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So, You Think You're Tough?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

I can have moments of excessive pride. Having just turned 67 a few days ago, I was feeling pretty good about myself. Having recently overcoming some big challenges, and crossing a few things off my bucket list. Like completing a full marathon, doing my first triathlon, swimming a mile non stop. All of which I have some pride in accomplishing.

Last night, I was cruising my Netflix account, and thinking I might get some inspiration from the Discovery Channel's "Surviving the Cut" series. I'd previously watched a few of them, I remember the Navy Seals and Army Rangers and Special Forces (sometimes called Green Berets) shows. Special Forces soldiers will be quick to inform you that a Green Beret is a hat and Special Forces soldiers is the correct designation. But, I digress. These shows they take the viewer through the typical several weeks of extreme challenges these superb young men must overcome to become a Seal or Ranger, or any other type of special forces soldier or sailor.

So I did watch the Marine Recon episode last night. I don't know how accurately they depict a this particular schools challenges, but this episode was not unlike the Rangers or Navy Seals episodes. Just pushing these men beyond what one would imagine is physically possible.

Watching these shows will give one a different perspective on ones own accomplishments. What is difficult and what is bordering on inhumanly difficult. Watching these guys push themselves so hard and refusing to quit (those who've read my blogs know I that I'm strongly against quitting) despite extreme hardship is very humbling and very motivating. I guess you'll have to watch them yourself to understand.

I hope you can find and watch them if you have Netflix.

If you are interested, found the link below - you can navigate from there to find other videos. Sorry, but there's a short advertisement before the video plays.


http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-
shows/surviving-the-cut/vi
deos/recon-marine-training.htm

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GREGGWEISBROD 12/19/2013 2:19PM

    Bah, I'm very late to the birthday party, lol. Happy Birthday none-the-less. You're an amazing inspiration to me, and a pillar when it comes to the concept of never quitting. Thanks, and hope this year is just fantastic for you!

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FUNFROG79 12/6/2013 2:24PM

    Happy Belated birthday! emoticon

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MASRITE 12/5/2013 2:53PM

    Sorry I missed your birthday!! So, a belated happy birthday to you, my young friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 12/5/2013 12:55AM

    I missed your birthday! Darn! Hope it was a memorable one.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2013 8:25PM

    I'd say you have plenty to be proud of!

I also have to say I don't think in this lifetime or any other for that matter I could do what those in the special forces do!

Thanks for sharing.

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ROXYZMOM 12/4/2013 6:07PM

    Thanks for sharing! I love shows like that!!

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BLUENOSE63 12/4/2013 5:35PM

  Yep I have seen the Navy Seals episode and although I have the Ironman half on two separate occasions, I couldn't do that training. Those people are uber athletes.

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TXGIRL1023 12/4/2013 4:45PM

    I hadn't heard of that show. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on you birthday and bucket list milestones. emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/4/2013 3:52PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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BEEANDHAM 12/4/2013 2:43PM

    Sounds inspiring!


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STRIVERONE 12/4/2013 1:10PM

    Here's another belated "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" wish.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/4/2013 11:43AM

    Happy Belated Birthday.

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/4/2013 11:30AM

    Navy Seal training is insane. What most people don't realize is the men chosen for that program are the top one percent of the top one percent. It really is amazing what their bodies can withstand. And that's one reason they were chosen. Their bodies can withstand punishments most people wouldn't be able to endure.

I haven't seen that show. For a while, I was watching that American Ninja show where very athletic men and women go through a brutal obstacle course. You have to be pretty nimble to do those sorts of courses.

Happy Birthday !! I'd say that running a marathon, completing a tri and swimming a mile non stop is pretty fantastic !!! You have my respect.



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MARGARITTM 12/4/2013 11:18AM

    I will have to check them out. I am so all about pushing my limits.


Thanks for the link!

PS Happy Birthday......I will have a beer for you too! The runner's carb load of choice!

This week end running the Mill Cities Relay ....... new adventure for me.

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ONMYMEDS 12/4/2013 10:58AM

    Hey, happy birthday, you old fart!!! I'm guessing my party invitation got lost in the mail, so I'll just down a beer or two in your honor in the comfort of my own home.

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COOP9002 12/4/2013 10:51AM

    I have a friend who served in special forces as an Army Ranger. It is hard to comprehend not only the physical challenges that they face in their training, but the mental and emotional difficulties that come their way as well. thanks for sharing.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/4/2013 10:46AM

    Special forces is a certain kind of crazy. I work with Rangers - wow.


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NWFL59 12/4/2013 10:33AM

    I've watched those videos too and am awed by the great internal motivation to keep going despite the highly stressful physical and mental demands they must endure to achieve their goals. Hope you had a happy 67th and will have many many more and in good health. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/4/2013 10:27AM

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MJRVIC2000 12/4/2013 9:57AM

    Thank God for your good health and abilities. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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