GrowRuck: Not Just For Guys
An Ironclad Cure for a Bad Case of "The Tuesdays"
So far, The Iron Project has staged five GrowRuck events, all of them male-only, for F3 groups. That changes on January 19, 2018, when TIP and the ladies of FiA Greenville, NC, will host the first all-female GrowRuck. (Thank you to Erin Perkins, FiA Hot Wheels, for all of your hard work to make this a reality!)
As we were getting the word out about this particular GrowRuck, I received a message from FiA Johnson City, asking if they could join the fun (the answer: Of course!). When I went to look up their Twitter account, I found this as their header:
Why We Love Our Gear Guy
Here is a reliable prediction: In just over a month, the action and excitement of the holiday season -- along with the entirety of 2017 -- will be in our collective rear view mirror. We will have enjoyed a long weekend to ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight on a Monday morning, and we will be staring Tuesday, January 2, 2018, square in the face. How will you and your family start your year? You could go into the office. It’ll probably be a laid-back day. Your kids, still home from school, could chill out … all day… again.
Or you could take a few hours to start your year with The Iron Project’s Ironclad Leadership Experience at King’s Mountain. We’re going to have some outside activity, learn some history and leadership, and have fun while we’re doing it!
I want to take a couple minutes this week to call your attention to the Iron Project-branded gear that we’ve started selling through the F3 Store (buy! buy!). And not just for crass, commercial reasons -- there’s actually a leadership story to tell.
The guy who owns and operates the F3 store is Alex “Malko” Thrasher and he’s also the founder and owner of the MudGear brand of obstacle course racing (OCR) gear. We modestly consider MudGear to be a company that was incubated inside of F3.
Why We Love Sua Sponte Leadership
If you’ve followed The Iron Project (TIP) for any length of time, you have likely discerned that we are highly susceptible to CSAUP (Completely Stupid And Utterly Pointless) events that inevitably provide lessons that are anything but CSAUP. This weekend was no different as Tim, Dave and I all found ourselves “on the hoof” in the Queen City as we participated in the annual Charlotte Marathon.
While Tim led the first-ever Ruck Division in the half-marathon, Dave and I joined the Speed for Need Veterans Day team that gave World War II and Korean War veterans the opportunity to participate in the marathon relay by riding along in special racing chairs. Dave and I are both veterans, having served respectively in the Army and Navy. Between us we have three decades of military leadership experience, and while we’re not elderly, we are both … how shall I say this … seasoned. With our military experience and relative “seasoning,” you might reasonably assume that one of us led this special event.
Leading From Under the Log
When I heard F3’s Lake Norman chapter was staging a CSAUP event that would be open to the general public, I was intrigued. When I learned it would be an overnight relay race around the 70-mile perimeter of the lake, I started to get excited (I’m a sucker for distance relays). And once I saw what Vic “Pierogi” Stramenga and his team had put together, I knew The Iron Project had to be involved.
We were proud to be a sponsor of LKN’s Basin Run Relay, which took place last Friday night and Saturday morning, and even more excited to send two teams to the race to take part!
In my GORUCK experience, I have learned a lot about myself in the light of day and in the depths of the gloom at 3 am. Much about your character is revealed while you are “Under the Log.” Each GORUCK challenge is different and I have discovered something different about myself during each one. Whether it’s a Light (4-6 hours), a Tough (12+ hours) or a Heavy (24+ hours), there are always new obstacles that grow you. There may be times when your shoulders are burning, your legs are smoked, fatigue sets in and you want to quit. It sounds miserable but this is the moment that reveals your character. Do you lead with integrity? Do you get inside your head and shut down? Do you step up and get the job done when it’s asked of you? If you are called upon to lead a team that is tired, irritated and possibly resistant, do you have the skills to do it? We can help. Introducing The Iron Project’s GrowRuck.
GrowRuck is a GORUCK event plus leadership training. GrowRuck was developed by the founders of The Iron Project as a high-impact way of passing on the lessons about team and shared leadership that they learned through building and growing the F3 workout movement.