About the SUCK..
The SUCK - Mandatory Gear:
- Ruck Sack / Backpack - I personally recommend a 60 liter / 3500 cubic inch
- CamelBak hydration plus pack - recommend 70 - 100 oz
- Life Jacket
- 8lb sledgehammer
- Old car tire
- Men 2 x 50lb (22.67 kg) sandbags
- Women 2 x 30lb (13.6 kg) sandbags
- Standard Size Military Duffle Bag 24" X 36"
- 2 x 5 gallon (19 liters) buckets
- Trail shoes
- Work gloves
- Workout gear
- Roll of duct tape
- Warm/cold weather gear
- Plenty of food, water & electrolytes for the entire 12 hours
- Suggested - snake bite kit and first aid kit
It hasn't even started yet..
When I signed up for the Suck back in June, I had every intention of practicing buckets, training with my suck babies 'Bob and Betty', training with the full ruck (lets face it there was a hell of a lot of weight that I needed to carry).
It was then coffee and lunch time with the dog, nutrition for the event is always key, so I thought I would go for something a little bit more substantial since it was going to be a long night, so I ordered grilled zucchini and halloumi fritters with bacon and poached egg (nothing can really go wrong with this), part from it not being grilled but fried (you would think the word fritters would give this away), so it probably wasn't one the best things to eat before an event, the grease just sat in my stomach for the rest of the day, so I ended up avoiding food including dinner (not really the best of starts).
One Fuckit at a Time
- x 50 suck baby shoulder press
- x 50 squats holding suck baby
- x 50 push ups
x 50 shoulder press with bucket
x 50 squats with bucket
x 50 push press with bucket
- 50 x burpees - hike up the hill with dad (buddy bag)
- 50 x sit ups - hike up the hill with dad (buddy bag)
- 50 x push ups and yep another hike up the hill with dad (buddy bag)
Next up we had our ruck carry, carrying all our gear except for one such baby and of course dad. We had to then head back down along the path towards the bridge, I can't remember much of this walk I must have been lost in my own thoughts as suddenly I found I was there, plus I was walking with Erin so helped break the journey down and make it a little but more enjoyable. Once we got there, we had another series of exercises and then it was up the side of the track (another huge climb) and then back down the bottom to complete the tasks.
So with the ruck we did:
It was starting to feel like that we were never going to reach the end, and once we finally did, we all picked up our swimming pace just to get out. We had a shock once we got out of the water, as the air chill hit you and your body temperature just dropped, it got so cold (I think I would have preferred to stay in the river).
I was in a state of disbelief, I could hardly believe it, I did it, I did the 12 hours, especially when I was so close to pulling out, not only that but I was second female to cross the finish line! I would not have been able to do this without all the help and support of everyone, especially Dave whom prepared everything for me and always believed in me, even when I don't believe in myself.
The support of everyone that was doing the SUCK too, knowing what each and everyone has given and what we went through together.
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Jackie and Jonno, whose photos capture the moments so amazingly, and whom I always seem to steal the images for my Facebook profiles.