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
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.