5 PAX got wet, sandy, and wild for about 75 minutes Thursday morning at the Troy Ruck Club and budding Thicker Park A.O.
PAX: Grunewald, Muck, Kato, Reck-It-Ralph (sic), Editor (QIC)
Still in the throes of patch addiction, we realized time is nigh to complete the individual GORUCK rucking challenge for the month, the Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser WODs to help the foundation in its “mission to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.” I don’t meet a lot of Navy SEALs, but I have met a few, including Cadre Cody, a weapons specialist, on July 13 in Indianapolis. I thought of guys like him or Michael Murphy when I debated paying for this fundraiser and keeping my patch board symmetrical with the individual and club challenges side by side. This was a fun patch challenge that required three workouts, you choose your level, and some mileage for the month. Anyone reading this and interested can still go here for details: https://www.goruck.com/honoring-our-warriors We did two of the workouts back-to-back. Here’s how it went:
PRE-WARMUP: Pax completing the patch had to do the first leg of the workout soaking wet. Muck, Kato and Editor dumped gallon after gallon of water from Kato’s Hinckley & Schmitt supplies over their heads and down their entire bodies to get a nice wakeup on a 62-degree morning all with rucks on us.
1-mile quick ruck from Troy to Thicker Park sand volleyball courts
Arm circle (used to wave at a pax driving by on Ridge Road) x1 OYO
THANG 1 “The Water Workout”
Ruck Swings x12 oyo
Merkins x12 ic
Ruck Swings x12 oyo
Ruck Swings x9 oyo
Totals: 100 squats, 70 merkins, 33 ruck swings, exactly what they ordered.
THANG 2 “The Boat Carry Workout”
This, it was mandated, had to be done in sand, which was why we were at the sand volleyball courts.
10 rounds: 30-second plank followed by 10 ruck-held-overhead walking lunges each leg.
We doubled up rounds 1-2 and 9-10 for 60-second planks and ROH 20 walking lunges for time.
Ruck back to Troy and try to catch Reck-It-Ralp (sic), who had his own wet and wild adventure awaiting him in the nearest public restroom, resulting in his first sub-10-minute ruck mile. Like the resident Radon inspector says, bro, check Your Anium before leaving the house.
Writing a Q that’s already written is easy, but accounting for how much time it takes with various levels of ruck enthusiasts involved and deducing how much pain each WOD will cause is complicated as heck. This one, especially the high-boat stuff in the sand, beat me up pretty nice as I went to an actual beach afterward and my anything-but beach bod was emitting cracks, pops, grunts and sighs throughout the journey. It was nice to see Reck-It-Ralph (sic) get after it and then hustle back. Maybe we can get the guy into Pathfinder this class? I don’t see why not. Grunewald, it was great to meet you and great to see you test out a ruck WOD, and for the record I voted for the nickname “Gaines” for you. Your lunge form was textbook, and you ought to be an excellent addition to this group, especially once the in-laws leave town. Muck and Kato, what a week, eh? More exciting than Bubble Tea. Great story about dog dookie, Muck, but way to do the 20-mile boner bicep overnighter and still function the rest of the week. Kato and I were the only ones to do the Mud Ruck and all three of these WODs within 48 hours, so either we are honorable, stupid or very much both. Thank you, men, for letting me lead us in another adventure.