So I completed GORUCK Nasty 001 on Saturday, my first obstacle race and the first event of its kind from GORUCK. It was a great time even though there were some logistical problems and the weather wasn’t ideal. That said, I once again learned what I am capable of both physically and mentally. It was a good day, and I’ll try my hardest to be at 002.
Photos from our recent trip to Turkey for a friend’s wedding and them some vacation. It was a gorgeous place, and the Turkish people are so amazingly warm and friendly. I can really understand why people have romanticized the country so much and is such a destination for expatriates. Would gladly go back.
So on Saturday I did another GORUCK event. This was a Light (class 077), which meant a bit more fun and some singing thrown in as part of GORUCK founds and CEO Jason McCarthy’s Peace and Love Committee. Sure, we had our log carry, our inchworm pushups and our buddy carries, but the highlight of this event was our song we had to sing to the various lunchers and brunchers of Washington, D.C. (and to VP Biden).
Below is a small taste of what class 077 brought to the table. Thanks again team for an awesome day of good livin’.
I shadowed my first GORUCK event in order to take photos. This was an epic GORUCK Light with a ton of alums, cadre, singing and a lot of fun people. I’ll be doing one or two these this summer and hopefully another full challenge soon.
I forgot to write something post-Goruck Challenge after I completed it in early March. It was, in short, a great experience. It was cold, difficult, dirty and a very long day. But it was awesome to push myself and get pushed (in a positive way) by others, embrace the suck and just keep moving forward.
We probably covered about 15 miles or so in D.C., over a period just over 12 hours. I was never a big team sports guy, but the camaraderie and team spirit exhibited by everyone in the same situation, putting themselves through the same paces, was very uplifting and fun.
I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to challenge themselves and challenge what their perceived limits are. I will definitely do it again, and have my eye on a Goruck Heavy — a 24-hour challenge — in the future, as well as the yet-to-be-fully revealed Goruck Nasty.
We moved to our new HQ at NPR and I finally got my fancy stand-up workstation. Complete with electronic height controls and a tall chair for those times when I need to get off my feet for a few. It’s pretty boss (I’m trying to bring that word back).
So after spending the last year or so getting more into personal fitness and health, I’ve decided to challenge myself with something that on the surface seems rather ridiculous. In March (just two short months away), I’ll be doing the GORUCK Challenge in Washington, D.C. This is how the GORUCK team describes the challenge:
An 8-10 hour, 15-20 mile guided tour led by a Special Operations Cadre, designed to turn 30 individuals into a team. Everything your friends told you about good livin’ is probably true.
So I’ve started to prepare. My lovely wife, who thinks the Challenge is absurd, bought me the GR1 as a Christmas present and basically said “start training.”
Part of the challenge is to carry a load like a military personnel would have to carry (albeit a bit lighter). I bought some bricks from Home Depot, wrapped them up in a stack of four and two (to ease in to training), and I’ve begun carrying it around like it’s my baby. After the holidays I’ll ramp up the training and start doing some PT with the ruck (pushups, bear crawls, etc.)
All in all it should be interesting. They tell you to bring $20 for a cab in case you wash out, but that’s not going to happen. It will certainly be a challenge both physically and mentally, and I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can push myself.