their goats, and there has to be someone last. When it happens, you have the entire gym cheering for you!
    I don’t like that shirt either.

  6. Mario

    Being last isn’t so bad. In the end, it’s all about your score, and how you’re gonna beat it the next time around. Fran better be shakin’ in her boots.

    Also, “Air Force”… hurray? And how come I heard “someone” mention it recently? πŸ˜›

  7. Marco

    To touch on what guy said, i think it matters to most of us if we are last or not, to those who are just starting out it might be a goal or something they strive for. I think the difference is that we all don’t want to be last but we would certainly never discriminate against those who finish last.

    Better to finish last than to keep your ass on the couch!!!

    1. Mario

      I think you nailed it. I mean, the thought of finishing last might be a motivation to some, moreso if it’s somewhat a tight race. But in the end, the CFM family will cheer you on, no matter where you finish.

  8. cheyenne

    WU x 1
    Practice SDHP
    Push Press: 1’s
    65-75-85-90-95

    WOD: 40#
    20 Thrusters
    20 SDHP
    20 Push Jerks
    20 OHS
    20 Front Squats
    Every one minute on the minute 3 (scaled) Burpees
    Finishing Time: 15:47 of my BEST minutes!!

    Topped off by a Dole Banana Sticker from my Buddy Heidi for showing up πŸ™‚

  9. Gabrielle

    We all have a right to our perspective and opinions. First or last matters if it matters to the individual. I love what Cheyenne wrote. I also love the person in this picture and value her perspective. The only thing I don’t like is this picture being posted in the way it has been…

    1. Amanda

      Yes, I agree.. I think I took it out of context as well. I don’t know who is in the picture, but I associated Kevin’s QOD with the motto on the t-shirt as it applies to Crossfit Moncton, so I don’t agree in that sense..
      Liam said it best below, that if that’s what motivates you then great, but it definitely wouldn’t apply to everyone. It doesn’t apply to me.

  10. Jane

    Agree with Gabrielle. The QOD is, “Does it matter to you if you come in last?” and not “Do you like the t-shirt?” I admire and respect the person in this t-shirt.
    It matters to me if I come in last. It doesn’t matter to other people if I come in last. Except maybe to Marco. He’d probably make fun of me.

  11. Liam

    Well… since you’re only really “competeing” against yourself at CF then you are not only always first, but you’re always last too.

    With that being said, I’d be living in technocolour if I didn’t admit that when 2 crossfitters are close in skill and endurance that “races” emerge. I think this is a good thing because it adds drive and excitement to the WOD and helps to give you something else to focus on rather than the clock. Plus, in my experience, it’s always a friendly race and there’s nothing but high fives and congrats to everyone involved after it’s over, reguardless of who came first and who came last.

    At the end of the day though… going back to my opening statement, mentally pushing yourself through Any WOD you may face, and finishing while still using good technique is the goal. Putting the work ahead of you, behind you, as fast and as technically sound as you can. If that means you’re done in 1:50 or 15:00 then that’s what it is. Where other people finish, ulitmately, has no baring on what’s going on with you and your experience with your WOD.

    People are motivated differently. If the person wearing that T-shirt finds that that motto/mind set helps them and works for them then that’s fine. (for them) But, it won’t work for everyone.
    I guess we’ve all got to find our own (metaphorical) T-shirts that work for us.

  12. Kevin

    I love the comments! No one is right or wrong on the matter. I’m glad it’s sparked so much conversation, especially before 9am on a Friday!

  13. Nath.

    I read the comments earlier this morning and to be honnest (and no offence), I’ve been offended by one of them… but I stepped back and gave it some thought.

    As a kid, performance was important to my parents. We had to be the best at what we were doing. Compared to the rest of my familly, I wasn’t very good in sports (I’m the nerd one… lol!). I played soccer but I quit because I wasn’t good enough. I was good at swimming, tried some competition, but I quit because I wasn’t good enough. In phys.ed class, I was always picked last so if I had the opportunity to skip a class, I would.

    As an adult, I tried Crossfit. I’ts been more than a year now. Jeff P. tried to convince me to give it a try but I kept saying I wasn’t fit enough. When I finally decided to get into it, it took me months to really feel comfortable. Why? I was always last! Everybody was so good and I was having a really hard time to keep up. It’s only in July that I started to change my mind set. I was starting to see results and it motivated me. I was improving a lot! and I was having fun! I’ve done things I would have never dreamed of: I ran 5k not too long ago!!! I’m still last, most ot the time, but not always. And I don’t care anymore. My goal is to finish every work out (failed only once so far…).

