Sustain: Presentation of Active Resistance Training and the fundamentals.
Improve: More time spent on the nuts-and-bolts of cultivating and running a rucking club. Facebook vs emails, how often to meet, naming/branding, voting/leadership structure, etc.Rucking History w/ Cadre Garrett
Sustain: I really enjoyed this, even though it was mostly “filler content” between the more practical/useful instruction.
Improve: Maybe examples of the Haversack, 1943 Mountain Ruck, ALICE, MOLLE, etc for people to try out. I understand they can’t get too far into modern carrying equipment without discussing GORUCK’s market competition. Would also be interested in seeing foreign ruck examples, particularly the British and alpine nations.Hydration & Nutrition w/ Cadre Garrett
Sustain: Everything. This was the best block of instruction. Good, practical info from both Cadre and other athletes in the class on volumes, ratios, types of food and hydration rates.
Improve: NothingChoosing, Sizing, & Packing Rucks w/ Cadre CT
I kinda tuned out during this one since my ruck/water/weight was all good to go. Cadre CT walked everyone through how to pack a ruck snugly and with the weight high and tight. Part of this became a seminar on “why GORUCK is the best.” Which… I dunno. They are about 50% a gear company you can’t blame them for being proud of their product, but it's kind of preaching to the converted. The people present are either already users or coming from a tactical/military background where they developed their own preferences with other equipment.
Sustain: Getting the perspectives from 2 Cadre. Brunch was at the perfect time for a break in material and to allow digestion prior to the Light.
Improve: The projector use was a real weak point for an outdoor class.
The LightStarted with a circuit-based ruck workout. Thrusters, Air-squats, Push-ups, Hillclimbs, Flutter Kicks, I think. Groups were random - not scaled by ability - so some people were not challenged while others were really pushed to their limit.
After that, refilled on water and split into platoons with one Cadre each. Deliver-artillery mission, short dip in a pond, leisurely ruck around the hill and back up for a blister/footcare class.
Sustain: Blister class and patch ceremony on top of the hill was cool.
Improve: I’ve never done a Light before, but it seemed pretty easy and short. Cadre Garrett was very clear that this was the minimum time allowed to earn a light patch. I didn’t expect a real soul-crusher since it’s supposed to be a welcoming introduction to rucking and I know we were up against the hard timehack of starting the 5k, but maybe some casualties, maybe some buddy carries/guerrilla drills?
|Rucking University Class 003|
Kill That 5K
A little rushed for those of us coming from Rucking University graduation. Definitely should have re-applied sunscreen. No one was really clear on weight classes or heats for the race (answer: 1 start time for everyone, no weight classes). Free jerky from Jack Links was nice. I didn’t see anyone take advantage of the food truck they had arranged for, though. Course volunteers were friendly and gave me position updates at each intersection.
Sustain: Jerky beforehand, electrolyte voodoo beverage afterward.
Improve: SHADE. Seriously; we were baking out there and there was very little shady real estate to pop a squat after the race. This cut way down on the after-race camaraderie. I could have use a water point to hose off. Also maybe an official timekeeper.
|Could feel my arms burning at this point|
Buffalo Trace Presents: War Stories
Arlyn Studios is the coolest place. I wish we had more time just to explore and read the stuff on the walls. Buffalo Trace + Ginger Beer is something I never would have considered on my own, but it was a pretty good sippin’ cocktail.
|All above photos by Sam All or Jill Bates, used with permission|
The speakers represented Army-infantry, Navy-SEALs, and Marine-Force Reconnaissance and were each engaging in their own way. I wish we would have had time for Garrett or CT to give an SF perspective.
Product suggestions and questions overheard:
- Tac hats made out of the challenge pant/simple pant material.
- Simple Pants in the “Black Olive” color.
- Will GORUCK release rucks with laser-cut PALS?
- Will GORUCK Cache ever come back? Ingress tie-in maybe?
|The weight carried and patches acquired|