9.26.20 — 3rd Anniversary Ruck

Every ENDEX is a new STARTEX.
14 Ruckers (Triple XXX (Family Restaurant), Wet Burrito, Cookies, SAGA, Smokey, Noodles, TBTF, Gummi Bear, Tortuga, DaVinci, Shiplap, Banks, Archive, Captain Crunch) Some old hands, some new recruits, some returning, some just waking up out of habit at this point.

All woke up slightly earlier than usual to commemorate three years of consistent effort at AO-MASTODON and to connect that with the breaking of new ground at AO-TAR PIT. Shovel flag in hand, they shouldered their rucks and started the trek. Having expressed their joy and affection in the heart-language of concrete blocks on Thursday, today they chose that brotherly, common language of time-under-load called “ruckership”.

Across differences of life experience and opinions about acceptable coffee-drinking pace and concerns about the Q’s sense of direction, the conversation flowed freely in the Gloom as the PAX rucked double-file. Work, unemployment, parenting, gardening, and the whole round world was ranged in our broad collection. YHC marveled at the assortment of interests and talents on display in such a narrow subset of individuals as had descended on F3 Wheaton in the past year. The miles ticked off quickly as the fellowship sped on in merriment.

Having received intelligence of a potential large object that could be “returned” to the dig-site of our mascot, we made a quick detour to try our strength against a discarded remnant of Perry (a broken chunk of telephone pole). While our heart was in the attempt, and even as the best among us were digging deep to soldier on at all costs, we ultimately saw wisdom less than 200 yards later. Nails, bulk, and the inability to get enough men underneath the load convinced us to let Perry repose in the Gloom only slightly nearer to our destination than before. We did however manage to bring a considerably smaller but no less symbolic relic of Perry along with us, and traded off carrying the more manageable load.

Crossing the new AO we wandered out the other side on to side streets and down dirt paths (even as the PAX’s doubts began to mount once more). But we had arrived at that forgotten remote spot where Perry had been unearthed years before. Our resident historian-bard, DaVinci said a few appropriate words to mark the occasion, and we set our relic adrift on the waters as the dawn rose.

Returning to the TAR PIT, Archive lead us in a prayer of gratitude and hope, as we asked for blessing on this AO and to the PAX who would labor there in the Gloom. Then, flag planted, and mindful of the time, we celebrated the moment with some Thrusters IC, before beginning the return trip to be present for the beatdown that was soon to take place at MASTODON.

The route home was direct, but hilly. YHC, unable to shake his one year of cross-country training, took it upon himself to charge up every hill of significant speed, exhorting the rest of the PAX to do the same. Flagging energy, but excellent pace saw the PAX quickly returned to their starting-place, to be greeted enthusiastically by the PAX who held down the day’s regular schedule. Partnering up, they moved seamlessly from Rucking to Blocks, to cap off not just an historic day, but an historic month for F3 Wheaton. And all before breakfast.

The PAX spent, they sat down to feast on burritos and (eventually) donuts and coffee. The energy of the day seemed a good omen for the group as we turned to our dual objectives of growing into two AOs and weathering the deepening Gloom of another Chicago winter.

9.30.19 – EZ Ruck + Surprise Thrusters

After a brief bit of cooler weather, 6 PAX (Banks, Triple XXX, Too Big To Fail, Noodles, Gummi Bear, Capn Crunch) woke to a warm, foggy morning. YHC had Bertha and Jerry out as optional dial-ups for the day, and some PT in store to start off Monday properly. Continuing our “year of good form”, these were completed with full range of motion for maximum benefit and maximum groaning.

The Ease-In:

  • Imperial Walkers ICx20
  • Abe Vigoda ICx10

The Starting Gun:

  • 25 Ruck Thrusters

The Mileage:

  • First Mile (+Bertha, no love for Jerry): 15:20
  • Second Mile (no Bertha, still no love for Jerry): 14:20 / 14:40

The Wind Down:

  • American Hammers (with Ruck) ICx20

COR/NOR/COT: Prayers for work (focus, energy, motivation, endurance) —  for recovery for Triple XXX’s wife’s mom and her bypass surgery — for Baby Noodles’ sleep schedule and rest and respite for Noodles and M — for Gummi Bears’ grandpa as his children make decisions about where to locate him for assisted living care and all the choices surrounding that — for Gummi Bears’ sister who took a fall on the stairs this past week while pregnant, that she and the baby would be healthy and fine and avoid any similar mishaps.