    To make a long storry short, I think Guy just said out loud what most of us think. We try to convince ourselves that it’s ok to be last but in fact, it feels damn good when we’re NOT! However, it doesn’t mean we’re not as good of a crossfitter as the other ones.

    I like Rob’s comment: “still first over the couch potatoes”!

      1. Tracy S

        Great post Nath!!! You have said alot of thing that I was thinking too. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so never really enjoyed sports at all – I didn’t like to fail. When I first started Crossfit, I hated finishing last, and it would almost bring me to tears — I didn’t want people (strangers) watching me, I didn’t want to stand out. I’ve learned alot about myself in the last year – and now I’m oK with finishing last sometimes, knowing I worked hard (for me).
        I’m glad that Jeff convinced me to join last year — He’s been a good influence on me too.

    1. Shelley

      Thanks for this story, I am new to crossfit and hate to finish last as well but after reading your notes I now know it might take some time to get good at it and MAYBE not come in last or be the new one. Also to not be so hard on myself. Thanks again.

    2. Gabrielle

      Thank you so much for sharing your story Nathalie πŸ™‚ many of us can certainly relate to it and your great attitude is very inspiring!! It’s because of your attitude and determination that you continue to show so much progress and growth. I’m so happy you are a part of our community πŸ™‚

    3. Nath

      Thanks to all of you for your comments. We all have our own back ground but we blend so well together. Crossfit is a wonderfull community! Love it!

  14. Heather (Mum)

    I hate being last. I hate not finishing a workout before the clock goes off, ie this morning. However, I have to look at how many people my age are doing any exercise let alone Crossfit.
    Then I try to put it in perspective. Truthfully, I still don’t like coming last and sometimes I don’t.

  15. Maria

    I think I was the last one to finish last night..and it didn’t even cross my mind that I was the last one. I worked hard and had a lot of fun! And that’s what matters TO me.

  16. David

    Great view points from everyone…I have always been competitive, played competitive sports and been taught to HATE losing and I still do. If I am playing a game or in a competition, don’t send me the “participation ribbon” if I didn’t finish in the top three, I think that is crap. However, with age (damn you father time!) comes perspective and context and I apply a different level of thought when it comes to Crossfit. Many of us are at different skill and fitness levels and when I do a WOD I am challenging myself and channelling the positive energy around to achieve the best result “I” can. When I read this shirt I don’t apply the “Don’t be last” to the group working out with me (unless it is a Saturday team competition, then its screw you!), but to me and my personal goals of achieving a level of fitness and strength that I have never attained before. Plus you gotta admit, there has to be some level of competitiveness in Crossfit or the Crossfit Games would be pretty boring…it is just not “in your face” competitition, but a “I want to do my best and win, while supporting my fellow competitors”…its very Canadian!

  17. It’s only a T-shirt!!! To me the saying represents the voice in your head and is not a direct statement to others. We all have that voice. Last week I had a good race with Dan and Rob during a WOD. That voice played in my head the entire time. Because of it I pushed myself much harder than I would have without them there and I’m pretty sure the three of us all felt the same.

    I think the T-shirt merely inspired the QOD and was not directed towards any one person. CFM is on fire this morning!!!

    1. Steph F

      I agree! Well said! The T-shirt is really that little voice. Its not directed at others. It’s the QOD that makes us talk, not the t-shirt. When you read the QOD, you think that’s what the t-shirt means, but no.

  18. Kevin

    For those still having problems with Zenplanner on Internet Explorer… this is the email I received from them this morning –

    “Kevin:

    I spoke with the development team and they are on this – they are committed to supporting IE through the member website, so I apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks again for your infinite patience with this..

    Dennie”

  19. Mario

    Another thought on the QOD… We are not all the same age, gender, height, weight. Our cardio capacity, scaling, crossfit experience, how you feel that day etc. will vary from the others. Some have lifts/movements that are easier to them then to others. I’ve come dead last in lots of workouts (see first attempt at “Air Force”), while doing reasonably well in others. In conclusion, its nothing to be too bothered about.

