What is wrong with me? Don’t answer that. Yesterday I signed up once again for the Goruck Challenge. We start tonight at 0100 – that’s 1AM in civilian time. That doesn’t give me much time to prep but you’ve got to keep the body guessing 😉
Tonight promises to be an EPIC journey. Our class is strong made up of goruck veterans and first-timers alike and I can already tell from the Facebook group they are a badass bunch.
Last year I signed up about 6 months in advance and trained a good deal for the challenge. I was very nervous. This time I signed up the day before and haven’t run with bricks since February. I’ve never run with this much weight (I’m estimating about 40lbs). I’m hoping I do OK but I know the challenge is not about personal goals. My main aim is to have fun and not let the team down.
In terms of training I’m probably in better shape this year than last year. I’ve been doing Murphs on and off all summer. I’ve focused on strength and overall conditioning. 20 sets of (5 x chins, 10 pushups, 15 squats) followed by 5-7 mile run. At Lifetime I’ve been doing a thruster-chinup-mountain climber combination which is awesome and a bunch of other random stuff. I’ve also spent some time on the Concept-2. 5km in about 21mins. My longest trail run was 17 miles with about 10lbs pack, training for the upcoming Ultra-Mega-Transect (http://ultrahike.com) coming up at the end of the month. I’ve also been swimming. I swim like a fish. A fish that’s been gutted and thrown on the dock. I don’t consider my swimming training, it’s more water-swallowing survival practice.
Packing-wise I’m going to stick mostly to my load-out from last year. I’ll post a more detailed list afterwards but basically it’s
- Extra socks
- Mechanix gloves
- Gu Gels, Sport beans, Almonds.
- Camelbak (I think I have a slow leak in mine, where can I find one before tonight?)
- 6 x Red bricks wrapped in duct-tape.
- Big wad of bubble-wrap.
- Radio Ruck (mine has the beginnings of a strap failure on the lower right hand side strap. I hope it lasts the challenge. Either way it’s heading to Bozeman for Scars repair afterwards).
- Some spare straps
- 2 x carabiners.
- Waterproof/shockproof camera.
My wife gave me an awesome Lumix camera so I’m hoping I get some decent shots this time around. Pics will be forthcoming.
Goruck is a bag company founded by Special Forces veteran Jason McCarthy and you can read more about them here.
What’s the Goruck Challenge?
Here’s a great explanation.
“The GORUCK Challenge is a team event, never a race. Think of it as a slice of Special Operations training where Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from start to finish — a Special Operations Cadre challenges, teaches, and inspires your small team to do more than you ever thought possible. Leadership is taught and teamwork is demanded on missions spanning the best of your city. The hardest part? Signing up.”
What’s so special about tonight’s event?
It’s my 2nd time around. It’s still going to be epic-ally tough but I’m hoping having done it before means I will be able to focus more on enjoying it if that makes any sense. Last time I was very green and wide-eyed and everything was new. No doubt this time around will have its share of new experiences, otherwise what’s the point? But this time will see some familiar faces, meet some new friends and a chance to catch up with folks from 057. Plus I’ve made a mental note to go see Ground Zero, even if it means rucking passed the finish line.
You can learn more here.
Here’s the link to last year’s challenge post-mortem:
There’s really no way to describe the challenge without actually going and doing it but here’s a video to give you a little flavour.
The GRT is a family and you can join it. I encourage everyone regardless of age or physical ability to sign up, get out of your comfort zone. Surprise yourself with some GoodLivin’