Thursday, May 2, 2019

GORUCK Land Navigation Heavy - North AAR

Thursday morning came and it was time to load our gear into the car for the 1.5 hour drive north to Molon Labe crossfit gym in Macedonia, OH. My oldest two kids and I were excited to tackle a GORUCK Double Heavy. The first Heavy would be 24+hrs of Land Navigation with a few hour break and then a 24+hr Trek Heavy would start. It wasn’t our first GORUCK event by any stretch but the idea of two Heavies back to back was daunting. My daughter has done a few Lights and a Tough but no Heavy so this was really going to be new territory for her. We all talked about the event, the cadre leading it and stuff but as we got closer the car grew quiet as we all started to really think about the impending challenge.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

GORUCK Arnold Classic Light AAR

The alarm went off at 5:30AM and I had slept like crap. I was excited about the event and kept waking up to check the time and here it was – GO TIME. I made sure my oldest son and daughter were up and moving and got ready. We were headed to downtown Columbus to participate in the GORUCK Light custom event for the Arnold Classic Sports Festival. We had heard about this event when stomping through the mountains in California for the Land Navigation Heavy when it was just an idea. Fast forward 8 months and it was finally here! We had no expectations for this event other than it was going to be a “longer” Light. Everything else was just speculation so we arrived at the start point with an open mind.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

GORUCK Battle of the Bulge Tough and Light AAR

Friday January 18th rolled around and my son and I were driving to the start point for GORUCK’s Battle of the Bulge memorial Tough in Columbus, Ohio. We had signed up for both the Tough and the Light months ago when the events were announced. The opportunity to do an event in the winter and commemorate such a pivotal battle in WWII seemed perfect. We had been watching the weather all week before and the forecast had fluctuated from 12-18 inches of snow, to rain/snow mix to snow early Saturday AM.  As usual in Ohio, if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change. We were prepared to stay in Columbus between the events if the weather turned bad so the trunk of the car was loaded with rucks, food and clothes.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 Race and Event Schedule

2019 Race and Event Schedule

As I did in 2018, I wanted to keep a public schedule of my races and events. I think this year will include a lot more trail running, fewer OCRs and a handful of GORUCK Endurance events. The transition away from OCRs is a long story for another time but in short, I enjoy the other events more.  Here is a picture of my "home" trail system, Rocks and Roots north of Columbus, OH. Truly every time I run there, I leave with a smile.