Check out this interview with Army veteran Rich Xs as he gives us the inside scoop on doing multiple GoRuck events.
SGPT:Tell us about yourself?
RX: I’m a 23 year old veteran of the Army, did four years as a forward observer, doing PSYOP in the Reserve now.
SGPT: Did you have an athletic background growing up?
RX: Not at all. I was a fat shit in high school. Was hovering around 250 in high school, all fat.
Shot all the way down to 138 in the Army. Finally breaking 160.
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SGPT: How did you train for GoRuck?
RX: I didn’t train much, honestly. I had rucked so much in the Army, and the kind of PT we did was very specific for this kind of Challenge. I just did basic calisthenics with the ruck on. No need to get too crazy.
SGPT: Tell us a little about the event?
RX: I’ve done many, I’ve done many of the Challenges, a Heavy, I cadred a Mini, etc. The website won’t steer you wrong. It’s an endurance team building event that sucks at times during, but is worth it after for reasons unexplainable.
SGPT: Where we the GoRuck events held at (city)?
RX: lets see… NY, Richmond, Philly, DC, Boston… uhm…and Bear Mountain.
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SGPT: What was hardest part of the event?
RX: Not wanting to punch onlookers that ask ‘what we’re protesting.
SGPT: What is one thing you wish you would have done to get ready for GoRuck?
RX: Take steroids. No, but really, I wish I had more upper body strength. I didn’t weigh enough for my first one and it was brutal for me because of that.
SGPT: Any tips for up and coming athletes that want to do GoRuck?
RX: Check your gear. Train with a sense of purpose and like your teammates life depends on it. I’ll have further once I’m through both my selections next year, one for the Army and GoRuck.
SGPT: What kind of boots did you wear? Did you use double socks or Bodyglide anti-chafe?
RX: Nike SFBs, single socks. I’d recommend a change for a Heavy or a Challenge you know you’ll be in the water often (my AC challenge.)
RX: I’ve worn a GoRuck 2 backpack, a GoRuck 1, and a RR throughout my Challenges.
SGPT: Thanks for the interview Rich.
RX: You’re welcome!