Saturday, July 28, 2012

GRC 207, Fairbanks, AK

An hour after finishing Goruck Challenge (GRC) class 093 in DC, I told myself I'd never do another. Seven months later I was in Fairbanks, AK, waiting for Cadre Carlos, and ready to start GRC 207.

While I thought I knew what to expect from the challenge, everything about the start was different. Rather than 50 people lining up at an intersection in Washington, DC at 1am on a cold December night, there were 10 of us (later dubbed 'The Filthy Few') meeting up on a mild, sunny (yes, at 1am) night in Alaska.
Death waivers were signed, rucks and team weights (a rack of moose antlers and tire chains) were inspected and then we were off and running. 

The challenge started off about as I expected, running and PT. As we made our way into the woods we picked up an extra member of the team, Stella, a ten to twelve foot log that would keep us company for the next several hours (given the lack of a true sunrise or sunset it was impossible to estimate time).

I was feeling very good about the challenge, given the small size of the team, we quickly meshed and were working well together. And physically, I was feeling great. Then, I realized just how different every challenge is. Cadre Carlos instructed us to put down the log, and he drew a large circle in the sand. Carlos told us it was 'Goruck: Hunger Games', may the odds be ever in your favor. I'll leave it at that.

The next several hours were spent carrying, cleaning, and even attempting to plant 'Stella'; there were water exercises, more 'Hunger Games', and a lot of territory covered. As the hours dragged on, we began to slow down. At that point, Carlos had an extra bit of punishment for us. It involved skipping and hand holding, that's all I'll say.

Shortly after that, the challenge was over, and all 10 members that started, earned a Goruck Tough (GRT) patch. And this time, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be signing up for another challenge. The sense of team, pride, and accomplishment that comes with the GRT patch is truly a special feeling. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Time to Step it Up

If you're a dedicated reader (which we obviously have hundreds of here), you'll notice that the list of Upcoming Events has recently expanded rather significantly. After Tom convinced me to sign up for GORUCK in D.C. last December, I pretty much fell in love with doing crazy stuff like this. I'm not doing it to get in shape; rather, it's my motivation to get myself fit and healthy and stay that way.

That being said, one of the biggest events on the list is the GORUCK Selection coming up just before New Year's. This is GORUCK Challenge to the extreme; it is essentially going to be a 48-hour Special Forces training course (think Hell Week). It's not going to be easy; in fact, I have serious doubts about whether I'll be able to hack it. Unlike the Challenge, which is like 98% mental, this one is actually going to require quite a lot of physical strength and stamina in addition to the always required mental toughness. I've stepped up my training accordingly, but I still don't know how things will be looking 9 months from now. All I know is that I don't plan to slack at all between now and then, and no matter what happens, I'll be giving 110% over those 48 hours to get myself and my fellow participants through it together.

Now if only I could convince Tom to sign up.....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ruckin Good Time

Well, the burpee challenge failed (see below). I could say the Rock n Roll Marathon got in the way. But, no excuses.
Time to move on to the 100 Ruckin' Miles Challenge. I will finish this one. No excuses. I'll update this post with my progress.

4/1/12 - 5 miles. 95 to go.
4/3/12 - 3.25 miles. 91.75 to go. I think I might start rucking to work.
4/5/12 - 5.25 miles. 86.5 to go.
4/6/12 - 3 miles. 83.5 to go
4/8/12 - 0.65 miles (trip to the grocery store). 82.85 to go.
4/9/12 - 6.25 miles. 76.6 to go.
4/10/12 - 3 miles. 73.6 to go. Over a quarter of the way there!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fun With Maps

The potential logo for GRC Fairbanks. Thanks to GORUCK Headquarters for the GR logos. And thanks to the Census Bureau's TIGER data for the Alaska shapefile.

Monday, March 5, 2012

5,000 Burpees

I'll be posting my progress towards 5,000 in this post.

Current Total: 333
Burpees Left: 4,667

Thanks to Jon for signing onto this. I'd been debating whether or not to do this and have therefore wasted four days. My goal will be 200 a day which should have me finishing in 25 days.

1) Only 108 today. Fell 92 short of my goal. Looks like I have some catching up to do.
2) 125. Still short of my goal of 200, but making progress.
3) 100. 5,000 is looking a long way off.

March Madness!!

March is here, and that means it's time for March Madness! And no, I don't mean basketball...who really cares about basketball anyhow??? Folks, this is *real* March Madness: Tom and I have signed on to Mud Run Maniac's 5,000 Burpee Challenge. The goal, complete 5,000 burpees in 31 days. What's a burpee, you ask? It's a simple, yet devilishly ass-kicking exercise that is performed as follows:

1. Begin in a standing position
2. Drop to a squat
3. Kick your legs out and get into push-up position
   3.5. If you're a real badass, do a pushup here. Probably not for those going for the challenge...
4. Hop back into squat position
5. Pop back up to standing position, and follow through with a jump
6. Repeat

The entire process should take no more than a few seconds, especially if you leave out the push-up part.

Doing these in sets of 25 is a great way to get started, and even if you can only do 5 or 10 at a time, give it your best shot and see just how many you can do by month's end...I bet you'll be surprised at how far you can come in such a short time!

Best of luck!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

GR Echo

Recently, I decided that training for a GRC with a North face backpack wasn't cutting it. The straps would loosen while running with a full set of bricks, and it didn't sit well on my back. Also, since I now use my GR1 for just about everything, I figured it might be a bad idea to stank it up while training. I wanted to train with another GORUCK product, and after checking out the specs of the GR Echo, it looked like it would fit six bricks which was all I needed. I wasn't disappointed. It's like a mini-GR1, the back is comfortably padded, and the straps don't loosen or slip while running. It's a tight fit for the six bricks, but it works. I went for my first ruck since GRC: DC using the Echo, and I realized I have a long way to go to get back to GRC shape before Alaska in July.