Allright, this being my first blog, I'll try to stay on task. I started strength training about three weeks ago for a Firefighters Challenge coming up at Cody Fire School in May. It will resemble a CPAT test and a few of the same challenges at the National Challenge (not as long of a course). I am turning 40 in June but dont feel it. I am in pretty good shape (so I thought) and am just trying to finish as close to the top 10 as I can. Chances are good because they appear to only have 8 or 9 guys sign up so far. After setting up a training course at the fire hall yesterday, Im not so sure this was a good idea! Holy crap!! I suggest that the next time someone spouts off about how good of shape they are in, get them into some turnouts and pack up with air flowing and try running one of these courses
1. Crawl 15 feet under 5 barriers- 1 second penalty for knocking off barrier.
2. Keiser Sled
3. Zig-Zag through 6 cones- 1 second penalty for knocking cone over
4. Drag Charged hose 50 feet and then open nozzle to hit target
5. Pull a 75 lbs drag box 25 feet toward you.
6. Simulate overhaul with pike pole knocking over 4 cans, 2 by pulling down and 2 by pushing up, 1 sec pentaly for knocking the can the wrong way.
7. Drag a 110 lbs dummy 50 feet.(ours is 140)
This by no means as difficult as many challenges out there, but it certainly humbled me. As I was finishing the course, I thought my chest was going to explode. It took everything out of me for the rest of the day. I couldnt even get up to go to the gym this morning. I was spent. Now that I have run the course, I have a bit more respect for the competition. I will modify my workouts to target what was really sore today as well as place much more stock in the cardio aspect. Im not to keen on the idea of my wife spending the life insurance with some young kid when she gets the call that I had a heart attack at fire school. Dont ask what my time was on the course, my Asst. Chief was laughing too hard to start and stop the watch. He says he will do better next time.