17 men showed up to the Devil’s Turn this morning to find out just how tricky the Jersey Devil can be, disclaimer not-withstanding.
3 sane pax showed up sans ruck and ran a simple 3 miles and back.
The rest of us had all the fun:
Deep water crossing.
Deep woods scramble (including gully climb).
Ice cold squats, merkins, and dolly/flutter.
Deep woods wandering.
Hill climb (rucks overhead).
Woodsy trail run (no shoulder straps).
Simple jog back to base.
Where to start? YHC probably should have started with the disclaimer this morning, but hey, if you thought this was CSAUP, just wait until we get 11+ more hours of it on Feb. 16.
Air temp this morning was about 32 degrees. Water temp, maybe 33.
This fun run was meant to test out our GoRuck gear. For example, my wool socks (thank you GOPC) kept my toes relatively warm. The synthetic glove liners on the other hand had my fingers freezing in no time. Shoes should drain water. Straps should be duct taped down. Etc… Others learned simpler lessons such as cotton absorbs cold water and keeps it close to the body. Shorts also don’t seem to work too well when joging through the prickers.
Thanks to all the Devil’s Turn FNG’s this morning: Peleton, Black Jack, Moby, Gandalf, Turkey Leg, and Strike Out. Not sure they knew exactly what they were getting into this morning, but it was great to have you out.
Next week we do it all over again, so come on out and enjoy the fun!
Tomorrow on the other hand, don’t miss the launch of Kevlar. 5:30. Somebody help me out with the location (its the same place as SkunkWorks – Tiger Rag’s 2.0’s school).
I learned that if you bang your knee on a big rock in the cold water it doesn’t hurt until much later in the shower.
I learned that no matter what you wear, you will be ridiculously cold in the water. It’s after you get out of the water that counts. Wool socks in the shoes are perfect. Non wool running tights are not awesome. The wool top base layer is great as well. Still have to figure out the glove situation. Consensus today seemed to be wool liner with a winter glove
I learned running with the ruck was welcomed with open arms to get the feeling back in my toes.
All good stuff. Training like that will make you man up mentally and have your mind in the right place come GoRuck time.
Make sure you dry those rucks out boys. Don’t think my bricks are wet. Hard to tell with the wrapping on but they still felt like pretty much the same weight.
Thanks for the hospitality and the behind the scenes tour Shore!
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