The good form is definitely still a big adjustment, but hoping to see good return as that gets easier (eventually?). Looking forward to a long slew of Qs lined up for October and posting ready to hit whatever crazy thing they have planned.

9.2.19 – Labor Day Bonus Rucking

Full credit to Noodles for asking Saturday “So, it’s a holiday weekend… we’re doing something a little extra, right?” With the general agreement of the group, we pushed it a little bit farther, going for a good 5.25 miles before breakfast.

As we assembled in the deep mist of an early September Gloom, Noodles, Triple XXX, and Crunch were surprised to hear a child cry out from the car as Gummi Bear got his gear ready (ruck, stroller and 1.5 year-old FNG-Gummi Worm). Then we settled in for a good stroll and good conversation as the mist rolled by and the sun slowly started to brighten up the morning. On our way back we even got some pictures to turn out!

Everything went well, but YHC forgot to bring the flag along (left in the car). So no bonus points for the Ruck Your Colors September Challenge. Log them with a more competent Q, gents! (I did rep a Goruck American Flag spearhead for the ruck, if that counts.)

Gummi Worm keeping the boys in line back there…

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… and being the poster child (Gummi Bear also pictured)

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The Sandbag squad passing the foggy moors of AO Mastodon.

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The Victors (and not a ruck in sight!)

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8.26.19 – Do the MACV-SOG!

In the early grey of a gloomier than normal morning, 4 PAX (Triple XXX, Noodles, Archive, Crunch) met to complete the final workout for the month. As the rain made up its mind, they moseyed around in the rain until lightning stationed them under the pavilion for the remainder of the workout.

MACV-SOG Workout: (reps split evenly between 2 PAX)

  • 100 no push-up burpees (ruck on)
    – then 2 rounds –
  • 24 ruck swings
  • 64 push-ups (ruck off)
  • 24 ruck squats
  • 64 sit-ups (ruck off)

After that, a bonus mile to round out the time.

It was nice having a bit of weather impact (but not stop) the workout for the first time in a while. We’ll see what challenges they have cooked up for September!

COR/NOR/COT: Noodles looking forward to the imminent arrival of 2.0 — 2.0s starting school this week and last week — prayers for good community and good learning environments

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8.19.19 – The Mata Mile (ft. Bertha & Jerry)

In the Gloom of another Monday, 4 PAX (Gummi Bear, Noodles, Triple XXX, Capn Crunch) met up for another Goruck Guerrilla themed challenge: The Mata Mile.

Part 1: The Shuttle Run

In pairs of two, the partners circled the west island loop with a station on opposite sides. One partner rucked (AFAP) to the opposite side (400m) while the other performed the exercise, then, upon reaching that side, the second partner set out to catch up, while the first partner performed the exercise. Repeat for four exercises (two loops around the lake)

One partner Rucks 400m while the other does exercise:

  • Ruck Squats
  • Plank Hold
  • Ruck Lunges
  • Flutter Kicks

Part 2: The Sandbag Mile

Using a sandbag or other team weight, ruck one mile, alternating who carries the weight. You must finish as a team.

After that, we loaded up with some team weight a set off for the mile around the park with our good friends Jerry (52lbs of water) and Bertha (85lbs of sand). Gummi Bear and Noodles ran off with Jerry, swapping between them as needed. Triple XXX and Capn Crunch teamed up to carry Bertha between them, alternating hands as their fingers complained.

With time getting away from us, YHC on Team Tortoise was going to direct Team Hare to take the short mile, but they got ahead of things, and were feeling pretty good about themselves, so they ran the full Archive mile, while Bertha persuaded Triple XXX and I to cut it a bit shorter. While taking the shortcut, our fingers had had enough, and in the spirit of teamwork I opted to give my ruck to Triple XXX and just shoulder Bertha for the last 1/3 mile. Team Hare easily caught up to us and we finished as a team.