    Improvement > Daily Ranking πŸ™‚

  20. I only finish last if I didn’t try my hardest… My biggest competitor is myself. Some nights, I will finish last sure, but I really finish last in my mind if I allow myself to give up, to not push, or to not care…

  21. Raychell

    WU x 1
    Review SDHP as a group
    Strength: Deadlift(3’s)
    105-115-125-135-145

    β€œAir Force” with 45#
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead squats
    20 Front squats

    Every minute on the minute I did 2 up/downs instead of 4 burpees.
    time=18:42

  22. Heather

    WOW! First time on the site today and what “interesting” conversation – so time for the owner of the t-shirt to have her say:

    First, for those who have worked out with me, you’ll know that when the WOD has running in it, you’ll finish ahead of me 9 times out of 10 (yes it’s true Kevin so no burpees required) and putting the t-shirt on won’t change that – so the shirt is for me – not for you. I don’t plan to outrun or outlift you. For me my goal is to best my last time. When I compete against me my progress celebrates not being last.

    Second, if the thought of someone else being last is hard to accept after you’ve finished “not last” then keep in mind that going out and cheering or running in with that person is often the most important moment in a Crossfitters WOD (thanks Lora, and others for the extra meters you’ve run with me to get me “home”) I can honestly say that while the goal is mine to hit, nothing makes you feel like part of the family like that kind of support.

    Third, there is a small club within Crossfit who accepts that being last right now is where we’re at, not who we are – but for me at least – I don’t ever come with the idea that I want to be last. Last is temporary and it will never be what I aspire to. It is the antithesis of a PR.

    And finally, I appreciate the wardrobe advice and never imagined anyone would take time to read or comment on it, but you should know that for my second year at Crossfit it will remain my theme – pushing every day to best my past. So (and I say this in love :)) if you don’t like my shirt, don’t stand/run/lift behind me, you know…

    “Don’t Be Last”!

  23. Gabriel

    Lots of great post taday! You guys are on fire!!!

    QOD: Mostly mental. I don’t like to be last but it happens. When it does I look back and if I know I gave it my all, then that is OK. Still don’t like it but now I have a goal for next time the WOD comes around.
    If I am still last then, but I improved, then that is Super. If I did worst then I have to see what the problem is and go from there.
    And that is that.

  24. cheyenne

    Kevin :I’m just sayin…you’re not always last. Every body has their strengths and weaknesses, and you are far from last on certain days.

    Awe Coach, thanks πŸ™‚ Now, just want to check, does this mean you’ll be running out to the Dollar Store to stock up on stickers…

  25. Martine

    WOD @ 55#

    Time: 12:47 (pr of 3 min πŸ™‚ )

    Great job everybody! So nice to see you Jane πŸ™‚
    QOD: when I first started it really bothered me to be the last one..I always felt like a failure (that’s because I was very negative towards myself). But now it doesn’t bother me anymore cause I’m getting better with that negativity and I know I’m giving 100% and that’s all that matters.
    Have a great weekend everybody πŸ™‚

  26. Michelle

    WU x 1
    Practice SDHP
    Deadlift X 5
    95-105-115-120-125

    WOD: 35#
    20 Thrusters
    20 SDHP
    20 Push Jerks
    20 OHS
    20 Front Squats
    Every one minute on the minute 4 Burpees

    12:38

    What did I do to Burpee for him to hate me so much? Why can’t we be friends Burpee?

  27. Dan

    Backsquats x5
    135-155-185-205-225

    WOD: Air Force @95
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead squats
    20 Front squats

    For every minute on the minute you have to perform 4 burpees.

    11:52

    Wow, I agree with Kevin, that could be in the top 5 toughest WODs. Especially for that length of workout.

    Great job today Gabe, never gave up.

  28. Francis

    WU x 1
    Review SDHP as a group
    Strength: front squat x 1
    135-145-165-185-220 (PR)

    β€œAir Force” with 65#
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead squats
    20 Front squats

    For every minute on the minute you have to perform 4 burpees.
    T = 11:48

  29. Mario

    WUx1, review SDHP

    Front Squat 1RM
    150-185-215-245-260(X)-260(X) next time πŸ™‚

    WOD Air Force Rx = 15:47 (PR by 4:13 + 12 front squats, hit the 20 min cap last time)

    I never remembered it to be this shitty… almost made me say the “C” word.

