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Semi-Annual Physical Training Test

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Well, it is that time of year again, time for the semi annual APFT (everything needs its own acronym, this one means Army Physical Fitness Test. I have not been training as hard as I was before the fall test, and the results show.

It starts with 2 min of push ups, as many as you can do. I did 68, enough to get maximum points. Then 2 min of sit ups, again as many as you can do. I did 74, enough to get max points. I don't usually have trouble with the first two events. Then comes the 2 mile run, which is a good yardstick for my current state of fitness. In the fall, I was able to run it in 13:31 min. I didn't think I was going to repeat that performance. We ran on an outdoor track and I managed to finish in 14:24 this time. Not too bad. My legs were not totally recovered from the trail run, but I don't think that it was a huge factor. I needed to finish in 14:06 to get maximum points for the run, so I ended up scoring 297 out of 300 possible points, which I am happy with.

The last "event" is the weigh in. At my age and height, I am allowed to weigh 197 lbs. I came in at 187 lbs. A couple outside my "maintenance range" of 180-185, but nothing to panic about. Now that school is drawing to a close, I think I can make more time to work out which will help in both fitness and with the weight.
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