August 23, 2017

Goruck Challenge SF: Training Update #6 — Teamwork

This week I’m nursing a back injury so training has been light and not as jarring as in the past. No quality time with the ruck like I wanted to but that’s just part of training — eventually you’re going to get hurt and will need to deal with it.

Looking at the NorCal Goruck Facebook page, it looks like several of my gorucktards are nursing injuries as well. Tory even canceled the training session this week because not enough people could go.

Saturday was also such a beautiful day. I really wanted to get out their and get training. The posts by Nick and Gary didn’t help either. Man, those guys kicked some butt and all I’m doing is resting, eating cake and pie and getting fat. Can someone pass me the Cortisone so I can get back in the fight?

The Ties That Bind

This weeks brick is teamwork.

Reading the comments on the NorCal Goruck Facebook page is a cornucopia of insults, training tips, gear recommendations and ribbing that can only be described as a lovingly swift kick in the nuts. It’s amazing how a common cause or event can bond a group of people together — some of whom have never met.

Teamwork will be a vital part of the challenge since it’s going to be you and 29 of your soon to be closest friends that need to navigate whatever challenge is thrown at us. It’s comforting to know that at least some of the guys have done this before and know what to expect. That’s always a vital part of a teams success — having some team members that have been there, done that and can help others get past the mental and physical struggles.

It’s amazing how quickly an esprit de corps can be formed even online. I think it has to do with a common focus and a shared experience, even virtually, that makes it easy to relate and feel part of a tribe.

These tribes, both real and virtual, are an essential part of our human experience.

Injuries Suck

I tweaked my back last week and it’s still giving me problems. I’m not even sure how I did it but it’s annoying as hell. It sneaks up on me sometimes when I least expect it. Hoisting a ruck is agony. The good news, is that it’s getting better.

I have to force myself to rest and that’s hard since I don’t want to lose my fitness. Unfortunately, rest is the only way to recover from injuries. No amount of balms, elixirs, massage, voodoo or pushing through the pain will make an injury get better faster than letting your body rest and heal itself.

This Weeks Assessment

  • It’s been a light week due to injury so all the work outs have been low stress and focused on maintaining my cardo fitness. Lots of swimming and stationary biking.

  • I bought some carabiners for my ruck and they work well as a nice finger hold when carrying it without the straps. I stole that ide from someone but I forgot who.

  • This next week is all about getting better and staying healthy so that I’m ready for the challenge. I’m considering it a taper week.


This post is the sixth 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 first five, you can check them out below:

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’!