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.