April 25, 2017

Goruck Challenge SF: Training Update #2 — Consistency

Bubble wrap is not going to work.

Today, I tried filling the bottom of my ruck with bubble wrap to get the bricks (two today) a little higher so that they would not hit my butt when I run.

It worked OK but over time, the bricks start to move down.

When I opened my ruck, the filler bubble wrap was at the top and the bricks were on the bottom (thankfully, I also wrapped the bricks in bubble wrap. That I will probably continue to do).

It looks like I’ll need some sort of solid form core that’s not as malleable (That’s what Leo recommended as well but I wanted to see if I could reduce the weight) to keep everything in place. Sports Basement here I come!

Indigenous Peoples Summer

San Francisco is the oddest place on earth.

It’s not just the fact that I live in the Haight but the weather is the worst in the summer (remember the Mark Twain quote that he really did not say) and fantastic right now (October).

This makes training consistently easy. Let’s hope the weather stays that way.

Another Brick in the Ruck

Today’s brick is consistency. Consistency is important for a whole host of reasons.

I have built up a pretty good base of fitness due to my Ironman training. It’s important to be consistent since you can lose your conditioning pretty quick (in some cases, in as little as three days).

Another important thing to be consistent about is your gear.

I’m a little worried about my gear since I train in Teva Sandals — Men’s Hurricane XLT’s to be precise. I’m not sure that will be the best foot wear for this (not to mention the ridicule. I can already hear it).

The bad thing about switching gear is that you have to get used to it and this takes time.

David Goggins had that problem when he attempted to break the world record in pull-ups.

The reason he had to stop was because he tore a muscle in his wrist. In David’s own words, it was probably due to the pull-up bar he used. It was different than the one he trained with and swayed a lot when he did his pull-ups.

I’m sure David will try again and this time his equipment will be consistent with what he trained with.

I don’t have much time to get consistent in my gear. I guess I’ll see how this weekend’s training goes.


This post is the second in the series about my training for the Goruck Challenge on November 3rd 2012 in San Francisco. Each time I add a brick to my pack, I’ll name it and post a training update (there’s 6 total).

If you missed the last update, you can check it out here

If you are interested in doing your own Goruck Challenge, check out the site here. Ten dollars from the entry fee goes to The Green Beret Foundation to help our wounded, ill and injured special forces soldiers. Here’s to Good Livin’!