Kidney Infections and Puke….

Kidney Infections and Puke….

Workout Date:





Lombardi, Headgear, Rousey, Boxcar, Ezekiel (our regular visitor), OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

That’s what kept 2 of main men (1 being the Q) out this morning!  They were missed and we hope they get better soon!!

6 more men – all with some various ailment, body pain, joint pain, nagging injury, what have you, posted to do Week 1 of the GORUCK Special Forces/Green Beret #RuckingChallenge.

Valvano was on Q, so YHC didn’t really worry about the workout…I would just listen to him and do what he told me.  Then, at 0340 when I got his late night DM (no pics unfortunately!) that he may be out and would I take the Q, I took a gander.  Seemed hard, but didn’t seem like it would take the full 1.5 hours.  So I formulated a plan on the drive, and of course, it worked out to within 5 seconds of the 1.5 hours.  That’s a #CharlieSoto right there!

Conditions were humid as always.  Clear skies.  1 minute warning and disclaimer given

Here is the information from GORUCK:

GORUCK is proud to recognize the Green Berets who operated in the jungles, mountains and rice paddies of Vietnam.  These soldiers took their lineage from all of the American fighting forces who fought in small units and developed hit and run fighting tactics through the ages.  These units included Roger’s Rangers (from the French and Indian Wars); Francis Marion the Swamp Fox (from our Revolutionary War); and from World War II, the Office of Strategic Services, Ranger units, Merrill’s Marauders, and the First Special Service Force (a joint American-Canadian Unit) also known as The Devils Brigade.

As indicated throughout this workout, the missions were varied and diverse and each man, in his own way stepped up and did yeoman’s work to accomplish whatever the mission required – most often in small teams and detachments.  This mind set was probably best summed up by COL Charles A. “Chargin’ Charlie” Beckwith when he said, “I’d rather go down the river with seven studs than a hundred s**theads.”

The men who served our nation in Special Forces during this early period established a proud legacy for the soldiers who followed.And those Special Forces soldiers who are now currently serving around the world have continued in the proud tradition of Special Forces.

This month, we honor the Special Forces (SF) soldiers who served in the Vietnam War and shaped the history of the Green Berets. We will also remember the work they did as part of Military Assistance Command,Vietnam-Studies and Observation Groups (MACVSOG) to stem the spread of Communism across Southeast Asia. All four of the challenge workouts are designed to be done with a partner because working as a cohesive unit, and supporting each other through challenging circumstances, has always been a cornerstone of the teams.

Special Forces’ involvement in Vietnam began just prior to, and during, the early days of President Kennedy’s administration. In small teams and detachments, SF supported CIA guerrilla operations in Burma and Laos 1960-1962. Then, in September of 1962, SF teams began arriving in Vietnam from the 1st Special Forces Group (based in Okinawa) and from the 5th and 7th Special Forces Groups (based in Fort Bragg, NC). By the end of 1962, SF had established approximately 30 Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) camps, known as A-camps. Many of these SF soldiers would become part of MACV-SOG, which was established through the “MACV-SOG General order #6,” January 24, 1964.

100 no push-up burpees (ruck on) – This is our Flying Squirrel
– 24 ruck swings
– 64 push-ups (ruck off)
– 24 ruck squats
– 64 sit-ups (ruck off)
**Each partner will do half the reps, but they can be split up however you choose with ONE person working at a time. IF YOU ARE SOLO, COMPLETE HALF OF THE REPS**

So that was the plan per GORUCK.  Here is what we did:
Rucked to the planes at a 12 minute per mile pace for 0.05 of a mile.  Then settled into our 16 minute pace.
At planes, rather than partner up, we stayed as a group and did half the reps as indicated above.  Everyone smoked it and my timing was spot on with what I thought, so…..for round do, we threw in 25 more of the Flying Squirrels, then half of the reps as indicated.  However, as an added bonus, and as a rest, Rousey shared some personal information about his Dad’s service in Vietnam in between the rounds.
Then I threw in 12 curls, 12 tricep extensions and 32 side to side ruck presses.  Then, we did a lap around the planes with a ruck OH hold – only rule, if ruck comes down, rest but stop walking.

Again, all men crushed everything!!!

We rucked to the parking deck to the top, down the stairs, up the stairs, down the deck, to our start point..finished with 5 seconds to spare!!!  About 3.2 miles plus the WOD.  Strong


Count-O-Rama – 6
Prayer requests for our Country and the leaders who SHOULD ACTUALLY ACT like leaders, especially in light of the tragedies recently felt
Prayer requests unspoken

– It is always humbling to do a workout with a meaning and background.  GORUCK consistently puts these together and we are honored to do em!!!  Thank you Rousey for sharing information on your dad.  Thank you to all who serve!!!!

– Sign up for the #IronPAX Challenge here:


1/4 of the way to this AWESOME Patch:

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