One more Monday and one more Ruck Challenge workout to go!

8.12.19 – The Hammer and the Red Dawn

5:30 saw 4 PAX (Archive, Noodles, Triple XXX, Cap’n Crunch) assembled at MASTODON with TBTF coming in hot just as we were talking through the plans. The persistent thick fog at the AO meant that the initial plan for a Mata Mile was scrapped because it would have required some visibility across the lake. In it’s place we opted for the Hammer workout with a sandbag swap in place of buddy carrys.

  • 400m Buddy or Sandbag carry
  • Split the Reps on the following:
    • 300 ruck swings
    • 300 sit-ups (no ruck)
    • 200 lunges
    • 200 overhead press
  • 400m Buddy or Sandbag carry

It was an interesting Ruck workout to only cover .5 miles, but it filled the time and brought the sweat. Mission accomplished.

COR/NOR/COT: prayers for all present for the ability to focus and do good work this week, but esp. Noodles who is working through some specific challenges right now

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8.5.19 – Bank & Yarborough

6 Monday Ruckers (Gummi Bear, To Big to Fail, Triple XXX Family Restaurant, Noodles, Archive, Captain Crunch (QIC))

With August upon us and the new Goruck Challenge dropping for the month, it was definitely time for a “Get After It” Monday Ruckday. So why not grab the longest workout and ask the PAX to show up 15min earlier? The Gloom was still thick on arrival but the same squad from last week rolled out of the Fartsack and chose the harder thing.

We decided to sprint first and ruck later, just in case some PAX didn’t get the 5:15 memo. The PAX paired off and ran sprints:

3 Rounds:

  • #1 PAX 50m sprint, #2 PAX Overhand ruck hold
  • #2 PAX 50m sprint, #1 PAX Overhand ruck hold
  • #1 PAX 100m sprint, #2 PAX Overhand ruck hold
  • #2 PAX 100m sprint, #1 PAX Overhand ruck hold

(on the third round, take a sandbag for the sprint part)

After the PAX were thoroughly winded with that as a warm-up, we set off on a 3 mile loop. One 55# Sandbag and one 32# sand-sack were employed as “shareable” weight and passed around to everyone by the time we got back.

After all my solo-rucking, today was a big pleasant surprise of non-stop conversation. Good conversations with folks and a steady 15 min pace on a beautiful morning. Really couldn’t have gotten much more pleasant. Might need to add weight or up the pace next time, but it was a good, solid day with some fine brothers.

COR/NOR/COT: continued prayers for Good Hands’ family and nephew — wisdom as Archive’s work is in hiring process — Triple XXX’s eldest is starting her first job out of college

(Commz note: I think my instagram filter was set to “Monet” on the first half of the workout… got it fixed when the sun rose…)

7.29.19 – Triple XXX Family Restaurant Returns!

6 PAX — Count’em! — (Archive, Gummi Bear, Noodles, To Big To Fail, Captain Crunch, and Triple XXX Family Restaurant <– returning from December!) posted in “Gloom adjacent” conditions for what was supposed to be a “buffet” ruck offering PAX their choice of Speed Ruck, Pain Ruck, or Ruck PT. But everyone said “Pain Ruck, that sounds terrible…” and went for a 2mi speed ruck course. So what’s a Q to do but drag their sandbag along anyway and try to keep up with the group?

WarmORama:

  • Ruck Motivators ICx5
  • Abe Vigoda ICx20

The Thang:

We all rucked the 2 miles to the far side of Lawson field and back in the beginnings of a steady drizzle. YHC failed to get anything but one blurry photo out of the ruck, and the rain messed up his phone’s responsiveness on the NameORama so no video either. But outside of tech issues, the group had a glorious hike out and back and got to share our new sandbag around for a Pain Ruck / Speed Ruck combo.

Once back we filled out the remainder with some standard Ruck PT:

  • Thrusters x 20
  • Ruck Swings x 20
  • American Hammer IC x 15

COR / NOR (not pictured) / COT: prayers for job applications going out — health and steady recovery for Hoser and Good Hands’ nephew — prayers for the brothers