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Rocking the APFT

Monday, March 18, 2013

This past weekend was full of challenges at Army Drill, getting used to a new role as Executive Officer and taking my Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT or PT test).

I always get way keyed up about the PT test... this time I had my Garmin GPS/Heart Rate watch on and was able to see exactly how badly my heart was racing. I usually run in the 50s-60s, based on what I am doing when relaxed... while waiting to do push ups, my worst event, my heart was up in the 110's... but contrary to what you might think, it actually doesn't affect my performance negatively. Somehow the adrenaline helps me to do better on all events.

So I ended up doing 16 pushups when I was only able to knock out 12 at home! I managed 40 situps and bettered my run from December by 55 seconds! It's not my best 2 mile time, which was 17:40 IIRC.

While running and thinking about my scores from the PT test, I realize that I don't run against others, I run against myself. So I created this graphic:

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