!! WIN the PLATE CARRIER !! Get ZoMBiE Ruck Ready

PRIZE: Custom-fitted Plate Carrier special-ordered for the WINNER. Please see the Description for details about this quality piece of equipment valued at $300!

The GAME: Members can earn POINTS by making gym purchases. The member with the MOST POINTS in the end will WIN the prize!

Term: Contest will run July 11 until August 31.


SIGN-UP for the Ruck ———————— 100 pts
Get a non-member to sign-up————- 100pts
MobSesh ————————————— 40/ 70 pts
Protein ————————————————  60 pts
BCAAs/ Greens/ Reds/ Creatine ———-  60 pts
T-Shirt ————————————————- 25 pts
Recovery Beverage ——————————  3 pts

The Contest winner will receive a T.Rex Arms AC1 plate carrier. (made in the USA)

Size and color is the winner’s choice. Available colors are Black, Wolf Gray, Ranger Green, Multicam and Multicam Arid.

The elastic cummerbund pockets that will allow you to add various forms of weight

Weight can also be added to the front of the carrier in the form of a detachable placard. You might get one of those as well ;).

A set of Team Wendy training plates will also be included. These plates are meant to mimic the weight and shape of modern ballistic armor plates. They’re multi-curved for comfort and have a combined weight of 10 lbs.

While the weight of these plates are lighter than most prescribed workout weights, it willow scalability. Additional weight can be added to the overall system in a manner that is both stable and comfortable.  So when you decide to exceed the RX weight, you’re good to go!

Soft plate backers will also be included. These allow for additional comfort and will fill out the plate bags to prevent plate movement.

The winner will have time to custom order their fit in time for the ZoMBiE Ruck.

Please take a look at the plate carrier posted up at check-in for brand similarity.


What Will You Overcome Today?

The directive was set for 24-hours, a shake-out run of the ZoMBiE RUCK course so as to troubleshoot/ give REAL feedback/ see if this shit is as tough as I think it’s gonna be…

Oh, but She’s a beautiful, sweaty BEAST. And I Love Her.

I dropped at 12 hours— 8 hours of actual rucking, the remainder split up between food and rest. The backside of the suffering I was already experiencing would have resulted in injury and that wasn’t the point. So I stopped. Still have some kinks to work through, but I have tons of feedback and Dude, if we’re not working through those limitations, they will always hold us back. So, pain is a super teacher. 🙂 Besides, at six months post-facial reconstruction, I’m just happy to be here. Legit.

I logged just over 25 miles. There are things I will do differently for the next round. There are things I felt very-well prepared for; I’ll share both. But before the hints and tips, let me preface by saying this was a core memory experience— I don’t know how many of those we get in a lifetime, but I don’t think it’s that many. 10/10 WILL RODEO-UP AGAIN.

Because a 24-hour clock appears big and scary to a lot of capable folks, the Ruck will now ALSO offer a 12-Hour Challenge… we hope this adjustment allows for inclusivity to all our go-hard pals.

6pm-6am is very doable. With planned rest, planned nutrition and a planned plan, distance and time move quickly.

The loops are just over 900m. The familiarity of the Home Turf course is a definite advantage— we had a bonfire and jams— it felt very hangoutty and comfortable. The superb vantage point of uninterrupted skyline painted a melty sorbet sunset and slowly bled into a purple evening sky… the fireflies went wild, the night stayed warm and very peaceful. I caught myself full of gratitude more than I didn’t.


The Dos:

DO think about footwear. I’ve been a barefoot advocate for over half-a-decade. I run on pavement barefoot, tromp through the woods barefoot, generally Sasquatching around for YEARS barefoot… in this case, the prolonged pavement usage proved more powerful than my feet. Apply some thought and bring some footwear options. To adjust the experience of future participants, the hill portion of the ruck will have a grass path, both up and down.

DO hydrate often. The shorter loop is ideal for refueling. I used frequency of pee breaks (and pee itself) as a hydration guide, rotated in electrolytes and I didn’t let myself get thirsty. It was a VERY sweaty time, but I never felt poor.

Do EAT! 12 hours is a long time to move. Feed. Your. Face. Oftentimes we can curb the yucks just by being well-fed.

Do HAVE FUN! As I said, core memories were had. The sunset, the communal time with moon and stars, the washing everything anew sunrise… the silence, the brain space, the methodical push forward. It was such a pleasant shift from the routine.


The Don’ts:

DON’T make it a bitch fest… sign-up and buck-up. You were made for hard things and we’re aiming to prove it!

DON’T worry about how far you’re gonna go, just GO. And STOP when you need to and eat when you need to and be done when you’re done. The concept is to challenge yourself, but not break yourself. I broke my mileage up into mini 5ks, just six laps, but I did them on repeat.

DON’T show up unprepared. It’ll hurt you. A bunch. Eat/ drink well before… like a week before. Check that mobility. What isn’t behaving will make itself known. Frequent breaks to squat and forward fold and cossack lunge felt groovy.



You’re a fricken animal CrossFitter. Your vest/ rucksack won’t feel like a sack of bricks! BUT, it may feel shitty on the shoulders, rub under the arms or chaff your sides. Plan ahead. Water-wicking clothing is really ideal. You are soup now. Bring changes of clothes and socks.

A back-up battery pack kept my phone and AirPods charged, but tbh, once night fell, I really preferred the quiet. Our route is well-lit, but I did pack a headlamp and it could be helpful if you’re not a fan of low light.

Even though it was warm out, I got a little sweaty chilly late late at night. We had a bonfire and just a few minutes near the dancing flames was a big boost of happy.

BE IN THE MOMENT!! How often do you get the opportunity to endeavor a task such as this? Try to push passed the discomfort and keep climbing. Impress yourself!


Upcoming… what to pack.