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  1. Haha soul crusher stokes knows how good livin is done.. This drew character seems like someone to avoid.. Never heard of so much Damn running lol. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  2. Who was cadre? Thats definitely some hardcore good livin. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  3. I But but... Having the full weight of your pack resting on your head is one of the best parts of the goruck experience. Also buddy carry races sounds like one of the coolest evolutions ever!! I want to do that now.
  4. the #1 most important thing to do is get ruck time in, pack your ruck like you will for your challenge and go out for hikes, also get in some basic stuff like push ups, flutter kicks, bear crawls, crab walks etc with the pack on. So much of the troubles I had in my first challenges were matters more of technique rather then strength. do whatever your normal work outs are, and once or twice a week go out for a few hours with the ruck. Getting use to the weight is the most important thing, for me now after so many challenges it almost feels like nothing but at first it felt like.. well a ton of bricks. you will rarely to never actually run in the challenges, and even the military training regimes don't recommend running with weighted pack.
  5. ah.. here is the issue. sounds to me like your friend just feels guilty for having to rely on the team cline... I bet no matter what even if she was stronger she still would of felt guilty. Personally I see someone like her as the most amazing gift a team could have, and a great lesson in humility for her. No matter how bad you think you are, needing help from the team is NEVER a bad thing. The team brings everyone through without exception. That is what Goruck is all about, hell i'm tearing up just thinking about it. back on October 25th during my Boston challenge we had a girl who was definitely not ready for a goruck, she was a friend of a friend. A touch chick but fairly large then the "crossfit gals" you normally see. We had a lot of running to do and we had to support her a lot, the team had to carry her ruck a lot. I volunteered her for team leader hehe, she was pretty motivational and did well. Bottom line was we finished as a team together, and she went from what some would consider a liability to someone who was the core and heart of our team. Now there may be some people at gorucks who have those thoughts " look at these fucking people, they shouldn't be here, they are holding us back".. it's THOSE type of people who are poison to a team, not the people like the girl. and hell the final evolution was more running, I actually ended up being slower then her and needed help, but we did it, and we made the time, together. Thats the point. if you have a basic physical fitness and mental toughness, thats all you need for a challenge, if you are attempting a heavy.. thats when you SERIOUSLY need to start doing specific training.
  6. all it takes is all you got... also I love the Starship Troopers quotes. Before each challenge I always post this video up for the new people LOL..
  7. if anyone is looking to up their game to a heavy, doing my second heavy attempt April 18th 2014 in Philly. We are gonna have an amazing philly crew of people who have done multiple challenges together, should be brutal fun.
  8. Cline gives good advice. You literally need to plan for and accept that you will be cold and wet the whole challenge to be honest. I dont change any clothes, 12 hours is not a long time and any attempt to stay dry is futile. You also dont need to pack much food, i just carry beef jerky to replenish salt. Now you may do a challenge and not be wet or cold at all.. But at least you prepared your mind for it just in case. My last two challenges I've actually felt disappointed because we only went in the water once... I was actually sweating and hot most of the challenges even in 35 degree weather with my cold gear layers on. Water and logs are the best part of any challenge! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  9. It was february in the rain on the beach and we had just finished going in the ocean 4th out of 6 times when she had that incident. I was amazed she had done so well to that point, i mean literally she was 5'5 and 115ish id guess. That is one of the main reasons i love goruck, its not all meathead men but people of both sexes, all ages and backgrounds. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  10. Wow ive never seen women sobbing in a challenge before lol, i saw a girl freezing in my first challenge, a little thing literally hard shaking, we piled in around her to warm her up. She finished. The goruck women are tough! As for the smiling, you realize that when someone is taking pictures you smile no matter how bad it is, because 50 pictures of you looking like death sucks lol. Pose for that camera! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  11. "some people say the hardest part of a challenge is showing up... it's not, the welcome party is the hardest part" .. I've heard two cadre say that and I laugh every time. also I'm not sure if you guys have seen this, but my challenge back in June NYC(621) was followed by a film crew all night for a outdoor network. This is a great video to show friends who are interested in GORUCK because it pretty much sums goruck up in a short 6 minute video https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Byk2OeveZgb5S3MtRFFiU1dsRGc/preview?pli=1
  12. I will give only this heavy training advice... train both for carrying extreme weight long distances, AND for heavy cardio endurance. I made it 14 hours before I was med dropped from my heavy, this was just a personal issue with me and my weight loss surgery stuff and maintaining energy etc, so don't worry too much about that. I pretty much only trained doing stuff like carrying 100lbs for 12 miles and stuff like that, train cardio endurance as well, my next heavy is Philly April 19th, I will be training both. also mentally I highly suggest you training your mind that you will experience the most ridiculously brutal thing you've ever done up to that point(don't even try to compare it to back to back challenges or anything challenge related..). I did this for many months before my heavy and when it came to game time I was not afraid, nor worried, when it got bad I knew what I was getting myself into so it was just push forward and survive. I practiced heavily the 4 way mental training that the seals use - http://oneminutemindset.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/what-the-navy-seals-know/
  13. BigM the only way to get better is to do them... its all in the technique. When I first started I had trouble getting up a girl, now I've buddy carried 300lbs between man and packs. and no I cannot do a 300lb squat in the gym. Worse comes to worse try to get some sort of stand in weight that can simulate a person. as for training for a challenge, just do what you normally do exercise wise, in all honesty you don't need to go crazy. Do your normal work outs and on the weekend go out for a few hours and walk around with your pack and bricks. Practice taking it off, putting it on your front, lifting it etc. It's really all about getting use to the weight. now if you are training for a heavy, that is a whole other matter.
  14. 40 degrees going in the water aint bad, cant even get hypothermia from that.(ie it could always be worse) :-P The cadre know what they are doing, i trust them and know im in safe hands. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  15. was it someone's birthday? thats the only reason we had the cake thing lol. also we destroyed the time hacks after the cake, one time hack we beat by 25 minutes. That being said though half the class had already been in challenges with each other, so it wasn't 25 strangers trying to come together like the Boston challenge I did three weeks ago where we only made one the whole time. and wait.. I thought the South is supposed to be warmer then up here, how cold was it over night, we just hovered around freezing.
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