It’s been almost three weeks already so I figured I should probably write something before I forget. So here it is, my After Action Review of the We <3 Bewbs Challenge 003 in New Orleans.
First off, this is not to be mistaken with the true value of these events. That’s an entirely different subject and one I will try to touch on in another post.
Nope, this is what it will actually cost you to participate in one of these events. The overhead, the time, the travel. Everything you probably didn’t think of when registering in the first place.
This post is not intended to scare you away, but rather, to educate you so you know ahead of time what you’re signing up for, financially, and hopefully make it a little easier to prepare. I have also linked to the cheapest places I have found for each item, to hopefully take the sting away.
I decided recently to install a few grommets in my ruck for drainage. Now, when it inevitably fills with water, it will hopefully drain much faster when I have to hold it over my head.
Having installed grommets before, I figured I make a quick photo step-by-step for installing in a new ruck. Doing so is surprisingly very easy.
Over the weekend of August 1st, 2014, I participated in the second most difficult “event” that GORUCK offers, the HCL. For those that don’t know, The GORUCK HCL is “Back to back to back Good Livin’”. Friday night at 5pm, we lined up to prepare for the 24 beast known as the GORUCK Heavy. Upon completion, we get a few hour break before lining up again to start the standard 12 hour GORUCK Challenge. If and when you survive the Challenge, you’ve got another 6 hour punctuation, the GORUCK Light. At the completion of each event, the respective patch is handed out. At the end of the Light, the coveted HCL patch is awarded.
First, let me start off by saying that GORUCK continues to put on an incredible event. When they first introduced Beached, I had absolutely no intention of ever participating in it. Hell, I hardly knew how to swim, why would I bother with a swimming event if I don’t know how to swim? Then, I met my girlfriend, who absolutely loves swimming. Turns out, so do many of my other friends. Not only that, they have all also decided they wanted to do Beached, for Memorial Day weekend. Well damn, now everyone I know will be away for Memorial Day weekend, and the only reason I won’t see them is because I do not know how to swim. Fuck it, I’ll join you guys. Worst case, I get dropped and am forced to watch from the beach
Over the weekend, eight of us set out on our very first snowshoe race, and for some reason, we chose to do the half marathon. The laps were 6.5 miles each, and were brutal. 4 hours, many beers, some Fireball, and a broken sled later, we finished the first lap. In an effort to keep a perfect track record of finishing every event Mr Bubbles starts, we went out for another lap. This is just a post to show off a few of those pictures
This originally was just going to be a FB status update regarding this upcoming Mother’s Day, but the more I wanted to add the to story, the more I realized I could write an article on it. To date, this bear has gone through 3 Tough Mudders, 1 GORUCK Challenge, The Color Run, Run to Home Base, and has raised over $5,000 for our servicemen and women. He has become a symbol of teamwork, motivation, and just fun in general. Countless smiles, photos, and teams later, he is still trucking on. Most of my friends know of him, but most don’t know about him. So here it is, the history, of Mr Bubbles.
Let me start off by saying this was easily the most humbling experience of my life. I am no stranger to an endurance challenge. To date I have done 20 Tough Mudders, 7 Goruck Challenges (Class 080, 112, 131, 184, 213, 274, 352), the color run, and registered for the NYC Marathon. My training for all of these events has consistently been the same: Roller hockey once or twice a week and beer regularly. Occasionally I’ll go for a run, but people who know me can assure you, my workout regimen sucks. I have thankfully been blessed with a body that heals quickly and obeys my crazy-ass brain.
This is a follow up, and contrasting argument, to Viktor’s review of Vibrams. This past weekend was the Tough Mudder Wisconsin. I decided to run in my Vibram Bikilas. I have been trying to run at least once a week in the KSOs because they aren’t quite as “colorful” as my Bikilas. I also started the Insanity workout the week before the TM with the KSOs. In short, my calves have been BURNING. In detail, I have never felt so much pain in my calves before. In high school I ran both types of hurdles and excelled at them. Jumping and running have always been a part of my exercise. But, for some reason, I can no longer jump with out knotting up after training in FiveFingers. I attempted a backflip off of a boat last week, and both legs charlie-horsed immediately. Mid flip I realized that I would not have function in my legs for the next few seconds. I landed in the water and had to try and float without the use of my legs. This has never been an issue until I started running in these shoes. This should have been a clear sign, but for the sake of my fellow Mudders, I ran in them anyway. They put a whole new strain on your calves, which is why you absolutely must train in them regularly. I clearly can not do this. By the end of the event, I was hurting. I talked to one other runner who was in the same situation as me. Both of us had the energy to finish, but our calves wouldn’t allow it. I’m not saying that the shoes were bad, and in fact, everyone else seems to love them. But at the point I can no longer scale the Berlin Walls when I previously could with ease, I decided that they simply are not for me.
“Develop the capacity of a novice 800 meter track athlete, gymnast, and weightlifter and you’ll be fitter than any world class runner, gymnast, or weightlifter.” ~ Greg Glassman, Founder, CrossFit
In preparing for a Tough Mudder, there are many workout programs available to you in order to gain some physical fitness prior to the tortures of the Tough Mudder course. Some home workouts are advertised heavily such as Beachbody’s P90X and Insanity, or for home gym products such as Iron Gym’s Doorway Pullup Bar, the Perfect Pushup, or fitness magazine’s new monthly set like the Spartacus Workout. You can even do the official Tough Mudder workout (just don’t believe the “related obstacles”).
I started doing the Spartacus Workout at the end of 2009, and went into P90X early 2010, but I soon grew bored of the repetitiveness of these routines and I couldn’t finish the full schedule. I signed up for a Tough Mudder (Pennsylvania 4/2011) in November 2010 in an effort to motivate myself to get into shape again. I couldn’t get myself truly active until January 2011 when I found CrossFit, and now halfway through July, I’m still doing it. To me, that’s a great testament; the best workout routine is the one you keep. Continue reading CrossFit and Tough Mudder, A Test of Fitness