For many of you, you may not know what POCAR mean or stands for. Along with Michael Sandercock, Erik Krantz, and Josh Cuthbert, we attempted to do this potential 48 hour orienteering challenge that is hosted yearly by the Purdue Outing Club and the info for them is http://www.purdueoutingclub.org/pocar/. Anyway, I am not going to go into depth on this but will only touch base of what happened and what I learned from it. It started Saturday at noon, and we started out strong and covered ground quickly….one thing I learned about myself is I can burn up some hills and can do it quickly and over and over again. That was, for me, a personal challenge after seeing what Killington Mt. did to me. Someone mapped all the points we got, somewhere around a third of the total, and point to point, it covered 50K worth…so we know we went way over that with some of the paths we had to take. With Michael and Erik with the compasses, we never got lost or turned around and never walked away without finding the points. Great job guys! Josh and I were more along for the ride which may have been worse because we didn’t have the course to keep our minds busy… after grabbing the 9 points and heading back for more, we took a break, ate, and were off, this time to the furthest ones away which seemed like an eternity…literally! Having got those, we were all pretty beat and, despite our better judgement, decided to get a little sleep and see where we were in the morning. Big mistake! Not only were we a little sore, but it was damn cold! The race was over for us but the lessons learned from this I will take with me into another endurance of its equal.
Lesson Learned: Never stop, no matter what or how good it may feel, because if you do, the race is over. Keep pumping my legs because if I had that much success just by running more, hitting the weights hard to add more power will only increase the success I had.
There, done with the wrap-up…I know I may be missing things but getting knowledge from the few things that stuck out in my mind are what’s important.
So, since the POCAR, I have upped my game in hopes that it will prepare me for the hardest thing in my life right after the most sacred thing in my life. I will be getting married roughly 24 hours before I, along with several hundreds of the worlds finest athletes, go into a mind battle with Joe and Andy. My meals I am eating consist solely of a Paleo nature and combining that with the supplementation I have been on has really been showing big gains in such a short amount of time. I bought a new pack and boots and tested them out yesterday in order to see how my body and mind would react to them. I have never carried an 80 lb. pack and haven’t worn boots since I was a child. I was telling people I was going to do a 20 mile ruck but to be honest, I didn’t know how far I would need to go before knowing. You may ask knowing what? I can’t tell you that, that is for each person to find that answer to that question themselves. I can only describe that as a connection between your body and mind. It is like the two of them come together like when the train engine hooks up to its cars and they click together (only analogy I could come up with). It took me 9 miles, actually 7 to feel that click, I had to walk an additional 2 miles under the scrutiny of the DNR officer to my van…I bet he loved seeing that…a guy completely covered walking with a pack big enough to hide a dead body and an axe and machete sticking out the back. Do you know the feeling of when you are warming up for the big game and you are zoned in nothing around can stop your warm-up? Last time I felt that was in high school when I started as defensive end….