Last week, a friend and I signed up for a GORUCK Light. A rucking/team-based challenge. Neither of us have ever done it before. Actually, neither of us have ever participated in any similar type of “race” or “event”.
It will be something new, which is in alignment with what I’m trying to do: to explore novel things!
- In 2014, I tried navigation, got certified for first aid and wilderness first aid, and started doing Krav Maga.
- In 2015, I began my BJJ journey, which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far, and helped me in improving the ground-aspect of Krav Maga.
It is passed mid-year now, so I’m up for something new again 🙂
Although I’m physically pretty fit (not ripped, but I can run a half-marathon and I exercise regularly through different martial arts), rucking seems to utilize a very different set of muscles and skill set. Specifically, load-bearing muscles and endurance. The more I thought about it, I realize this is actually a good chance for me to reach another level of fitness, which will in turn better my martial arts training.
So we signed up, not 1, but for 2 events. Figured we might as well go for it and do one in another city as well.
In the coming months, I will document my training and also see how this type of training helps my more long-term activity (i.e., BJJ, Krav Maga, kung fu, fitness in general).