GORUCK Light Cincinnati
Nothing like being pushed out of your comfort zone....
On Saturday we did a GORUCK Light challenge in Cincinnati.
Here's a little bit about them if you're unfamilar (like I was until Josh did a Challenge back in May)
I only had 31 hours to prepare myself.
It went a little something like this....
Wednesday evening at dinner Josh said, "Hey there's a Light in Cinci this weekend. We should do it."
I then proceeded to look at him like he was crazy and say, "No. Nope. I'm just not mentally or physically prepared to do this."
Truth is, in my head I think I knew I was physically prepared enough to do it, although I hadn't actually "rucked" more than two times (CrossFit is a pretty good base training for a Light though.)
It was mentally that I wasn't prepared..
What if I'm not good enough? What if I'm not as fast as everyone else? What if I can't do it? I don't know any of these people!
I think I need to start asking myself... What if I CAN do it?
Because pretty much every time I doubt myself, I end up surprising myself by what I thought I couldn't do.
You can do whatever you put your mind to.
So I thought about it all day Thursday and finally, right before midnight, we signed up.
So on Saturday, we woke up bright and early (actually it was still dark) and drove to Cincinnati in the pouring down rain. And it poured down rain the entire time we were there. Which was awesome because we were going to be outside the whole time. Oh, wait.. not awesome.
So yes, the ruck started at 7am. No, you don't have to ask, I will tell you about it.
Here we are before it started when we still looked decent. We did not look like this for long.
We met our cadre, Marcus, and after he checked our gear (to make sure we had the appropriate amount of bricks with us) we immediately started doing PT drills and team-building exercises. Push ups, sprints, bear crawls, crab walks, etc.
It didn't take long before we were in the grass and soaking wet. After the "Welcome Party" we were off through the streets of Cincinnati!
At some point we had to start carrying logs... contrary to Josh's facial expression, carrying the logs SUCKED. I knew this from shadowing Josh's ruck, but nothing could have prepared me for it. Those suckers are WAY heavier than they look. We had 3... one for the guys, one for the girls, and one for a lucky individual. The girls log had to have 2 girls on it at a time, and as we went on the group got more casualties (people who were "dead" that had to be carried), which were usually the girls since they were lighter, which left less people to switch out on the log. OH THE MISERY. We carried them over a mile but the exact distance is unknown. Good Lord, if I never carry another log in my life it will be too soon.
And that was our Saturday morning in a nutshell.
Thanks to GORUCK Light Class 048 for a (mostly) fun and memorable day! Maybe I'll see some of you for a full challenge in September!
If anyone is interested in a GORUCK Light or Challenge, I would highly recommend it! Josh started off with a full Challenge, but a Light is a great way to get an introduction to what it's all about without totally killing yourself. Just for comparison, we went about 7ish miles in the Light in 6 hours, Josh's group went 21 miles in 12 hours. So a lot more distance was covered and obviously a lot more time... they also have to carry more bricks in their backpack. However, every challenge and light is different. Another Challenge may only make it 14 or 15 miles and be 10 hours long. I think Josh's group went so far because most of them already knew each other so they already worked very well as a team. In the Light, there were little groups of 2 or 3 who knew each other, but for the most part none of us knew each other beforehand. And since the whole point is to learn team work, if you don't work so well as a team right from the start, you spend more time at your challenges instead of covering distance.
Anyway, they have events all over the place all the time, so chances are one will be in your area at some point soon! ;)