  30. WU x 1
    Review SDHP as a group
    Strength: Overhead squats x 5
    45,50,55,60,70

    β€œAir Force” with 45#
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead squats
    20 Front squats
    Every minute on the minute 4 burpees.

    time=13:50

  31. Steph G

    Wux2
    OHS 1’s
    55-60-70-80-90-95(PR)-100(PR)

    Air force #35
    time= 9:46

    2 things I never thought I would say OHS #100 easy, burpees were at a good paste! Would like to try this WOD w heavier weight when my hip flexer gets better πŸ˜‰

  32. WU x 1
    Review SDHP as a group
    Strength: Overhead squats x 5
    45,55,65,75,80

    β€œAir Force” with 55#
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead squats
    20 Front squats
    Every minute on the minute 4 burpees.

    time= 6:39

  33. Jane

    Back Squat 3RM -> 65-75-85-95-100

    “Air Force” @ 55#
    Start with 4 burpees, then…
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo Deadlift (subbed for the High Pull)
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead Squats
    20 Front Squats
    Do 4 burpees every min. on the min.

    19:52

    1. Liam

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      She was a Thief,
      You’ve got to Belife,
      She stole my heart and my Cat!

      Jane!
      Get me off this crazy thang called
      Love…”

      Glad that my pep talk at Sobeys got yer butt back in the gym only to get it chewed off by this Crazy assed WOD!
      Great job lady!

      (The above beat poetry must be credited to Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murder”)
      If you haven’t seen it…. you haven’t lived!

  34. Heidi

    WU x 1
    Cleans x 5
    65-70-75-85-95

    WOD: Air Force @65#
    Time = 13:45

    This is the first time I’ve really considered quitting mid-work out. No rest was brutal. Still, I really like it…sorta!

    Great posts today from everyone. Everyone is so philosophical today.
    I like to try to push myself to stick with the group or a particular person during WOD….that inner competitive spirit helps motivate me. If I still finish last, it doesn’t bother me a bit. I’m usually just happy to have it done.

  35. Liam

    Up today at the terrible hour of 6:15.
    To work for 7am.

    Liam’s WOD: (For time)

    Move the entire existing Winery, including almost 300 batches of wine or soon to be wine, from one building to the new building we’ve just had built.

    8:15, whilst squating to hoist a full bucket of wine onto the top shelf, blew the ass out my jeans….. AGAIN!!! (this happens a few times a year….)
    Came home, changed jeans, logged on to CFM and left a comment, then back to my WOD.

    7pm.
    Wines are moved.
    Most of the Shelfs are up. (and full)
    Worked my GD ass off today… literally! *hehe*

    The best thing is that when I go in tomorrow morning, at 7 again, (groan) I’ll be ready to go at it hard again. And that right there (alone) has made my time at Crossfit worth while. That’s just one thing. There are so many other bonuses!
    CFM has hands down assisted in making my life better.
    Even on the days when I finish last.

    Have a great weekend everyone!….. and if you happen to hear about a sale on jeans…..ummm…

  36. Gichie

    WU x1

    Strength: Push Press (x5)
    85-95-105-110pb-115pb

    WOD (Modified) – β€œAir Force” with 75# (Rx = 95/65#)

    4 Burpees
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Back Squats (Rx = Overhead Squats)
    20 Front Squats

    **Do 4 burpees every min. on the min.

    Time: 8:58

    Crazy awesome WOD … I was totally wiped out! On the last 3 front squats, I knew I was close to the 9 min mark. The thought of 4 more burpees gave me the push I needed!

    Thanks for the great workout!

  37. Joanna

    Swimming WOD
    Swim 50m
    30 Squats
    15 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    20 Squats
    10 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    10 Squats
    5 Pushups

    I have no idea what my time was..but I came dead last…and I’m proud of it! I have never in my life swam that far (combined in all my years of living). So here’s to coming last and being proud of the accomplishment of finishing something I didn’t think I’d be able to do πŸ™‚

    Special thanks to my counter Hannah and my pace bunny Amanda..and of course to everyone else who cheered me on πŸ™‚

  38. Kevin

    I can’t wait until the next swim wod! That was so fun!

    Warmed up with brick diving in the deep end – 5, 10 and 20# bricks.

