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Old 12 September 2018, 15:42
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From last year. Brutal but the standards are the standards. Great commentary from the cadre.

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Part one (embedded in the page) features Richard Rice.
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Old 12 September 2018, 16:18
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I have enjoyed the GRs that I have done, but have retired from the community.

Selection? That's a whole 'nother thing.
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Old 12 September 2018, 16:23
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I have enjoyed the GRs that I have done, but have retired from the community.

Selection? That's a whole 'nother thing.
I've got a couple more in me, but I will not commit to more than two a year. 2016 and 2017 wiped me out and I had to take six months off to get over some nagging injuries.
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Old 12 September 2018, 20:56
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Why don't these young people just join the Army and go Ranger of SF, or Marine MARSOC or Navy SEAL?
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Old 12 September 2018, 21:00
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Old 12 September 2018, 21:01
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Why don't these young people just join the Army and go Ranger of SF, or Marine MARSOC or Navy SEAL?
I did a GR Tough when I was 48.

I like doing these but the amount of strutting and "yeah, I could have been a badass (insert whomever)" is just embarrassing.
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Old 12 September 2018, 21:13
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To each their own, I suppose. I can't understand why someone would put up with hazing and silliness just to get a t-shirt or some sort of bragging rights.
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Old 12 September 2018, 22:38
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To each their own, I suppose. I can't understand why someone would put up with hazing and silliness just to get a t-shirt or some sort of bragging rights.
I agree. Most likely because it lasts a short period of time versus a 4-6 year enlistment which results in something meaningful...maybe.
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Old 14 September 2018, 10:54
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I agree. Most likely because it lasts a short period of time versus a 4-6 year enlistment which results in something meaningful...maybe.
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Old 13 September 2018, 08:25
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I did a GR Tough when I was 48.

I like doing these but the amount of strutting and "yeah, I could have been a badass (insert whomever)" is just embarrassing.
And this is why I have gotten away from the community. The amount of faux-badassery is just insane. Many people who do them think "based on...training" is same as "completed training and have deployed."

My own workout group has formed a ruck club (cool: it's great exercise), but they like going out in the worst weather, in the middle of the night, and brag about hauling a 40# ruck 6, 8, or 10 miles. I just roll my eyes....
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And this is why I have gotten away from the community. The amount of faux-badassery is just insane. Many people who do them think "based on...training" is same as "completed training and have deployed."

My own workout group has formed a ruck club (cool: it's great exercise), but they like going out in the worst weather, in the middle of the night, and brag about hauling a 40# ruck 6, 8, or 10 miles. I just roll my eyes....
I can only imagine. "Ya know, if I wanted too, I bet I could...." Yeah, STFU zippy - get those TPS reports done.
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Old 14 September 2018, 10:49
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I'm amazed at how successful these have become. I'm not sure why you would do this, as opposed to a regular adventure race, 24hr mt bike race or other endurance activity, etc.

I still want one of their stupid bags, though.
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Old 14 September 2018, 11:00
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I'm amazed at how successful these have become. I'm not sure why you would do this, as opposed to a regular adventure race, 24hr mt bike race or other endurance activity, etc.

I still want one of their stupid bags, though.
They have a cult-like following. I've done some, yeah, they are fun, whatevs. I have done them with friends which made it enjoyable to me.

The bags also have a cult-like following, and they just had a significant price increase. The people who do GR will absolutely go ape-shit on you if you even remotely suggest that there are other bags "as good as." They are as big a group of Kool-Aid drinkers as has ever been....
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Old 14 September 2018, 14:14
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They have a cult-like following. I've done some, yeah, they are fun, whatevs. I have done them with friends which made it enjoyable to me.

The bags also have a cult-like following, and they just had a significant price increase. The people who do GR will absolutely go ape-shit on you if you even remotely suggest that there are other bags "as good as." They are as big a group of Kool-Aid drinkers as has ever been....
When I did one I was astounded to find that people had driven more than twelve hours to attend it. Several had come from Canada. Seriously?
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Old 14 September 2018, 11:52
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I'm amazed at how successful these have become. I'm not sure why you would do this, as opposed to a regular adventure race, 24hr mt bike race or other endurance activity, etc.
It reminds me of Crossfit, not that I participate in either Crossfit or GoRuck, in that it's more a social "thing" than a fitness "thing". The group culture seems to have a lot of appeal to a certain segment of society. I'm not sure why, but I'd like to hear any insight if anyone has some.
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Old 14 September 2018, 12:51
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It reminds me of Crossfit, not that I participate in either Crossfit or GoRuck, in that it's more a social "thing" than a fitness "thing". The group culture seems to have a lot of appeal to a certain segment of society. I'm not sure why, but I'd like to hear any insight if anyone has some.
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The group culture seems to have a lot of appeal to a certain segment of society. I'm not sure why, but I'd like to hear any insight if anyone has some.
Some people need to "belong" - may be tribal genetics. I prefer "alone" with my volleyball 'Wilson'.
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Old 14 September 2018, 16:40
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Some people need to "belong" - may be tribal genetics. I prefer "alone" with my volleyball 'Wilson'.
I think you hit the nail on the head.

My anecdotal experience with GoRuck is that it’s a business model built in Sebastian Junger’s book “Tribe”.

Not criticism, more like cunning response to natural human behaviour.
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Old 14 September 2018, 17:34
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It reminds me of Crossfit, not that I participate in either Crossfit or GoRuck, in that it's more a social "thing" than a fitness "thing". The group culture seems to have a lot of appeal to a certain segment of society. I'm not sure why, but I'd like to hear any insight if anyone has some.
This is true. It is definitely about the team-building social aspect. The essential idea is not a bad one, throw people together in teams, make them suffer for 12 to 15 hours through very physical and mental events, and make them understand they can do more than they think they can do.

The ones I have done have been custom events with my workout group, so I already knew all the guys in it. It is interesting to see the guys who've never been in the military and see how they respond because the cadre are all active duty or vets and are all very predictable in how they run the groups. It does very much attracted the CrossFit, Spartan, Tough Mudder type of people, but when they are done they think they have just come out of deployment or made it through an entire selection course LOL.

Their bags are excellent, but so outrageously overpriced it's ridiculous. I have used either a 5.11 rush or a UM21 SPEAR patrol pack.
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Old 14 September 2018, 11:07
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As a self-professed bag whore, I have a strong desire to test their opinion on those bags.

As much as I may not get it, I commend them for finding a niche and successfully combining a lifestyle thing with product sales. It's like if I made you pay to fly out and drink my coffee, while I beat you about the head with my wet sweaty judo gi, and you went home and bragged about it, then roped your buddies into doing it again together 6 months later. lol
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