“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
Saturdays are great for longer than average workouts designed to leave you depleted. We seek the depletion state because we will experience it soon enough. Having been there before, repeatedly, makes us comfortable on the edge. If you hit the wall for the first time when it counts, you are in for big problems.
Finding or creating workouts that may be harder than anything we will encounter in the real event is the goal. I have never done Selection before and never served in the military so I am only able to guess at the difficulty of the tasks assigned. I know they will be challenging, no matter who you are.
Kokoro is the only real experience that i can draw from. Because of my preparation, there were really no tasks, by themselves, that were more difficult than anything I did in preparation. In fact, most were not as hard as what we do here, but close. The difference was that these difficult tasks went on and on, in very uncomfortable conditions for 50 hours. There were many times that a weak mind could have been convinced to quit. The well prepared, the ones who had been to the edge repeatedly made it.
So today, I put together a workout that I thought might take us to that edge. We also included full submerssion water dunks and rolling in sand a few times during the workout. It took a full 3 hours to complete and recover. I borrowed this one from SealFit's Monster Mash and then added a ruck.
Pre SOP Box Breathing, Rom,
15X Toes To Bar,
20 Thrusters 45/35#,
1 Min Handstand Hold
1 Mile Run
30 Clean and Jerks 135/95#
800 M Buddy Carry
10X Rope Climbs Lean and Rest if you are waiting for a Rope.
800m Partner Farmer Carry 53/35#
1 Mile Run
then, with 10 minutes rest
Ruck 5k with 60+ lbs
The Super Glenn took me 62 minutes and the ruck another 53 minutes. I was hoping to get in under 50 minutes on the ruck. I have alot of work to do there.
If you try this one, make sure to hydrate well before after and during.
Thanks to Clay, Will and Matt "Country Strong" for doing this one with me