    WOD – 4:47

    I’ll have to bring a whiteboard next time cause I think everyone forgot their times.

    Great job to all the thwimmers!

  39. Nath

    Loved the swimming workout!

    Swim 50m
    30 Squats
    15 Pushups (did 17 – thanks Tracy for stopping me…)
    Swim 50m
    20 Squats
    10 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    10 Squats
    5 Pushups

    Time: 7:01

    I’m in for the next one for sure! Lots of fun!

  40. Maria

    Swimming WOD
    Swim 50m
    30 Squats
    15 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    20 Squats
    10 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    10 Squats
    5 Pushups

    time= 7:05

    Wow! That was sooooo much fun! Looking forward to the next one, great job everyone!

  41. Greg Mac

    WU x 1
    Review SDHP as a group
    Strength: Dead Lift x 5
    135-145-155-165-175

    WOD:
    β€œAir Force” (Modified) with 65#
    4 Burpees
    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Front squats (Rx was overhead squats)
    20 Front squats
    For every minute on the minute you have to perform 4 burpees.

    T = 12:56

  42. Swimming WOD was fun!

    I admit that I was a little scared of this wod because I’m not a good swimmer. Glad I did it and also happy to see other people show up regardless of their swimming abilities.

    WOD – 7:14

    PR: First time in my life swimming a full length without stopping πŸ™‚

  43. Tracy S

    Friday Night SWIMMING WOD:

    Mobility
    Diving for Bricks in the deep end (just 5# was tough enough to swim with!)

    WOD:
    Swim 50m; 30 Squats; 15 Pushups
    Swim 50M; 20 Squats; 10 Pushups
    Swim 50M; 10 Squats; 5 Pushups
    TIME –> 7:15

    Felt GREAT to be in the water again – it had been too long!
    Loved the workout… Looking forward to the next one!!!
    (gotta get some goggles first though… holy bloodshot eyes!)

  44. Swimming WOD

    Time= 12 something

    I have to say it was harder than I though, but I am definitely looking forward to do better, no the time I was looking for but a some point I wanted to give up and I am glad that I finished it, thanks everyone for the support and Nathalie for swimming the last lap with me πŸ™‚

  45. Swim WOD:
    – Swim 50m
    – 30 Squats
    – 15 Pushups
    – Swim 50m
    – 20 Squats
    – 10 Pushups
    – Swim 50m
    – 10 Squats
    – 5 Pushups

    Time: 5:48

    This was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to another one πŸ™‚

    Thanks Darsey for counting and pushing me, you did great for someone who thought I had the best time πŸ™‚

  46. Gabriel

    WUx1

    Strength – Front Squat X3
    135-155-175-205-210 (PR for reps)

    WOD:β€œAir Force” @ 80#

    20 Thrusters
    20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
    20 Push Jerks
    20 Overhead squats
    20 Front squats

    For every minute on the minute you have to perform 4 burpees.

    Time Cap of 20 minutes – 12 OHS

    That was a really, really tough WOD. Should have gone with lighter weights.
    All was going great till I hit the OHS. Them burpees really drain you.

    And yes, I finished last πŸ™‚

    Excellent work evening peeps!
    Have a great weekend fella CrossFitters!

  47. Heather

    Swimming WOD
    Swim 50m
    30 Squats
    15 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    20 Squats
    10 Pushups
    Swim 50m
    10 Squats
    5 Pushups

    time= Mel says under 8?

    Such fun and what great effort eveyone. Definitly in for another one!

  48. Jeff S

    Mob X 1
    WU X 1

    Air force at 75

    12:10

    Great WOD suffered badly at the end.. And kudos to Tim for pushing beyond the comfort zone and finishing.. Inspiring!

  49. Lora

    WOW! 130+ comments? That has got to be a record. Loved reading everyone’s opinions on “finishing last”. What an articulate group of Crossfitters we have at CFM πŸ™‚

    I don’t like to finish last (I know, you are all shocked! LOL), but I’m not always in competition with others. Most of the time it is competition with myself. With my last time on the same WOD. With the last PR I had with a certain lift. I like to compare apples with apples. If there is another “apple” doing the same WOD, you can be damn sure I’m going to want to beat that “apple”, or at least give it my all trying. If I “lose” it just makes me want to try harder the next time……

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