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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by Eric, Aug 19, 2004.


  1. Eric

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    I have been walking a 2.5 mile course, twice a day, for a few weeks now. This morning I got up and it was raining a bit. I thought, "No problem." I got my umbrella and set out. Well the 'bit of rain' turned into a 2"-an-hour downpour, complete with gusting winds and lightning. I keep going, telling myself that it would slack off, but it just kept getting worse. I struggled to keep dry for the first mile or so, but it was a hopeless cause. About half the walk is along a busy street and there was about six inches of water standing in the street, with intermittent deeper puddles. I lost track of the number of times I got splashed.

    When I was done, the only dry spot on me was my shirt pocket, where my cellphone was. I walked with my hand over it to protect it. When I took my shoes off, I actually poured a little water out of each of them. I haven't been that soggy since one memorable field problem in the Army, in 1987.

    Well, the important thing is I didn't quit. Actually, the important thing is that I didn't get struck by lightning, but the not quitting thing is up there on the list too. I am the kind of guy that if I don't walk every single day, I won't do it at all. I am the king of procrastinators. Well, hopefully I will be able to keep after it, this time. Eric
     

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    Next time think about walking inside a mall during that kind of weather ;)
     

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    That's a good idea if a mall is close.
     
  4. feetpiece

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    I always wondered when soldiers stopped calling them field problems and started refering to them as an "FTX". I guess it must the "Army Of One";Q

    Good job and don't let up. I'm the same way - if I'm not doing it all the time I feel like I shouldn't bother. Just make sure you check the weather before you go out...

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    ... I love my treadmill ...
     
  6. Eric

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    I think 'An Army of One' is an incredibly bad motto for a force that is built on teamwork. It justn't make any sense. Eric
     
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    My thoughts exactly - I came in back in 96 when it was still "BE ALL YOU CAN BE". I think we're coddling this new generation too much. I was talking to a SSG this afternoon about his sodier and how he's having trouble motivating him to do PT to standard...
     
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    Eric,

    Great job on the walking! Keep it up!

    You will find it gets easier and easier as you progress. Your also going to find that you look for more and more challenges the more you go.

    For inclement weather I'd suggest looking into some "technical" clothing. Check out REI, Sierra Trading Post, (Sierra Trading Post online has some super gear for CHEAP), Campmore or similar suppliers for stuff made specifically for outdoor activity in bad weather. Having the right gear can make a lot of difference out there.

    Semper Fi
     
  9. Vic303

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    Good job on being persistent, Eric! So, when are we gonna get you out on a good bicycle? I bet you'd like the trails at Erwin Park up in Collin Co.
    --Vic
     
  10. Eric

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    This is my idea of a good bike:

    <center><img src="http://glocktalk.com/docs/images/98_3-600.jpg"></center>

    As I mentioned in another post, a bike without a motor just doesn't seem natural to me. Anyway, I was a leg infantryman and I guess the walking habit just stuck. Eric
     
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    Nice bike! Will you still be just a Leg, if you ride that? (As in "If you ain't Airborne, you're just a Leg!);a
     
  12. Eric

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    Yea, I'll still be a leg, but a 1400cc Intruder beats the hell out of LPC's, as a mode of transportation.;f Eric
     
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    Eric,

    I was a dirty nasty leg from October of 86 to August of 90. I served with 8th Infantry in Germany and 1st Infantry in Ft. Riley. I know this is the wrong forum but I had to ask. Good job with the walk. I've battled back and forth with the 30 lbs that I have lost and gained since ets'ing so long ago.

    Best,

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  14. Eric

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    I was in the Old Guard and we were technically an air-transportable unit. I spent a lot of time on choppers, but I spent a lot more time walking. The choppers never seemed to be there when we needed them. When the choppers didn't show up, deuce-and-a-half trucks were usually subsituted. We called them UH-Deuces. Low-speed, high-drag. I used to feel pretty stupid setting up an LZ for a simulated airlift, when I knew it was freakin' trucks inbound.

    As much as my unit walked, it was nothing like the Tenth Mountain Division endured. My bunkmate from basic got stationed there. About a month after that, the division moved from Ft Stuart, GA to Ft Drum, NY and they roadmarched the whole damned division the whole way. It took them thirty days. Now THAT'S a walk. Eric
     
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    By the Old Gaurd do you mean the "3rd US Infantry"?

    There is no way that could happen today:( Drum was my last post before I reclassed. I didn't like the area (middle of nowhere NY) but the division had great esprit decor. Sorry for changing the subject.

    Back in 92-93 I guess my old man bought an Intruder 800. He said a buddy of his had told him to go out and wrap his legs around something exciting;Q. I'm pretty sure he was trying suggest something COMPLETELY different...
     
  16. Eric

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    Yep, 3rd US Inf Regiment, The Old Guard, Ft Myer, VA. Eric
     
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