Show Me Your Bricks
A Pax of 13 gathered in the Gloom for the running of the SweetSix; 6 went GoRuck style, while 7 went for speed.
Approximately 6.4 miles beginning at Christ Church, followed by a tour of Uptown, and return on Morehead/Queens. The Shore set a new bar for Team GoRuck, finishing in 50 mins, or ~7:49/mile (that’s with a ~ 25 lbs ruck). Robo was lead SpeedMerchant, finishing in 42:16, or ~6:36/mile. Impressive.
- Riddle me this: if Team GoRuck leaves Christ Church at 0500 and Team Speed Merchants at 0515, and Team GoRuck’s finish time is 14 minutes slower than Robo’s, how is it that Robo passes Team GoRuck at the end of mile 5? Answer: Team GoRuck doesn’t leave at 0500 as it stands around at the start waiting for OBT, who many thought committed a L3 UA this morning.
- “What’s this Goat thing”? Aye, it’s a mystery to us all, but what we know is to show up 0530 at AG on 7/14, carve out most of morning and be prepared to self-support? Self-support? Aye, bring your own water and energy food. Kit is thinking Price’s fried chicken and a liter of Jack Black will suffice.
- New Sweet6 record? An unanswered question arose in the COT if Robo’s 42:16 was a Sweet6 record, or whether that honor resides with 5-0. Regardless, now that Robo’s back in Sweet6 form, can a 5-0 appearance in near-future be anticipated? Could make for an interesting match race, rivaling ‘38’s Seabiscuit / War Admiral encounter.
- Team GoRuck spent time after the COT comparing ruck set-up strategies. Most noticeable differences are: (1) how the bricks are arranged / tied-down inside the ruck; and (2) the varying sizes of the bricks. Arrangement options range from Rook’s minimalist approach of finding 6 bricks and tossing them into his ruck, to Belk’s individual plus group wrap / harness tie-down strategy. Aye, to each his own, as long as it works and doesn’t subject the group to added push-ups during the Challenge. Whoever knew that there were so many different sized bricks out there? The Cougar has found 6 bricks that collectively weigh 22 to 25 lbs, while Belk and Hatt have their rucks weighing 35 to 40 lbs, fully loaded. YHC is carrying four bricks at 22 lbs, which means a shopping trip to Home Depot in search of lighter bricks is now on the agenda.